Workshop: The drama of representation in the media: a look at IE for secondary education
The pixelated blips on the screen seen in early games such as Spacewars (1958) or Pong (1964) cannot match the immersive technologies that our students now hold in the palm of their hand. Every day we see how intertwined our students have become with media-driven entertainment industries and we know mass media has, for some time, instigated complex and heated debated among researchers, educators and parents. These debates often divide into two sides: condemning or condoning media use.
We don’t, however, need to pick a side in the media debate, we only need to find the stories to help student unpack the taken-for-grantedness of the media in our lives because media use, particularly interactive media, is often too personal to unpack in a critical way. Imaginative Education and its tools for developing lesson plans has been useful in nurturing thoughtful and meaningful engagement with complex and personal issues such as media use, identity and our understanding of representation in the media.
This workshop will pull out elements of the new BC curriculum including representation, aboriginal perspectives and media literacy and take participants through lesson planning and an understanding of the role of the imagination in teaching. Kym will show that IE can help provide a framework to deal with the ‘big questions’ asked in the new curriculum.