Tuesday, February 21

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. If you have not done any reading for this week yet, you need to make sure you do some reading today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Password Reminder. I want to make sure that everybody has changed their OU passwords in time for the February 22 deadline: if your OU password is more than one year old, you have to change it now! Otherwise, you will be locked out of your OU accounts (email, Canvas, etc.) tomorrow, February 22. You can change your password at accounts.ou.edu or call IT at 325-HELP for additional assistance.

Week 6 Project Feedback. I've set up the Project Feedback groups for Week 6, and this time you will be looking at Storybook Introductions. I hope you will have learning about people's projects and looking at the websites they are making! (And if you're doing a Portfolio, you can also make a Google Site too, just for fun as a Tech Tip.)

Project Stack. If you turned in your assignment by noon on Saturday, you should have comments back from me by now; today I'll finish up the Saturday assignments and get started on Sunday if all goes well. And as always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity. As you can guess, I am a big believer in the power of role-playing. It's a life skill!

Reading. This is a quote from one of my favorite books: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Words from Mythology. This word comes from the name of the Greek Earth Goddess, Gaia: GEOLOGY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Tracking the Werewolf. Our hero, John Abbott, is tracking the werewolf, getting closer and closer . . . until we do indeed see the werewolves through his eyes.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Romantic Tales from the Panjab by Charles Swynnerton. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You will find the stories of Raja Rasalu here, along with other exciting Punjabi legends.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Honey is sweet, but the bee stings (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is another one of those metaphors from nature: life has its sweetness and its stings.

Video: The video for today is Hum Loag by Shankar Tucker, along with a couple of hundred people in Mumbai! Find out more at Shankar Tucker's YouTube channel.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has lofty goals: Feedback tells you that you can go higher. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Michele Elam of Stanford University will be giving a talk on James Baldwin, "Baldwin's Boys," at 6PM in the Fred Jones Museum auditorium (details in OU Daily article). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 21: Mother Language Day. This is a United Nations holiday celebrating everyone's mother language. The date has special connection to south Asia, as the United Nations website explains: "The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh" (image source).

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.