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Do Now

How do you incorporate Do Now effectively into your learning environment?


Throughout the #TeachDoNow course we have explored many issues regarding the use of social media and connected learning principles in our diverse learning spaces. We have explored pathways to our own professional learning, how to promote 21st century skills, media making tools and strategies, digital media’s potential for increasing civic and community engagement, and how to keep our students safe online. This week we turn our focus to our Do Now activity and how to effectively engage with the weekly global discussions in your class.

KQED’s Do Now is a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools like Twitter. The goal is to promote engagement with current issues in civics, science and the arts through the development of 21st century new media skills and participation in discussions that reach well beyond the walls of the classroom. By engaging in issues that matter to youth with a national and international audience, students can begin to develop and practice their own discourse skills while being exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints and shared resources. 

With it’s concise package of reflective questions, introduction to the topic and links to media and other teen-centric resources, Do Now was conceived as an activity to do with students in the first 10 minutes of class that can be used to connect current events to core curriculum. However, over time, teachers have used Do Now in a variety of different and powerful ways, including jumping off points for deep dives into a topic or as opportunities to bring media making into the classroom.

Exploring all of the ways Do Now can work in different learning environments and contexts is the goal of this week’s discussion. While KQED produces the prompts, it is the expertise and vision of amazing educators who put it into practice and make it the powerful learning tool it has become. For those of you new to Do Now, what are the questions you have for the veterans? And, conversely, for our veteran Do Now teachers, what advice and best practices can you share?


KQED Video Burton High School’s Do Now with Twitter
This video profiles classes at Burton High School implementing KQED Do Now. In this video, we hear from the teacher and her students about the project and how they learned about important issues in civics, government, science, and arts while learning 21st Century literacies.

You can respond to this Do Now using Twitter, G+, Instagram, or Vine. Be sure to include #TeachDoNow in your response.

Follow us on Twitter at @KQEDedspace and join our Google+ Community. For more info on how to use Twitter, click here.

We encourage participants to reply to other people’s tweets and posts to foster more of a conversation. We also value community generated media that can be linked to tweets or posts. You can visit our video tutorials that showcase how to use several web-based production tools.

Click here to go back to the #TeachDoNow course

More Resources

KQED video Do Now 101: Engage Students with Current Events Using Social Media
This video overviews KQED Do Now, a weekly activity for students to debate about current events using social media. This video also explains how Do Now can add value to learning, particularly with the Common Core Standards.

KQED video Do Now: Plan of Action
This video overviews how to implement Do Now in your classroom, guiding you to think about several different variables needing consideration before participating with your students. These variables range from your comfort level with Twitter and technology, your school’s resources both for equipment and access to social media sites, your student’s resources and access to mobile devices, and the school and community’s culture and acceptance towards social media for learning.

#TeachDoNow webinar Episode 6: Managing Learners, Tasks, and Assessments in a Connected Learning Environment
Join Special guests Troy Hicks (@hickstro), Paul Oh (@poh), Jeremy Hyler (@jeremybballer), Aram Kabodian (@Aram Kabodian), and Kristen Turner (@MrsT73199) as they share thinking about how to transform your learning environment, as well as the pedagogical strategies needed to teach, in a 21st century connected learning environment.

How do you incorporate Do Now effectively into your learning environment? 5 September,2014

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