Sunday, September 8

Today is Sunday of Week 3. 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:

Storybook Stack. (repeat announcement) I 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. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn your work earlier on Sunday rather than waiting until later. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Week 3 Responding. (repeat announcement) For the Read and Respond assignment, you should be looking for the Week 3 essay and story - so, if someone is working ahead, that means you will need to scroll down to find the Week 3 posts. For information about what to do if someone does not have the posts you are looking for, see the instructions at the assignment. Plus, there is another extra credit responding option this week, too! You'll find that information at the bottom of the regular assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: VideoNotes. Although there are not any videos in this class, you might have video content in your other classes, so I wanted to recommend VideoNotes as an AMAZING free tool that allows you to take notes which are linked to the specific times in a video, kind of like being able to write notes in the margin of your book. The notes are stored in GoogleDocs which means you can easily share them with others too.

Featured Storybook: The Last of the Seapeople. This Storybook tells the history of the merpeople with a strong environmental slant: the story of the merpeople is a warning to us all.

FREE Kindle eBook: Deccan Nursery Tales by C. A. Kincaid. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is a collection of Indian folktales and fairy tales.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Beware the tiger who offers you a golden bracelet (an Indian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb alludes to a story from the Indian Hitopadesha in which a tiger offers a golden bracelet to a traveler and so lures him to his death.

September 8: Star Trek begins. Yes, today is a great day in the history of television - it marks the broadcast of the first episode of the original Star Trek series in 1966 (47 years ago!). The original series then ran for three seasons until June 3, 1969. My devotion to Star Trek began in 1972, when the show was in reruns and I was able to watch every afternoon when I came home from school (I was in third grade). For those of you with Netflix instant streaming, you can watch the original series there. I try to watch all the episodes of the original series every summer, and it is always a lot of fun!

And for a hilarious Star Trek take on current events, here is a YouTube video of the cast of the original series encountering a Miley Cyrus phenomenon:

Remember, you can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.