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Blog:Tool of the Day
Employer:Escola Basica e Secundaria Gonçalves zarco
Occupation:EFL teacher
Other roles:Teacher trainer
Languages:Portuguese, English
Skype address:alexgfrancisco
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My Profile

Alexandra Francisco

Professional Background

My name is Alexandra Francisco. I live in Madeira,Portugal and for the past 15 years I have been teaching EFL at the secondary level. I have only recently (last year) began to be involved in the teacher training area, providing short (25hours long) workshops on the use of Web 2.0 tools in the EFL classes.


Degree in Modern Languages and Literature (1989-1993)

My Interests

Am an outdoors person! Take me swimming, cycling, mountain climbing and other stuff like that and you will have made my day! Of course that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a day in. In fact, I seem to be staying home more and more, especially since I have started working with web2.0 tools. I like to think of myself as being an easy going kind of person. I am open to new ideas and I always try to learn more so I can share more. At the moment my heart belongs to web2.0 tools. Everyday I go through my googlereader, trying to catch up on what's going on out there. I keep two blogs: one to showcase my students' work and the other to share with my colleagues some of the great new tools I find.


I strive to get as much professional development as I possibly can and I do try to keep myself up to date. Sometimes it's hard. There's so much we don't have access to because living in a small island in the middle of the Atlantic doesn't really help. So, thank god for the internet, for webinars and open source resources! These days they are my link to the outside world, where my professional development as an EFL teacher is concerned.


I have been teaching all my life. I don't think I would function properly if I was asked to do anything else. I love being around my students, love watching them grow as individuals and learners.


My Projects

  • I intend to work hard towards improving my use of technology in education.
  • I want to learn more HTML coding so I don't get stressed when I don't get it right.
    • I hope to get the skills I need to contribute and help build a better wikieducator.


Portugal on WikiEducator


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Web Resources

Wiki Tutorials and Cheatsheets:

For Teachers

My Sandbox

My sandbox

My Reflection

  • HTML coding makes me feel ignorant...Thank God for cheatsheets! :)
  • As the days go by I find the challenge of bringing my wiki page to life more and more enticing.

Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours

Very nice to meet you here. WikiEducator is a very warm and comfortable community. () . If there is any way I can help you, please let me know (coloured backgrounds, margins, user pages in multiple languages). Come visit my user page. Also, just to remind you, I put up a new page on which you can practice collaborating, by using your editorial skills included in the tutorial. See: Alternative Teaching methods and add your comments, criticisms, more methods, or reflections. Just try it. Cheers, Phil. --Phil Bartle 10:44, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi Alexandra - nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. I feel we both share the same passion for teaching and excitement over Web 2.0 tools. We can learn and share together on this great project here! Best wishes, Janet--Janet Bianchini 18:31, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Alexandra, Wow, what a great start you have made. This is already looking very good. Really impressed. Keep adding content using the skills you have learned. I have certified you, Congratulations!!--Patricia 03:19, 25 September 2009 (UTC)) (Comment.gif: Hi Alexandra :-) I'm Virginia from Italy and I saw your blog: ZarcoEnglish-Tool of the day. It's great and I'll follow your posts! Ciao--Viralber 13:10, 3 October 2009 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Hi Alexandra, Virginia sent me an email with your work on web 2.0 tools in Portugese. I related to it even if my only knowledge of Portuguese was via the 4 years of high school Latin. Would you be interested in co-developing and facilitating BOL workshops on TESOL-O and ESOL and Integrating Technology in the curriculum/classroom? Thank you. There are other BOL workshops that may interest you, such as Moodle for Teachers --Nellie Deutsch 19:59, 6 October 2009 (UTC))


Hello and welcome to eL4C30, a free online Learning4Content wiki skills workshop.

Enjoy the workshop.
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You may wish to check the schedule and layout of the workshop and introduce yourself.

  1. Click on the link EL4C30.
  2. The page that will open is the workshop page with all the links you will be using during the workshop.
  3. See your name in the list of participants.
  4. Whenever you have time click on each of the boxes.
  5. You may even start with Day 1 activities.
Enjoy the workshop.