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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

Some thoughts on following #IndieWeb

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A wonderful chat (starts here and ends here) about following occured last night that made me think about how I would like to connect and display the people I follow as I work on my follow page

Huge h/t to Eddie for capturing it on the wiki.

Tantek noted that a focus on following people and not feeds provided social media silos an early up on the blogosphere. The feed debates about RSS and ATOM  forgot that people and not markup makeup the web.

Theoretical but Possible Today Workflow

I have a follow page. It has two sections an h-feed of following posts, and then different collections which could be grouped by a tag or by channels in my reader.

I am in my reader. I am reading a cool post. I hit the plus sign to add someone. A follow post is then published to my site by the micropub client and the person's feed added to the reader (will need logic not make me choose).

If the person I follow has tags or categories in their feeds that match channel names in my reader these channel names could be buttons that pop up when I hit the plus button.

A mini h-card for the person is then added to my follow page. Include their name, photo, and link at mininumum. If they have a tagline or description in a p-note add that as well. Make this field editable.

Little Bit More Theoretical 

Back on my site  or through some third party service if the person has an h-card and rel="me" links to social networks those names are added to a nickname cache. From then on if I type their name or url and syndicate the proper nickname and mention will work.

Then we can think about displaying options and differences between two way follow, one way follow, friend of friend etc. 

Automation and bots could then be used as feeds are parsed overtime to recommend other people or recommend specific feeds for channels.

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Good morning remember if you have a blog and are (or wil be) reflecting on the conference add it here there is a form below (sorry I just stuck form on bottom, haven't had time to make it pretty)

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Yes: If @amyburvall is keynotng I am there.

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My other thinking is why do we need any third party to share our ideas. Get a website, publish feed, find community, hang together. It's fun.

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I try to parse where I cross post to but first rule is always from my own Domain. Once that is set I try to determine strategies how to syndicate to my networks.

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Fore Ways #IndieWeb is #SocialJustice #ncte18

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For those of you here to give me four lashings for my grammar I want you to recall the eytymology of "fore" as in "before in time" and let's remember when the social media giants didn't suck up all our students agentive writing and sell their data to the highest bidder.

A time when the web collected hundred and thousands of little websites rather than 7-10 big giants.

As educators we must encourage the building of this kind of web as a matter of ... for success requires overcoming injustices of access and economics while building infastructure for local and cultural knowledge to thrive.

Silos Empower Bad Actors to Attack Our Democracy

As English teachers we kind of shake our heads at the fake news outrage. Taught this stuff for years. Still we believe in order to understand how meaning spread online students need to enage in writing activities.

Encouraging this to occur on platforms not controlled by a few is good for society. To this end, along with the National Writing Project, we put in an application for a large federal grant to see if blogging improves argumentative writing.

More importantly giving students a website teaches them they own their data, they shape their identity, and they must help to build their community.

Building safe spaces

Online spaces have not been safe for our most at-risk youth. real name policies, doxxing, and harrassment plague social networks.We owe it to our children to reduce the risk of online.

Encouraging youth to publish from their own websites allows a much greater control of privacy and can allow communities of support to form.

Communities, especially writing communities, carry so much distrubuted knowledge. We should teach students to reflect on their growth and thus contribute back to networks of knowledge in places they can trust.

This why we sponsor events like

Overcoming systemic racism

Walk into a fast food restaurant in the subburbs and they advertise free wifi and a mocha. Same chain in the city and you see "no loitering" signs. The issues around literacy are driven by our racist past. Access to reading on the web is no different.

Yes mantaining a website takes work and usually reflects privledge, and this is exactly why we must double down our efforts to teach reading on the web to everyone. Especially the populations who are vunerable to our historic inadaquecies.

Reflection Builds Communities. Communities Build Writers

I often wonder what if reflection and not argument found its way to the top of the pantheon of writing....gotta go my son wants to blog.

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@xolotl there was also talk of bringing micropub to Mastodon which will bring a bunch of stuff together. it was for crowd but I did a pretty raw video of blogging tools on my phone: goes through how I connect a lot of pieces

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Here are some of my lessons over the years for teaching poetry:

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