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.

A Learning Journey
A learning journey

As a classroom practitioner, I had for many years planned for and embraced the engagement of learners that came with working on moving-image media. What I had not explored fully at that time were the possibilities, way beyond film as stimulus, which this medium could provide. This chapter traces that learning journey for me as I began to explore the role of moving-image texts in relation to print-based texts, and to what were then the prevailing approaches to reading and writing in ...

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