Weekly roundup

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.

Technology

As the US prepares to end Net Neutrality; Canada strengthens theirs. Net Neutrality is an important issue. Can you imagine if some news outlets were allowed into a political news conference, whilst others are not? This is called media censorship. The US federal government has voted to end Net Neutrality, which means some companies are privileged, whilst poorer companies have their connections throttled. So, if Google pays, we can see their website, but if BBC doesn’t, access to their news becomes restricted. As website owners you also should be troubled. Coming out of Switzerland, the connection is fast and easily available to anyone else in the G20 of countries, except the US. (Source: Ars Technica)

HelloSpace.Me makes it’s own advances. We have a newly published front page and a reorganised blog. It has taken weeks of hard work from our designer to make it look great. We are now working on graphics to beautify the website even more. We hope that you’ll enjoy using the site.

Education

Professor Will Moore of Arizona State University has sadly taken his own life (Times Higher Education). The tragic loss highlights a number of issues including stress academics face in an era where attracting funding and grants trumps education and research. Professor Moore was highly regarded and respected. As THE suggest, the pressures of his field of research, the current employment and academic climate at universities seem to have contributed. Encouragingly, the THE article highlights examples of where academics have spoken out about mental health, and have been met with positive support. If you or your colleagues are under similar pressures, please find someone to talk to.

Conferences

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.

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.

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. Submissions have closed. 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 have closed. Details at BAAL.

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.

Golden hour! Here’s to the weekend

The weekend is the chance to forget about marking and lesson planning, so we can collapse onto the couch without (too much) guilt, and catch up on some Netflix, and eat food that wasn’t prepared in the microwave. It’s a time to escape a little and fly free; be it a weekend sport, hiking, sailing, a pub, whatever you do to relax and unwind. Enjoy your weekend.

Golden Hour. By the sea at Batemans Bay, Australia.
Golden Hour. By the sea at Batemans Bay, Australia.

Tell us what you got up to and share your photos here: Contact Us. Share with us a photo you’re most proud of, of the previous weekend, especially if they are sunrise or sunset photos (we should try to keep with the theme of “the Golden Hour”). Each week we will share the best of the Golden Hour photos to help kick off the weekend.

Tell us:

  • Subject: Golden Hour Submission
  • Your name (internet pseudonym is fine/preferred)
  • Event
  • Location
  • Date (day month year)
  • Comment or short story (max 50 words)

By submitting your photos, you are granting us permission to use the photo specifically for the Golden Hour theme. The photos may be shared and distributed via other social media controlled by HelloSpace.Me including but not exclusively Twitter and Instagram. We will not resell your photos, and if we wish to reuse them, we will get in touch with you about that first. Sadly, we can’t share them all, but don’t let unpublished photos discourage you. Please keep sending them in.

Weekly roundup

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.

Technology

The Dutch man only known as Aydin C has been sentenced and is to be extradited to Canada for cyberbullying related crimes that led to the 2012 suicide of fifteen year old Amanda Todd (BBC). The extradition now only needs to be approved by the Dutch justice minister. Amanda Todd’s case was popularised after she posted her story online in 2012, and especially following her suicide only a few weeks later.

Cyberbullying affects about 28% of teenagers (http://cyberbullying.org/statistics) affecting children as young as 10. The most common forms include mean or hurtful comments, rumors, and other forms (http://cyberbullying.org/2010-data). There are a things parents and teachers can do, see here: http://cyberbullying.org/resources/educators, http://stopcyberbullying.org/, and https://www.stopbullying.gov.

Education

The cherry blossoms (aka, sakura) are blooming right now in Japan, and that means the start of a new academic year here. We wish you the best.

Cherry blossoms in Japan.
Cherry blossoms in Japan.

There are some great books about Computer Assisted Language Learning available for pre-order on Amazon, which will essential for our language teaching members. They are:

Conferences

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 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.