Media education in early
childhood education –
experiences from national and municipality levels


Varpu Ojala, Early educ...
The early childhood media education
                    in Finland – Media Muffin project

              • The Media Muffi...
The early childhood media education in
                Finland – Media Muffin project
  • The main goals of the Media Muff...
The outcome of The Media
                       Muffin project

              • Educative material to all units in Finland...
About The City of Espoo early
                     education

              – Early education staff ~ 3200 people, ~ 1/3 a...
Basic tasks for early education
                    in The City of Espoo

              • Care
              • Education
 ...
Some ongoing specified tasks
                       in The City Espoo City

              –   Early education plan for the...
Basis for media education


              • Growing, developing and growing through
                –   playing
          ...
Basis for mediaeducation /2


              • Orientations
                 –   mathematical
                 –   historic...
The basis for media
              education is great!


Varpu Ojala                   16.6.2010   10
Media educating in The City of
                    Espoo

              Forms of education
              – lecture
       ...
Challenges as starting the
                        media education

              •   ”I do not understand the media!”
   ...
Learning about the media
                       education

              • ”This is so important!”
              • ”We hav...
How to implement
              and understand the
              ece media education?

Varpu Ojala                  16.6.20...
Development of the critical
                       skills

              1. Functional skills
              2. Practical s...
Ece media education
                         Skills to learn

              1.   Safety skills
              2.   Emotion ...
The future of the early
              education media
              education?

Varpu Ojala                     16.6.2010 ...
Thank you!

              varpu.ojala@espoo.fi
Varpu Ojala                     16.6.2010   18
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Media education in early childhood education

  1. 1. Media education in early childhood education – experiences from national and municipality levels Varpu Ojala, Early education specialist, The City of Espoo, Finland
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Basic tasks for early education in The City of Espoo • Care • Education • Teaching Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 6
  7. 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. 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. 9. Basis for mediaeducation /2 • Orientations – mathematical – historical-societal – aresthetic – ethical – religious-philosophical Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 9
  10. 10. The basis for media education is great! Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 10
  11. 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. 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. 13. Learning about the media education • ”This is so important!” • ”We have already done this!” Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 13
  14. 14. How to implement and understand the ece media education? Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 14
  15. 15. Development of the critical skills 1. Functional skills 2. Practical skills 3. Critical skills Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 15
  16. 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. 17. The future of the early education media education? Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 17
  18. 18. Thank you! varpu.ojala@espoo.fi Varpu Ojala 16.6.2010 18
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