Weekly Video Update

Make Cycles

Our course is organized by two week “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. We will read, discuss, and make things based on the children’s books we’re reading. You can find the “weekly work” for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We can upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and artifacts here.

Weeks 1 & 2 Update

Weeks 1 & 2 Update

Here is the email I sent today and the weekly video update (below):

Very much enjoyed getting to know you through our G+ Community! Thank you for the introductions and for chiming in on each other’s posts. As will be our routine, here is a Friday email update. Each Friday, I will give you the check list of what should be done by now and what’s coming up next week.

I will also post a new video each Friday on the front page of our course website (a new one is there now). PLEASE watch these videos, as they are full of information about the assignments and the courseSee these videos as a required text for the class; they will help with confusions you might have about assignments. For example, at the end of this week’s video I explain how I work with grades and grade updates since I don’t use Blackboard.

By tonight, you should have:

  • Joined our G+ Community and written your intro post.
  • Posted a response to the “Puzzle to the Rest of Us…” reading (under Week One: A Puzzle to the Rest of Us G+ area).
  • Responded to a peer’s post (both the intro and the Puzzle one due tonight). This is part of our routine: always post your response and respond to a peer’s ideas/post.
  • Made an account in Goodreads and joined our 341 group
  • Filled out the link to tell me which books you are reading. AND ORDER your books!
Coming up next week:
  • Watch this week’s video update
  • We are starting our two-week make cycles. Up first: fairy tales
  • Post due by Wednesday, Aug 30 in G+ (under Week Two: Fairy Tale (Little Red))
  • Readings (various versions of Little Red Riding Hood) due by Friday, Sept 1
  • Also Friday, Sept 1: respond to two prompts about Little Red (under Week Two: Fairy Tale (Little Red))
  • Instructions and prompts are in the Make Cycle 1 Instructions for Weeks 2 & 3 HERE
One idea for this week: for those of you who commute, you might want to consider a free 30 day trial of Audible.com. You could listen to most of the books for our class on your drives. And listening to children’s audio books may fit in with your life better.
Thanks again for the responses on G+. You’re doing some really thoughtful work already!

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