Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Happy Birthday, My Languages!

With this 90th post, I am celebrating My Languages’ birthday.

I started this blog last year and I used it then mostly as an aide-memoire to enable me to keep up to date with all the mfl developments that occurred when I was on maternity leave. I also found it invaluable to keep providing my Faculty with The Big Picture and make them aware of our options for the future.

As I discussed in a previous post , I have used My Languages in many different ways:

*to make a note a good resources for languages and other educational topics ( tags). The advantage of this rather than the links I used to provide in our Faculty bulletin is that the list is regularly updated and can be filtered by key words. My next target is to develop the active use of our Faculty account.

*as a training resource (As a reference for our trainee teachers and to support our recent Faculty INSET on the IWB, the use of Web 2.0 tools and moderating assessment at KS3)

*to keep the Faculty up-to-date with national developments, facts and figures (I regularly include links to posts and links in our Faculty bulletin)

*to help with display

*to identify existing IWB resources for the topics covered by our Scheme of Work

*to keep up-to-date with ICT/MFL good practice

*to encourage networking

*to provide links to enable mfl teachers to keep up to date with what is happening in French and Spanish-speaking countries and practise their languages.

I would like to thank all the bloggers and linguists out there who gave me some inspiration to start and carry on with this project.

My top 10 blogroll of honour would consist of-in no particular order-:

Jess McCullough from Technolote

Lisa Stevens from Vamonos

Helen Myers from ALL and MFL Resources

Helena Butterfield from The Langwitch Chronicles

Marie-France Perkins from Sans Problèmes!

José Picardo from Box of Tricks

Thanks to you all and Happy birthday, My Languages!


Lisa Stevens said...

Congratulations Isabelle! Keep up the good work!
Lisa xx

Jo Rhys-Jones said...

Happy Birthday 'My Languages' - truly honoured to have made your list - but would also like to point out that you were one of the very first members of Talkabout, and without your ever present helpful and friendly posts the group would never have become what it is!
'My Languages' is a great blog full of resources and always posing interesting and challenging questions to consider. Cheers Isabelle - and here's to many more birthdays to come!

Langwitch said...

Happy Birthday to you. Thanks for including me in your "Top 10" links!
Well done and keep up the good work!

Jess McCulloch said...

Hello Isabelle!
Happy Birthday to My Languages, and I am flattered to have made your list of top ten. Spectacular!Over the year and a half or so that I've had technoLOTE I was so glad to find like-minded teachers like you. Here's to building a great relationship!

IC Jones said...

Thank you for all your comments and kind wishes.
To another year of sharing good ideas!!!


José Picardo said...

¡Feliz cumpleaños! Congratulations and keep up the good work. I'm so chuffed to have made it to your top 10 list. Thank you!

As said by the other commenters: let's keep sharing!

Nina said...

I have just been looking through your blog --- very interesting :) Thanks for all the great ideas! Nina

IC Jones said...

Thank you for all your nice comments. Long live our collaboration!