Teaching Media Arts in Primary Schools as a generalist teacher
Students' lives are immersed in and shaped by the Media. They draw on the concepts of the media, the symbolic and technical elements of media and apply the principles of media forms, story and viewpoints to communicate meaning for an audience.
Focus on students making and responding to the Media. As Media Artists and as audience for Media Arts, students learn to understand and use the various forms of media to communicate ideas to other people.
It is our job as teachers of the arts to introduce our students to Media Arts - to help them engage and become literate in media as part of the arts. There are a number of key factors to focus on in our work.
We must have clear purpose: be able to tell our students (and their parents) why we are doing this and how this is part of the curriculum. We must develop programs that
engage students - invite them into Media Arts experiences
build trust and confidence - both for individuals and as members of groups
build cohesion and focus - be purposeful, hang together [go beyond one-offs]
Effective Media Arts programs in schools don’t happen by chance. They happen because you - the teacher - plans, teachers and assesses them.