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Arguing from Evidence in the Connected Classroom

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Arguing from Evidence in the Connected Classroom

Presented by Belinda Shillingburg, Humanities Department Chair, James Denman Middle School, San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Andrea Aust, Senior Manager, Science Education, KQED
Sponsored by KQED Education

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From gun violence to vaping, water scarcity to saving endangered species, teens care about a kaleidoscope of issues in their own communities and around the world. In this edWebinar, learn how to help your students in social studies, science, language arts and other courses analyze information, respond to online claims and argue with evidence using the free, online platform KQED Learn. Belinda Shillingburg, a San Francisco Unified School District middle school humanities chair, shares instructional integration ideas and tips and discuss her processes for using this new platform successfully.

Belinda walks you through creative ways to help students investigate topics, find and evaluate reliable resources, respond to opposing viewpoints, and make media to share with peers to express their opinions and positions. She also talks about the roles classroom teachers can play in encouraging students to think critically about issues, participate in vigorous civil discourse, and build their media literacy and communication skills.

edWebinar viewers will learn how to use the site and access the resources needed to readily implement KQED Learn in their classrooms the next day. This recorded session will be of particular benefit to middle and high school educators, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Belinda ShillingburgAbout the Presenter

Belinda Shillingburg is an eighth grade English teacher and humanities department chair in San Francisco, CA. She comes to the Bay Area having taught in online, hybrid, and traditional Schools from the elementary to university levels. A conference speaker for online learning, Belinda is also pursuing the PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator program. Her classroom practice is focused on helping students own their education, while becoming digitally literate critical thinkers. She enjoys keeping up with edtech innovations and best practices in teaching and learning via her Twitter @britlitlover91

Andrea AustAbout the Host

As the senior manager of science education, Andrea Aust leads KQED’s STEM education work, developing resources for use in formal and informal educational settings, and providing professional learning for educators on how to integrate media and media production into STEM programs. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in environmental science and earned her M.A. in teaching and multiple subject teaching credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island, and the Bay Area.

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