Tuesday 30th March

1. I thought this blog post by Maha Bali, Students Talk to Me About Webcams, was an exemplary, really interesting piece of co-authorship by a teacher and her students: https://blog.mahabali.me/educational-technology-2/students-talk-to-me-about-webcams/

2. Malgorithm is a good neologism, I reckon. It’s the title of a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) https://www.counterhate.com/ on how social media does not only not do a very good job limiting the spread of misinformation, its algorithms actually recommend posts they’ve labelled as misinformation. There are several good short introductory news videos on CCDH’s home page which would work well with older students. Link to report here https://252f2edd-1c8b-49f5-9bb2-cb57bb47e4ba.filesusr.com/ugd/f4d9b9_89ed644926aa4477a442b55afbeac00e.pdf and PDF below.

3. Plenty of notice for this free Lancaster University MOOC on FutureLearn: Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dyslexia/7 Next ‘edition’ starts on 19th April and comes very highly recommended.

4. Two quick reminders of approaching conference deadlines: first, the NATESOL annual conference https://natesol.wordpress.com/annual-conference-2021/ for which the deadline for submissions is 2nd April; second, Trinity’s Future of ELT conference for which the deadline for submissions is 6th April https://learn.trinitycollege.co.uk/foelt/events/2020

5. And, finally, I mentioned Richard Smith’s ELTJ article, A brief history of ELT Journal, yesterday. In response to popular demand, here’s a PDF!

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