Tuesday, February 13

Today is Tuesday of Week 5, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. The first reading is due today, and I hope you will find good inspiration for a story of your own. Here is a link to the Week 5 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Success Tip: Talk to your teachers. Keeping communication is open is crucial for any project, including the project of teaching and learning. So, please, if there is anything about the class you are not sure about, some experiment you would like to try, an idea you have, let me know... and don't be shy to talk to your other professors. We're not mind-readers (although that would be handy!), and it really helps when you let us know what's on your mind.

Project Lists. There are now project lists for both classes: Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics. I am trying something new this semester, which is an image randomizer drawing on images and screenshots from the projects each time the page loads. Right now you might see some duplicated images, but as the weeks go by, there will be more images, and therefore more randomness. Click on the image to see which project it comes from! I am hoping those random images will be a good supplement to the list of titles as you explore the projects in the coming weeks.

Week 5 Comments and Feedback. I got both of these assignments up and running! That is how both assignments will work for the rest of the semester: I will get them ready to go at some time during the day on Monday each week so that they are ready by Tuesday. I hope you will have fun visiting other people's projects, in addition to visiting the blogs.

Project Stack. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email. Yesterday was a busy day with all the projects coming in; if you turned in something by 5PM on Friday, you should have comments back from me by now, and today I will finish up the Friday assignments and move on to Saturday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. I have to admit that Tib totally cracked me up with the meme he made as a tech tip post: Imgflip Meme Generator. How meta is that???

India Item. I learn so much from my India List at Twitter, like this link to an article about the many different Persian versions of the Ramayana: The Mughal Ramayana Tradition.

Myth Video: I also found this little video about the Egyptologist Margaret Murray at Twitter. You can read Murray's book free online: Ancient Egyptian Legends.
India Comic Book: Today's comic book is Nachiketa: A Collection Of Stories From The Upanishads (the story of Nachiketas is one of my favorite legends from India). See the Amar Chitra Katha blog for the Bizzell Reserve call number and more information.

Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb comes from the ancient Indian story collection known as the Hitopadesha: The chariot will not move upon a single wheel. Find out more at the Proverb Laboratory.

Writing: Here's another word-pair which baffles the spellchecker: IDLE v. IDOL.

Reading: Here are some wise words about the power of reading.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat advises you to observe carefully while you read: Creativity requires thoughtful observation. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Video: And here's a video with some great observations about taking notes to use in your own writing later: The Writer's Notebook.

Event on Campus: From SoonerBuzz, here's a pre-Valentine's Day Party in Bizzell HCLC from 5PM-6PM, featuring face painting and cookie decorating (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 13: Maha Shivratri. This year, the festival of "The Great Night of Shiva" falls on February 13, the moonless day of the month. You can read more about the Maha Shivratri festival at this Wikipedia article. In particular, the festival marks the occasion of Shiva's great cosmic dance. You can read about the great dance of Shiva in this article online, Shiva, Lord of the Dance, which is also the source for the image below:

And check out the YouTube page for the lyrics to this famous Shiva song as performed by Manish Vyas:

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