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.

Week 3: Fairy Tales and Updates

Week 3: Fairy Tales and Updates

Hi everyone,

Moments ago, you should have received an individual email with a grade update. You’ll get one of these every week or so and certainly at the end of a cycle. Some things to note:

  • I tend to give full credit for all work. So, if you have less than full points it means you either missed part of the prompt (easy to tell if you have 1/2 the points) or it’s really short and does not have enough depth (something like a 7/10 or 8/10). Look at the examples on our website (under Example Student Work page) to get a sense of expectations. Or look around at others on our G+ and notice that people write some long and gloriously thorough posts (thank you!). A couple of points will not hurt your overall grade and I would expect to see your posts get better and better, so no worries.
  • Note that at this moment, 10 points looks like it kills your grade, but it’s because it’s 30/40 total (75%, so a C). Total points for the class when we’re all done is 300. 290/300 is 97%, so an A. Missing a couple of things will be okay, but more than that really starts to effect your grade. And missing a Make assignment is brutal…don’t miss those 15 points every 2 weeks. 😉
  • I really can’t take late work. Every time my classes blog or write posts I have 98 assignments to read…so 98 on Wednesdays and 98 on Sundays…close to 200 posts per week. I love love love reading these, so that’s not the issue, but keeping track of late ones or updates is just no fun. You’ll need to get things in on time. thank you!

Your insights, your comments to peers, and the work you are doing so far is stunning. Truly, our class is rocking it; I’m sure you can tell too from your peer’s responses. Thank you!

Cinderella post is due tomorrow. You should watch Into the Woods this weekend and notice how many scenes come from Grimm! And here’s a funny, updated version of Little Red: The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf, and Grandma.

Finally, one pro-tip: if you are getting a ton of G+ notifications, you can change the notification settings by clicking on the dots (see attached image), then Preferences, then Community Notifications.

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