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New category of websites: User-contributed content

Social software allows users to contribute content and to collaborate with others using blogs, wikis, and other tools. While all sites are still subject to rigorous quality-assurance processes, teachers are advised to evaluate this category of sites carefully for relevance and accuracy, and to consider any privacy and security issues before using them with students.

This section of TKI provides general information about copyright and informs teachers, students, and management about their basic rights and responsibilities when using copyright material.

This Adobe site has information about digital cameras and presenting digital images. The site is created for teachers, students, and parents, and introduces viewers to digital photography. The site also offers digital media tips and includes lessons and activities, and examples of how digital photography can be used in the classroom.

Visit the BSA site for information on the codes and standards. You can also search complaints and decisions made with full reports on decisions and reasons for judgments.

Discover the best of New Zealand television and film online for free. This website has over 250 titles to choose from and provides biographies of the people in front of and behind the camera.

NZQA subject specific assessment materials for media studies are now available. Materials include Achievement and Unit Standards, current assessment specifications, examinations, assessment reports, moderation reports, moderator newsletters, standards’ clarifications, and a glossary of words used in media studies assessment materials.

Explore the censorship office’s new information and resources for schools. Of particular interest is the material about music videos and material for AS 90779 – Investigate an aspect of media and explain its significance for New Zealand.

Look out for professional development opportunities on the Teachers’ Refresher Course Committee (TRCC) website.

Explore why te reo Māori is a taonga (treasure) that warrants active protection and support. This Crown Entity promotes Māori language and culture by allocating available funds for broadcasting and the production of programmes to be broadcast.