Friday, January 23

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 2! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Last Day for Refund. Today is the last day to drop with a full refund on fees (even with flat-rate tuition, there are still course fees). So, if you are not sure about this class and have any questions, let me know. If you are going to drop, today is the day so that you can still get a refund!

Introductions. I think I have commented on everybody's Introduction posts, but I'll double-check today. Meanwhile, if you notice that you don't have a comment on your Introduction from me, let me know!

Assignment Stack. I'm still making my way through the stack of assignments; my goal for today is to return comments for everything that was turned in before Friday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment! If something comes in today, it will go to the top of the stack for Monday.

Week 2 Blog Comments. This assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some more Storybook Favorite posts. Looking at Storybooks that other people picked as favorites is a good way to keep exploring the different kinds of Storybooks while you start thinking about what kind of Storybook you might want to do.

Project Assignments. Each week, the Project assignment is the one where I record the points for you in the Gradebook. That's because poor old D2L cannot cope with the option to turn that assignment in late for partial credit (you'll see how that works down at the bottom of the instructions). For Week 2, the Project assignment is brainstorming some Storybook topics. So, when I return your Topics Brainstorm assignment to you with comments, I'll also record the points for you in the Gradebook. All the other items in the Gradebook come from your own Declarations; the weekly Project assignment is the only exception to that rule.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life Online: Twitter Demystified. Great advice here about all kinds of Twitter abbreviations and terminology... like the Twitter canoe (that one was new to me!) — Twitter Demystified: How To RT, MT, #FF And Fave Like A Pro.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is BANGLE, which comes to English from Hindi bangri. 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 eBook: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book — which is also the source for the Jewish fairy tales unit in the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dawn does not come twice to wake us (a South African proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I really like this proverb... even though I also like to sleep late! :-)

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama's marriage to Sita. You can see Shiva's bow in the foreground!

Friday Event on Campus: You can attend the Young Choreographers' Showcase at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (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.