Monday, February 3

Today is Monday. Week 3 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

*** Because of the winter weather, campus will be opening at 10:30AM on Monday. Since you do not have any assignments due on Monday, there is no change in the schedule for this class, but if the bad weather is causing problems for you later this week, let me know. ***

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a HUGE bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Please do not go on to the Week 4 Storybook assignment until you get Week 3 comments back from me. I will get back to you as quickly as I can!

Grading Chart. The class is now 20% over, so you might want to use this Grading Chart to see how you are doing. The chart lets you see the point totals week by week so you can gauge whether you are on track for the grade you want to receive in the class. If you are not on track, just make sure you do more of the assigned work along with some extra credit to make up any assignments you might have missed over these first three weeks.

Week 5 Internet assignment. For those of you who are working ahead, you will note that the Week 5 Internet assignment is not available yet; you'll need to wait on that assignment until everybody has gotten their Storybook coverpages published online, which will be happening later this week. During Weeks 5-12, the Internet assignment will be available on the first day of each week (Tuesday) and you will have all week to complete it.

Twitter. Some of you may have already seen the Twitter Technology Tips which include a Tech Tip about the OU Twitter list. By following the OU Twitter list this weekend, I saw some great pictures of snow on campus, like this one:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Proofreading. I'm not a fan of the Grammarly software (it's a terrible grammar checker), but they do share some fun writing humor at their blog!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are miner and minor. Many people pronounce these words in the same way, but the meaning is quite different. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: What It Is To Love Oisín. Oisín (Ossian) is one of the great national heroes of Ireland, and here you meet Oisín through the eyes of those who love him: his mother, his father, his lover Níamh Chinn Óir, and the land of Ireland itself.

FREE Kindle eBook: Aesop's Fables by V. S. Vernon Jones. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are almost 300 fables in this collection, making it a great book to use in broadening your knowledge of Aesop's fables!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The darkest hour is just before the dawn (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is not literally true, but it has many wonderful metaphorical applications!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana, King of the Rakshasas, shown here with all ten heads!

Monday Event on Campus: Sooners Without Borders presents Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at 7PM in the Rawls Engineering Practice Facility, room 200. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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