Friday, September 12

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 4! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, with new random groups. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blogger Images. I want to remind everybody of something VERY important about Blogger post images. When you find an image on a webpage that you want to use, you need to download the image to your computer and then upload the image into your blog post. If you try just to copy-and-paste the image, you may end up copying javascript and other unwanted code into your page. There are also websites that do not allow what is called "remote linking" of images. So, to be on the safe side, you should always download the image you want to use to your computer and then upload the image to your blog post or webpage. Do not add the image by URL, and do not add the image by copying and pasting. For specific instructions, see Adding an Image to Blogger.

Storybook Stack. On Friday morning, I still had quite a few Storybooks left in the stack. I will make sure to reply today to every Storybook assignment in the stack that was turned in before Friday; you can check the stack here: contents of the stack. Anything that comes in on Friday will be at the top of the stack on Monday!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Online Resource: Google Like a Boss. There are some great tips here in this Google Like a Boss graphic. My favorite is the site: operator. So powerful! You can also search subdirectories at a site, in addition to site-wide searches. Click here for a full-sized graphic.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is CANDY, which ultimately comes to English from Sanskrit via Arabic and Persian. For details, see this blog post. The image below shows a cotton candy vendor in Tamil Nadu.

Featured Storybook: Lost in the Woods: A Search Party in Peril. A young woman has gone missing in the woods, and her friends are determined to find out what has happened to her. They spread out into four separate search parties, facing the darkness with only flashlights — and stories — to help them find their way.

FREE Kindle eBook: Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Laura Valentine. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. It includes one of my favorite Middle Eastern stories — "The Seven Sleepers" — along with many more.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every hour has its end (as Sir Walter Scott said). Details at the Proverb Lab. Sir Walter Scott was the author of many famous novels such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. You can read more about Sir Walter Scott at Wikipedia.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Marriage of Rama and Sita, and you can also see Rama's brothers marrying their brides in the same ceremony.

Friday Event on Campus: It's "Farsi Friday" again! You can drop in at 230 Kaufman Hall from 2PM to 3PM, drink tea, and learn about Persian culture — those of you who read Persian fairy tales this week might want to join in (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, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.