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Laura Gibbs
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And of all the Shankar Tucker videos at YouTube, this one is my favorite! :-) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=173&v=IFlSmYh4FQ8
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Collecting music videos for my India class... and here is a beautiful event with Shankar Tucker (singing in Hindi!) ... you can find out more about how they put this video together in Mumbai at the YouTube page:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx_4JW_xTko
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Of the Pandava brothers, Bhima is my favorite, so of course I love the connection between Bhima and Hanuman, and I am really excited to have this comic book about that part of the Mahabharata to share with the students. It is so well told, developing an important phase of the forest exile really nicely, with Bhima's personality coming through so strongly... and of course who can resist Hanuman??? :-) #OpenTeachingOU  http://ackguide.blogspot.com/2015/06/guide-bheema-and-hanuman.html
This is a guide to Bheema and Hanuman: The Sons of Vayu, The Wind God (Volume 527). You can find it at Amazon. [I'll add the Bizzell Library Call Number when the books are processed.] Summary: The Pandavas and Draupadi are in...
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It doesn't look like there is RSS for Cheezburger (does anybody know about that? Inoreader could not autodetect any RSS for +Susan Strickland 's Cheezburger gallery, and I haven't investigated further: at this point I am surprised to find RSS anywhere, as opposed to the good old days when I could be confident it was there) ... but anyway, all I had to do was Tweet her #growthmindset  cat in my Twitter, Inoreader grabbed my Twitter, automatically flagged it for mindset (live search!), and I popped it into the outgoing RSS feed for items that are labeled growthmindset. THIS IS JUST TOO COOL.
http://mythfolklore.net/growthmindset.html ... thank you +Inoreader !
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Ahhhh, I think I get it: mirandum in Latin means "(looking at something) with wonder" It's same root as in miracle, a wondrous thing.
So does mirando in Spanish just mean to look at, but without special sense of wonder, amazement, etc.?
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VERY happy with this new +Inoreader experiment so far: I've got a "growth mindset" Inoreader feed up and running! You can read about it in this blog post 
http://growthmindsetmemes.blogspot.com/2015/07/an-inoreader-hub-for-growth-mindset.html
and you can see it in action here:
http://mythfolklore.net/growthmindset.html
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The creativity of Inoreader in opening up these new content channels (Twitter, G+, Facebook) is so encouraging. I could definitely get depressed about declining use of RSS by these big platforms, but with an engine like Inoreader to CONVERT incoming content from those various APIs into a very clean RSS stream, oh, I am happy!
And I'll ping +Ben Werdmuller and +Erin Richey about this too. They are also doing such great work in terms of connecting up different platforms with simple interfaces that users w/o programming (like me!!!) can manage.
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I really wonder about our student newspaper reporters. Even though they are OU students who presumably get bursar bills that show DRAMATICALLY how high fees are, separate from tuition, they don't seem to understand that distinction between tuition and fees. So, for example, compare this first paragraph which says a tuition waiver means a "free undergraduate education"
quote The new Dependent Child Tuition Waiver beginning this fall gives all OU faculty and staff’s dependent children and spouses a free undergraduate education in attempt to grow the OU community.
with this later paragraph in which the reporter acknowledges (by quoting someone else) that tuition is just that: tuition, NOT fees.
quote The waiver would increase faculty retention as well as generate new funds due to the fees of the dependent students, since the waiver only pays for tuition, Wallace's email said further. [Corbin Wallace, OU press secretary]
Tuition and fees as explained at the bursar website:
http://www.ou.edu/bursar/tuition_fees.html
I am very aware of fees because my students pay an "online course fee" (i.e. PENALTY) of $120 just for the privilege of enrolling in my course... despite the fact that I make half of what a regular faculty member makes, I have no office, and we use no classroom space for the class. For some reason, though, such an online class... costs more.
The new Dependent Child Tuition Waiver beginning this fall gives all OU faculty and staff’s dependent children and spouses a free undergraduate education, in attempt to grow the OU community.
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We could get some intergalactic electron action going on at that rate! :-)
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Well, I've been having too much today with the growth mindset stuff... but now I am finally getting around to what I am SUPPOSED to be doing, which is also fun: working on the Amar Chitra Katha comic books to come up with good ways for my students to figure out which of the hundreds of comic books they want to read! This one about Narakasura is fabulous especially because of the role that Krishna's wife Satyabhama plays!
http://ackguide.blogspot.com/2015/07/guide-krishna-and-narakasura.html
This is a guide to Krishna and Narakasura: Confidence Versus Arrogance (Volume 522). You can find it at Amazon. [I'll add the Bizzell Library Call Number when the books are processed.] Summary: Narakasura was a terrifying asu...
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Yes yes yes YES!!! Especially the last part about "share and compare, to mix and re-mix" ... I've found that while students have often had some really bad "group" experiences in school (the bad part often having to do with the grade anxiety that comes with group assessment), the balance between personal and collaborative in shared storytelling seems to work really well. Students write to satisfy themselves, so that is already a win... and then when they can inspire others and/or find inspiration in others, that just makes it even MORE of a win. #OpenTeachingOU  
 
Recent discussions +Stacy Zemke and +Laura Gibbs about open storytelling, as well as work on our Power of Connections course (kicking off next week -- https://connect.nextthought.com/index.html), have caused me to reflect on its benefits and its impact on both student and teacher engagement.
Reading about the new full-motion video (FMV) game Her Story this week, definitely set me on a path of nostalgic reflection. The focus on interactive storytelling reminded me of the early Infocom text adventures I played on...
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This new #growthmindset  project is my first chance to make use of +Inoreader active searches. I haven't had a key term to search on that would really be useful until now: the word "mindset" is very handy for returning items related to Carol Dweck's growth mindset without a lot of extraneous stuff. So, I've set up that active search now, and it should help me keep up with any incoming items that mention mindset. I can then use an Inoreader label to tag those items, in addition to the things that are being tagged automatically because I am subscribed to them inside my Growth Mindset folder. Exciting! I know that active search is one of the most powerful features at Inoreader, but this is the first time I've had a real occasion to use it!
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Dedicatedly digital... teaching online for 10+ years. :-)
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I'm an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma with a long-standing interest in Aesop's fables! You can see my online courses - Mythology-Folklore & Indian Epics - at MythFolklore.net, and I blog every other day at the Bestiaria Latina.

During the summertime, I try to get some writing done. These are my books:
About the fox avatar: I use different fox images for my online avatar (sometimes a cartoon fox like Fox in Socks, or real foxes, like this one) - it's because the fox is the most important character in Aesop's fables... and the trickiest! :-)
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Oxford University (M.Phil.)
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Although I did not take home a cat from this shelter in the end, and was initially very unhappy about that, I also have to say that the director of the shelter, Shafonda Davis, turned out to be extremely responsive and compassionate. She listened to my concerns and helped me to understand the constraints that determine policies at the shelter. She is clearly committed to doing the best for those animals, and does so under the pressure of being the county shelter for an urban county with large numbers of stray animals. I appreciate the time she took to answer my questions.
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We bought a lovely rosewood urn for our cat's ashes. We really had now known what to do - and a friend recommended Perfect Memorials. I am really glad that she did. The engraving options were easy to understand and the final result is beautiful. It arrived very promptly, carefully packaged. I would recommend this service to anyone - having this lovely urn with our cat's name engraved so nicely really means a lot. Thank you!
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