JALT International Conference 2018

Just to let you know that Andrew will be at the JALT International Conference in Shizuoka Japan from Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 25th November. If you have any questions about getting your own website, contact us so we can arrange a meeting. If you love coffee, he can spot you one. Also, if you know of anyone who is going to the JALT International Conference, let them know that Andrew will be there, and you may be eligible for Affiliate rewards (discounts or credits on your next fees, details still being hashed out), if they signup.

Also, we are working on a set of custom responsive HTML pages that can be used as landing pages to support your own blog or other website options. Also, new custom packages tailored to you, not for a mass market where other companies sell something to you and expect you to do all the work, but packages we do the work for YOU. We are aiming to get these ready by the JALT Conference. For current members, we’ll be happy to provide you with a free landing page if you wish.

What does a “responsive HTML page” mean? It means that the page changes shape and reorganises content based on the size of the user’s screen. So, your website will still work well if viewed on a full sized computer monitor, to a tablet computer, to smartphone screen. Thus providing good user experiences regardless of the device they use. See TestSpace.Me and TravelPhotos.Asia for current experimental examples of these.

Avoid using WiFi for a few weeks #KRACK

Recently, it was discovered by security researchers that almost every single WiFi is vulnerable to breach. Basically, Key Re-installation Attack (KRACK) is possible for a hacker to act as ‘man in the middle’ by spoofing a local WiFi hub, so all your WiFi traffic will go through his (or her) computer, before going onto the real WiFi hub. The affected WiFi hubs use the WPA2 security protocol.

Normally, you should be protected by using https (the green padlock SSL certificates) on websites.  SSL certificates should encrypt your username and password, making them invisible, but the KRACK vulnerability removes this protection.

Microsoft has already released a patch on their Windows 8 and 10 computers. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, do it now. Google has announced that Android devices won’t be updated until the 6th November. Android users are advised to turn off wifi until the update is provided. Various other Linux devices will be updated in the near future (check your specific vendor). It is unknown if and how Apple iOS and Mac products are affected; Apple has not released specific information.

In the mean time, it is prudent to avoid using WiFi until you are sure your device has had this patch provided. Regarding your home and office WiFi router, check with your vendor for patches and updates. It is possible that using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) will keep your data and traffic encrypted, and probably protected. There are many VPNs, and these are available on mobile devices as well. Otherwise, absolutely avoid public WiFi until you see specific information stating it is protected against KRACK. After all, it is in the public space where man-in-the-middle attacks work best.

More detailed information from Engadget:

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Technology & Net Neutrality

Today is a very important day for the internet. Net neutrality is vitally important to us, and to you. The concept relates to our digital rights as published by the Global Trust Centre, which says our access to information should be a Right (see Rights and Responsibilities for Citizens in the Digital World). Net neutrality was never really embodied in law in many countries around the world, as it was just assumed by default by everyone, but it was enshrined in law in some countries like the US. However, some governments have censored the internet and the most famous is the “Great Firewall of China”. The United States government is considering ending net neutrality, and allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to slow traffic or even block traffic from some websites. This is effectively allowing commercially decided censorship in the United States. The ramifications are that companies like HelloSpace.Me could be blocked if US based competitors paid ISPs to do so. It also means that traffic moving from our Swiss servers to Japan, if it has to travel through the US, may also be slowed or blocked. Ending net neutrality would also set a dangerous precedent, where other countries may follow suit.

Consequently, the Fight for the Future and Demand Progress digital rights groups, and over 70,000 internet-based companies are protesting the US process of ending net neutrality. If you support net neutrality, we strongly urge you to add your name to this petition on the Battle for the Net.

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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.

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Conferences

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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 were 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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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.

Education

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

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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: https://hellospace.me/host/cart.php.

Conferences

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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Thanks to all those who dropped by our stand at the JALTCALL conference at the weekend gone, and thanks for all the inspiring conversations. Matsuyama is a beautiful city, and Andrew wishes he could have stayed longer. We hope to see you at the Extensive Reading World Congress to be held in Tokyo in early August. Details are below.

Andrew during a quiet moment at the JALTCALL conference in Matsuyama, June 2017.
Andrew during a quiet moment at the JALTCALL conference in Matsuyama, June 2017.

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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.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

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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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Technology

In the US, there are moves by certain internet service providers (ISPs), particularly AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon, to end net neutrality. Fortunately, groups like Battle for the Internet, Fight for the Future, Electronic Frontier Foundation and others are trying to protect net neutrality. Net Neutrality matters. Without it, companies like Comcast can slow down and even blog American’s access to certain websites, information, and even services. It could also make some services very expensive. Right now, you might pay about $10 a month for Netflix, can you imagine having to pay a lot more to Netflix, and then an extra to Comcast? It also means that ISPs can bias information access to certain political candidates. See this now famous 2014 video by John Oliver, which is still relevant today.

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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.

