Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

Pop Goes the Zeega, a New Mobile App

The creators of Zeega, an interactive digital storytelling platform on the web, recently launched their new mobile app, Pop! As explained on their website, Pop is about putting two things together. Capture a photo or video and combine it with anything on the web—an animated GIF, a movie clip—whatever comes to mind. To experience a Pop, press and hold down to reveal what’s underneath. Many Pops are funny—the app is perfect for the art of setup and punchline. But Pop can also be used to tell impactful stories.

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.

What Event of 2013 Had the Most Impact On You?

To look back at the triumphs, tragedies and trends, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the site's search engine results. The result is a joyous, inspiring and sometimes tragic diary of what we've accomplished and endured over the last twelve months.

The Three Strikes Law is Unfair

Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?

What is This Generation’s Moon Mission?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowJFK For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now President Kennedy inspired a generation of scientists with his mission to be the first country to … Continue reading What is This Generation’s Moon Mission? →

We Need to Do More to Help Veterans

Last week, students across the nation discussed ways America should help veterans escape homelessness in our #DoNowVets post. We asked students How can we prevent veterans from being homeless? Whose responsibility is it to help them? Homelessness has become a growing issue in America since the mid-eighties. However, many Americans may be shocked to find that veterans are a part of the growing number of homeless people.

There are Many Ways to End Poverty

Last week, students across the nation debated about the issue of poverty and ways to help prevent it in America in our #DoNowPoverty. We asked How should the U.S. treat people who are living in poverty? What would an anti-poverty agenda look like? Devise one piece of legislation that could make a difference.

Participate in our KQED Science Education E-books Feedback Workshops

We need your help! KQED Education has developed four e-books (Earthquake, River Delta, Biotechnology, and Energy) and we're looking feedback to ensure we're developing the most useful and useable materials possible. Who are we looking for? Middle and high school science teachers with some experience using iPads in the classroom and/or with access to iPads at their schools.

How Can We Prevent Veterans From Being Homeless?

Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. As Steve Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets writes in his article in the Huffington Post, "homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing."

The Achievement Gap Extends Beyond Gender in the U.S.

Last week, students from all around the nation debated on the issue of gender equality in education in our #DoNowMalala post. We asked young folks why is it important for boys and girls to receive equal opportunities in education? What societal problems can be caused by an inequality in educational opportunities? Do you think there is inequality in educational opportunities in America? If so, what do they look like?