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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.

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@tylerwarfel there are a few public speaking books in the commons https://www.oercommons.org/search?f.search=public+speaking&f.general_subject=&f.sublevel=&am... could pick one as a model and then have students publish their own handbook on public speaking.

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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

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"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.

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

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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 https://flickr.com/photos/hnguitarist/5391884842 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

"They which do hunger and thirst" flickr photo by Giles Watson's poetry and prose https://flickr.com/photos/29320962@N07/8669780238 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

"Soul_20x28" flickr photo by Vovan UK https://flickr.com/photos/vovan_uk/6816640720 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 https://flickr.com/photos/umdnews/7562831366 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

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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: https://jgregorymcverry.com/theoryofchange

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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Imagining the #IndieWeb Version of WikiTribune

Like many I joined WikiTribune, the new social network for news. The service quickly overtook Aacademia.edu as the primary spam engine of my inbox. Got me

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Like many I joined WikiTribune, the new social network for news. The service quickly overtook Aacademia.edu as the primary spam engine of my inbox.

Got me thinking that  Nuzzel, an app that algorithimically surfaces stuff to read by what your followers share on Twitter, already adds a layer of trust. I don't know the 1,000s of  people I follow but I know I felt their work deserved the h/t of a follow.

I have also used Twitter lists, not my own who has time for that, but those made by other people. People I trust.

Still both of these services rely on a third party silo that monetizes and gets value from my trusted network. So this got me thinking about an Version.

Curating Read Posts

Chris Aldrich recently explored the possibilities and demonstrated how folks can follow interesting things he reads using RSS. Not so much a community effort.

For , a community that grew out of a MOOC run by the National Writing Project on Connected Learning, we utilize a web ring. I then made a Public RSS feed using inoreader. Most people in the community blog enough to tag their posts which I use for specific feeds or they have blogs dedicated to just the clmooc community. Have mroe community but still requires one to visit the sie and subscribe to the feeds.

Curating Trust

WikiTribune set out to create a collective community of trusted news. From an perspective trust begins with your own domain. I fully believe people will not spray paint their own front door with bullshit the way we do on social media.

I also believe the use of web rings as an indircator of trust and membership can also provide indicators of credibility.

I spend a lot of time looking at metadata, trust, claims, and evidence....but I always return to people. Trust begins and ends with people.

How Could an IndieWeb "What to Read" Tool Work?

Chris's post and my recent experience with WikiTribune got me thinking about an IndieWeb version. The presmise would have to be publishing what you read or is worthwile reading from your own site. Some folks may use a bookmark, like, or even experimental post types such as a "read" post.

You would then opt-in to "what to read" using your domain. Then you would be asked to enter the url to your feed. Microcast.club work like this already.

All of your posts in the feed would be parsed and then added to a firehose chronological feed. There would also be one generated using th frequency of links and webmentions. So if an article gets shared by n+1 people it gets a bump, if a post getsd a webmention it gets a bump. The feed could then refresh at specific times of the days.

We could also use tags and p-categories to help with topic discovery.

I guess there could be email notifications. I would be fine without them as I would subscribe to "What to Read" in my social reader.

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