Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Cover Image--Example from Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Here is an example for how to post your book cover image to your lit circle blog. First, you'll need to be a member of the blog--these invitations will come to you via email as soon as the blogs are ready. They can't be created until everyone has listed their book choice in the Google sheet. Our D2L survey had some technical difficulties--thank you to everyone for checking the Google sheet and re-entering your book choice if needed!

Once you are in your group blog, simply click on New Post

and you will get a little window like this one.

Here you can insert your image by clicking on the little photo icon and enter your reason for selecting your image in the text box:

I chose this image because in the book one of the main concepts is having a BHAG--big hairy audacious goal. I like the play on words of making this sound like a bag, and I thought this picture was eye catching and funny.

Finally, click on the Publish Post button at the bottom of the window. You will also need to upload your image to the D2L drop box. Instructions for that can be found in the Discuss>Coffee Shop>Help! discussion section.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie O'Doan, the Lit Circles Facilitator. Have fun!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Where can I get my book?

Now that you've decided which book you want to read...or are at least willing to read for the sake of the course, it's time to gain access to the book. I say "gain access" because there is no mandate for everyone to purchase the books--if you are able to borrow one from a friend or a library, by all means do so. We also encourage the buddy system if you know someone else taking the course and want to share a book.

The books can all be purchased online, either at Amazon from the list to the right, or from a number of other online resellers such as Borders, Barnes & Noble, eBay, etc. If you happen to be at an actual bricks and mortar bookstore, you should find most of these books in the Business or Marketing areas of the store rather than in the Education section, though you might want to call ahead before making a special trip, to make sure they are in stock.

The reading assignments don't begin until Unit 4, so you should have a couple of weeks to ensure delivery of your book from wherever you decide to get it. If you have any trouble finding a copy, please contact your course facilitator.