Friday, February 20

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 5! The Week 5 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 5 Internet assignment (Storybook commenting). Please make sure you get started on those assignments soon; they are due this weekend. For those of you working ahead, Week 6 and Week 7 are available now, too.

Storybook Stack. If you turn something in before Friday noon, I will do my best to get comments back to you before the weekend, although it may take until Saturday morning (this is always my busiest week of the whole semester, and the D2L problems set me back even further). To make sure I have received your assignment, you can check the contents of the stack. If you turn something in after noon on Friday, it will go into the stack, and you can check on Monday morning to make sure I have your assignment. Meanwhile, if you want to work ahead on the Week 6 Storybook assignment, you can do that without waiting for my comments back on the Week 5 assignment - you don't need my comments back on the Introduction to move ahead with your first story!

Week 5 Internet assignment. If you did not read the previous announcement about the Week 5 Internet assignment and the Ning Comment Walls, make sure you take a look at those announcements now - you can even get extra credit for making your Comment Wall ready for visitors, both by making some more room on your Ning page, and also by adding a YouTube video to your page if you want!

Desire2Learn. Let's hope that Desire2Learn is able to behave this weekend! If you run into any problems, check the page first, and if you do not find any information there, contact me by email. If it is over the weekend, I do not read my email as frequently, so you can also call 325-HELP (it is staffed all weekend long, 24/7). I think I've taken care of any Gradebook corrections that people needed from the various Desire2Learn errors this week, but if I missed something, please send me a note!

February 21: International Mother Language Day. The United Nations agency UNESCO has declared February 21 an international holiday in celebration of the world's languages. You can read more about this holiday and its history at this Wikipedia article, along with an article listing the people who have been awarded the LinguaPax Prize, whose winner is announced each year on International Mother Language Day. Here is a map showing the language families of the world (from Goode's World Atlas); click on the image for a larger view: