Saturday, April 15

Today is Saturday of Week 12. I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'll be updating the stack periodically this weekend so you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Online Learning Survey. (repeat announcement) I got an email from a graduate student at OU who is doing research on online learning, and she is hoping to find students who are willing to complete a survey about their online learning experience. The survey results are anonymous, and after the survey you can enter your email address to be eligible to win one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards! It would be so cool if someone from one of these classes wins a card. Here's the link to the survey.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

School. I'm sharing this dog in case you have a lot of homework this weekend.

Writing. Most of you already know that I am no fan of the passive voice.

Spelling. This GrammarCatz are struggling with THEN v. THAN.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Princess Peaches: The Puppy Princess. This Storybook is all about Princess Peaches, the ruler of Caninelandia, and the members of her court, such as Lord Percy Peacock, the Honorable Richard Rabbit, and Countess Ophelia Owl.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Some of you may remember this book from the storytelling assignment way back in the first week of the semester!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Don't poke a stick into an anthill (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is good advice for real anthills and also metaphorical ones.

Video: The video for today is a beautiful song from Maati Baani: Tore Matware Naina. This is a collaboration with the Haitian singer Joy Shanti, a.k.a. Dominique Sylvain.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset kitten has advice for everyone working hard now at the end of the semester: Make sure your effort is effective. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's the Annual Spring Powwow today at the Lloyd Noble Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 15: Leonardo da Vinci. Today marks the birthday in the year 1452 of the remarkable Leonardo da Vinci, who was a genius in math, science and engineering, as well as being a famous painter and sculptor. You can read about his remarkable life and career in Wikipedia, and here's a TED video by Siegfried Woldhek: The Search for the True Face of Da Vinci.

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