IT and New Media Resources

We live in a technology-driven world with much of our lives influenced by the media — but not just any media — new media. Behind this new media is a host of IT, or information technology, such as computers and computer networks, hardware and software, which stores and transmits the information.

New media is media that is delivered digitally — via the internet, mobile phone, tablet or some other device. This includes:

  • blogs
  • podcasts
  • streamed music
  • computer games
  • websites
  • virtual online worlds
  • social media

With normal, mainstream media such as TV, radio and newspapers, most people recognise that the content and means of communicating is owned and controlled by large organisations. With new media, many feel the content is owned and controlled by the users. But is this strictly true? Who controls Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube? Is it really the users? There is no doubt the content is user-generated, but much of this is controlled and censored by the owners of the media platforms.

Media literacy is a key element of today’s technological world. It enables people to engage with media content in order to analyse and evaluate what they see and hear which in turn helps them make informed choices so that they can manage their media use. Media literacy also helps people develop analytical skills which are vital if they are to fully understand and make use of the information they take in. They do not have to take things at face value — they can analyse the information and are better placed to spot media bias, stereotyping, unfair reporting, speculation and inappropriate material.

IT and New Media Resource Packs

[Resource Pack thumbnail] Personal Safety in Cyberspace
Personal Safety in Cyberspace
(resource pack)

This pack looks at the dangers of chat rooms, phishing, webcams, cyberbullying and online scams.

£13.49 £8.99 Download

Hard copy: £27.99 £25.99 add to basket

IT and New Media Lesson Plans

[Lesson Plan thumbnail] After COVID-19 — IT/Social Media
After COVID-19 — IT/Social Media
(lesson plan)

A lesson plan that looks at IT and social media and their uses during the coronavirus lockdown.

£3.49 £2.99 Download

Hard copy: £12.99 £10.99 add to basket


[Lesson Plan thumbnail] Media Literacy —  Part 1
Media Literacy — Part 1
(lesson plan)

This lesson plan covers media literacy and the skills linked to media literacy. It contains media literacy definitions and handouts for the classroom.

£2.99 Download

Hard copy: £10.99 add to basket


[Lesson Plan thumbnail] Safety in Cyberspace
Safety in Cyberspace
(lesson plan)

This lesson plan examines the dangers of the internet and how to stay safe on the web.

For a more comprehensive resource pack on staying safe online download our resource pack
Personal Safety in Cyberspace.

£2.99 Download

Hard copy: £10.99 add to basket


[Lesson Plan thumbnail] Social Media — The Pros and Cons
Social Media — The Pros and Cons
(lesson plan)

A lesson plan on social media. It goes into the benefits of social media as well as social media safety.

For a more comprehensive resource pack on staying safe online download our resource pack
Personal Safety in Cyberspace.

£2.99 Download

Hard copy: £10.99 add to basket

IT and New Media Topics

The IT and new media topics we produce resources for include:

IT and New Media Support for Schools

We publish IT and new media resources to support schools by providing help and guidance in an educational format. Our resource packs give the information in a way that informs as well as educates.

IT and New Media Support for Teachers

Our IT and new media resources for teachers include IT and new media resource packs that cover a variety of issues as well as our lesson plans on IT and new media.

IT and New Media Support for Students

Teaching students about IT and new media is important. Our aim is to produce resource packs that provide information and knowledge of IT and new media.

IT and new media blog articles