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Kids in the driving seat: personalised digital & printed books

On Friday, 25th of September 2015, academics and three key UK publishers of children’s personalised books met at The Open University, London Camden, to discuss the current status quo and future of children’s personalised books. Personalised books are books which use key information of the reader (in this case of the child), such as their name, […]

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Launch of a Framework for Film Education in Europe in Paris 19th June 2015

On 19th June 2015, 50 delegates from all over Europe gathered at the Cinémathèque française in Paris to discuss the future of film education in Europe. The event marked the launch of A Framework for Film Education in Europe, which establishes a set of ambitions and outcomes for people learning about film that all educators […]

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Which digital books work best in the classroom?

The argument over whether children’s digital books count as educational storytime or just screentime has been going on for a while. Given that digital interactive books (often called storyapps) are hybrids of books, short films and digital games, their educational value largely depends on whether they are used to promote specific literacy skills or just […]

Net Children 2020- Creating a Roadmap

I was fortunate to be invited to Net Children 2020 an expert conference organised by the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research and the  German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. This took place on 16 and 17 April 2015 in Berlin. This was less a conference but rather a working […]

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The first UK Children’s Digital Book Award judged by teachers!

The quality of a child’s digital book is measured by several criteria and there are currently several evaluation rubrics available for evaluating children’s digital books. This is why I’m very excited that in the first UKLA Digital Book Award it will be teachers who will vote for the best children’s digital book. As announced on […]

Conference : Comparing Children’s Media Around the World

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS Comparing Children’s Media Around the World: Policies, Texts and Audiences Conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)University of Westminster, with support from the Arts & Humanities Research CouncilDate: Friday 4 September, 2015 Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS Preceded on Thursday 3 […]

Into the Woods: Being Brave with Storytelling

Fairy tales have happy endings. They may be dark and scary but the prince always finds Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood susses out the big bad wolf. Right? All too often many assume that fairy stories are, have always been and should be all about the happily ever after. The release of Into the […]

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What theories and practices around digital making are important and distinctive and how can they be connected to media education?

DARE at MES 14: Media, making and learning What theories and practices around digital making are important and distinctive and how can they be connected to media education? In the conversation strand at the recent International Media Education Summit in Prague, members of the DARE collaborative asked this and other questions, drawing on recent case […]

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UKLA: Media Literacies Special Interest Group

On Nov 29, the Media Education Conference at the British Film Institute in London included the first workshop of the United Kingdom Literacy Association’s new Media Literacies special interest group, with the following outcomes: The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice presented findings from a pilot study investigating the media literacy of students in the […]

Media Education Summit: Intergenerational Digital Storytelling

At the recent and excellent Media Education Summit held in Prague I presented some research on the ways in which young children read adverts. I argued that the data I was sharing demonstrated that children were able to express some very complex ideas if given the appropriate conceptual tools and opportunities for reflection. This led […]

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