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Greg McVerry

Writing Documentary Poetry #clmooc #nctevillage #sschat #engchat #writingcommuniy

A Backstage Post Peaking into Two Poems

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Our class has gotten busy crafting documentary poetry. As we study disciplinary this lesson gave us the chance to look at connections between history and Language Arts.

If you want to get involved we added lesson plans and examples to our class wiki

I wrote mine today about the Strawberry Moon (the first full moon in June). My origninal idea I wanted to have a young First Nations child on the shores of Maine lambasting the fall of their people....75%-90% of Alogonquin (a language group on many First Nations)  gout wiped by Small Pox alone.

Yet the more research I conducted the more resilience I saw in a people's fighting for their cultural survival. Did you know citizens of Canada can, and do enlist in US Armed Forces? That into the 1970s parents of "mixed race" children would abandon their kids on resevrations in Canada into the 1970s? That the Wabanaki Confederacy, who fought along side settleres and colonists reformed in 1993?

So much history.

The first poem I wrote focused on the rebirth of the Wabanaki Council. I set out in the tradition of documentary poetry to cast light into darkness but the more I learned the more I got moved. The more I get moved the more my poetry gets affected.

Strawberry Moon

In the second poem I responded to Kevin's poem about having different names for the moon. Many cultures have names for the first full month in June but in the US most of of our lore traces back to Native roots. So I wrote a poem called Lost Words.

Lost Words

It took a bit of research to write these. I list my sources below:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/claudia-julien/grandmothers-statement-from-the-wabanaki-confederacy-c...

https://www.al.com/news/2020/06/strawberry-moon-2020-get-a-look-at-junes-full-moon-tonight-and-tomor...

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/tech/939053/strawberry-moon-lunar-event-tonight/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abenaki#United_States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabanaki_Confederacy

http://www.muiniskw.org/pgCulture3.htm

https://archive.org/details/algonquinleg00lelarich/page/n21/mode/2up

https://www.healthandenvironment.org/environmental-health/social-context/history/precautionary-princ...

http://www.nativetech.org/wigwam/phototour.html

Greg McVerry

@IndieWebCamp Online 2020 Hack Day Update

Goal Post I switched it up in CSS Decided not to use my article template. Just seemed less modular to not define a grid just for

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Goal Post

I switched it up in CSS Decided not to use my article template. Just seemed less modular to not define a grid just for my poetry stuff. longreads...and the rules that live under that original fiefdom have hobbled together houses hard to understand.

Going to write the page now.

 


.poetry .grid-container {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: repeat(8, 1fr);
  grid-gap: 10px;
  padding: 10px;
}

.poetry .featured {
  object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
  grid-column: 3 / 7;
  grid-row: 1/5;
}
 .audiopoem {
   object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
  grid-column: 1 / 3;

}

.smallpoems {
grid-column: 3 / 4;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.poetry .backstage {
grid-column: 5 / 6;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.poetcircle {
  grid-column: 6/ 8;
 
}
 .poemreads {
  grid-column: 5 / 6;
 
}

Greg McVerry

Step Three of @IndieWebCamp Online: CSS Grid of Poetry page done and ready for testing

Goal Post I have to run a quick errand. Hoping to finish for first demo time but may have to keep trucking until the second demo

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Goal Post

I have to run a quick errand. Hoping to finish for first demo time but may have to keep trucking until the second demo window. I didn't define rows for my poetcircle and reads, I wonder if I will need to do something so one starts after the author with my rows implictly calculated:

updated: fixed an error in grid-columns

.longreads article {

  font-family: 'Heebo', sans-serif;
    display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: repeat(8, 1fr);
  grid-gap: 10px;
  grid-auto-rows: minmax(100px, auto);
}
.longreads article .audiopoem {
   object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
grid-column: 1 / 3;

}

.longreads article .smallpoems {
grid-column: 3 / 4;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.longreads article .backstage {
grid-column: 5 / 6;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.longreads article  .poetcircle {
    grid-column: 5 / 6;
    grid-template-rows: 1/5;
}
.longreads .poemreads {
    grid-template-columns: 5 / 6;
   
}

Greg McVerry

My Day Two 2020 @IndieWebCamp Online Goal: Build a Poetry Page

Currently I am in the middle of a 30 day pop up poetry community and I share poetry all over the web. I need one

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screenshot of my layout for a poetry page

Currently I am in the middle of a 30 day pop up poetry community and I share poetry all over the web. I need one place to call home.

