On June 1 & 2, the Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) in partnership with KQED will present BAYMN FEST, a free two-day interactive showcase of media produced by young folks ages 12-24, hosted at the San Francisco Public Library. Through screenings, workshops, a transmedia gallery, a makerspace, parties and networking opportunities, BAYMN FEST will be a place for young artists to share their work, meet their peers, acquire new tools, make their voices heard—and win cool prizes and media-making tools! It is a unique opportunity for youth, educators and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers. We hope you will join us and be inspired.
We received over 300 youth-produced videos through our call for entries in a variety of categories including Science, Technology, & Innovation; Arts & Expression; and Social Justice & Community Engagement; and we have put together an exciting series of shorts programs that will screen throughout the weekend.
This event is open to the public. For educators, we encourage you to schedule time for your students to come and participate… or if you are out of school for the summer, to organize a group of young folks to attend. This event will be a great opportunity for young folks to connect with their peers who are passionate about making media, and it will give you the chance as an educator to immerse yourself in the youth media movement, network with other educators and even acquire some new skills. This festival is funded by Adobe Youth Voices and The AT&T Foundation.
To attend to this event, you must RSVP here -- www.baymnfest.eventbrite.com Below is a breakdown of the festival schedule, workshop schedule, and film program. Please reserve a spot for one of our workshops by filling out this form. Be sure to reserve spots for any or all of the days. And don't forget about the BAYMN BASH reception on the evening of Saturday, June 1! And it's all FREE!
Digital technology may well be the darling of the 21st Century, but is it good for your brain? When I ask college students if the onslaught of information affects their brains, or how they learn, there is a digital divide in responses. The 20 year-olds and under grew up connected, yet will admit that focusing on one thing for any length of time is problematic. Wedded to their phones, they glance at them numerous times in class, jump when it jiggles and bolt out of the class to answer it; and as for critical thinking...humm, is it necessary?
Half of my students sleep with their phones, and have separation anxiety at the thought of being disconnected from them. In contrast, students in their late 20s and upward tend not to be connected all the time. They are certainly not connected 24/7, tend to ask questions and generally are more engaged in class. This age group reads both online and printed text. About 80% of the 20 under group didn’t read on or offline. Everyone used social networking.
No one could tell me if being wired all the time takes a toll on the brain or if multitasking hampers attention or interferes with information assimilation. But, I could tell them that research bears out that the brain is, indeed, affected by the constant barrage of technology, and that the brain needs a break; after all, it’s a muscle for thinking, not a machine.
Is there too much technology? There’s no question that technology has yielded stupendous results in our lives, our jobs and communication. But studies continue to show that over-dependence on technology, multitasking and constant connectivity is creating a distracted generation with a short attention span. Studies out of Stanford, MIT and UCSD find growing evidence that multitasking frazzles the brain making it less productive. Heavy multitaskers have trouble paying attention and filtering out irrelevant information. The failure to filter suggests that they’re slowed down by that irrelevant information, according to a 2009 study from Stanford, or in other words their cognitive ability is impaired. While multitaskers think they are accomplishing more, studies show the opposite to be true. Their performance suffers, greatly. The brain is not wired to multitask efficiently and effectively.
Spark your students' curiosity in engineering and technology by introducing them to the designers, inventors, and clever thinkers featured in PBS LearningMedia. Use their stories to illustrate various themes of study like the engineering design process and the impact of technology. For free access to PBS LearningMedia, register today!
Designing a Wheelchair for Rugby Grades 6-12 | Video | Inventions
See what happens when a U.S. Paralympic athlete challenges two teams of high school students to build an automated wheelchair. Use this segment to initiate a design challenge in your own classroom.
Wind Energy Fuels Jobs for Oklahoma Youth Grades 6-13+ | Video | Innovations
How can your students affect the world around them? Use this video segment about wind energy to illustrate the real-world impact of an innovative idea.
Scientist Profile: Inventor Grades 4-6 | Video | Inventions Get your class excited about great ideas! Introduce them to Ryan Patterson, teen scientist and inventor of an electronic sign language translator glove.
A House for Teddy Bear Grades K-2 | Video | Problem Solving See these young learners engaged in problem solving and trial-and-error design! Consider replicating this project in your own classroom to reinforce lessons on design, construction, and experimentation.
Sid's Amazing Invention PreK-1 | Video | Problem Solving Sid believes that he has invented the ultimate solution to putting away his toys, later to learn that his invention is actually a simple machine called a lever. Invite young learners to explore the function of a lever alongside Sid and his friends.
In this installment of In the Classroom, Ms. Vasquez has selected the unit of study "things that roll (or do not roll)" and we see her students explore this theme in a variety of playful activities derived from their curiosity and desire to learn through play.
Although many Pre-K learning models emulate play, Ms. Vasquez argues that this approach can serve students at all grade levels where they become more active, following their curiosity and inquiry to perhaps stimulate a growth in academic achievement and an interest in becoming life long learners.
Should professional and amateur sports have stricter rules to prevent injuries like concussions? Why or why not? Please provide a suggestion that could tackle this issue.
Concussions are not rare occurrences in contact sports, such as football. And this is not only for the pros, but for college, high school and even younger athletes. An article in the New York Times reports that half of all high school football players have had at least one concussion and 35 percent have had two or more. With about 1.3 million high school football players in the U.S., that adds up to a lot of concussions.
