Tuesday, April 26

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. If you have not done the first reading for this week yet, you need to do that today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I read and replied to the assignments turned in before noon on Saturday; I'll finish the Saturday assignments and start on the Sunday assignments today! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Project Favorites! I've prepared the list of project favorites: thanks to everybody for their nominations! You can see the list here: Project Favorites. I hope you will enjoy exploring the list; you might even find some projects you have not looked at so far this semester. If you would like to vote for your favorites, you'll find a ballot at D2L in the Week 14 area.

OU Create. If you are interested in seeing some other online projects from other classes at OU, take a look at OU Create: OU Creaties. You can find out more about OU Create and getting your own domain here: Getting Started with OU Create.

Project Feedback. The Project commenting assignments for BOTH Week 14 AND Week 15 are available now. There's no need to wait, so if you need those points to finish up the class, both weeks are ready to go!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Periodic Table of Storytelling. See a dynamic, full-sized view of the table here: Periodic Table with TVTropes links.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is LABYRINTH from the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Badri and the Dashavatara. From the time he was a small child, Badri has had mysterious encounters with the avatars of Vishnu, one after another after another.

Free Book Online: Popular Tales From the Norse by George Webbe Dasent. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, including the Norse Cinderella: Katie Woodencloak.

India Featured Book: Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. There are some wonderful stories in here, along with illustrations by the author.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Better to go around the manure than to move it (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is very practical advice, both literally and metaphorically.

Today's Video: Pashu: Animal Tales. TO go along with the Pashu book (see above), I thought this would be a good video to include!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat believes in peer learning: Observe others: the task is possible! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a "Pizza and Politics" meeting at noon in the Monnet Hall Conference Room. Come talk with Merleyn Bell, host of "Race Matters" on KGOU ... and pizza is provided! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 26: Jet Li. Today, April 26, is the birthday of Jet Li, a Chinese martial arts master and film star, who was born in 1963. Happy Birthday, Jet Li! You can read more about Jet Li's life and career in this Wikipedia article. Jet Li has made some wonderful movies with mythological and legendary themes. For children and adults alike, there is The Forbidden Kingdom, in which he plays the Monkey King (Jackie Chan costars in that one). My favorite of his films is Hero, directed by Yimou Zhang, in which Jet Li plays a mysterious character - hero or traitor? It all depends on which version of the story you believe.

Note: You can page back through the 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.