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Understanding Modern Technology in Year 9

Carl Beck | Tuesday June 02, 2009

Categories: KS3, Year 9, New Media, New Technologies, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

In Term 1 of Year 9, we introduce the students to Modern Technology. The students are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by planning, designing and advertising/marketing a new product: new tv series; video game; phone.

We are currently developing this unit. When complete, it will be included here.

During Year 9 students are expected to move from Media as production to Media as analysis, interpretation and evaluation. They are introduced to more conventions and are tasked to explore them in more depth.

Throughout Year 9 the concepts of ‘institution’, ‘regulation’ and ‘censorship’ are introduced and woven through the Modern Technology, Film Studies and Pop Band / Pop Music Industry units.

This is because we believe that students need a little more time to access and be able to apply this concept than many others in Media Studies. It provides a sound grounding for tackling issues they will encounter in Years 10 & 11.

Every sixth lesson the students sit a formal assessment and are awarded a National Curriculum level using our tailor-made assessment structure.

The skills are introduced by class demonstration, student mirroring the activity on their work stations and the key steps are supported with a range of guides and worksheets.

The formal assessments during the unit are designed to ensure that a particular competency has been achieved.

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