So for @IndieWebCamp Online I want to build a page to host all my poetry.

I am goint to use CSS (maybe subgrid if I get inspired...want to challenge myself) Grid. I will set three coulns using 2fr, 5fr, 3fr/ That means my area will be divided in 10 equal parts. the left column will be two parts, the right three, and the middle column will take up five parts.

In the left toolbar I am going to make a place for all my audio poems. I have already been putting these on my server but posting them on my Known blog. I will just use the audio element. I will add an h-feed and an rss feed for people who just want audio.

In the middle I will nest another grid and  I will have an area for a featured poem(s). Then I will have an RSS feed of places I post poetry. Probably just from Known.

Then I will make another feed of backstage posts where I explain the how to for poetry. I do not know if I will do this natively or just embed an RSS feed.

Then in the right column I will have a poet's circle where I have a feed of poets from the web I follow. I think I am going to start by cutting up my Following page. I want to take each section and make it a php file so I can use the snippets all over my website. I am going to start here today.

Finally I am going to add an h-feed and an RSS feed for any of the poetry books I am currently reading. My poems work best when I anchor them in the styles of those who have come before. I want to share these treasures. I will probably just publish these manually. I am really bad at keeping up with read posts.

For today I will be happy jjust to get the layout down. If I fill it with poems even better.

Greg McVerry

A peek behind the poetry: The Making of Color of Boogie #clmooc #poetryport #literacies #elachat #nctevillage

How I composed Color of Boogie Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random

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How I composed Color of Boogie

Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random scrap of paper but most thoughts bleed through the vapor. Yet when ever I rhyme, my capers of verse require strategy and planning.

Takes effort to write bad poetry, and even more to make bad poetry rhyme with no evident scheme.

So like the majority of my writing I preplan. Paper is a poet's best friend.

At many concerts we attended over the years we often joke (sometimes serious) about seeing color come from the speakers....Explains much of the ringing and selective hearing....

So as I rushed the kids out the door this morning, an idea around color, the theme for the CLMOOC Poetry port on 2020-02-07 hit me hard,  I knew I had to bring it back to circus. So I dashed an idea

a post it note with ideas for a poem jotted downThen as I commuted for an hour I kept coming back to the idea of the colors in a nebula. That is music to me. Both the graveyard and nursery of stars, and the colors, God's water paintings.....Plus I do wonder if I wanted a subconcious h/t to Dark Star....I mean lyrics don't get much better

Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes
Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

Truth doesn't get much clearer.

So I decided to try to meld in three things: color, music, and nebula. Thus I made a three column chart to capture words that danced in my head.

three column chart with color, music and nebula at the top

I did some research on color theory, basic music vocabulary, and nebula. Once I discovered that Newton came up with the first color wheel, and I already wanted to try to describe the color of sound as Nebula I had a direction for the poem. Might not gravitate with the masses but it carries weight in my inkwell.

It took a bit of rhyming dictionary work specifically, based on web history for, mission and wavelength...I need to invest in a paperback rhyming dictionary, pocket size.

In the thesaurus I just searched for color...where chromatism came from.

Then I fired up my blog and drafted the poem. After it was finished I recorded the poem. Unfortunately I am helping my brother-in law out and dogsitting and forgot my good mic.

As I wrote this backstage post I realized I forgot the most important line on the back of my sticky, the phrase that started it all "Spin with Us/On this nebulus." It isn't needed anymore.

