Thursday, 20th May

1. Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and marks the tenth year of a campaign to raise awareness of the need to ensure digital content is accessible to disabled people and those with additional access needs https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/ My colleague Andrew Skinner has produced a really useful set of guidelines for accessibility based around the mnemonic SCULPT:

S: Structure (heading styles): Use heading styles in your document 

C: Colour contrast: Use a strong colour contrast between any text and background colour

U: Use of images: Use alternative (alt) text on images

L: Links: hyperlinks should be embedded in text which in isolation would describe what the link was to. Avoid nondescriptive text for links, such as “click here”

P: Plain English: Use clear uncomplicated language, keeping jargon to a minimum

T: Table structure: Use simple tables without merged or split cells.

I’ve attached a copy of Andrew’s presentation below and clearly need to read it carefully myself!

2. Here’s a bit more on reflective practice from the two Steves, Walsh and Mann, this time their open-access article from ELTJ on Doing reflective practice: a data-led way forward. We all wholeheartedly agree that reflective practice is the only possible practice – but on what evidence base? PDF below. Here’s a link to their webinar last November, in case you missed it first time round https://youtu.be/M94bjcoMlNA

3. IH World – the International House World organisation – brings together all the IH schools around the world, 136 of them last time I looked https://ihworld.com/ Here’s a link to the most recent issue of their journal https://ihworld.com/ih-journal/issues/issue-48/ and there’s plenty of other issues to explore.

Here’s a piece from Issue 47 on Teaching people to tie their laces https://ihworld.com/ih-journal/issues/issue-47/teaching-people-to-tie-their-laces/

and here’s a piece on Getting Teacher Educators to Practice what we Preach from Issue 40 https://ihworld.com/ih-journal/issues/issue-40/customisation-in-teacher-training-programmes-getting-teacher-educators-to-practice-what-we-preach/

4. And, finally, a reminder that this year’s Hay Festival starts on 26th May. All the live events are free, and nearly all events are then available for free replay for 24 hours after the start time of the event – but you need to sign up in advance for the event to be able to watch the recording free https://www.hayfestival.com/m-163-hay-festival-2021.aspx?skinid=1&currencysetting=GBP&localesetting=en-GB&resetfilters=true

Click the ‘Quick View’ radio button for a quick (obviously!) and convenient way to view the programme; hover your mouse over or tap on individual events for more detail. I’ve booked for several events, including number 75 and number 77!

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