Tuesday, 13th September (Cambridge)

1. Two pieces of the many written about Queen Elizabeth II since her death last Thursday:

one you might not have been expecting, from Jeanette Winterson, ‘She has been the one and only stable female in my life’ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/11/jeanette-winterson-on-mourning-the-queen

and another, from Sean Lang, focussing on her modernising role, Queen Elizabeth II: a moderniser who steered the British monarchy into the 21st century https://theconversation.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-a-moderniser-who-steered-the-british-monarchy-into-the-21st-century-159485

The more conventional Guardian obituary is here https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/08/queen-elizabeth-ii-obituary (How much longer can they keep their website free to view, I wonder?)

2. Thanks to Stephen Haggard for bringing Tyton Partners to my attention. Here’s their report on Improving Instructional Resources to Enhance the Teacher Experience https://tytonpartners.com/improving-instructional-resources-to-enhance-the-teacher-experience/

and here’s their blog post about the report https://tytonpartners.com/tyton-k-12-spotlight-sel-panel-new-research-on-enhancing-the-teacher-experience/

What the Tyton report discovered was “ample opportunity for suppliers of instructional resources to improve their products and services. It’s apparent that even high-quality instructional materials could be designed to better meet the needs of teachers, given the lack of correlation between the materials’ use and teacher satisfaction”. PDF below.

3. I’m still trying to work out how to make best use of the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) Text Visualiser – but it’s fun! https://languages.oup.com/research/oed-text-visualizer/

I took it for a test drive with the first paragraph of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which you can find here https://www.gutenberg.org/files/110/110-h/110-h.htm

4. And, finally, a piece from Vice, Scientists Asked Students to Try to Fool Anti-Cheating Software: They Did https://www.vice.com/en/article/93aqg7/scientists-asked-students-to-try-to-fool-anti-cheating-software-they-did

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