This paper documents processes and responses regarding a Children’s Media Literacy Pilot Project, a six-month venture involving selected Jamaican teachers college faculty, student teachers, and schoolteachers and their students. The project was geared at exposing children to materials created to promote responsible responses to the burgeoning media possibilities available at children’s disposal.
KiDz HuB(tm) Media Network is a youth organization that focuses on using media (radio,television, print – newspaper, magazine, and electronic media – social network, the web, email) and innovative learning techniques to educate kids, tweens and teens. We focus on 21st century productivity skills, applicable in the digital age and ensure that our ‘hubbers’ learn how to use media, not only for entertainment, but also for productivity.
KiDz HuB(tm) joins the cadre of innovative programs to increase literacy rates of children 7-17 year old, through kinesthetic exploration of the positive and productive use of media. KiDz HuB(tm) provides children with a range of skills, gives them a platform to express themselves and as well as introduces them to the world of broadcast media.
Storytelling has always been an oral tradition in Namibia. The Oshiwambo, Otji-Herero, Nama/Damara and San cultures have used storytelling as a means to preserve their culture and to ensure continuity. This Paper discusses the implications of the digital preservation of culture, which has been, until recently, captured orally. The implications of such a tradition are evident and, therefore, need to be researched. It will further examine the nuances and ethos that become altered in the process of digitalization, which are important issues to consider in our technocratic society. Thus, as mass communication educators, we seek to provide some of the answers to the convergence of technology and storytelling. For instance, what is necessary for the culture to continue? What could be lost? What could be gained? These questions would help to facilitate discussions with Namibians in order to understand the impact of technology on storytelling.
Paper presented at a conference, Kingston, Jamaica 2008
Youth Speak Out International's mission is to empower youth within culturally diverse communities to express their thoughts while creating independence through advocacy and equality in order to create positive global change...
This document is intended for use in Jamaican Primary and Junior High Schools and comprises curriculum material for infusing media education within the existing school curriculum.
The first phase of the media literacy project entailed the creation of materials (print and video) to be used in the instruction and training of Jamaican teachers and primary school children in media literacy. A package of four lessons, each designed for delivery within a twenty (20) minute class module, was designed and produced.
As part of the second phase of the project, the Commission has worked with the JBTE to produce additional media literacy curricula for Grades 1-3 and Grades 7- 9 and to create a practical training component to assist grade 7-9 students in the establishment and operation of a school/community radio station.
A mentorship programme has also been designed to link each school/community radio station with a media mentor. A media literacy curriculum has been developed for primary and secondary student teachers in teacher training colleges and teachers already in service. Workbooks to accompany the modules for each grade group have also been produced. Among the JBTE recommendations which emerged from the pilot testing of the materials in phase one, was that the videos should be revised and updated. This was done as part of the second phase resulting in the development of 4 video scripts for grades 4-6. Finally, the Commission has incorporated the JBTE‟s recommendations for integrating the existing grades 4-6 media literacy curriculum into the primary school curriculum.
Kay Osborne's recent call for media literacy to become a national priority is an interesting view that merits some attention by our decision makers in government as well as our educational institutions.
The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) is set to roll out Phase III of its Media Literacy Project, being undertaken in institutions across the island. At the end of Phase III, the curricula of the media literacy project will be formally handed over to Ministry of Education.
Launched in 2007, the Media Literacy Project was conceptualised as a necessary intervention in dealing with problematic content in traditional and new media. It also seeks to address the need to empower Jamaican children, and by extension, the Jamaican society, in making use of media for personal and national development.
The new service, which will be available as of October 1, will provide Flow's cable service customers with access to a library of thousands of hours of a wide variety of programming, enabling them to watch what they want, when they want. Flow is the only cable operator in Jamaica offering an OnDemand option for customers.
Northern Caribbean University - (NCU) is the flagship educational institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica and the Caribbean Region, College of Allied Health & Nursing, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Business...
The Container Project is a not-for-profit Community Multimedia Center providing access to new technology for marginalised and under-educated people in rural communities. The Project promotes the use of the Internet and other multimedia platform as a new and innovative means of learning and creative development for career boosting activity and empowerment through the use of information communication technology and computers.
Students in Jamaica’s High Schools will benefit from a mix of formal methods with informal entertaining approaches to learning to stimulate the teaching/learning process and excite young minds to embark on a quest for knowledge. As the youths of Jamaica are already immersed in technology, the use of modern methodologies in the classroom is a natural move towards enhancing the learning process.
In 2008, a new style in Jamaican dancehall music and dance culture known as “Daggering” emerged. Daggering music and dancing, which included lyrics that graphically referred to sexual activities and a dance which has been described as “dry sex” on the dance floor, took Jamaica by storm. Unlike other dancehall traditions, however, Daggering went so main stream that both television and radio stations were airing audio and video recorded versions of the songs. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica was forced, because of the public controversy that evolved, to crack down on broadcasting and cable stations preventing them from playing any Daggering content. This article focuses on the subsequent clash between the government and the dancehall, and seeks to identify an appropriate method for monitoring and enforcing these new standards.
Interesting article about mediabehaviour. How youngsters integrate different kinds of media in their life and what skills are needed to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms.
16-05-2008 The initial pilot stage of a project launched in 2007 by Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and UNESCO to train children in media literacy has now been completed. Testing of the project material involved 910 students in 10 schools. The results of the findings and lessons learnt will soon be made available on the Caribbean Network of Information/Media Literacy Clubs website.
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