Tuesday, October 16

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 9 is on top. This week's topic is Robin Hood or King Arthur in the Mythology-Folklore class, with the Mahabharata getting started in Indian Epics. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 9 Internet assignment
. The Week 9 Internet assignment is available now! For this week's assignments, you will be reading a second story in the Storybooks you visit. Plus, it's all free choice this time - you can return to Storybooks you have visited before and read the second story, or else you can visit a totally new Storybook and read the first and second stories together. For details, see the Internet assignment page.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. Please check the contents of the stack to to make sure I received your email.

Grading. With the beginning of Week 9, that means there are a total of seven more weeks of the semester (Weeks 9-10-11-12-13-14-15), which means 210 points of regular assignments available, plus extra credit. You may want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Chart page. Many people take these classes just to get the Gen. Ed. credit and just need to pass the class, so it's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "B" when you get 360 points or "C" when you get 320 points; for an "A" you need 410 points. When you have reached the the points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you are done - you do not need to do any more of the class assignments.

Technology Tuesday. The Technology Tip I want to highlight this week is Google Reverse Image Search. Instead of searching by text, you drop the image into the Google Search engine, and Google goes and looks for the image online at different locations. This is a great way to get more information about an image you want to use and/or to find a larger size of the image. Very cool, and useful too!

Tuesday Events on Campus. From 9AM-10AM in Bizzell Library Room 149D, there will be a presentation on Zotero, which is one of the most powerful Internet research tools you will find - if you are doing a lot of research online, you might really benefit from what this free tool has to offer (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 16: Navaratri. Today marks the beginning of the autumn observance of the "Nine Nights" Festival (and ten days) which are dedicated in Hinduism to the worship of Devi, the goddess in all her forms, especially as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The date of Navaratri (also called Navratri) depends on the lunar calendar, and in 2012, the fall Navaratri begins on October 16. You can read more about the festival at Wikipedia and at About.com: Hinduism. Here is some Navaratrai wallpaper!