Friday, October 29 - Sunday, October 31

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 10! The Week 10 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 10 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

NEW RESPONDING GROUPS. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week, so you should find some new people to read and respond to when you do the blog responding assignment for Week 10. If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know. This is done completely at random, so you may be with someone you have been in a group with before, or you may have all new people - that is the magic of randomness!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've read and replied to all the Week 9 assignments turned in on time, but if you turned in a late Week 9 assignment, or an early assignment for Week 10, 11 or 12, it may still be in the stack. My goal is to get comments back to everyone by the end of the day Friday for assignments turned in before Friday at noon. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you want comments back before the weekend, make sure you turn in your assignment by noon on Friday.

NEW Recommended Tech Tip: Gmail Security. (repeat announcement) I just discovered a very user-friendly and extremely helpful, step-by-step guide to Google Security. I would highly recommend this as a Gmail Security Tech Tip for everybody to try, especially if you are not sure whether you have configured your Google account so that you can recover your password in case you lose access to your account.

Storybooks: Three-story option. (repeat announcement) If you are on schedule right now with the Storybook, turning in your third story for Week 10, you may decide to just finish the Storybook with just three stories. So, think about that when you go to add the new story to your Storybook for Week 10. If you do not need the 20 points for adding the fourth story and revising it, you can choose to conclude your Storybook with just three stories in it, making this third story your final story. Quite a few students choose to do this every semester, and it is fine with me! If you decide to finish with just three stories, here is what you would do: Week 10 Third Story; Week 11 Revise Third Story; (skip Week 12 and Week 13); Week 14 Revise Introduction; Week 15 Final Revisions. It's up to you, based on your personal preferences and the number of points you will be needing to get the grade you want (410 total for an A, 360 total for a B, 320 total for a C).

Week 10 Internet assignment: Extra credit option. (repeat announcement) The Week 10 Internet assignment is available now and in addition to the usual task of reading three Storybooks and commenting on them, there is an additional "extra credit" option where you can read three more Storybooks and comment on them for an additional 6 points. Last year a student suggested that I add this option for the next few weeks so that you have more of a chance to read all the Storybooks in your class, and that seemed like a good idea to me! So, in Week 10, and also in Week 11 and Week 12, you have the extra credit option of doubling up and reading more Storybooks for extra credit if you want.

HALLOWEEN. Here are some fun Halloween things from class! At the Ning, you can see Jeff in the Ghouls on Parade (video embedded below). You can vote on your favorite Halloween candy (thanks to Melissa for that PollDaddy Tech Tip!). And here are some Storybooks for your Halloween reading pleasure: