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He whai mōhiohio, he whai mātauranga

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Assessment and professional support

Assessment Online

  • This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.
  • The linked site Consider the evidence promotes ‘evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools’ and supports secondary educators in making best use of evidence to improve student achievement.
  • For a view of how assessment can best serve learning, see Directions for assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, 
Rosemary Hipkins, and 
Ian Reid (also available as a Word or PDF file).

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Resourcing ideas for media studies

The following references will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for media studies.

AnyQuestions.co.nz

Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each weekday between 1 pm and 6 pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, or secondary school or being home schooled.

Creative Directions

Creative Directions is a fully downloadable, intellectual property (IP) resource for media studies teachers developed by the Ministry of Education and the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ). This professional support kit will help you to start talking to your students about IP issues. The kit covers everything from performers’ rights through to school licensing schemes.

Media studies kete on TKI

This site offers information, resources, and guidance designed to inspire media studies teachers to engage students in relevant learning.

The National Library of New Zealand Curriculum Services

Curriculum services has ‘over a million resources that support teaching programmes’, including books and audiovisuals (videos/DVDs). Schools pay only return courier costs on borrowed items. Schools can also interloan music, books, and serials from the National Library’s general collections. A freephone advice service is offered on 0800 542 5463. See the website for contact details for the regional offices in Auckland, Palmerston North, and Christchurch.

Resources for media studies on NZQA

The media studies page offers a range of links to resources designed to support the teaching and assessment of media studies, in New Zealand and internationally.

Social Sciences Online

This site provides pages specific to the following senior subjects: business studies, classical studies, economics, geography, history, and senior social studies (see links under 'Senior secondary' on the landing page).

Social sciences online also provides PDFs of titles in the Ministry of Education series Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS). (These are listed in 'Featured content', right navigation.)

  • Approaches to building conceptual understandings
  • Approaches to social inquiry
  • Being part of a global community
  • Belonging and participating in society

Although the BCUSS series is designed to help teachers of levels 1–5, it is strongly recommended to senior social science teachers.

Te Kete Ipurangi

Teachers are also encouraged to visit relevant TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for learning.

Ministry of Education websites

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success: The Māori Education Strategy 2008–2012

Ka Hikitia is a five-year strategy that aims to transform and change the education sector, ensuring Māori are able to enjoy education success as Māori.

Key Competencies Online

This companion site to New Zealand curriculum online offers specific guidance to school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

The New Zealand Curriculum online

As well as the HTML version of The New Zealand Curriculum, this interactive site offers a variety of support and strategies, news updates, digital stories of schools’ experiences, and archived material relating to development of the curriculum.

Pasifika education

This site has been created to enable all of those involved with Pasifika education to find information quickly and easily, including policy, initiatives, publications, research results, and services and funding.

Secondary middle leaders

This site is designed to assist secondary middle managers to work with their departments to implement the New Zealand Curriculum. It explores various aspects of effective pedagogy.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes an English translation of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

Te Tere Auraki

This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects: Te Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua, Ako Panuku, and Te Mana Kōrero.

Other government agency websites

BES (Iterative best evidence synthesis) programme

BES is a collaborative knowledge-building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand. See in particular Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES).

Other websites

The following websites have been recommended as helpful by media studies teachers. They have not been extensively reviewed or checked for quality.

AdMedia and Fastline

AdMedia is New Zealand's only dedicated monthly advertising and media industry magazine.

AdMedia, together with its bundled weekly industry newsletter Fastline, offers total industry coverage including breaking news, backgrounders to the news, events, trend analyses, in-depth coverage of industry issues, profiles, campaign strategies, and sector features that make connections between everything that is happening in the media marketplace.

Centre for Media Literacy

CML is dedicated to promoting and supporting education in media literacy as a framework for accessing, analysing, evaluating, creating, and participating with media content. CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the modern media culture.

English and Media Centre

The English and Media Centre is a not-for-profit trust that provides publications and professional development on all aspects of English teaching for teachers and students of literature, language, and media in the UK and abroad.

Film Education

Film Education is a charity that aims to help teachers and students get as much as possible from feature films and offers teachers powerful tools to help them in their work.

Film Studies for Free

A web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on: online, open access, film, and moving image (studies and resources).

MCS (Media and communications study)

A directory of media and communications resources.

Media Awareness Network (MNet)

MNet is a Canadian non-profit organisation that promotes media literacy and digital literacy by producing education and awareness programmes and resources, working in partnership with Canadian and international organisations.

Media Education Association

MEA is the subject association for everyone who teaches about the media at any level of the UK years 3–19 education system, including secondary schooling and specialist media courses.

Media studies on TKI: Hotlinks

This page offers a comprehensive list of sites that will support, guide, inform, and inspire media studies teachers.

Mute magazine

Mute is an online magazine dedicated to exploring culture and politics. Mute combines quarterly issues dedicated to specific topics (Precarious Labour, The Knowledge Commons, etc) with regularly updated articles and reviews. The site also features ongoing coverage of relevant news and events contributed by its writers and readers.

New Zealand Film Commission

The NZFC has the statutory responsibility ‘to encourage, participate and assist in the making, promotion, distribution, and exhibition of films’ made in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, on New Zealand subjects.

New Zealand Journal of Media Studies

The New Zealand Journal of Media Studies is a fully refereed scholarly journal established in 1995 now available online. The journal's contributions reflect the development of media studies and related fields in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Office of Film and Literature Classification

The Office of Film and Literature Classification is the Government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.

OnFilm

New Zealand’s screen production industry magazine.

Teaching film,
 television, and media

Twelve class modules can be found on this site.

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice

CEMP is a research and innovation centre based in the Media School of Bournemouth University.

The Film Archive

The New Zealand Film Archive houses collections of documentaries, home movies, newsreels, television commercials, feature and short films, music videos, television programmes, as well as a documentation collection of posters, photographs, props, and costumes.

The New Zealand media teachers wiki

This media teachers’ wiki includes links to student film examples and an online workshop on creating your own wiki.

Theory.org.uk

This site explores connections between media and identities in a visually engaging way.

New Zealand organisations

The National Association of Media Educators (N.A.M.E.)

This is the website of the National Association of Media Educators in New Zealand, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers, many of them teachers, to support media education. It includes resource links and NCEA information. Copies of the magazine Script can be downloaded.

Print publications

Cubitt, S., Irvine, R., and Dow, A. (1999). Top tools for social science teachers. Auckland: Pearson Educational.

Whitehead, D. (2004). Top tools for teaching thinking. Auckland: Pearson Educational.

Last updated October 30, 2013



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