Sunday, 29 April 2012

*BUMP* I am concerned...

...that there are very few blogs which:

1) feature all the expected posts;
2) feature posts which are fully labelled;
3) feature posts which are not rushed;
4) feature posts using a range of media technologies.

I CAN HEARTILY RECOMMEND LOOKING AT MARISSA'S DIGIPAK WORK TO SEE WHAT A REALLY DETAILED SERIES OF POSTS LOOKS LIKE.

Your research and planning posts are worth 20 marks.
Your evaluation posts are worth 20 marks.

Each of you has received a pack of tasks, deadlines and assessment criteria which, if completed (and remember, very few of these were new tasks) would have set you up to really impress the moderator as they've been designed with specific reference to:

a) the exam specification;
b) the chief examiner's reports; and
c) what centres highlighted as delivering best practice by OCR do.

Well done to those of you who are on top of it. Encouraging noises to those of you who are getting on with it and I can see it taking shape. Wild, flurrying of arms and loud noises to those of you who are missing lessons, arriving late, behind, or verging on negligent. This is the end of the course - take your finger off the pedal now (if aforementioned foot had ever found the elusive pedal) and you risk your marks.

The spirit and letter of the specification encourages independence and originality. Not only because it produces better work, not only because this way the board can see what YOU can do rather than reading near identical post after post from a centre which has basically made the candidates fill in the blanks, but because it will also prepare you for university study regardless of whether you plan to study Media or not.

In order to help I shall be booking computer rooms for after school for as many of the days as possible for the next two weeks. The marks have to submitted to the board by 15th May but remeber I will actually need time to assess. I've got an initial assessment done of what has been evidenced, and these marks can only improve.

And now the block capitals begin.

REMEMBER - IF IT ISN'T ON YOUR BLOG THE MODERATOR WON'T KNOW IT EXISTS.

REMEMBER - IF YOU'D PLANNED ON DOING PIECES AS A GROUP AND SOMEONE IS LETTING YOU DOWN, DO IT BY YOURSELF INSTEAD. DON'T LET SOMEONE ELSE RUIN YOUR GRADE. THAT IS THEIR LOOKOUT.

REMEMBER - IF I THINK YOU'VE JUST COPIED STUFF OFF SOMEONE ELSE'S BLOG AND HAVE NO EVIDENCE OF YOU ACTUALLY ENAGING AND CONTRIBUTING, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU THE MARKS FOR IT.


Media in the Online Age - Social Media and Journalism

Narrative

Useful for Question 1 at A2.


Chief Examiner

For those of you who haven't made it a regular read, and as helpful reminder for those who have, keep looking at the Chief Examiner's blog. http://petesmediablog.blogspot.co.uk/

In the last week there have been posts which are especially useful for both AS and A2. And A2 candidates - look at this. The Chief Examiner's guide to the exam. Useful, I'm sure you'll agree.

Thursday, 26 April 2012