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Greg McVerry

Hey @scsu #edu106 here is your MidTerm

Reflection Drives Learning

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You need to create a spreadsheet or document to answer the following questions:

  • Did you post a reflection of your reading by tracing the shape of a TV show (2020-09-06)
  • Did you write a blog post on how shapes affect stories 2020-09-06
  • Did you complete a free choice blog post? 2020-09-06
  • Did you trace the shape of a popular communication tool like email? 2020-09-09
  • Did you take notes on "why we take a selfie?" 2020-09-21
  • Did you post an unselfie? 2020-09-21
  • Did you post your notes on School and Identity readings? 2020-09-28
  • Did your explore your identity as a learner 2020-09-30
  • Did you complete a free choice post? 2020-09-30
  • Did you complete 5 photo challenges? 2020-10-15
  • Did you build a website with a homepage and a second page with photos (part of your final)

You must include a working link to an artifact as Observable Evidence. If you need help linking to artifactsa in Microsoft Teams let me know or drop by Design Studio and we can hack on some solutions.

Then consider the module objectives:

  • Examine the selfie as an artifact of identity
  • Explore learner identities and the impact this has on learning.
  • Explore the impact learning and education have on identities.
  • Annotate a research article for descriptive statistics
  • Students will be able to use and create structured electronic documents.
  • Students will be able to use graphical and multimedia technologies.

Now considering the artifacts you submitted evaluate those against the objectives and then choose your grade.

If we agree that is your midterm. If we do not we will meet until we come upon a grade we agree upon.

How to Submit

You must write a paragraph or two explaining yoru grade choice and how it reflects the mastery of your objectives.

Then include a paragraph or two on what you learned about yourself as a learner and how we learn to learn online. Set some learning goals for the second half of the semster.

h/t and all the imaginary extra credit points you want for using our key vocabulary from the module in your writing:

Bell Curve, Kurtosis, Skewness, D(d)iscourses, remix, creative commons, text structure, narrative, semiotics

Greg McVerry

Five Reasons I chose to Carve a Spoon as My Subjective's Metaphor #OpenPedagogy #digped

My Free Choice Post for #edu522

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In my previous post I shared pictures of a hand carved spoon I am shaping from wood. I used this tool as a metaphor to explore my goals for . Got me thinking about what would the shape of the sotry be if I stretched the metaphor just a little too far.

Knowledge isn't Spoon Fed

In this class you design your syllabus, well the important parts. I still curate materials and facilitate discussions.

Open pedagogy draws heavily on principles woven into feminism and critical theory. in the sense of striving for the better (hooks, 1994); of seeing growth as a community process rather than a taxonomy of skills aquisition (Weber, 2006).

Many of us gather on a quilt Dave Cormier  (2015) calls "Community is the Curriculum" which we hold together through intentionaly equitable hospitality. In this class I want us to cook together. Bring in our own flavors to a shared table.

Learning is Messy

We often cast learning in such clinical terms. Our students need an "intervention." Growth requires "diagnostic" assessment. A nice easdy picture cleaned with the medical precision of a septic wipe.

Open pedagogy also draws on ideas of rhizomatic learning. We waste so much time and treasur measuring and sorting children. I would rather double down on reinforcing classroom practices that we know have positive impacts.

I believe the space of learning and not the learner is the variable of interest that should draw your focus. What can you do better to let your students make a mess as you create a community of readers and writers?

Learning Takes Deliberate Planning, Action, and Reflection

Open Pedagogy gets driven by those who learn out loud. By that I mean we share our reflections, openly blog throughout the design practice, often create content for the Commons, and encourage our students to do the same.

When you make learning visibile (Hattie) you help students grow. When you encourage students to that from a place they can call their own you help them be.

In this class you control your level of openess and privacy. You can share only in our private Microsoft Teams channels or publicly by publishing on your own website.

Play With Knives

Imagine walking into your principles office and suggesting giving out knives to all the eigh year olds. Think it will fly?

