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DYW Moray releases new career videos⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.

The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council.  We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.

Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.


Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them.   Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.

The films are also available on our YouTube page.  Please click on the links below for each video.

  1. Early Learning and Childcare Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVtmjGMz6bU
  2. Food, Drink & Tourism Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdIsrynuhc
  3. Engineering Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SYWiz89Tc
  4. Creative Industries & IT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txfUIjYhay0
  5. Business/Professional Services Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ruawNL-mo
  6. Land Based Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX77i4dvNdM


Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening.  This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project.  You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.


from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The 2016 AMES conference will be held on Saturday 4 June at ForthAMES Valley College, Stirling. The theme for the conference is ‘How good is our Creativity?’ The title takes its inspiration from Education Scotland’s How Good is Our School? (4th edition) — which prioritises Creativity and Employability — as well as Creative Scotland’s ambitions for a thriving artistic, media and creative culture.

Full details of the programme, fees and registration form can be downloaded at http://ames.scot/resources/pdf/AMESConferenceFlyer2016.pdf.

It would be much appreciated if applications were made as early as possible and by Monday 30 May at the latest.

AMES gratefully acknowledges financial support from Scottish Film Education and Into Film

Very little room for optimism?⤴

from @ Frame by Frame

During David Buckingham‘s engaging keynote speech at the MEA/BFI Conference last Saturday, he addressed the possible future that Media and Film Education faces in the UK. Covering issues such as the privatisation/marketisation of education, the way(s) in which Media Education is perceived within the UK, and how the current government seems intent on harking back to a model that fits the 19th century rather than one designed for the 21st century; Buckingham painted a relatively bleak picture, however he also argued that as educationalists we should be fighting our corner.

Towards the beginning of his keynote you could hear the audience shuffle in their seats with unease when he claimed that there was “very little room for optimism” for media education. Therefore the first topic of #mediaedchat will be to discuss whether there is “very little room for optimism“? And also what can we do to defend/promote/change the subject in these ‘hard times’? Looking forward to an invigorating discussion tomorrow!


from @ Frame by Frame

With the excitement of the second MEA/BFI: Media and Film Education Futures conference taking place tomorrow I’ve proposed on Twitter that it could be a good starting point to start a weekly #mediaedchat on Twitter. There are numerous weekly education chats taking place on Twitter these days, but there seems to be a gap where practitioners and enthusiasts of media education can get together to discuss relevant topics. Hopefully the idea will catch on and grow, which might have the potential to develop into local meetings of media teachers (as being advocated by the local MEA groups that are currently being set up around the country).

I thought that this post could be a starting point of highlighting the Twitter accounts of media teachers around the UK and internationally (please feel free to comment with other accounts that can be updated to the list).

The first #mediaedchat will take place on Tuesday 27 November at 8pm.

Here’s hoping that others feel that this is a good idea!

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Share, share, share!⤴

from @ Frame by Frame

I am delighted to be able to say that the programme for this year’s OCR A Level Media Studies Conference has been announced. Following the article that I wrote for the Media Education Association journal (POV), myself and Steve Murray were asked by Pete Fraser if we would like to run an unconference style session within the conference. Of course, it only took us a few seconds to accept! The aim of the session is for people to come along and share good practice following the same format that TeachMeets use (7 min and 2 min presentations). A wiki will be set up very soon where attendees can sign up to notify Steve and myself about what they would like to share. Not only will you get an opportunity to spread the word of what amazing things take place in your classroom, but you will also be able to attend other exciting sessions. I have to say that the programme looks excellent, especially with Corin Hardy leading a session.

For more info please visit http://ocrmediaconference2011.weebly.com/index.html

Hope to see you there and no doubt in the pub afterwards where the dialogue will continue!

