The Nova Scotia mathematics curriculum includes expectations that incorporate media education themes. The grade curriculum document Foundation for the Atlantic Canada Mathematics Curriculum (1996) includes a section that explains how mathematical concepts such as probability can be applied to media criticism, saying “mathematics is a means by which we interpret the world and must be regularly connected to meaningful applications.”
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In the Nova Scotia Visual Arts curriculum, media literacy outcomes are included under the general outcomes requiring students to demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of art as a lifelong process.
Click on a grade level under Visual Arts for a list of media-related outcomes and links to supporting resources from the MediaSmarts site. (Note: as many of our lessons can be adapted to suit different grade levels, specific lessons may be listed for more than one grade. Teachers should also note that individual lessons often satisfy a number of learning outcomes.)
According to the document Visual Arts Education Grades K-2 Curriculum, “education in the arts is fundamental to the aesthetic, physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth of each individual. It provides students with unique ways of knowing, doing, living, and belonging in the global community. It also has a key role in the development of creativity, imagination and innovation.”
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The Nova Scotia social studies curriculum includes expectations that incorporate media education themes. The curriculum document Foundation for the Atlantic Canada English Language Arts Curriculum: Social Studies (1999) includes a section that demonstrates the complementary relationship between media literacy and arts education:
The Atlantic Provinces technology education curriculum includes expectations that incorporate digital and media education themes. The curriculum document Foundation for the Atlantic Canada Technology Education Curriculum includes a section that demonstrates the complementary relationship between digital and media literacy and technology education:
The focus of this curriculum is the development of students’ technological literacy, capability, and responsibility (International Technology Education Association, 1996).
MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network) came out of a TV violence initiative launched by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the early 1990s.