Summer is here! At KQED we’ve opened our newest online learning challenge! If you want to meet fellow educators, build media-making skills and explore new ways to look at the world, then Camp KQED Teach is the place for you.

Gather around our virtual campfire where you’ll learn to weave information and data into visual stories using infographics, interactive timelines and maps. Learning data visualization tools like these will help you and your students communicate information in ways that increase media literacy and entice all types of learners.

It’ll be almost as much fun as making s’mores and telling ghost stories.

Camp KQED Teach will have a laidback schedule to allow plenty of time for your offline summer plans. Complete each camp activity at your own pace, or pick and choose the activities that look fun to you. You can take it from the top or head right for the last hurrah.

As always, be sure to share what you learn! We’ll be featuring great examples throughout the summer.

Julianna Cecere | KQED

Don’t worry if you need more time to explore these activities. At Camp KQED Teach, we only have three rules: 1) Learn, 2) Experiment, and 3) Have fun!

A Summer of Online Learning Fun

Data visualization is all about transforming raw data into visual forms that communicate the same information beautifully and effectively. (And, yes, what we learn from text counts as data as much as numbers do!) Say goodbye to spreadsheets and big blocks of text, and use data visualizations like infographics, interactive timelines and maps to bring learning to life.

Camp KQED Teach starts with Making Infographics for a good reason. This course explores design basics that can apply to any data visualization you create. After that, dive into how to make amazing infographics in any subject area.

Check out this video for a sneak preview of what’s in store:

After practicing with infographics, it’s time to move onto Interactive Timelines. Turning this time-honored (get it?) instructional tool into a visually appealing story has never been easier! After building your technical skills and design savvy with infographics, timelines will feel like a stroll through the woods on a warm afternoon. Be sure to have lots of fun finding images and videos to bring your timeline to life.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the preview video for the Interactive Timelines course.

From timelines we move to Making Interactive Maps, another fun and student-friendly way to bring data to life. Want to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, Marco Polo or Ibn Battuta? Track butterfly migrations? Explore faraway islands? Measure the distance from Tulsa to Timbuktu? Interactive maps make it possible to uncover the secrets of a city block or visualize world-changing journeys by land or sea.

But first, explore the video to see if this trip is for you.

Finally, Camp KQED Teach wants you to leave with something to remember us by. Not a cheesy souvenir but a project or assignment you create and use during the school year. Take what you’ve learned about data visualization and apply it. Offer your students a choice of data visualizations methods to use. Check out the final challenge called the Last Hurrah.

Don’t forget to share your project with your fellow educators around the virtual campfire. We’re all in this together!

As we go our separate ways at the end of the summer, we’ll have so many memories–and useful resources–to usher us into the school year.

Dive Into Summer Learning with Camp KQED Teach 19 June,2017Rachel Roberson

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Rachel Roberson

Rachel Roberson is KQED's news education manager. Previously, she was a reading, writing and social studies teacher leader on three continents, having served on the founding staff of KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco before moving to schools in Abu Dhabi and Austin, Texas. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Before she was a teacher, Rachel was a journalist in the East Bay.

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