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Updated August 2014

KQED: Do Now

Informative current events posts get kids reading and reacting

Subjects & skills
  • Social Studies

  • Critical Thinking
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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.

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Kirsten S. , Principal/head of school
Principal/head of school
Great way to engage students with a variety of media and texts. Website gets students to think about current events/social issues.
I love Twitter, but the heavy use of twitter means that not all ages can participate. Kids can participate by leaving comments at the page, but then they miss out on the Social Media aspect. Also, make sure that students will have access to Twitter.
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