Children growing up in the 21st century need to understand the full range of media available to them, both as sources of information and entertainment, and as a means of communicating and sharing ideas. Embedded in the primary curriculum, media education enables children to become more fully literate for the digital age. Grounded in best classroom practice, this book aims to help you think about the role of media in children's lives, and to teach about media effectively in your classroom.
Three dimensions of media education for the 3-11 age range are highlighted : children's own cultural experiences, the development of critical awareness, and opportunities for creative expression. The chapters are written by literacy advisors, leading academics, teacher-trainers and classroom practitioners.
Topics covered include:
- understanding children's relationships with media and how to build on these constructively
- getting to grips with "multimodality"
- developing children's critical skills through watching and analysing moving image media
- broadening children's experiences of different kinds of media and their media literacy
- creative media activities that promote imaginative thinking and decision-making
- the importance of social networking and social media and how to use these in the classroom
In an increasingly digital world, media education is an essential part of good teaching, not just as a tool to teach the more traditional aspects of the curriculum, but in its own right as an essential part of literacy.
This book is relevant to all teachers working in Primary schools, and will be particularly helpful for Literacy Co-ordinators.
Cary Bazalgette is a freelance researcher, writer and consultant specializing in media education development; she is Chair of the Media Education Association and a member of the European Commission's Media Literacy Experts' Group.
PART ONE: CULTURAL LEARNING TV Talk and Children's Identities - Liesbeth de Block Points for Practice: Reading Images 1 Social Networking Practices in Homes and Schools - Jackie Marsh Points for Practice: Every Picture Tells a Story 1 Extending Children's Experience of Film - Cary Bazalgette Resources: Finding Films to Watch PART TWO: CRITICAL LEARNING Rethinking Literacy - Geoff Dean Points for Practice: Every Picture Tells a Story 2 Analyzing Advertisements in the Classroom - Shakuntala Banaji Points for Practice: Reading Images 2 A Learning Journey - Christine Whitney Points for Practice: Talking about a Film PART THREE: CREATIVE LEARNING Helping Children Tell the Stories in Their Heads - Becky Parry Points for Practice: Film Adaptations, Book Adaptations Social Media and Primary School Children - Guy Merchant Case Study 1: Alternate Reality in the Classroom Digital Glue: Creative Media in the Classroom - Tim Brook Case Study 2: Peterborough's Film Experience