Common Sense Review
Updated August 2014

KQED Education: Do Now

Informative current events posts get kids reading and reacting
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This module is part of the Website KQED Education.
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Posts contain background on current events that students are bound to find relevant.
  • Topics cover a diverse range of topics, like climate change, using digital tools, voting, and much more.
  • Teachers can find help and advice on using social media in the classroom.
  • A handy teacher's guide explains the project's goals.
Erin Brereton
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
How Can Teachers Use It?

KQED's Do Now 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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