A concussion is an injury to the brain, caused by a traumatic blow to the head, or rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head, often from a hit. Concussions can be hard to diagnose because a doctor can't "see" a concussion like an x-ray can show a broken bone. Doctors have had to rely on patients reporting symptoms, which include loss of consciousness, loss of memory, difficulty thinking or concentrating, dizziness, headaches and nausea. For most people, recovery from a concussion happens in 7-10 days, but, for others, some symptoms can last months or years. For youth, concussions may be especially damaging because their brains are still developing. And scientists believe that there are cumulative long-term effects from enduring multiple concussions.
KQED and PBS are facilitating a free webinar training, "Educating with PBS LearningMedia" the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM. Participants will explore how to engage students in media-rich learning experiences with the next generation digital media service, PBS LearningMedia. In a 30 minute training, educators will learn the ropes around this robust library of research-based core curriculum digital resources. And as an added bonus, school supply giftcards will be raffled off during each training.
Idaho Public Television's collection “School to Careers" found in PBS LearningMedia, follows professionals for a day, allowing students to "walk in the shadow" of some funny and informative folks. A nurse anesthetist, happy to divulge some medicinal tricks of the trade, reveals that he has “put a lot of people to sleep.” Each professional in the collection explains education requirements and real world experience needed to break into their respective profession.
Typing "career" into the PBS LearningMedia search bar yields 100's of classroom ready resources for grades K-12 and beyond. Resources are filtered by grade level, subject, media, and resource type. Kindergardeners learn about career paths with video clips from the PBS cartoon Maya and Miguel. Resources developed by Pennsylvania State University in collaboration with Penn State Public Broadcasting provide in depth lessons for high school and middle schoolers, challenging students to analyze how career options may be based on personal interests, abilities, aptitudes, achievements, and goals.
PBS LearningMedia has 100’s of resources including interactives, videos, lesson plans, and audio resources that will engage students in a meaningful exploration of career possibilities. From singing to science, technology to teaching, there are career paths for all students to embark on.
The first ever Digital Learning Day kicks of on February 1. Billed as “a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology,” the day will call attention to the value of integrating new tools into teaching and learning.
What is the value of integrating digital media and technology?
Well, that’s a trick question. We all know that technology for the sake of technology may be fun or may be a hassle, but it certainly doesn’t guarantee great teaching and learning. Digital media and technology, when integrated into a thoughtful curricular plan can:
provide real-world connections
strengthen understanding for a diversity of learning modalities
teach valuable tech skills
promote authentic assessment through the authoring and publishing process and so much more.
How can you join the Digital Learning Day celebration?
Check out the Digital Learning Day site to get access to resources and participate in the town hall meeting.
Challenge yourself to integrate digital media and technology into your classroom today. Or if you are already a seasoned tech integrator, try something new like microblogging with KQED’s Do Now or to help a colleague across the hall.
Seek out new media-rich resources from PBS LearningMedia, public media’s robust digital library filled with little bits of everything you might want or need to engage your learners and make real world connections. Search through the collection, save your favorites and share with your colleagues.
Join the conversation about innovative uses of technology in education at MindShift, KQED’s blog about the future of learning.
Get pointers on integrating media production into your instruction from KQED Education.
KQED Education joined forces with BAVC, ITVS, and San Francisco Film Society to present Media Innovators in Education at The Lab in the Mission last Thursday Sept 8th. More than 100 teachers and educators attended the event which was produced collaboratively by these Bay Area media organizations to inspire and support educators who are doing cool things with media or who would like to get on board.
Four educators were invited to showcase their work and take part in a panel: Liza Mathews a 4th grade and Kindergarten teacher and PBS Innovation Award winner from Larkspur-Corte Madera School; Elizabeth Jackson, a 4th grade teacher at Bacich Elementary School; David Maduli, a 9th grade English teacher at Nea Community Learning Center in Alameda and Toby Rugger, an ESL teacher at Oakland International High School.
Panelists talked about challenges they faced - technical and administrative – in integrating media and media literacy into their curriculum. They also discussed using media in interesting ways to stimulate dialogue and develop critical thinking skills in students. Educators clearly felt it to be important to use media creatively in order to engage students and maintain currency and relevance in today’s media savvy culture.
Eager for resources, teachers visited the resource tables offered by each organization, asked questions and networked enthusiastically with media makers, keen to share what they are doing and find out about exciting new media tools. KQED Education showcased multimedia resources, introducing visitors to our table to the wealth of lesson plans and educator guides, as well as the media training programs offered at the station.
Since this event was so appreciated by educators, our organizations are exploring ways to offer further resource sharing opportunities for teachers and educators in the Bay Area.
For KQED Educator Resources visit http://www.kqed.org/education/
As an educator, it can seem quite overwhelming to assign your students a digital storytelling project. There can be many external as well as internal challenges that range from school resources to personal comfort level with technology. However, these challenges should not deter you from assigning a project to your students. The potential benefits can really add value to learning on many levels where students can demonstrate a mastery of content as well as advance their development of 21st Century literacies.
There are many variables to consider so that the assignment promotes strong engagement, learning, creativity, collaboration, and ultimately successful projects. Below is a useful guide to best practices for assigning digital stories in the classroom. It focuses on 5 different variables: identifying your resources, developing the assignment, teaching the technical tools, managing student projects, and managing equipment. Please consider these items before beginning a project in your classroom.
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