Friday, September 18

HAPPY FRIDAY and HELLO, WEEKEND! Here is a link to Week 4 and also a link to Week 5 if you are ready to get a head start on next week now too! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Extra credit survey. Murat Turk, a graduate student in the School of Education here at OU, is conducting a survey about online learners and their sense of presence online and their basic needs, which fits in perfectly with the growth mindset extra credit option. So, if you are interested in doing some extra credit, you could help out this graduate student by completing his survey; details here

Project Stack. I've replied to all the assignments turned in on Sunday, and today I'll be working on the projects turned in on Monday. My goal is to get through all the Week 3 projects that people turned in, and I'll get to as many of the early Week 4-5-etc. items that are in the stack as I can. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your project. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog stream. Philip included this wonderful Rama-and-Lakshmana comic in his reading notes post. It's like South-Park-style Ramayana!

Twitter stream. Some of you may know Professor Jeffers at OU: her book Phillis has been long-listed for the National Book Award!

You can read one of the poems from the book here: Blues: Odysseus.

This is actually something I posted at Twitter: my husband got me a super-adorable new coffee mug: I really do need all these books.

And Grant Snider has a new cartoon for when things get rough: Against Despair (larger view).

Storybook. There are all kinds of fandoms you can use for telling stories, and here's a wonderful Star Wars example in an Indian Epics mash-up: Celestial Weapons in the Star Wars Universe.

And here's a different kind of Star Wars mash-up: Star Wars meets the Bayeux Tapestry! Bayeux Star Wars:

100-Word Stories. Here's a famous Aesop's fable, one that got its start in the Middle East, about how you can't please everybody: Father and Son and Donkey.

September 18: Iriarte. Today marks the birthday of the Spanish aruthor Tom├ís de Iriarte in the year 1750. You can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia, and you can find his fables (translated into English) at the Freebookapalooza. If you read Spanish, you can find the originals at Spanish Wikisource. This portrait of Iriarte is by Joaquin Inza:

And here's a cute video with one of his fables in Spanish: El burro flautista!

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.