Tuesday, February 28

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 7, 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, today is the day for reading. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Canvas outage: Resolved. As of 3:30PM, Canvas was up and running as normal; details at the Canvas Status site. If you were not able to complete a Canvas Declaration during the grace period this morning because of the outage, just let me know, and I'll record the points for you.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 7 Project Feedback. The Feedback assignment is available now, with random groups ready to go: if you are doing a Portfolio, you have other Portfolios to look at, and if you are doing a Storybook, you have Storybooks to look at. Hopefully you will get some good ideas for your own project by looking at what other people are doing with theirs. :-)

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook and Portfolio assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday before 3PM, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned in something later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. And if you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. Wise words about books from Neil Gaiman: A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.

Stories. And here are some wise words from Sue Monk Kidd: Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.

Words from India. This English word comes from the Hindi word for five, pancha: PUNCH, traditionally made with five ingredients.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Tales of Kailasa. In this Storybook, you get to meet the mountain Kailasa and listen to him as he shares his stories with Shiva, the mountain's most famous resident.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Tales, Customs, Names, and Dirges of the Tigre Tribes by Enno Littmann. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The stories here come from what is now Ethiopia (formerly Abyssinia):

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is For the diligent, a week has seven days; for the slothful, seven tomorrows (a German proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is a procrastination proverb!

Video: The video for today is Shankar Tucker's version of Guru Brahma. You can find out more here about the guru mantra.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that we all struggle. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a talk at 6:30PM in Meacham by Dr. Rudy Horn, an OU alum and math adviser for Hidden Figures: Bringing Math, Physics, History and Race to Hollywood (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 28: John Tenniel. Today, February 28, marks the birthday in the year 1820 of the great English illustrator, John Tenniel, who is most famous for his illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. You can read about Tenniel's life and career in this Wikipedia article. Here is one of those famous illustrations: A Mad Tea-Party.

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