Friday, 2nd July

1. One for the weekend? A new UNESCO report on last year’s Mobile Learning Week, Beyond disruption: technology enabled learning futures https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000377753 The event focused on how technology can be used to ensure learning continuity and quality during the disruption caused by the pandemic. PDF below. If you’re pushed for time, read the Executive Summary – PDF also below!

2. Years ago, when I was reluctantly working with a reluctant class of Danish teenagers on their English pronunciation, I was challenged to pronounce the name of the Danish national dish, Rødgrød med fløde (red berry pudding with cream), to their satisfaction before they were prepared to continue with the lesson. As I remember, I was saved by the bell for break! Here’s a piece about the Danish language and the challenges it poses for its young learners https://theconversation.com/danish-children-struggle-to-learn-their-vowel-filled-language-and-this-changes-how-adult-danes-interact-161143

3. Gordon Brown’s time as UK Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 was not a great success, most people feel, in contrast to his decade as Chancellor (Finance Minister) from 1997 to 2007. He received much praise, though, for the role he played during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. He’s talking at the LSE at 13:00 UK time next Tuesday, 6th July on Seven Ways to Change the World – How To Fix The Most Pressing Problems We Face More info and registration here https://lse.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vW_jzph4Raybc0FdlSiEnw

4. And, finally, the Cambridge Conversations series ranges very widely, from the roles of China and India today, to sustainable food production, to matter and antimatter, to privacy. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgQ5yelXopaqSusO2xldgiX0v9JJr8rRv Try David Runciman on Can our faith in democracy survive the pandemic? https://youtu.be/TiCYc_8ipfE

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