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Video Equipment Guide »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday April 24, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Procurement, Staffroom, Equipment

Digital camcorders are now very good value and you can buy one for about £200. Important considerations:

1. Memory Card | The Most User Friendly Format

Virtually all camcorders now use memory cards to store audio and video.

This works well in an educational situation as each video group, or individual, can have its own card, making it less likely to lose shot material. 

2. Choose A Camcorder with an Exterior Mic Input

An exterior mic offers superior sound quality. The...

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Media Language and Demonstrating Progress »

Natalie Griffiths | Monday December 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

This lesson is pitched to AS media levels E- B grade, it was delivered in line with AQA examination board (levels indicated below in brackets link to the students’ target grades).

Learning Objective: To confidently analyse media texts using media language

Success Criteria

  • All: Identify genre conventions
  • A-C grade: Discuss genre codes – technical, symbolic and cultural
  • A-C grade: Debate gender representations
  • A grade: Consider the impact of gender representations

In...

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Transition Unit: AQA AS Media Studies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »

rlsmedia | Wednesday July 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Theory, Postmodern Theory, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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The purpose of the transition point is to provide AS students with a flavour of what they can expect in their A2 year. It is also an ideal opportunity to really enjoy teaching a whole text, to ease pupils into a more demanding course. In addition, the unit also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to address the A2 coursework element and in particular the Research Paper. During the first lesson it is useful to explore with pupils what...

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Improve Your Teaching | What Makes An Oustanding Lesson? »

rlsmedia | Tuesday March 25, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

Associated Resources

  • Lesson Plan.docx

Ofsted Inspections: What Makes An Outstanding Lesson?

For many teachers the anxiety and worry of being observed is all too real. With new government initiatives such as the fact that pay is linked to performance, and the new Ofsted Framework (2012) breathing down our necks, it could enhance these worries and fears even more. It was therefore thought that it will be helpful to provide some guidance in terms of what makes an outstanding...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Section B: Media and Collective Identity Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Broken Down, Exemplar C-B Grade Response

Analyse the impact of media representation on the collective identity of one or more groups of people.

You have one hour only to answer this question so the essay needs to be well planned and structured – MediaEdu suggests that students detail sub headings for the essay and then bullet point the main areas underneath those headings that are to be covered. It is also good practice when preparing for the...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Sec B Collective Identity: Representation of Youth »

Rob Miller | Thursday February 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Fundamentally this topic, as with all Section B topics requires the examination of contemporary media texts published or released within five years of the examination date. With this in mind, students need to be fully aware of a ‘past, present and future’ relating to topics (as reflected by some of the exam questions) hence a historical context is relevant but with an emphasis on the present day.  Study must be through case study analysis reflecting two different media...

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Moving Image Technical and Symbolic Codes »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

Semiotic terminology applied to moving image media.

Semiotics/Semiology

The study of signs that help us to deconstruct film e.g. Technical and Symbolic Codes in Film

Technical Codes

Constructed codes e.g. Camera angle, types of shot, types of edit, type of lens, SFX, Sound, Framing, Focus

Symbolic Codes

Cultural Representations – in film the mise en scene can be described as symbolic codes ie they ‘stand’ for something

Mise En Scene

The Mise en Scene comprises –...

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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Gatsby Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 28, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form, representation, institutions,...
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Guide to Sound Design with Audacity »

Viki Walden | Thursday April 25, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Skills, Software, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

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Associated Resources

  • Audacity Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Step 1 | Importing Sound or Music

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Click on the Project tab and select Import Audio. Choose your selected sound effect or music track from the hard drive.

Note: Music or sounds from CDs should be uploaded onto the computer hard drive first, rather than importing from CD.

Audacity will then load the audio file into the project window.

Step 2 | Functions

The Selection Tool

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This is the most useful icon and will...

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Improve Your Teaching | Audio Production »

Viki Walden | Thursday April 25, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Equipment

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1. Understanding Sound

Sound is a feature often dismissed by students as the least important element, when in fact it can provide as much meaning for the audience as every visual and technical facet.

In this scene from Reservoir Dogs the song playing on the radio “Stuck In The Middle With You” is contrapuntal to the action, revealing the psychopathic nature of Mr Blonde. Parallel sound would have created a completely different sense, such as in the second clip: Casino...

