KQED Teach, a new online learning platform, supports educators’ growing medialiteracy needs by helping them develop the media skills necessary to bring media production to their learning environments. KQED Teach courses are free and self-paced so that educators can learn what they want, when they want. The courses are designed around a simple learning cycle: Participants make a variety of digital media and gain confidence in the role of producer. They share their projects and discuss their experiences integrating their new skills into the learning environment. They then level up and repeat the learning cycle. The courses focus on key digital literacies, including participation in online communities, the ability to decipher and manipulate digital imagery in a variety of forms, and competence in both making original media and sharing it with audiences that matter.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in June.
Every district is on a journey. The incredible part of serving as a superintendent is having the privilege to help guide that journey based on what students need to be successful. When I came to Gunter ISD seven years ago, our students and staff were highly successful (test scores, extracurricular success, college-entry, etc.) yet our students, staff, and school community yearned for something more. At the same time, districts across the nation were launching technology initiatives, from BYOD to 1:1 with a multitude of devices. We were largely unable to journey down that path at the time due to a number of challenges. This shaped our journey immensely.
In addition to communicating with humans and machines, tomorrow's jobs will require employees to collaborate with their fellow co-workers, as well as the machines that will be working side by side with our employees. By offering high tech learning environments, we will ensure our students have the skills and comfort level to collaborate with both humans and robotics in the workplace.