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. 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.
Children need to gain critical tools with which to analyse the media and to talk and write about them confidently. This kind of learning is important in its own right, but it needs to be embedded in the curriculum, from the first years of schooling.[Page 50]