1. the means of mass communication, especially television, radio, and newspapers collectively. 2. plural of
- ORIGIN The word media comes from the Latin plural of medium. In the normal sense ‘television, radio, and the press collectively’.
Media is all of the above but has now taken on the further meaning of different forms of presentation within one area, for example visual media covers film, television, streaming video, photography, animation, … .
This page looks at media as a school subject area. Australian sites are provided, as is information on media activities - developing understanding of what media is and can do, media influence, potential for bias, roles in the media field, media language, the creation of media presentations and more. There is general information about media, its history and community media sources.
Curriculum & Essential Learnings
‘How do we make meanings from various communications in a contemporary social world ?’ Select from the menu at the left. South Australia.
- Media Arts, Foundation to Year
10, The Australian Curriculum
Band and Content descriptions, links to resources [Scootle].
- Media [Studies]
Information from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Curriculum, assessment, accreditation, more.
- The Arts
Syllabus and Support
Tasmania. Media forms one component of The Arts for Years K-10.
- Media Arts in Practice 
A Senior Secondary subject found at QCAA.
Production and Analysis
‘Students develop skills to make and understand media ranging from traditional forms such as film, photography, newspapers, magazines, comics, radio and television to new and emerging multimedia technologies. They will consider how people, events and issues are represented’. Curriculum, WA. Syllabus, assessment, resources.
Specific Resource Sites
- English and Media Studies
‘Secondary English and media videos that will spark imaginative thinking and creativity. Explore our range of curriculum aligned videos with teaching resources’.
- Media Arts Lesson Plans
Australian Curriculum Lessons. Primary level lesson plans.
- Media Arts - Scootle
Annotated listing of 500+ classroom resources and 60+ teacher resources for this area. Multiple filters to narrow your search for specific items.
- Toolkit - Digital &
Media Literacy Education
Australian Science. ‘Created with the purpose of offering to teachers and educators a series of learning units on digital media to be used in daily teaching activities’.
- Units of
Used previously with the HSC in NSW. Note the disclaimer. They may, however, be able to be used in modified form.
- Action4Media Education - Resources
Material for Educators. Tips, Helpful Media Resources, Resources from national media literacy organisation Media Literacy Now. USA.
- Core Principles of Media
‘Mass media influences on society are enormous and growing, making media literacy education and the development of critical thinking skills more important now than ever’. USA.
- Media Bias High School Lesson Plan
‘The purpose behind the lesson was to present the concept of media bias to a 12th grade Current Events class [senior high school]’. Download the PDF file to get all details and may need to change a topic or image for effective use in our setting. Sign in or create an account to access this resource. USA.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site but this appears to be free.
- Media Concepts
Ministry of Education, NZ. ‘Explains the media concepts that lie at the centre of media studies courses, how the concepts are interlinked,’ more.
- Media Literacy : Ad. Lesson Plans
‘Lesson plans are listed alphabetically’. USA, but adaptable to the Australian setting.
- Media Literacy Fundamentals
‘Looks at the various aspects and principles relating to media literacy. The relationship between media literacy and media education is also explored and tips are provided for integrating media literacy into the classroom’. Part of a larger site on Digital & Media Literacy site. MediaSmarts, Canada.
- Media Literacy Lessons
Annotated listing of available lessons covering multiple aspects of this area. USA.
- Radio Days : A WebQuest
Covers Introduction, Task, Resources, Process, Evaluation and Conclusion. Not updated for quite some time but could be useful.
- Teacher’s Guide Series
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ‘A series of teacher’s guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. Each teaching guide is available in its entirety to download [PDF] and print’. USA.
- Teaching Media Studies
‘Contains material relevant to media studies teaching and learning. It includes materials contributed by teachers, for teacher interest and professional development, and media studies updates’. Ministry of Education, NZ. Includes Media Concepts noted above.
- What is Media Education ?
