News this week

Our 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 sources.


Another ransom ware is out (BBC). They’re not exactly sure what it is, it appears similar to the recent WannaCry attack, and similar to Petya, so this one is currently known as NotPetya. A South Korean webhosting company paid over a million dollars equivalent in Bit Coin to have their data unlocked. This gives the attackers huge incentive to persist such attacks. Consequently, we will not be paying. Our strategy is this:

  • We keep regular backups of our data.
  • We regularly run virus scans, and use the most up-to-date software.
  • If attacked, delete and reformat our drives.
  • Reinstall everything using the most recent backup.

This approach will mean that some data loss is inevitable, especially new data. Consequently, we urge you to also back up your data on your website and home computer. Keep this data stored on an external device (like an external high capacity hard drive), which is not directly connected to the web. Using this method, for if we or you are affected by ransomware, at least some data is hidden and protected and systems are hopefully perhaps 80 to 90% recoverable. Even a 40% recovery is better than rewarding cyber criminals.


The prestigious Global Teacher Prize is now accepting applications and nominations. If you, or you know someone, who is doing astounding work, submit for the next prize now. Announcement here.

The Global Teacher Prize
The Global Teacher Prize


We are growing all the time, so we have a lot to say this week. All our current members should have received an email with a special discount coupon valid until the end of this month. Check your email for details. If you haven’t got it, check your junk mail folders.

We are welcoming scholars and teachers who want to promote their research and classroom ideas with the community. We are accepting short articles on a variety of topics related to education, and technology in education. More info.

Special Offer of $150 worth of website for free for social media influencers: Announcement.

New Services: We are really happy to announce that we can offer auto-provisioning of some SSL certificates for Symantec, RapidSSL, and Geotrust. We also now offer professional level spam email filtering services, and Weebly website builder. See the new Categories in the shop for details:


Submit your 2-3 line conference announcement at Contact Us.

The Fourth Extensive Reading World Congress will be on Friday 4th to Monday the 7th Aug at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there, so drop by and say ‘hi’.

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 have closed. 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.

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 was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

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