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.
This chapter is an argument about literacy, and about attitudes to literacy. At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, increasing amounts of information, stories and ideas are transmitted in non-print forms. A large proportion of that material is carried in moving image texts such as television, film and computer games. Yet anybody searching through the school curriculum currently offered to young learners in school at any phase will discover that there is limited attention given to ...