Also on IndieWeb Poetry Also on CLMOOC Planet

Greg McVerry

How I Made My Lecture On Disciplinary #Literacies #InstructionalDesign

Recently I posted my lecture on Disciplinary Literacies for #EDU407Sum19. I wanted to take a few seconds and share a #backstage post on my instructional

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Recently I posted my lecture on Disciplinary Literacies for . I wanted to take a few seconds and share a post on my instructional design.

Starting Principles

Narrated slideshows make for awful online learning....Ever have to sit through an hour screencast of Powerpoint. How long did you really last? Go live video

Anything longer than 7-8 minutes is a waste......Videos MUST be under ten minutes. Research shows the participation droop off rate in videos is staggering.

Borrow heavily from Richard Mayer....The twelve principles of multimedia instruction work. Use the rules so you know exactly when to break from the advice. Especially redundancy, coherence, and signaling.

My Process

Activate prior knowledge. Even though I know the material activating prior knowledge improves your thinking. I spent some time reading some classic research and then even bookmarked some talks I used as sources. I also read student writing to look for common questions.

Always pre-write. Below you see the graphic organizer I made when researching the talk. You can see my thinking for non-linear teaching like video has become non-linear itself...until I numbered the topics in how I wanted them to be covered.

You see for example my key definitions in the upper left-hand corner, how I get more specific about content literacy and disciplinary literacy in the middle of the page. I then end with my own interpretation in box 5 with a Venn Diagram and my conclusion pulling it all together in box seven

picture of pre-writing on graphic organizer

Filming the Talk

Next I filmed my talk. I used screencastomatic and my macbook. This did mean my resolution is low at 720p but I have so many international teachers who watch my videos maybe the smaller file size is good. I didn't have the lighting right so the video is a little grany.

You always want your camera back lit. I sit facing a window so there was some natural light and I turned on a lamp but the facetime cameras are garbage.

I had to think about the text I would later overlay and pretend to point and and hold things. I didn't write a script but knew the points.

So much of my planning is done walking the dogs or in the shower. These ideas never see paper.

Editing the Talk

I also edited the talk in screencast-o-matic. It is my favorite software. At $15 a year every teacher should grab a copy. Not only can you record video but you get a powerful editing suite that is so useful because it offers few features.


I was able to layer in text and images and edit the videos.

What Do I Need to Improve?

I broke eye contact too much. You can see my glancing down at my graphic organizer. I should have pasted it on my computer. I also got old and my glasses broke. I need to remember I can't see at a distance like I used to.

I need to make sure I clearly define all the key terms and put the definitions and not just the words into textual overlays of videos.

I go back and forth about how contextual my videos should be for the classes being taught. When I connect so much to a specific class then I can't use the video elsewhere. I might think about making class related discussion one segment, so I can edit it out for other contexts.

 

 

Greg McVerry

#Backstage View into my Mobile Learning Video #edu307 #edu407 #edu305

The Project I was asked to do a video about Mozilla and all the Mozilla Learning Network tools for a mobile learning MOOC.In 2019 Mozilla decided

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The Project

I was asked to do a video about Mozilla and all the Mozilla Learning Network tools for a mobile learning MOOC.

In 2019 Mozilla decided to shut down Thimble, probably the last vestiges of a project we all began together back in 2011.

The Mozilla Foundation decided to move away from direct support of on the ground learning to instead focus on researching, advocating, and developing Internet Health.

All of the tools and platforms we built to help learners join the relics of web history. X-ray Goggles, Thimble, App Maker, Backpack, Hackasaurus, Webmaker, Webmaker for Android, Mozilla Clubs, Mozilla Learning Network, Thimble II.

The Future

So I close the video with my views on and , both of these movements align to my values but don't have the organizational overhead I did not enjoy as a contributor.

  and look  to mobile learning as the web. They both begin with a Domain of Your Own and then expand learning networks outward.