‘Media literacy deals with the culture and lifestyle of students. They enjoy thinking and talking about what is going on in the media. For teachers, it is an opportunity to have students examine how they are influencing and being influenced by popular culture’. Canada.
- What is media literacy and why is it important for kids ?
‘We need to make sure our kids know how to “read” the media, so that they learn what we want them to learn from it, and don’t learn things we would consider to be the wrong messages’. USA.
General Sites & Resources
This opens to the study guide section of the site. Also teaching topics, podcasts, DVD, articles, more.
- From Wireless to Web
‘A selective history of broadcast media in Australia’.
- Media Studies Teachers Online Resource Centre
‘Links, articles and websites relevant to the teaching of Media and Cinema Studies in the 21st Century. This blog is intended to be a resource for teachers and students of the media alike’.
- Metro Magazine
Published by the Australian Teachers of Media. Education resources, study guides, other publications, links to groups such as Screen Australia, National Film & Sound Archive, more. Check The Education Shop for a range of resources.
- What is Media Literacy ?
EnhanceTV. Media studies article/lesson for primary and secondary levels.
- A Pictorial Media Archaeology Museum
‘A historical window to Early Vintage Visual Media Archaeology’ and information. There are Links to other sources found here. Belgium.
- Canada Offers Ten
Classroom Approaches to Media Literacy
Centre for Media Literacy. ‘This guide stresses teaching inductively and beginning whenever possible with students’ direct experiences with the media’. Part of the larger Centre for Media Literacy site. Canada.
- Creating a
ReadWriteThink. ‘As they are transformed into reporters and editors, they will become effective users of ICT in order to publish their own classroom newspaper. Various aspects of newspapers are covered, including parts of a newspaper, writing an article, online newspapers, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques’.
- Education Resources
‘The sites listed here are intended as a convenience to teachers, parents and students. Media Literacy Now does not endorse curriculum or programs’. USA.
- Free Lesson Plans
‘All lessons were developed by teachers for teachers. They are easy for teachers to use’. Canada.
- Generation M : Media in the Lives of 8-18
Report, in multiple sections [PDF], for the Kaiser Family Foundation, USA.
- How to Teach Media Literacy
Centre for Media Literacy. ‘Media literacy connects the curriculum of the classroom with the curriculum of the living room. Making these connections requires an educationally sound framework and structure’. Educational resources, lesson plans, articles, reports, case studies, more.
Skills, quizzes, staffroom, student zone, links, resources, questions, glossary, Newest resources, more. UK.
- Media Centre Internet Index
‘Designed to be a useful research tool for librarians and teachers of all levels. However, it is a vast index of useful websites that can be useful not only for teachers and librarians, but also for parents and students as well. The sites are categorised by subject and may have usable resources’. USA.
- Media College
‘Free educational and resource website for all forms of electronic media. Topics include video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design, more’. Tutorials, videos, sound byte, interactive features. New Zealand.
- Media Education Lab - Teaching Resources
‘We are proud of the extensive collection of free resources we have created. Check them out !’ USA.
- Media/Information Literacy
Web English Teacher. Annotated links to lessons and programs covering multiple media aspects. USA.
- MediaLit Moments
A significant collection of “moments” to use for media studies. Provides grade levels, outline, link to materials, activity, more. USA.
- National Association for Media Literacy Education
Education, Resource Hub, principles, more. USA.
- Packaging Tricks
‘This lesson introduces students to the ways in which packaging is designed to attract kids’. Primary/Junior level. Find [More] Lessons & Resources here. Canada.
- Reading & Language Arts
PBS Teachers. Media studies at primary level. 23 resources listed including units, lessons, more. USA..
- School : Media Studies
Welcome, participants, divisions, departments, courses, media studies areas of interest, media content creation, links. Wikiversity.
- Ten Great Activities
: Teaching With the Newspaper
Education World. ‘Ten terrific classroom activities that use the newspaper to teach all sorts of valuable skills - including reading and writing for meaning, map reading, media literacy, sequencing, word meaning, and maths’.