Common Sense Review
Updated August 2014

KQED Education: The Lowdown

Top-notch news resources help students understand, get involved
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Common Sense Rating 5
  • The blog's aim is to help kids make sense of the media world around them.
  • Many of the topics include teacher's guides and classroom materials.
  • Teachers can find multimedia resources on a wide-range of current issues.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 5
How Can Teachers Use It?

The Lowdown, part of KQED's News Education Project, is a gold mine for teachers looking to integrate current events into their curriculum. The site offers multimedia resources to help students explore and understand complex -- and important -- current events. What's more, most of the content here helps students make important connections between the past and their world today. Because The Lowdown is easy to navigate, teachers can quickly find content to supplement a variety of social studies or ELA topics.

For example, teachers could use the Minimum Wage Interactive Explainer during a unit on the Depression. The Words of Warcraft piece would be valuable to enhance any discussion of rhetorical devices in persuasive speeches. There is also a By the Numbers section that uses interactive charts and graphs to demonstrate how math is important in the news. Although the resources vary from topic to topic, many are Common Core aligned and include blog articles, an educator guide or discussion questions, and some type of multimedia resource.


  • Minimum Wage Blues
  • Gun Control
  • Immigration Reform
  • The Facebook Effect

Editor's note: There have been syndication partnerships between the Common Sense Education blog and KQED's The Lowdown. However, Common Sense Education's reviews maintain editorial integrity and independence.

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