Relying on your own website and building up local infrastructure is the only way to decolonize the web.

One thing I learned in the fights for net neutrality around the globe is far too many people see facebook as the web. When you build mobile learning networks on social media silos we sacrifice long term decolonization efforts in the face of immediate network access.

The role of social media is decision to be made at the local level, but at least begin by building up the local infrastructure of the local web.

Federation and Decentralization begin at home. Stop the colonization of the web. Encourage local communities to carve out a space online they own.

That is the future of mobile learning

How I Made the Project

I used Alan Levine's Pecha Flickr tool. It takes a search trm and generates 20 random slides that advance every twenty seconds.

I then threw out a post on my blog and syndicated to Twitter and Mastodon. Doug Belshaw then answered on Mastodon but it was to a follow up toot. Mastodon doesn't do webmentions so the context was lost.

I did not realize this and it is important to note as Doug was employed by Mozilla at the time of the project. Basically he had no idea I was about to improvise a talk about his work using the two words he suggested "manhole" and "spork."

my plannign notes, three pages in storyboard format

I did have notes, and you can tell I didn't know them well. As I glance down in the video breaking the illusion of total improv, but I didn't know my slide show.

I quickly realized, manholes as a metaphor get boring yet contain unique beauty about different cultures and I couldn't fit all my content in twenty slides. So I had to do a second talk. Luckily Doug gave me "Spork.

So much to work with. Such perfect design.

I originally, after talking too long in my first slide deck, thought I would do three, but I was afraid the video would get too long for a MOOC. Anything after seven minutes and people drop like flies.

I recorded it using screencast-o-matic. Probably the best teaching tool I use every year. It only cost fifteen dollars.

I added simple text boxes. I should not have put in such a large infographic into a video, it will not work for our blind friends.

So here is a description of what happens on the original Google Drawing. This should play better in screen readers.

 

 

 

 

 

Greg McVerry

Seven Strategies for Blogging in Open Source Communities

Everyone hears bloggers beomaon writing block. Yet no great ailement spreads that saps writing ability. No virus takes away verbs and no bacteria takes down

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Everyone hears bloggers beomaon writing block. Yet no great ailement spreads that saps writing ability. No virus takes away verbs and no bacteria takes down a blogger.

Writer's block emerges not from some mental state or illness but from a lack of strategies to get started. Open source community members may not want to blog simply out of fear of answering the question, "What do I blog about?"

The best blog post is a published blog post.

Just encourage this value in your community. Make it a meme, an emoji, a mantra. Get the community blogging and if they need help offer one of these ideas.

  1. Learn Something- No one comes to open source saying, "Gee I want to find a project where I can contribute code." They have a goal and something to learn. Documenting this journey provides endless content for open source bloggers. Simplay answering the question, "I want to learn X" so I will try Y" provides enough content for a post.
  2. Teach Something- Documentation != tutorial. Have you tried to use open source documents to learn? Not for the faint of heart. Check out the Apache documentation I stumbled across when trying to learn to abit of regex to write a redirect, or tell my server to point old links on my blog to the new url of my blog. Write a tutorial. Help the next contrbutor.
  3. Backstage Blog- Slightly different than a tutorial go more in depth into  a reflection your decision making process when building an app, coding, or running an event. Tell us what worked, what didn't, next steps, or what you will do differently next time.
  4. Behind the Scenes-If you work at a company contributing to open source or building open source tools share some office shennanigans. Community members love this stuff.
  5. Plan Your Future-Share your goals and upcoming events.
  6. Share the Past- Post pictures and reflections from events or major community changes.
  7. Celebrate the Community- Higlight other community members. the h/t goes a long way in terms of recruitment and retention.

 

Greg McVerry

Attempting to Remix Academic Writing #dmlcommons #walkmyworld #teachtheweb

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 #YouShow15.

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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.
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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
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