A Possible Alternative?⤴

from @ Frame by Frame

It’s been a LONG while since I have blogged anything and part of me feels ashamed – I aim to make amends to this! In the last few months I have been appointed as Subject Leader for Media Studies at a school in the south of England, therefore have been very busy getting to grips with a new curriculum, a new school, a new location etc. In October 2010 I attended the Media Literacy Conference that was held in London and have subsequently been asked to write an article for the Media Education Association journal POV. During the conference I had quite a few concerns which are expressed in the article below:



Like so many other educationalists, the concept of a conference centred on the theme of Media Literacy was enticing to say the least. Upon its initial announcement where the workshops appeared to be focused on what was happening in classrooms, where good practice would be shared amongst those in attendance, and where there would be a sense of conviviality, attendance at the Media Literacy Conference was a must. However, as the months passed before the conference it was clear that there was a burgeoning emphasis on Research Panels, where PhD students and other academics would share (or read out?) their current projects with the cohort. During the conference, I was one of several “tweeters” who publically voiced their concerns about the shift in emphasis away from sharing innovative and practical classroom knowledge (something that I believe has been what the MEA is about) towards a celebration of academic research. Although I firmly believe in the worth and merit of this field of research and also how it often helps to inform classroom practice, I felt that the conference left me a little short changed. Therefore I propose two alternatives that may be considered to work alongside or within MLC2011.

Over the years, I have found that the most meaningful dialogue at a conference occurs during the coffee breaks, or if it is a residential, in the bar during the evening. It is within these spaces that connections are made, ideas are exchanged, and often changes are made. Over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of TeachMeets occurring throughout the UK and also internationally. These events are not modelled on conventional conference structures but are based around the more informal model of an unconference. They often take place during the evening, where teachers, educationalists, and other interested parties are not taken away from their day jobs; therefore they are open for all to attend. The premise for a TeachMeet style event is in the words of Ewan Macintosh “about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and get some ideas from the grassroots” and where the guidelines are:

•    7 minute presentations
•    2 minute nano-presentations
•    Anyone can speak; there are no keynotes or spotlight talks
•    Speakers are chosen at random; there is no pecking order
•    Presentations cannot use PowerPoint; find another way
•    Presentations must talk about teaching and learning going on now, in a classroom.
•    No sales pitches
•    Everyone is a participant, not a bystander. The venue should be conducive to getting up and having a chat in the corner at any time, not just in the breaks. The first TeachMeet was held in a pub and then a restaurant. Others have been held in ballrooms.
•    The provision of drinks helps break down the notion that people are ‘in conference’ or ‘at work’.
•    If you need a sponsor to get a venue, set up PA, bring in drinks and nibbles, then make sure you’re not held to one sponsor.
•    Sponsors are privileged to sponsor TeachMeet – not the other way around. ‘No sales pitches’ goes for them, too.
•    TeachMeet is not about freebees. It’s about teachers talking about teaching and learning.

Personally, the benefits of a TeachMeet style of unconference is that it is about building a community where ideas are shared and where everyone is valued equally, and they have been highly successful because of this. Having a keynote speaker at a conference has its benefits, but ultimately the dialogue is finished once that speaker has closed their presentation.

In June 2009 I co-organised an unconference style event on the Isle of Islay centred around the theme of what education might look like in the year 2020, focusing on these areas: assessment, future spaces,  relevance of skills, and learning for all. There was to be no keynote speaker, no presentations by individual attendees, instead it was an open, very informal, and possibly anarchic(!) event where the emphasis was on creating a dialogue, sharing ideas, and exchanging viewpoints. Despite being held on a Scottish island where the ferry journey time to the mainland was 2.5 hours, over 50 people attended coming from all corners of the UK. I might add that we held it in Bowmore Distillery, therefore there was the added incentive of a few free drams! As the vast majority of people came from afar, local hotels were open to negotiation to deals for the attendees and the unconference continued into the early hours of the morning. Everyone left with a sense that something was achieved and that a journey had been begun. Moreover, there was no cost for the event for the attendees (apart from the obvious travel and accommodation costs) and sponsorship for the cost of the venue was obtained from one source. Therefore for an event to take place where teachers can meet to converse and exchange does not need to cost an awful lot of money – there are always alternatives.

These are just two examples of what could possibly happen at the forthcoming Media Literacy Conference and hopefully will spark some debate on the MEA forum. Perhaps a TeachMeet style event could be held in a local brewery or the backroom of a pub? It is important that teachers of Media (in all its forms) are provided with an opportunity to meet and to share ideas, especially when one thinks of the coalition Government’s proposals regarding the future of education where Media is not even mentioned. Grand buildings, free goodie bags of promotional materials, and sparkling silverware are not necessary when it comes to discussing ideas and proposals of change!