Friday, November 4

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 11! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, along with all the other end-of-week options. Here is a link to the class calendar; maybe you will want to start in on the Week 12 assignments today too.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I finished almost all the Week 10 Sunday assignments yesterday, and today I'll finish the last of the Sunday assignments, plus the work people turned in during the Monday grace period. I'll also get to as many of the Week 11 and Week 12 assignments that people turned in this week too. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Online education survey. (repeat announcement) A graduate student in OU's Education Schoolcontacted me with another survey to share: this one is about student attitudes in online courses: Community and Collaboration Online. There will be a raffle for people who complete this survey; you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Meet Michelle Pacansky-Brock. My friend Michelle teaches at California State University - Channel Islands, and she's developing a new podcast, seeking students who might talk to her about learning experiences that leave people feeling inspired and transformed. If you'd like to be part of this podcast, you are very much invited to participate! You can find out more here: Humanized Education Podcast.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Words. Just for fun, since it's Friday... it's a palindrome: TACO CAT.

The End. I thought this would be a good one for the end of the week, especially now that the end of the week is also starting to look towards the end of the semester, too: The Tunnel.

Words from India. This word from India may surprise you! It's the ancient Sanskrit word "su-astika," meaning "lucky, fortunate," also known as: SWASTIKA.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Animal Tales From India to Oklahoma. You've all seen those squirrels on the OU campus, but there is one special squirrel in particular, a talking squirrel, who is eager to tell you the tales of his days in ancient India.

Free Book Online: Welsh Fairy Tales by William E. Griffis. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Fairies, King Arthur, witches, and cats... you'll find them all here:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Be encouraged, O pilgrim, though your destination is far of (a Kashmiri proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And of course we are all pilgrims, in our own ways on our own paths.

Today's Video: The Canterbury Tales ("California Dreamin" by the Mamas and the Papas). And speaking of pilgrims, here is Amy Burvall's wonderful mash-up video for Chaucer's pilgrims en route to Canterbury:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is named Mrs. Bean; she is the cat of a friend of mine! Look boldly ahead. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Friday Night at the Sam Noble Museum from 6PM-8PM tonight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 4: Guido Reni. Today marks the birthday in the year 1575 of the famous Baroque artist Guido Reni, and you can read about his life and career in Wikipedia. Some of you may be familiar with the legend of Atalanta, whose suitors had to run against her in a race, and how Hippomenes was able to slow her down by tossing golden apples given to him by Aphrodite in order to distract her. That is the story illustrated in the painting below:

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