Sunday, October 19

Today is Sunday of Week 9. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Storybook/Portfolio commenting (Internet) assignment and the Storybook/Portfolio assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to all the announcements so far this week.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. 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, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period (or even later), you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Week 9 UnTextbook Report(repeat announcement) Thanks as always to the people who filled out the Google Form with your comments and feedback about the Native American units! I've written up the results here: Week 9 UnTextbook Report. I was also so glad to see that all the modules are working out pretty well (the ratings are pretty much consistent for all the modules so far). This UnTextbook was a big experiment, and I honestly had no idea what to expect for this first semester. I am so glad it is going well, and I am really grateful for everybody's feedback and input: thank you!

Tech Tips(repeat announcement) For the second half of the semester, I have added some new Tech Tips, so the new "new" items on that list are ones that I have just now added: Tech Tips.

Google Back-Up/Check-Up(repeat announcement) I've made a new extra credit assignment that is available each week so that you can back up your work, just in case, and also check on your progress in D2L. You'll see this in the weekly assignments list now with the other end-of-week extra credit options: Back-Up / Check-Up Extra Credit. I would also urge everybody to make sure you have an alternate email address and/or text messaging option in case you run into trouble with your Google account: Google Account Security.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Inspiration: 6 Things You Learned in School that Don’t Apply in the Real World. I thought you might enjoy this graphic from a great post in teacher Paul Bogush's blog.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is DUNGAREES, which comes to English from Hindi. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Vishnu's Bedtime Stories. As Vishnu is reborn as Kalki, an avatar for the end of the world, he shares the stories of his past avatars in a series of letters addressed to himself as Kalki.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which contains fairy tales from all over the world.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Fall down seven times, get up eight (a Japanese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Isn't it great that when we were little we had no fear of failure...?

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Disrobing of Draupadi. The illustration is one of the many Persian versions of the Mahabharata created during the Mughal era in India.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a performance by the OU Combined Choirs at 3PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 19: August Lumière. On this day in 1862 August Lumière was born in France. Together with his brother Louis Jean, he patented the cinematograph, making them the first film-makers in history. By a strange quirk of fate, the last name of the brothers means "light" in French! You can read more about them at Wikipedia. The image below shows the world's first film poster, an advertisement for a Lumière brothers film in 1895.

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.