HelloSpace.Me will be at the JALTCALL annual conference in Matsuyama, 16th to 18th June. Please swing by and talk to us, or get sales and technical assistance.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

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  • JALTCALL Conference delegates, we haven’t forgotten you. We have a special deal for you: get 50% off most webhosting plans, announcement. Offer ends soon.

Conferences

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

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. We’ll be there, come and talk to us, or see our presentation on Why & How to Blog on Saturday 2.10pm in room H3A. Details at JALT CALL.

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 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.

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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Listening to the news of the Manchester terror attack mid last week was deeply horrifying. Retaining a level head, and not committing to knee-jerk reactions can be difficult. Ideally, we would like to see past the current events, and wish to see a life beyond the tragic events.  So, what can we teachers do? A lot. And it’s all about prevention; teaching empathy, information literacy, and communication skills. These three aspects are not the only ones to consider, and they do not need to be treated separately, but often concurrently is easier and best. There has been research and books written in the field of developing children’s resilience, mindfulness, social-emotional development and competence, among many others. These often come with advice on how to weave these concepts and strategies into the curriculum. There are some things you can do in your class tomorrow. Consider teaching students to collaborate, to listen to each other, and to communicate to a variety of different types of people. Also teaching inclusion strategies, helping give students the courage and tools to stand up for victims in the face of bullies. Reading is said to improve children’s emotional and empathetic skills. These are important attributes to a healthy adult. Finally, we cannot recommend this enough, and that is for all teachers, from primary to tertiary levels of education to read about play. Play is important to not just children, but people of all ages. Play helps us be distracted from the day-to-day mundane and recharge. Play helps us connect with other people, including significant others in our lives. Consequently, we recommend you pick up these books from Amazon.com:

  • Elkind, D. (2007) The Power of Play. Da Capo Life Long. (here)
  • Brown, S., & Vaughan, C., (2010) Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Avery. (here)

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We are welcoming authors to write short articles on a variety of topics related to education, and technology in education. More info.

HelloSpace.Me will be at the JALTCALL annual conference in Matsuyama. Please swing by and talk to us.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

  • Special Offer for social media influencers: Announcement.
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Conferences

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

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.

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.

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.

Technology

Many companies and regular people are currently learning the hard way the reason why keeping up to date software is vitally important. The WannaCry attack that began on Friday (BBC), infects Windows computers with older operating systems, or those that have not had recent security updates. We strongly advise you to update your operating system now, and all the anti-virus and anti-spyware software now. Do not use “free” software, only high quality paid-for versions.

Is HelloSpace.Me affected by WannaCry? No. All our software uses up to date security installations and patches. We also use up to date, strong, robust anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The website operating system runs on secure and up-to-date Linux, and also uses up-to-date anti-virus software. We prefer Linux as it is one of the most secure types of operating system, and is less of a target to hackers as Windows is.

What more can you do to be safe against WannaCry and other future threats? Follow and check technology news sites, blogs, and especially Twitter feeds regularly. We especially recommend The Next Web (TNW), Mashable, and the BBC. HelloSpace.Me follows these and more on Twitter, so following us and checking our retweets can help. Additionally, keep a backup of all your important data. This means do regular exports of your WordPress blog, your website, and keep these stored on a highly secure cloud service like Tresorit.

Finally, nothing is 100% secure. Keep redundant backups of everything. Also consider running an old computer on Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows, or have a Mac (vice-versa if you’re a regular Mac user). Having diversity of systems gives you security options, so you still have quality access to the internet, information, and resources. 

In other news, if you have this feature turned on, your WordPress software should have been automatically updated to version 4.7.5. You should have received an email confirming this. We strongly recommend that you turn on the auto update especially for security reasons. There will also be feature updates, which will make life better too. 

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HelloSpace.Me will be at the JALTCALL annual conference in Matsuyama. Please swing by and talk to us.

We have some great Special Offers at the moment. See if you can benefit:

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Conferences

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

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.

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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In the US, 9th May was Teacher Appreciation Day. I hope all American teachers had a great day (reference). For your interest, in East Asia, “Teachers’ Day” is on Confucius’ Birthday, 28th September each year (reference). Tell us how your local Teachers’ Day is celebrated (Contact Us).

Nagoya JALT (in Japan), is having their first meeting on Saturday 13th May. Topic is on qualitative research data analysis. Professor Yuzo Kimura will be demonstrating QSR Nvivo, and Andrew Blyth is introducing basic qualitative data analysis techniques. Details.

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

KOTESOL National conference is this weekend, 13th & 14th of May, at the Sookmyung Women’s University. Details at KOTESOL.

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.

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.

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.

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UK head teachers are considering cutting back school hours to four and a half days a week. This move is considered only as a last resort due to ministers not listening to the education sector (BBC). Teachers in England have been under increasing stress and pressure especially since Michael Gove took office as education minister, leading many to switch to private schools or quit education altogether. With a funding shortfall, teachers are increasingly expected to be the budgetary cushion for the British government, and the latest issue is expected to further worsen workplace relations between teachers and the government.

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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.