Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

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NEW: AMES conference 2017 - Media, Politics and Young People

Conference Poster

The AMES 2017 conference will be held on Sat 3 June at St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The theme of the conference is Media, Politics and Young People. The keynote speaker is Dr Eamonn O’Neill, award-winning investigative journalist & Associate Professor in Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University.

Workshops include sessions on I, Daniel Blake, How to Read Donald Trump, fake news/post-truth, National 5/Higher Media, teaching Persepolis (the graphic novel and the animated film), teaching Bend It Like Beckham, teaching Adam Curtis's Bitter Lake, Disney princesses.

As well as this there are three workshops led by filmmakers focusing on the development of literacy and creativity through film and media production.

The conference has been designed to be attractive to educators working in the primary, secondary and adult/further education sectors. Full details plus fees and registration form are contained in the conference flyer.

Digital versions of the registration form are available in PDF or Word format. You may need up-to-date versions of Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word to access these.

NEW: AMES eNewsletter May 2017

The May 2017 eNewsletter has news of the confernce, membership renewal, MEJ 61 as well as items on MediaSmart, UK Safer Internet Centre, Project Censored, the Ofcom Annual plan 2017/18 and National Digital Learning Week 2017. A supplementary May eNewsletter has also been issued with news of the Education Scotland digital use survey (see below) and free online film/media courses from FutureLearn.

NEW: Media Education Journal 61

MEJ 61 will be published in May 2017. Articles are likely to include:

  • Fake News (Alex Law)
  • Storyboarding (David Griffith)
  • Understanding Comics (Rick Instrell)
  • Arrival (Roy Stafford)
  • Strictly Brexit (Tina Stockman)
  • Pedagogy of Serial Narrative (Jeff Chown)
  • Disney Princesses: Dream Big? (Wendy Elrick)
  • National Digital Learning Week 2017 (Lorna Kerr)

As well there be the usual extensive reviews section.

New: Digital Learning and Teaching

The 2017 Annual Survey of the Use of Digital Technology Including Glow in Scotland’s classrooms is now live. The survey is open to all teachers, staff and pupils and provides us with valuable information on how you use Glow. Education Scotland would be grateful if you could complete this survey and share it with your networks and colleagues..

Reminder: Digital Learning and Teaching

The National Digital Learning Week 2017 (NDLW 17) will take place from 15–19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week you are asked to share and celebrate the digital approaches which make a positive impact on classroom practice. The week will feature inspiring case studies from Early Learning and Childcare through to Senior Phase and beyond showcasing how digital makes a difference throughout the entire learner journey. There will be online events and activities giving everyone the opportunity to get involved whether you’re a digital leader or simply just starting out and looking for some digital inspiration. On the run up to the week more details will be published about how you can get involved. Time start to think about what you might do as a class or whole school to celebrate National Digital Learning Week 2017. Visit for the latest news.

In relation to the Digital Leaning and Teaching initiative, the Scottish Government has published Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through the Use of Digital Technology.

New: Creative Scotland: Equality Matters

Equality Matters was published in Jan 2017 and has strong recommendations for the development of film-specific qualifications at SCQF levels 5-7 (p. 16). Pages 21-34 of the report contain an informative summary of film education in Scotland and shows the need for SQA qualifications. Download this section called Pathways.

Framework for Film Education

This key document, aimed at film educationists and policymakers throughout Europe, was launched on 19 July 2015. To Scottish eyes it is very 'CfE-friendly' and should be a key resource for teachers arguing for coherent moving image education policies within their own schools. On behalf of the BFI, AMES is distributing print copies of the document to members and contacts. If anyone has not received a copy, email Des Murphy.


The 2016 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here