Most students entering the workforce will be expected to have media production skills. From Facebook to YouTube, most industries will require job applicants to have at least some basic skill set with online multimedia platforms. In social studies, English language arts, and journalism classrooms, simple media production activities are a dynamic way for students to become fluent in these technical 21st Century skills, while representing their work through creative, innovative projects.

One good, simple media project to teach students is a narrated slideshow. It’s a versatile easy-to-learn format that can be created using a program built into most Mac and PC computers. KQED has developed a new training module for educators that can assist in the understanding of how to create a slideshow as well as ideas about how best to implement these projects in the classroom.

Below is a self-paced module that will take you through a step by step process for how to create a narrated slideshow about a current event. The module should take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.


Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

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