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Creating Film Projects Guide »

Richard Gent | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Nationals, Firsts, Film, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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This colourful, jargon free guide will take you on a step-by-step journey, enabling groups or individuals to create films of their own. This guide is specifically designed for new film makers and is written by Lizzie Sykes, Senior Lecturer in TV Production at Bournemouth University and a community film maker with over 15 years’ experience. 

The aim of the guide is to provide its readers with the information they need to make key decisions about the films they want to make,...

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Media Studies Apps »

Richard Gent | Thursday January 17, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Nationals, Firsts, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies, Skills, Software, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

Here are some apps that are used in and out of the Media Studies classroom. We’ve attempted to find links to the different operating systems to help identify if the version you need exists.

Language

Close Up Film Language Glossary iOS

The Close-Up Film Language Glossary of the well-known German Educational Publishers Schöningh provides clear and concise definitions of essential film language terms used in basic and advanced film courses. Though geared for use in high school...

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iTraining | Post Production & Editing »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday December 14, 2011

Categories: Film, Film Analysis, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

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When you are teaching students how to edit, there are a few things that you need to consider. Firstly what you will want them to edit - usually, moving image and audio. You will therefore need the things which go with this. In this guide, you will be able to find out about the best editing software for your budget, top tips and more.

Hardware

You will obviously need access to computers. When students are editing, it can take more than a few lessons - especially when they...

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Improve Your Teaching | Preparation »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday August 09, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

Associated Resources

  • Student Questionnaire.doc

How do we prepare the department?

Consistency is the bug bear of many a teacher. The dream of a common language amongst our peers! It can be used in terms of discipline, standards of marking or how we treat one another. Consistency is the mother of all abstract terms, when it comes to teaching. But how do we really achieve it within a department? 

The main aim of consistency is to be ‘outstanding’. Being consistent with...

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Improve Your Teaching | DareDevils »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday August 09, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

Dare to be different, make mistakes and shake things up in order to improve standards of teaching and learning.

This is quite a statement to challenge staff at an INSET. Let alone your first meeting with them, but I have done it. And you know what? It worked. Staff blooming love this, as so SLT groups. Why? Well, we have a lot to do as teachers. We have marking, and lesson preparation, and new specifications and meeting after meeting… who has time to keep shaking things up...

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Improve Your Teaching | Two Year Course Guide »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday June 22, 2011

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

One of the major planning points in a teacher’s year is concerning a course. With changing specifications and curriculums, you can find yourself in the position of designing and redesigning media studies courses every year. So when do you do the controlled assessment? When do you tackle the skills training and when can you start the academic theory. Because you have more than a year, it can almost be too much time. Here are a few points which should help you consider, plan...

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Improve Your Teaching | Feedback: Student Presentations »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday June 15, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

Associated Resources

Feedback Student Sheet.doc

A huge part of your teaching day will be giving feedback, albeit on behaviour, discussion or practical work. One area which can be improved is feedback in terms of your students’ presentational skills. You probably give them clear commentary on their content, but it is of equal merit to guide them with their presentation of the work. The stages of feedback is to initially analyse, evaluate, reflect and then improve. You need to...

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Improve Your Teaching | Observations »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday May 25, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

Observations are always a bit nerve wracking. You may be on top of your game, but you never know when Johnny is going to kick off, when a last minute room change can occur, or when the fire alarm goes off.

Confidence is based on preparation and ensuring the observer can ‘read’ your lesson correctly.

Schools should be offering observations every term. This can be internal (department ‘buddying’, directorate or senior staff whole school reviews) or external (Local...

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Improve Your Teaching | Assessment »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday May 18, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

Associated Resources

AQA GCSE Media Unit 2 Help Sheet.doc

Teaching The Levels: Assessment Objectives

The learning outcomes of a lesson are what the students are expected to know and be able to show. Our job is to:

  • show ‘what a good answer looks like’
  • tell the students why it is considered ‘good’ and what specific features contributed to that judgement
  • give some suggestions about what to do, or to include, in order to reach a similar standard.

Therefore linking the...

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Improve Your Teaching | Planning »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday May 17, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

When you insert lesson planning into Google, you get 860,000 results [1] . If you then enter lesson planning media studies, you get 3,110,000 results. Not only is this bewildering starting point, but how do you know which is the best? 

When planning a Media Studies lesson, scheme of work or entire course, there needs to be a holistic understanding of what you are trying to achieve. You need to be in control and trust where you are going with things.

Improving your planning...

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