Jody specialises in creating educational entertainment for the 21st century classroom. Combining his skills and experience as a former teacher of computer science in secondary schools in Scotland and professional, award winning magician, Jody creates unique and exciting resources for 21st century kids. Inspired by STEM and the Arts, Jody is the author and publisher of the eBooks: Computer Science FX and 21st Century FX. He has successfully created and presented a range of Flummix® Learning FX™ workshops, shows and keynotes across the country. His latest publications include: Arithmetrix (Be A Number Ninja!) and The Adventures of STEM Island.
During his time as a classroom teacher, Jody started to experiment with ‘self-working’ magic tricks as an educational tool and was overwhelmed by how effective and powerful it was for engaging learners. Not only was magic great for entertainment but it was the perfect emotional hook for creating an interest and curiosity for learning! Magical mysteries captures the imagination of learners. Solving the problem requires logical thinking and maths whilst performing them develops confidence, self-esteem and empathy. Building upon the natural curiosity of "How do you do that?" each Flummix® Learning FX™ workshop is designed around well-structured enquiry to encourage engagement and make meaning from direct experience. All workshop have been designed to incorporate a variety of teaching methodologies and inspire inter-disciplinary learning. By combining ideas from magic and STEM, learners can enjoy rich, relevant and memorable learning experiences. Flummix® Learning FX™ workshops pack small and plays big! www.flummix.com
Forth Valley Magic Circle Champion
BSc Computer Science, PGDE Secondary Computing Teacher
- Creator and publisher of Arithmetrix (Be A Number Ninja!) show & workshop - Creator and publisher of The Adventures of STEM Island - Author and publisher of: Computer Science FX & 21st Century FX - Creative director for the Flummix Learning FX Academy - Former European Consultant for Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated (TEMI) - Former teacher of computer science - TEDx Speaker: Creative Learning is Magic - Sold out shows at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dunbar Science Festival & Children’s University Scotland - Speaker with Computing At Schools (CAS) Scotland, Programme Trainer with Edinburgh Council: JET (Job, Education and Training) and Keynote with the Learning Festival, Dundee University and the Scottish Scottish Social Services Council - Award winning magician - Sold out shows for MagicFest and Edinburgh International Fringe Festival www.flummix.com