Teacher Review for KQED Learn

Excellent online format for interactive research. Teaches the steps of the research process in a fun and engaging way while allowing for multi-modal final products.

Stacey C.
Classroom teacher
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I teach 9th grade English and used KQED learn as an into activity for our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. Students created a question that they wanted to learn more about around topics such as racism, ageism, prejudice, sexism and completed research on KQED learn. Students from multiple periods could join the same investigation and share resources and comment on final make/shares. I asked my students to create video or audio make/shares that answered their questions and incorporated their research that could be found on the site. I then asked my students to look at the work from all the periods and leave positive comments. For the second semester final, students were asked to give a three to five minute speech on an element of technology evaluating how it positively and negatively impacts our society today. All of my classes completed this final and used KQED learn to collaborate and share research on their common topics across class periods. The site was excellent for research and online collaboration.
My Take
KQED Learn is an excellent site that promotes online collaborate while reinforcing the teaching of basic research skills. In addition, KQED Learn offers students the opportunity to create final products that are audio or visual in addition to the traditional written format. I appreciate KQED Learn because students were able to generate their own research questions focused on their own interests within the parameters of the assignment. I also felt that the final audio and visual products were exemplary because they addressed student strengths in the areas of digital literacy.