by Jack Kenny

TAG awardsTAG Learning has always been at the forefront of good ideas. Its decision to run the National Schools Film and Animation Awards is one of its best and a real service to learning. Government ICT agency Becta ran similar awards a few years back but they were abandoned without any convincing explanation. Since then ICT has moved relentlessly onwards towards visual communication. Not that the current curriculum recognises that: the new English GCSE specs turn their backs on video and requiring students to understand one of the most powerful communication tools ever available to them.

Wednesday 17 December 2008
Hot on the heals of its pull-out from January's Bett educational technology show at Olympia, London, in January, Apple has announced that it will no longer support its "own" show, the Macworld Expo, famous for Steve Jobs' dynamic product launches. He will not give the keynote at the San Francisco event in January.

The decision has led to further speculation about the health of Steve Jobs.

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Watchmen screenOllie Bray on the allure of graphic novels and Manga culture

More teachers are seeing the merits of using graphic novels to enhance teaching and learning. Unlike conventional texts, graphic novels are more accessible as they allow children to see the emotions on the characters’ faces. They are colourful, exciting and captivating. And now they can now be used on computers and online.

There are lots of types of graphic novels on the market but two series could quickly find a place on any English teacher’s bookshelves - Manga Shakespeare and Classical Comics. And software programs like Comic Life can be used for students to personalise the images for their own stories.