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Greg McVerry

Please share widely: We are running a FREE Technology Camp For Teens #nhv @ctmirror @nhregister #edtechchat @edcampct #IndieWeb #DigPed

I am reaching out because the Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) at the Farnam Center (formerly Farnam Neighborhood House) 5 Science Park is launching a

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I am reaching out because the Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) at the Farnam Center (formerly Farnam Neighborhood House) 5 Science Park is launching a virtual summer program (Tech4Teens) for teens.

We ask, respectfully, that you share this information across New Haven and within your networks.

Tech4Teens is designed to empower youth to share their passion through technology. The program is open to students 13 and older, ideally those who have completed 7th and/or 8th grades.

Information technology students from Yale and SCSU mentor youth to ensure each student has the support needed to be successful.Dr. J. Gregory McVerry, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Learning, and the Southern Connecticut State  College of Education Associate Fellow for Online Learning has taken the lead in developing the curriculum.

Any students that do not have a working computer will be given a “loaner laptop” before the program starts – which they can return after completing the program and will receive a nicer, refurbished, Chromebook! (Students who do not complete the training can keep the laptop provided to them, … but won’t be able to turn it in for a better, enhanced one.)

Students will have the option to learn how to create websites, videos, podcasts and coding projects – all based on their passion and interests. All student projects are posted on individual websites, … and will be exhibited on community showcases at the end of the program.

Weekly prizes will be awarded. These include such things as cellphone powerbars, wireless earbuds, wireless speakers, and even programmable robots!

Hopefully you will be able to help us promote this program to teens – as well as mention to funders/donors that we’re always looking for financial support.

Tech4Teens is being run completely by volunteers. All donations go back to the teens in the program. In fact, if enough financial support is received, Tech4Teens will purchase new Chromebooks for participants, instead of refurbished ones,.

The program is FREE to all. Space is limited. Register through our website: https://www.cfalct.org/tech4teens

Or contact Ms. Jennifer Ricker at 203-691-1078

Greg McVerry

Hey @scsu I wanted to share some insights we have had as we build and facilitate trainings to get ready for the 100% move online #edchat #literacies #edtechchat #highered

As our students will return to campus without setting a foot on campus we need to ensure we approach the week with care and compassion

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As our students will return to campus without setting a foot on campus we need to ensure we approach the week with care and compassion and then build out a space for learning using four better practices:

  • Use Asynchronous Communication
  • Use Simple Predictable Design
  • Focus On Teacher Presence
  • Provide Timely Feedback

Make Your Class Asynchronous

We have been providing training to many of you on two delivery methods:

  • asynchronous techniques using videos, readings, assignment, and Blackboard
  • synchronous techniques using chat and video apps like Microsoft Teams and WebEx

While as a faculty member you have the academic freedom to design your course in any manner that uses tools supported by the University we wanted to share some better practices:

The majority of your course should be asynchronous. While many faculty may want to just open WebEx or Microsoft Teams, launch the video chat, and teach during their assigned face to face class time this is not considered better practice.

  • Many of your students will be newly unemployed and have child care issues to figure out. Being available at specific times may not be possible to many. Conducting the majority of your classes asynchronously will help ensure every student can succeed.
  • Your synchronous chats should be used to supplement your class and increase your social presence. Better practice would not rely on live chat as your primary delivery system

Keep Your Design Simple

You need to keep your instructional design simple and predictable. For the next few weeks less is more. Provide as few tools to students as possible. Come up with a design for your modules (we made a course template) that you can repeat each week or each two weeks.

Focus on Teaching Presence

After simple design your teaching presence is the most important practice. Set aside 1-2 hours a day for teaching each class and another 1hour per class for delivering feedback. At a minimum you should post a note to each students' first post. Make sure you are posting a minimum of four days a week.

Try so send daily or weekly announcement. A short email, video, or audio announcement can help keep students engaged.
Email messages are very powerful. Send words of encouragement or feedback occasionally to student emails. Research shows this to be a very effective practice at increasing student engagement.

Timely Feedback

We are all worried about the increased work load but we know timely feedback ensures student success in online learning. First begin by asking if your assessments are important. Will they make a difference to student lives in 5 years. If you are doing the assessment for just a grade or accreditation it doesn't really serve a learning purpose and may not be needed.

Think about more frequent and shorter assessments. Use low stakes or ungraded assessments. Rely on peer assessments. Remember feedback, and not the assessment tools and grades we assign, drive learning.

