Saturday, April 22

Today is Saturday of Week 13. This is the next-to-last weekend for this class, so if you are looking for some extra credit, now is a good time to do that!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Friday, I finished all the Week 12 assignments and most of the Week 13 assignments; the ones that were left will be at the top of the stack on Monday, and if you turn in your assignment today, you'll get comments back more quickly next week! Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Finishing up the class. After this weekend, there are just TWO more weeks of school: Week 14 and Week 15 (Dead Week). So, make sure you have a plan now for finishing up the class based on choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know; you can find more information here: Progress Chart.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life. It's all a matter of perspective: you can change the world.

Language. If you are interested in hearing the sounds of languages around the world, check out

Spelling. Here's another word mix-up PRAY v. PREY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Adventures through the East. Travel to Thailand, Nepal and India, with Hanuman himself as your travel guide, along with some help from Jambavan and Sugriva.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Legends of the Middle Ages by Héléne Adeline Guerber. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And that's how wisdom happens: one day at a time.

Video: The video for today is Yaara. Find out more here: AR Rahman’s Music Collaboration Video.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows The process of discovery is often messy and non-linear. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Tonight is India Nite: Fusion! Doors open at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center at 5:30PM. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 22: Earth Day. Today, April 22, is Earth Day. You can read about this holiday in Wikipedia. In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to reflect on how much paper we have saved in this class. Based on the amount of writing and number of students, I would estimate that we have saved about 9000 pages, or 18 reams of paper, this semester. So, by working online like this, we have saved a tree!

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