Weekly roundup

We intend to do a regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and key sources.

Education

Congratulations to Maggie MacDonnell of Canada for winning the prestigious Global Teacher Prize, and the $1 million that goes with it (BBC; Global Teacher Prize). Also congratulations to the other finalists who are also listed on the Global Teacher Prize website.

Maggie MacDonnell – Global Teacher Prize 2017 Winner from Varkey Foundation on Vimeo.

Tech

Japan Today reports that major US tech companies are ordered by the EU to abide by consumer protection and privacy laws (Japan Today). Infringements by FaceBook, Google, Twitter, and others included selling of customer data, lack of fraud protection, and requiring EU citizens to lodge claims in Californian courts, among other breaches. US tech companies have less than one month to re-write their terms of service. HelloSpace.Me would like to remind our customers that we do not sell customer data, and we have our servers hosted in Switzerland so that your personal data is protected under robust Swiss laws.

Australian celebrity Tara Moss’s documentary on cyberbullying and children was aired last week (ABC). A must watch for educators and parents a like. The documentary sparked discussions about the appropriate age of introducing children to social media, supervision, and teaching online citizenship.

Conferences

TESOL International Convention is currently underway in Seattle (TESOL). It runs from the 21st to 24th March.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions is 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions due 31st March 2017. Details at BAAL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

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