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.

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?


Does Your Family’s Income Impact Your Education?

A growing number of states and school districts are increasing their focus on students who are "chronically absent" from school— often defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason. Why do you think chronic absenteeism is most prevalent among low income students?


Belonging in Transition

Everything is in transition: our earth, our neighborhoods, our bodies. In fact, Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Adolescents especially know this truth because their bodies rapidly develop between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the World Health Organization, it is second only to infancy in terms of physiological growth.


The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

In the past, diseases have had the ability to wipe out entire civilizations, and it’s still going on today. With the Ebola epidemic in West Africa becoming more of a menace, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Why should nations help fight against the outbreak? What are some challenges, and how can we, as an international community, overcome this? Last week, students from around the country shared their thoughts on what should be done in the fight against Ebola.


BAYMN FEST 2014 – Oct. 17 & 18

On October 17 & 18, the Bay Area Youth Media Network (BAYMN) in partnership with KQED will present BAYMN FEST, a FREE two-day interactive showcase of media produced by young folks ages 12-24, hosted at the San Francisco Public Library. Join us!!


What Makes the Internet Dangerous?

Just like in school or the mall, online spaces like Facebook or Twitter can be places of great conversations with friends; however, they can also be a place of unwanted comments or requests, and relationships that aren’t clearly defined. What is it that makes the internet potentially dangerous?

The missing aircraft, 9M-MRO, pictured in 2011
photo by Laurent ERRERA/Wikimedia Commons

What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

About a month ago a Malaysian Airplane mysteriously disappeared. Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew vanished when passing from one radar handoff to another. Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the plane? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?


Submit Your Video to BAYMN FEST 2014!

The call for entries is now open for young folks to submit their videos to BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24. Sponsored by HIVE, this two-day event will be a unique opportunity for youth, educators and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers.