When people think about maker education they often picture a 3D printer, arduino board, or even a whole bunch of cardboard boxes to build with; but, making comes in many forms and one of the most accessible and valuable is making media. From videos and podcasts, to infographics and newspapers, media creation is a powerful experience for students to construct new knowledge and to express what they have learned.

It is more important than ever for students to be able to think about and think with media – both as critical consumers and as thoughtful producers. Those two skills are entirely linked so understanding things like how to determine accuracy and bias in news reporting, requires an understanding of how news is made; while being able to produce a narrative film requires an understanding not only of the technical elements but of how that may be perceived by different audiences.

Media is also designed to be shared and can create organic opportunities to display student work – a key component of the Maker Promise and one of the core values of maker learning.



  • The filmMAKER Challenge guide contains activities, projects, and video challenges to lead design and filmmaking opportunities with your students.
  • KQED developed a stack of micro-credentials with Digital Promise to support and recognize educators engaging in effective media literacy instruction with their students. These micro-credentials focus on:

    • Analyzing and understanding the role audience plays in the production and understanding of media

    • Analyzing and understanding messages in new media

    • Analyzing issues related to the production of new media