Monday, 28th March

1. The ICEPELL project – Intercultural Citizenship Education through Picturebooks in Early English Language Learning – have just produced a set of seventeen enchanting ‘ICEKits’, teaching packs around picture-books which promote citizenship topics

PDF copies of #1, Perfectly Norman, and #3, Strictly No Elephants, below, to give you the idea.

2. The next webinar in UCL’s Academic Writing series, What can we do about academic integrity? with Mary Brooks, is this Thursday, 31st March, at 16:00 UK time. More info and registration here

“This event will be particularly useful for those interested in academic literacies, plagiarism and academic integrity.” At one level, we’re all interested in academic integrity, aren’t we?

 3. The first of three very informative blog posts on Neurodivergence and online learning through the pandemic from the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), What is neurodiversity? can be found here

The second, Studying in the home environment and adapting to assessment adjustments, is here

and the third, Recommendations from the Support Services perspective here

Good suggestions for further reading at the end of each post, too.

4. I don’t often read Bloomberg pieces but quite often enjoy them when I do. Here’s their longish recent piece, on how Putin and Xi Exposed the Great Illusion of Capitalism

“Unless the U.S. and its allies mobilize to save it”, say the authors, “the second great age of globalization is coming to a catastrophic close” – apocalyptic stuff.

5. And, finally, today’s poem for Ukraine is Refugees, by an anonymous author. Be sure to obey the instruction at the end of the poem! (PDF below.)


They have no need of our help

So do not tell me

These haggard faces could belong to you or me

Should life have dealt a different hand

We need to see them for who they really are

Chancers and scroungers

Layabouts and loungers

With bombs up their sleeves

Cut-throats and thieves

They are not

Welcome here

We should make them

Go back to where they came from

They cannot

Share our food

Share our homes

Share our countries

Instead let us

Build a wall to keep them out

It is not okay to say

These are people just like us

A place should only belong to those who are born there

Do not be so stupid to think that

The world can be looked at another way

(Now read from bottom to top, please.)

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