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Greg McVerry

Attempting to Remix Academic Writing #dmlcommons #walkmyworld #teachtheweb

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I steal from Alan Levine quite often.

I am most prod of hauling away a backstage blog from an open course he co-facilitated as part of . Then yesterday during folks started asking me about the role of having a back stage blog.

So I wanted to show an example.

Once again stole from cogdog. He posted a final report from . I loved the work, even if it is a horrible slideshow article aka BleacherReport. What I loved the most, Alan's work was 95% derivative and 100% original. He told a story using the words of others.

As the final event for we had to curate our work. This was my example and this is the story of how it came to be and what I need to do as i revise

The Pre-Writing

Over the last year I have been trying to teach myself (translation: bug people smarter than me and Google a lot) CSS. I knew I wanted to try the single page website and play with sections. I also wanted the content to be a remix. So I started by pre-planning. I always start planning on paper. I am old school like that.

I then drafted my first attempt. I used Thimble. I am addicted to thimble.This was my draft.

The Revision

My first attempt is awful. I collected all my makes but my design leads to cognitive dissonance rather than aiding in comprehension. So I started to plan my revisions.

The design changes:

  • I need to match the colors section so they make sense. This is an important cue to the reader
  • I need to match the font sizes and be logical about my header levels
  • I forgot to nest some content inside a div within the section. I used an inline display and something like a table thingy to center content.

The content changes:

  • The content is a little jarring. Needs more logical sense
  • Walkmyworld was about identity. Yet I focused on synthesis.Explain this
  • I need to add a theoretical definitions of synthesis

Greg McVerry

(re)Discovering my Personal Statement #DMLCommons Pathways

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Since is doing the pathways series simultaneously with DBR I thought I would share soemthing I found while pretending I was going to organize my file.

This was my original personal statement when I applied to my doctorate program (had to apply a second time but that is another story).

Technology has reshaped literacy by creating new means of communication, new strategies for learning, and new definitions of collaboration. The changes taking place to literacy as a result of a whole host of new and emerging technologies have redefined my view of the world and shaped the contributions I aim to make to the field of education.

            By and large, today’s students turn to the Internet as their primary source of information, yet very few educators and researchers view the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a reading issue.  Even fewer recognize there are unique skills and strategies required to maximize the use of the Internet.  I am seeking an advanced degree to better understand how technology reshapes literacy processes and to empower other educators by distributing this knowledge widely for the purpose of affecting change.

            I describe myself as perpetually inquisitive, the kind of person who seeks to explore deep and meaningful questions that will move the field forward in tangible and concrete ways.  The goals I seek to accomplish as a researcher are threefold. First, I seek to affect fundamental change in the k-12 curriculum by advocating for the inclusion of new literacies instruction as a means for students to acquire 21st century skills.  I will provide evidence to demonstrate the positive benefits of doing so. Second, I will contribute to practical and theoretical development of research on new literacies by providing research-based evidence that demonstrates the positive effects new literacies instruction has on achievement.  Third, I seek to contribute toward the development of new models of professional development for technology integration and to work to increase the collaboration between state educational schools and at risk public schools. These three goals will help guarantee that students who are most in need of instruction on the new literacies of reading comprehension have the opportunity to take part in well-designed instructional activities.

         Since entering the 6th year certificate program I have delved into the legions of literature exploring both offline and online comprehension.  During this time, I have built the background knowledge I need to make connections between research and practice. I have put these skills into practice by completing my first manuscript for publication.  My article entitled “Forums and Functions of Threaded Discussions” will be included in the new literacies themed issue of the New England Reading Association Journal.

            The use of ICT’s in the active construction of meaning not only requires new literacies, but also demands more complex traditional literacies. As a doctoral student I will develop models for professional development that have a lasting impact.  I seek to become a vehicle for change in schools, not only help teachers to better understand what new literacies are, but also to spark new ideas for ways to help students acquire these essential strategies. I will use new technologies such as wikis, Webpages, and threaded discussions to build a community of educators dedicated to growth and change.

            I have been recognized for my efforts to integrate technology within my curriculum and was awarded Connecticut Educator’s Computer Association technology integration award. I will continue this work by conducting professional development seminars, similar to my recent presentation at the First Annual Essential Literacy conference, that use ICT’s in order to develop on going dialogue, reflection, and community as the cornerstone for teacher training.

            When I complete my doctoral degree, I will dedicate myself to building new pathways between educational institutions and at-risk public schools. I believe that teacher education programs would benefit from  an apprenticeship approach, such as the ones  applied to hospital residency programs. In my opinion, doctoral students should spend time in schools serving as curricular and educational specialists. This model of community service would open up avenues for research while providing schools with an invaluable service. I also believe states, as part of the accreditation process, should require greater cooperation between the research community and at-risk schools. At-risk communities face so many needs. As a university professor, I would advocate for the supervision of doctoral and graduate students in service as educational specialists within these priority schools. As a professor I would advocate for research conducted collaboratively with school administrators.  This would help  build an atmosphere of positive change while developing a design research-based curricula  and application of best practices. Such an endeavor between k-12 schools and universities would lend credence to the field of education as a noble effort that takes the entire global village.

            Technology has changed literacy, and transformed how students learn.   It has changed my goals as an educator. As a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut I will make contributions to better understanding the theory and practice of new literacies instruction and the use of ICT’s to build a new model for professional development.  I will work to build bridges between the research community and at-risk schools making a lasting difference in the field of education.

Greg McVerry

Planning my backstage post #dmlcommons #walkmyworld

Trying to reflect on my first attempt at creating a transgenre remix of scholarly import.

This is me planning the follow up and areas of improvement in http://walkmyworld.jgregorymcverry.com

Greg McVerry

Well defined text structure makes life easier for you & reader. The best pieces have a parallelism all recognize but can't see.

Greg McVerry

#dmlcommons What if?

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What if they weren't MOOCs but live formations of Special Issues in Open journals? 

Learners make,  facilitators lead,  everyone learns. 

The curstion ofartifacts then analyzed in public. Knowledge creation through curation? 

Greg McVerry

I have so many plug-ins, many doing the same thing, my tune up might just be cleaning out the pipes. Get essentials only.

Greg McVerry

@readywriting if you really want to see why we need women in STEM search CC images in FLICKR for "engineer"

Greg McVerry

Flickr Navigation to Creative Commons #dmlcommons

Greg McVerry

Reflecting on Formative Design.

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Greg McVerry