Thursday, September 24, 2009

How To: RSS Reader: Keeping Track of Your Colleague's Blogs and Other Websites, Too!

The best way for you to keep up with postings on the various blogs of your classmates would be to register and use Google Reader, which is an RSS feed reader. You don't need to know what the heck this means to use it though. I've typed "Google Reader" as a hyperlink to get you started. If you already have a Gmail account (not the VCCS watered down version), you'll already have a feed reader account. There are other readers available, such as one through Yahoo! mail.

Basically, an RSS feed reader allows users to feed updates from various web sources onto a single page. Let's say you enjoy skimming through six different blogs a week, but sometimes forget one or another. Now you'll be able to see all updates on a single page by using one of these readers.

How do you know when you can add a page to your RSS feed reader? Simply look for something like this and click on it:

Image um..."borrowed" from these folks.

The Sketchbook Project

Want your artwork work in a museum?

Click here.

American Library Association's Banned Books Week - Extra Credit

September 26−October 3, 2009

Click here for more information.

For some videos related to Banned Books Week, click on the following links:

100 Banned Books (2008)

Banned Books Week: Puppet Book Banners

Extra Credit: For 10 points extra credit choose a banned book, read it, and write and post a 500 or more-word response to why you think this book was banned (think historical, cultural, etc. context) and why you believe it should not be banned.

Blog your response and email me the link to that specific response by 1 December 2009.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Extra Credit Opportunity: Hispanic Heritage Month

This month is Hispanic Heritage Month!

Your next Extra Credit Opportunity for 10 points is this:

On Thursday September 24th in the Pungo Auditorium at 12:30 pm is "Praising Our Hispanic American Cultural Patchwork" presentation by Dr. Gabriela Christie Toletti.

Attend this event and then create a new blog post and write 300-500 words on your reaction and response to Dr. Toletti's presentation. Do not summarize, but think and react to what she's presented. Again, do not summarize. Respond. I want your beautiful thoughts!

Blog your response and email me the link to that specific response by 15 October 2009.

Learn more about how TCC is celebrating on this page where I got the image.