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Editor's Note: KQED discontinued Do Now in summer 2017, but is still hosting some of the content. There's a new student-facing resource forthcoming in 2018.
KQED's Do Now, part of KQED Learning, uses engaging, timely news stories to help get young people interested in civic engagement. Updated weekly, the articles offer background on a variety of current events-related topics, all with the goal of inciting kids' engagement through online and digital media. After reading about each issue, students are encouraged to post a response in the site's comment section, or via Twitter. Some teachers may shy away from allowing students' social media use in class (for a variety of reasons). However, Do Now can serve as a great way to model positive digital citizenship through responsible use.
The site is probably best used as a source for material that will pique kids' interest; you can use the activity posts as prompts when introducing new topics. Alternately, if in-class social media use isn't an option, use the site as an optional extension, to encourage students' civic engagement beyond your classroom walls. Beyond digital citizenship with social media, be sure to encourage kids to practice evaluating the media messages they're viewing. They'll learn to analyze information from various sources, while also getting experience responding to posts. And if social media simply isn't a choice, you can always read the articles but keep kids' discussions internal to your classroom, or create a class account and share collectively.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.