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Creative Media in Education

    ---- a Professional Development School project coordinated by SPCS

    a briefing paper drafted by Chitat Chan

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Background

    This year St Paul‟s Convent School (SPCS) has been nominated by the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) as a Professional Development School (PDS) that focuses on enhancing effective learning through creative media production.

    Currently information is not conveyed merely through face-to-face communication, instead, it is increasingly mediated by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) such as the Internet, mobile phones, television, film, etc.. Students live in a „mediated age‟ that requires them to

    encounter multimedia sources of data which convey varied and often conflicting viewpoints. An unreflective utilization of information technology will be counter-productive, creating confusion and hindering effective learning. Effective use of ICT can help develop students aptitude and

    appreciation for learning to learn. Properly applied ICT can enable students to construct personal

    stknowledge that keeps pace with their rapidly changing 21 century, knowledge-based society.

SPCS started its Creative Media Curriculum (CMC, formerly Video Arts) for all Form 3 (F3)

    students in 2000. This curriculum aims to help students develop their effective information literacy by using ICT to: (i) conceive a project idea; (ii) create an idea with a material medium; and (iii) communicate with audience through the media. Students are encouraged to think critically with multiple perspectives for making informed choices throughout these stages of information management.

    Based on this pedagogical framework, creative media production at SPCS has become something fun for the students helping to enrich their enquiry-based learning in other subjects as well. In the academic year 2004-5, projects were jointly organized between their Economic and Public Affairs (EPA) class and the Creative Media Curriculum for Form 3 students. These projects covered current socio-economic issues such as teenagers‟ role in the economy, the economic relationship

    between Hong Kong and China, freedom of expression, unemployment, etc.. Using the same approach, creative media practice can also work with projects related to other key learning areas such as language, humanities, religious studies, science, cultural education, physical education, etc.. During the academic years 2005-2007, the PDS initiative of SPCS will particularly address project

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    topics such as personal development, Hong Kong society, contemporary China, globalisation, mass media and other subjects covered in the newly proposed Liberal Studies core curriculum (a component of the forthcoming 3+3+4 Hong Kong academic reform).

    With its responsibility as a Professional Development School, SPCS will regularly revise its Creative Media Curriculum for continuing improvement and will assist other Hong Kong secondary schools to develop similar initiatives. SPCS can provide supportive services such as sharing of teaching experience and the promotion of information & communication technology (ICT). Other ongoing activities will include pedagogical development and consultation regarding hardware and software.

Overall Objectives

    Creative Media in Education is a Professional Development School project coordinated by St Pauls Convent School (SPCS), it aims to enable teachers to help students develop creative writing/production skills and multiple-perspective reading/thinking skills using media technologies.

Core programmes

(A) Media production projects

    (B) Media analysis exercises

    (C) Media Ed Resources

    (D) Monthly seminars

    (E) Other activities organised by PDS partner schools

Schools involved

St Pauls Convent School (聖保祿學校)

    Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College (佛教黃允畋中學)

    Christian & Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School(基督教宣道會宣基中學)

    Confucian Ho Kwok Pui Chun College (孔教學院何郭佩珍中學)

    Lam Tai Fai College(林大輝中學)

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The SPCS PDS project (Creative Media in Education) is supported by correspondent

    initiatives at SPCS and supportive programmes of HKMediaEd.

    Creative Media in Education

    a Professional Development School network

    PDS level SPCS level HKMediaEd level

    (A1) Creative Media Curriculum (A) Media production projects

    (A2) Extracurricular activities

    (PVS, DIP, CTV)

     (B) Class exercise (B) ) Media analysis exercises

     (in EPA/ other subjects)

     (C) Media Ed Resources (C) Media Ed Resources

    ICT support, online archive, (Enquiry, resources, researching (Researching young peoples

    teaching resources, human media education practices) media practices)

    resources.

    (D) Monthly seminars (D) Study group / Staff

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    (E) Other activities organised by (E) Other activities organised by PDS partner schools SPCS

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    A diagram illustrating the way in which the PDS project run by SPCS (Creative Media in Education) is supported by correspondent initiatives in SPCS, partner schools, HKMediaEd and other media groups

    PDS = Professional Development School; DIP = Diversified Interest Programme; PVS = Photography and Video Society CMC = Creative Media Curriculum;

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PDS based programmes

(A) Media production projects

    (B) Media analysis exercises

    (C) Media Ed Resources

    (D) Monthly seminars

    (E) Other activities organised by PDS partner schools

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    (A) Media production projects

    --Media projects will be run by the schools involved in the PDS network. The basic format of all the

    student projects is as follows:

    1. A debatable theme leading to further discussion 2. Photographs (illustrating the theme)

    3. Relevant, thought provoking captions

    4. Further references (for deeper understanding of the theme) 5. Discussion

(B) Media analysis exercises

    Some class exercises will be run by schools involved in the PDS network. The basic format of the

    exercise is as follows:

    1. Start with a debatable issue

    2. An investigation process that encourages students to make informed choices

    3. Values clarification (choosing sides in the debate)

(C) Media Ed Resources @ HKedCity

    (Enquiry, teaching resources, researching media practices)

(D) Monthly discussion

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SPCS based programmes

(A1) Creative Media Curriculum

    (A2) Extracurricular activities (PVS, DIP, CTV)

    (B) Class exercise (in EPA/ other subjects)

    (C) Media Ed Resources (Researching young peoples media practices)

    (D) Study group / Staff development

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    (A1) Creative Media Curriculum

    --teaching methods, games (Conceiving, Creating, Communication) --The basic format of all student projects is as follows: 1. A theme (which is debatable and leads to further discussion) 2. Photographs (illustrating the theme)

    3. Relevant, provocative captions

    4. Further references (enriching understanding of the theme) 5. Discussion

    (A2) Creative Media Team (including previous PVS, DIP, Campus TV) --DIP: Creative photography (media tech, media arts, socio-cultural issues in media) --PVS & Campus media (Documenting school events & creative photo projects, photo archive,

    video archive)

    * School duties (documenting major school events, mainly the duty of previous Campus TV)

    * Creative work (using photo and video to produce creative media work, mainly the duty of

    previous PVS)

    * Researching young peoples media practices (using DIP session)

(B) CM, EPA, GPA, Ethics (LS)

    1. Start with a debatable issue

    2. An investigation process that encourages students to make informed choices 3. Values clarification (choosing sides in the debate)

(C) Media Ed Resources

    (Researching young peoples media practices)

(D) Staff development ; Case studies: Creative use of media in learning and teaching

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Supportive devices from HKMediaEd

Hong Kong Media Education Resources Web (www.HKMediaEd.net) aims to promote

    multiple-perspective thinking and creative expression in the new media environment, introducing relevant pedagogies and media technologies to the education sector and addressing the particular needs of Hong Kong remodelled education system.. The programmes of HKMediaEd in the coming academic year (2005-2006) will be shaped to fit the needs of PDS projects and will include ICT

    support, online archives, relevant teaching resources, human resources, etc..

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