Wednesday, January 18

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 1 of class. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday. Please make sure you finish all the Tuesday assignments during the grace period. The Orientation Week assignments are REQUIRED if you want to remain in the class.

Class announcements. You should be reading the class announcements every day. If you did not read the Tuesday announcements, please make sure you do that now: Tuesday announcements. There was important information in the Tuesday announcements that will be helpful as you complete your various assignments for this week.

Wednesday assignments. You have assignments due today, Wednesday, that will get you ready for the creative kinds of story re-telling you will be doing in this class. Please make sure you complete today's assignments; these first week assignments are mandatory and must be completed if you want to remain in the class.

Wednesday Events on Campus. As part of Campus Activities Council "Winter Welcome," there will be Puppies on the South Oval (weather permitting) from 1PM to 3PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Wednesday at the Campus Calendar online.

Your announcements for the class. If any of you are involved in campus activities that you want me to publicize, please let me know. I'll be glad to include them here in the class announcements. Send me specific information about day-time-location, and also a link to a webpage or any additional online information you have about the group or activity.

Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout. On Wednesday, Wikipedia is participating in an Internet blackout to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation. I would rate Wikipedia as the single most valuable website on the Internet, and I support their efforts to fight both SOPA and PIPA by means of this protest. You can learn more about why Wikipedia is fighting SOPA and PIPA here. For those of you working ahead on your Storybook project, you may want to find a different class assignment to work on during the Wikipedia blackout, and I will not be able to reply to any Storybook assignments you have turned in while the blackout is in effect. Yes, it is disruptive - which is actually the point, helping us to be aware of the serious threat posed by SOPA and PIPA. As someone who publishes all my teaching materials online on the open Internet, I am very concerned that this legislation will put my own efforts as an educator at risk. So, I hope that the blackout by Wikipedia will help everyone realize just how important it is that we have an open Internet to protect and promote the public good. Meanwhile, Wikipedia should be back online on Thursday, ready to provide valuable reference materials for those of you already working ahead on your Storybooks!