Taking Photos at School Events – advice from the Data Commissioner

The introduction of GDPR has caused a lot of concern in schools regarding the use of cameras at school events (Christmas play, Sports Day etc). The Data Commissioner has some very clear advice in this pdf document.

Taking photos at school events – Where common sense comes into play _ 12_04_2019 _ Data Protection Commission


Free Downloadable Ed Tech Magazine

I get lots of ideas on teaching and information about new apps or software from EdChat Magazine. All the content is written by practising teachers, so it’s relevant and professional. UK EdChat Magazine is available online or as a download from https://www.patreon.com/posts/ukedchat-july-12882300


Free Comic Book Makers

I find that comics have a very positive role to play in the classroom, especially if the students create their own. Some of the Key benefits of using comics in education include the following :

– They present what is essential
– Students can convey their understanding easily through comics
– It is easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
– Students are engaged through thinking, creating and writing.
– They motivate students with low interest in writing as the amount of
writing is quite small.
– They help organise thoughts through storytelling and storyboarding
– Using visual images convey meaning to a story or topic
– They help foster creative and higher level thought processes
– Enriches reading, writing, and thinking
– Serves as and assessment and evaluation tool
– Sequencing promotes understanding

(based on suggestions by Marilee Sarlitto)

Here are a few examples of Free Comic Book makers.

Artisancam (Free) : This is probably the easiest to use. You just change the background, character and speech bubble. You can change the size and pose of the characters.


Cartoon Story Maker (Free) is a downloadable program. It gives more options and control than Artiscancam

comic book generator

This site (developed by Dept of Educ. in Victoria) has very good help files, storyboards etc.

Michael Wesch at Be ConnectED Conference DCU

Michael Wesch gave an amazing keynote address at the NCTE / Diverse Conference in DCU on Wed last 29th June 2011 on the impact of the Internet on learning . The gist of his argument is seen in this YouTube clip. I think it certainly raises very important issues for teaching and learning.


The YouTube video which brought Professor Wesch to worldwide attention was this famous video entitled “The Machine is Us/using Us”