Media education in early childhood education

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Presentation by Varpu Ojala, Early education specialist, The City of Espoo, Finland.

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  • 1. Media education in early childhood education – experiences from national and municipality levels Varpu Ojala, Early education specialist, The City of Espoo, Finland
  • 2. The early childhood media education in Finland – Media Muffin project • The Media Muffin project carried out by The Ministry of Education and Culture during 2006-2007 • Target group – All children under 8 –years old – The teachers and other adults working with children – The parents of the children Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 2
  • 3. The early childhood media education in Finland – Media Muffin project • The main goals of the Media Muffin project – To start a vivid discussion about the influence of the media – To activate a group of expects who support the practises, the theory and the research of media education. – To make media education a stable part of small childrens education – To educate the people working in early education – To make new educative material – To inform that the media is an excellent way to educate and upbring children. Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 3
  • 4. The outcome of The Media Muffin project • Educative material to all units in Finland • Education to the people working in early education • A guideline for early education media education to all units in Finland Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 4
  • 5. About The City of Espoo early education – Early education staff ~ 3200 people, ~ 1/3 are teachers, ~ 2/3 other staff – Children attending early education ~ 11000 – day- care units ~ 180 – smaller units ~ 80 + private early education Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 5
  • 6. Basic tasks for early education in The City of Espoo • Care • Education • Teaching Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 6
  • 7. Some ongoing specified tasks in The City Espoo City – Early education plan for the unit – A plan for a child´s early education – Individual care system – Childs and families implication – Parental engagement – Environmental issues Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 7
  • 8. Basis for media education • Growing, developing and growing through – playing – physical activities – artistic experiences and self expression – exproration Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 8
  • 9. Basis for mediaeducation /2 • Orientations – mathematical – historical-societal – aresthetic – ethical – religious-philosophical Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 9
  • 10. The basis for media education is great! Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 10
  • 11. Media educating in The City of Espoo Forms of education – lecture – workshops in distrcts – workshops in units – early education and parents learning together Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 11
  • 12. Challenges as starting the media education • ”I do not understand the media!” • ”Everything changes so quicly!” • ”Where do I get some information?” • ”The parents!” Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 12
  • 13. Learning about the media education • ”This is so important!” • ”We have already done this!” Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 13
  • 14. How to implement and understand the ece media education? Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 14
  • 15. Development of the critical skills 1. Functional skills 2. Practical skills 3. Critical skills Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 15
  • 16. Ece media education Skills to learn 1. Safety skills 2. Emotion related skills 3. Social skills 4. Receiving and producing skills Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 16
  • 17. The future of the early education media education? Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 17
  • 18. Thank you! varpu.ojala@espoo.fi Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 18