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Box of Tricks (Blog Review)

In the first of our brief articles on highlighting educational blogs, we begin with Jose Picardo’s ‘Box of Tricks’. Jose is the Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Nottingham High School, where he teaches Spanish and German. We love the section on the ‘about’ page that says:

I believe fervently in making education compatible with the needs and expectations of our students through the effective use of technology… Above all, I believe that the effective use of technology in our schools ensures that education remains relevant to our students in their increasingly digital lives.

We dig the sentiments behind everything in those few sentences. His blog contains many examples of how he uses ICT and Web2.0 stuff within his everyday practice. We particularly like his articles on Storybird, Stripgenerator and Popplet. They provide the reader with practical ways in which to use in the classroom, for homework or for revision purposes. Other articles include details on how teachers share ideas in Teachmeets and his use of Twitter.

All of his ideas are transferable to those of us that teach subjects other than Modern Foreign Languages and this is the most appealing aspect of the ‘Box of Tricks’.

Jose truly walks the walk – and that’s why we think his work is buzzing!

Short of new ideas? Go check it out here!

Mr Buzz

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