Wednesday, March 8

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8. Today is the last day of those reflection and feedback assignments, and the ones for today are two surveys. Thanks in advance for your input! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read and replied to projects turned in on Sunday by 3PM, and I'll be working today on more Sunday projects. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Storytelling with Music. Some of you have already learned how to embed YouTube videos in your blog posts, and today I wanted to share the first example that I've seen so far in class of a YouTube background music video in a Google Sites page. Take a look... and a listen: it's Kaylen's Gods of War: Athena and Ares.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Wise words from Octavia Butler: Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.

Growth. I thought this would be a perfect graphic for the middle day of the middle week of the whole semester! Don't give up in the middle!

English Words from Mythology. The "Aurora Borealis" is the "Northern Dawn," from AURORA, the Roman Goddess of Dawn.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Vahana Therapy: Ganesh's Guide to Happiness. It's not easy being a vahana (a vehicle of the gods), and Ganesha is there to help these three vahanas — Nandi, Uchchaihshravas, and Garuda — work through some issues.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Star-Names and Their Meanings by Richard Hinckley Allen. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. So many stars in the sky, and therefore so many stories:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Your fingers can’t be of the same length (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. It's a proverb about diversity!

Video: And here's a video to go with that proverb: All That We Share. You can find out more about this Danish video at Huffington Post.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning as he goes. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's HASA Dodge Ball at JTMC at 8PM tonight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 8: Michael Hart. Today marks the birthday in 1947 of Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg and one of my online heroes! Sadly, Michael Hart died in 2011, but his legacy lives on in the amazing Project Gutenberg; he would have been 70 years old this year. You can read more about his life and achievements at Wikipedia, and the image below is from his obituary in The Economist.

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