Sunday, September 1

Today is Sunday of Week 2. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 2 Internet. (repeat announcement) For the Week 2 Internet assignment, you will be creating a website using Google Sites. I've provided detailed instructions, so I don't think you'll run into any problems, but if you do, send me a note. I don't check email as often on the weekends, but I do check email occasionally, and if you run into a snag with that assignment, I'll be sure to write you back.

Stack. (repeat announcement) I also don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend.

Working Ahead. (repeat announcement) For those of you who found yourselves doing the work for this class at the last minute and really scrambling last week as a result, I would urge you to work ahead this weekend, even if it means just getting a day or two ahead of the deadlines. The class will be so much easier to manage if you create a schedule that is really convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadlines. You might want to review this information from back in Week 1 about Creating Your Own Class Schedule (and getting extra credit for it, too).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Google Sites Fonts. As you experiment with creating your practice Google Site, you might want to play with the wide range of fonts that are available! Check out this tip to find out how to adjust your fonts site-wide by modifying the style sheet.

Featured Storybook: Hindu Goddesses: What They're All About. In this Storybook you will learn about Lakshmi, Ganga, Parvati, and Saraswati!

FREE Kindle eBook: Hitopadesha by Edwin Arnold. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is one of the many wisdom tale collections inspired by the ancient Indian Panchatantra.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A watched pot never boils. (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of those proverbs that is not literally true, but it has some great metaphorical applications!

Events Round-Up. (repeat announcement) Check out Kate's KGOU OneSix8 blog post for a round-up of weekend events and activities in the area!

September 1: Edgar Rice Burroughs. Today marks the birthday in 1875 of the American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who is best known for having invented the story of Tarzan. You can read more about Burroughs's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and you can read many of his books online as they are in the public domain. Here is an inventory of Burroughs books online, including the Tarzan books that are in the public domain. There are even Tarzan audiobooks available for free download from LibriVox. So, get in touch with your inner ape and spend some time today with Tarzan if you are so inclined! The following image is for the LibriVox edition of Tarzan of the Apes:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.