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MEST 1 question

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by glitzstar, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Hello all
    I'm new to teaching MEST1 and have looked at the exemplar answers on the website etc. I know if pupils get a moving image text, they view it three times. If they get a print text, do they get to keep it in front of them for the whole exam?
  2. Hello all
    I'm new to teaching MEST1 and have looked at the exemplar answers on the website etc. I know if pupils get a moving image text, they view it three times. If they get a print text, do they get to keep it in front of them for the whole exam?
  3. CarolineEm

    CarolineEm New commenter

  4. emilylime

    emilylime New commenter

    yes but they are only allowed to make notes still for first bit of exam. January is definately DVD so you can concentrate on that if you're sitting in Jan. Most times it is a DVD - especially in June
  5. Thank you for both your replies. I've heard that it's a possibility, if the exam is dvd based, that it might be a viewing of a website being navigated and the question would therefore be about EMedia. In your experience, how often has this been the case or how likely do you think it is to happen?

  6. CarolineEm

    CarolineEm New commenter

    Last time I spoke to AQA about this they were still working on how to give that sense of a "live" website experience. Certainly at the moment I haven't heard that they have worked out this one so my understanding is still that website they'll reference will be produced in print form, (one of the MEST 3 exemplars is the first page of results from a Youtube search). However, please don't take this as gospel - just that I haven't heard differently.
    They have used an online advert (a spoof documentary for Volvo) in a previous A2 session, and candidates were able to write about the use of the emedia platform for promotion. I've included prints of website pages in practice papers I've set, as clearly the focus on cross-platform promotion by the majority of media producers now is a major part of what we cover. At A/S I'd expect students to understand the generic features of a website, including layout, navigational tools and hyperlinks; images vs. text; links between the website and any other media products (eg. the relationship between a magazine and its sister-website); be able to discuss why and how institutions use them; the use of official (institution-created) vs. unofficial (audience created) sites; social networking etc. etc.
    So, moving image of a website? Not sure. Focus on e-media? Very much a possibility IMO.
    I hope this helps
  7. That helps greatly - thanks. They're sitting in June, rather than January so I'll follow your example and use print outs of web pages in practice exams. I'm not a Media specialist at all and have struggled since September, so I really appreciate your insight.

    Thanks :)
  8. Hi CarolineEm,
    Having read your post and starting to panic, I have been searching for Mest 3 exemplars and can only find the one from last year's exam on war. Please could you point me in the direction of the youtube page?
    Also, I am interested in building up mock papers for my students and again would appreciate any help sourcing the spoof volvo advert.
    Thank you in advance
  9. CarolineEm

    CarolineEm New commenter

    Please don't read one of my posts and start to panic - they're intended to help not frighten!
    There are three examplars under the "Key Materials" section on the AQA Media Studies A level area of the website. http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/arts/media_materials.php?id=06&prev=06#?id=06&prev=06 The youtube one is refered to, but that isn't much help as it was what was available on the front page of Youtube on one particular day. However, that in itself can lead to discussion on the way Youtube changes so quickly, and how the frontpage guides its audiences - remember the amazing speed of Susan Boyle's phenomenal rise internationally, with millions of worldwide Youtube hits...globalisation...
    Once I've done a few examples with the students, I then get them to work in pairs / small groups to come up with their own examples of pairs of texts and their own questions, which they set for their colleagues and provide/present exemplar answers for etc.
    Have you also seen that, under Teacher Resources Bank, there are exemplar answers for last summer's paper? Usefully, the marking is separate from the (typed) scripts, so you can get the students to view the text, mark the scripts and then tell them how accurate they are at marking - I find this really helps them to understand what the examiners are rewarding.
    I hope this helps!! :)
  10. Wonderful, thank you. Your posts are of great help!

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