Julian McDougall: Doing a bit more interesting stuff for G325

In this workshop we will look at some less commonly used but arguably more interesting and contemporary areas for student research

The Cowell Clifford Culture Industry (We Media and Democracy)
Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop (Postmodern Media)
Cubatweet – (Global Media) case study for teachers and students to make use of, entirely shared through twitter – update on work in progress (to finish with tweets from Cuba during trip in April, access allowing). 
Wikileaks as a media text?? (Online age / democracy / regulation)

Time will be given over to other ideas from participants with the intention of broadening our perspectives on what we can cover for this paper and sharing good pedagogic practice.

Julian is Reader in Media and Education, Head of Creative Arts and runs a Postgraduate course in Creative and Media Education at Newman University College, Birmingham. He is Principal Examiner for Critical Perspectives in Media author of OCR Media Studies for AS and OCR Media Studies for A2, The Media Teacher's Book (Hodder), Studying Videogames (Auteur), After the Media: Culture and Identity in the 21st Century (Routledge) and The Media Teacher's Book (Hodder). He is co-editor of the Media Education Research Journal, a visiting fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and is currently working on Media Studies: The Basics for Routledge. Prior to moving to higher education, Julian was a Head of Media in further education for ten years.



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Michael Parkes: Teaching Postmodernism

This session will examine approaches to teaching the concept of Postmodernism for the G325 exam.  Through using media case studies we will address techniques that can be used in the classroom to teach the concept of Postmodernism at A level.  The session will focus on how to make theory interesting, encouraging student involvement and why Postmodernism is important in everyday life. The session will also provide possible clips and resources and ideas for classroom activities and exam approaches.

Michael Parkes has been teaching Media and Film studies at Bilborough College Nottingham for 8 years. His interest in Postmodern theory comes from his MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies and a belief that theory doesn’t have to be boring if you realise how much of it impacts on everyday life. He is currently studying for a PhD in Illegal Audience behavior and practice.


All of Michael's resources are on the materials disc.

Nikki Blackborow: Teaching the Music Promo package

This session will explore various approaches to achieving success with this brief. Participants will be offered tried and tested ideas, resources and practical advice relating to the construction of the main and the ancillary tasks, plus teaching and learning activities and strategies designed to help you get the best out of your students in relation to research, planning and evaluation. Examples of work produced by my own students for this unit will be used as illustration; these will be available for delegates to use in their own classrooms if they wish.

Nikki Blackborow is Head of Media Studies and Arts at The Latymer School, North London.

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Above is Nikki's music video Brief website.

Andy Wallis and Steve Murray: sharing good practice 'unconference'

Steve is a former newspaper reporter and assistant television producer. He was a founding executive member of the Media Education Association and has taught film and media courses at secondary school and sixth form level for seven years. He remains an executive member of MEA and is also a member of Hampshire Media Steering Group. Steve is currently Curriculum Director of Film and Media at Havant Sixth Form College in Hampshire.

Andy  is currently Subject Leader for Media Studies at Ringwood School, Hampshire. Prior to this he was an English and Media Studies teacher in Scotland as well as being a Lead Practitioner for Moving Image Education with Scottish Screen. He has extensive knowledge of practical media work and an enthusiasm for production work.


A session that will involve sharing good practice amongst those involved in the delivery of the A level. The style of the session will be based on a TeachMeet unconference where attendees will speak about successful classroom activities: these will take the form of either a 'micro' 7 minute presentation or a 'nano' 2 minute presentation and from that an informal dialogue will be created. Those who are willing to speak will be chosen at random. Participants will be required to tell us what you'd like to present beforehand: a public wikispace will be established in order for this to be achieved. It will be an engaging and invigorating session where everyone is actively involved in communal sharing activities and where no-one is left being a bystander. Sign up, join in, and share!

The WIKISPACE is here