Why not?

I have taught so many children ages 6-10 to play with knives in cub scouts. I am happy my kids can, with supervision, sit outside and play with knives

We shelter our children from too many complex tools and topics. I believe we must engage students in critical issues for change from a Vygotoskian dialectical perspecticve.

In this class we will explore the relationship of open pedagogy, privacy, and strategy exchange amongst our peers as you folks work toward your subjectives.

Know the Right Amount of Pressure

If you look closely at where my spoon is and where I planned it to be you will see they are not alike. I say I am trying to break from my love of symmetrical design, others will call it a lack of skill. Either way, many times when I press too hard the wood cracked.

Learning works this way. We need to rethink assessment and the pressures we put on children. As Sean Michael Morris and Jessie Stommel ask us, "How do we measure the love of learning?"

In this class I hope to leave that question unanswered as we all try a little bit better tomorrow all figuring it out.

Greg McVerry

@tylerwarfel there are a few public speaking books in the commons could pick one as a model and then have students publish their own handbook on public speaking.

Greg McVerry

Why I prefer a syndication model for resources where I federate or syndicate artifacts to the Commons from a place where I live through Open Standards, Oped Protocols, and APIs, the hubs always fall

Greg McVerry

"Supporting the Commons take solidarity first" @kfitz

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I think the more we root the labor in the professorship and get it directly to the Commons with the fewest intermediaries possible is best.

Greg McVerry

@meghasbooks I use flickr and creative commons images and then edit the cover in GIMP, Photoshop, Pixlr. I need to learn Illustrator.

Greg McVerry

Made the Cover Art for Poembox: A poetry podcast by jgmac1106 #poetryport #writingcommunity

Made the Cover Art for Poembox: A poetry podcast by jgmac1106 #poetryport #writingcommunity

A remix by jgmac1106 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Source images

"POEM" flickr photo by hnguitarist shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

"They which do hunger and thirst" flickr photo by Giles Watson's poetry and prose shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

"Soul_20x28" flickr photo by Vovan UK shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Realized after I made the image I missed the non-derivative license. Going to contact artist to see if I can use...if not back to drawing board


Greg McVerry

Three Steps to Surving Your First Online Class #edu307 #edu506

There are three things required for success in online classes: self directed learning- You need to develop a learning plan, schedule, set and meet goals cognitive presence-

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digital body in fron of binary ticker
There are three things required for success in online classes:

  • self directed learning- You need to develop a learning plan, schedule, set and meet goals
  • cognitive presence- You need to not only complete assignments on time but complete them with the stated objectives in mind. Make sure your artifacts show growth. Utilize evidence from the texts, focus on key concepts and vocabulary.
  • social presence- Learning is social. Self direction works best in a community of folks with similar goals. 

This first week we were just working on the third element. Many people are taking an online  class for the first time as well. It is important we take time to get to know each other. Identify possible study partners, and learn to rely on each other.

img credit: "University of Maryland and Sourcefire Announce New Cybersecurity Partnership" flickr photo by Merrill College of Journalism Press Releases shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Greg McVerry

My #100DaysQuotesofColor Challenge #literacies

After Marcelle Haddix keynote at the Literacy Research Association I examined my last theory of change for a #literacies grant and realized I did not

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After Marcelle Haddix keynote at the Literacy Research Association I examined my last theory of change for a #literacies grant and realized I did not cite one scholar of color.

I spent the intersession learning and reading about scholars of color in the field of education. While it is a risk of pithy appropriation, rather than deep understanding, decided to do a #100DaysOfQuotesOfColor.

Every day I share a quote from someone I am learning about with an image from an artist who support the Commons.

Long term I am doing a dive into the work of Maisha Winn, @David E. Kirkland, and  others to find the stories of reading and writing that better represent the world than my last attempt:

I love Dewey and Jim Gee but they both have enough citations. there are tangential fields in critical race theory, art history, AND scholars in my own  field whose work I and other have ignored for too long.


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