Greg McVerry

Stuck With Kids for Weeks with No School? Have them attend my Critcal Inquiry Camp, 2hours a day just $100 a week #edtechchat #ctedu #easthaddam

I am creating a 3rd and 6th grade inquiry curriculum where students can choose science or social studies topics. I will make a 2 hour day

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I am creating a 3rd and 6th grade inquiry curriculum where students can choose science or social studies topics.

I will make a 2 hour day program with one hour being contact with me and other students on video.

The curriculum will align to the Common Core State Standard and will involve building a website to make an argument.

The cost is $100 per week.

Limited to four spots in each class (my kids take two of them..just five kids in EACH CLASS).

DM for details. Class will launch Tuesday. Will have preview tonight

Greg McVerry

Ideas for Multimodal Lessons in the Language Arts Classroom #EDU407Sum19 #edtechchat #nctevillage #engchat #literacies

Make a Podcast Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and upload

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Make a Podcast

Here is my 2toPonder series and my son's podcast series. Want to make a podcast, just record on your phone or laptop and upload the file somewhere.

Use Paper

In my literacy mantra I made a flip book like explanation. I just stacked my phone camera on a bunch of books.

I also do little clip art talks with paper cut outs

You can do "In Plain English" style videos. I always pre write a script. I like to divide it into three columns, the text, me, and ay actions.

 

Use a Voice Animation Program

Use a Sock Puppet App

This is one of many sock puppets apps on iOS devices that kids love.

Use a text to Speech App

These are fun as all you have to do is type and it gets converted to text. So many uses in the langauge arts classroom.

I made a video about RSS Planets recently for .

Do a Pecha Flickr

 You can make a timeline

TimelineJS is a great tool. You turn a Google spreasheet into an interactive multimedia task.

Use Movie Making Apps

So many choices for movie making apps. Yoiu can make book trailers in iOS, short clips in Animoto or try WeVideo on Chrome.

Use an Animation App

There are so many choices on different platforms for animation apps. The key is to remember to enhance your pedagogical goal. What is the animation giving you that just talking to the camera wouldn't? Time is precious.

Use Poetry

 

More poetry ideas

Make a Website

From a fake Facebook page, movie posters, poems to a Star Wars crawler. You can use ELA content to master the basics of how we read, write, and participate online.

Check out this collection of activities

 

Greg McVerry

Troubled by relationship between the @CollegeBoard and @codeorg #edtechchat #cs4all

At IndieWebCamp NYC our keynote speaker presented on good intentons and bad realities. As I began to map put how we will get every child

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At IndieWebCamp NYC our keynote speaker presented on good intentons and bad realities.

As I began to map put how we will get every child in Connecticut exposure to computer science in elementary school, a class in middle school, and have certified teachers in high school I hold Maha's words close.

I fear the relationship between Code.org and the CollegeBoard who sells the Computer Science Test.

It seems incestuos. The company selling the test is paying the bills for the non-profit who then turns and says judge the success of your program by completing the test sold by this company.

Under the guise of the CollegeBoard continues it's fleecing of American families....well white and rich American familes.

For our underrepresented population taking aan AP exam can be daunting. First you need $80 per test. That is a a lot. Second we now the racial bias inherent in standardized tests. Finally we have alternative.

Dual enrollment programs that connect high schools with community colleges and unviersities proves a much more cultural prroactive approach to awarding college credit in high school for computer science. It requires local taletn and invest in the community rather than a testing company.

Greg McVerry

Some quick quotes on #edu106 and the power of #IndieWeb #creativity #edtechchat #mb

I am most proud of my website because I have never created a website by myself before and it was fun to figure everything

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I am most proud of my website because I have never created a website by myself before and it was fun to figure everything out everything I wanted to do with my website. I could have done better at posting every week to be consistent and written longer posts that had more detail. Blogging helped me understand what we were doing in this course and what it was about. I believe reflection drives learning because you look back at everything you’ve done and determine what you did really well and what you could’ve don’t better so that in the future you can work on what needs it and come back with something stronger than you’ve had before.

https://samanthasblog141938617.wordpress.com/

The fact that I now have a place where I can do that, where I can publish my thoughts whenever I want in a place open for people to read and to not be afraid of doing so, is liberating. I’ve always wanted a space online to call my own. I’m so tired of all the endless perfection I see on social media. My space, “Life Chapter by Chapter” is real. It’s me, personified by a website. And though this post is not digitally enhanced in any way, I love it because it’s representative of the bottom line of what I’ve learned in EDU 106. I’m my own person on this site, I’m not defined by Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. I can post what I want, when I want, how I want. It’s a beautiful thing.

https://lifechapterbychapter.wordpress.com/

.I think blogging helped because me having to write about technology was interesting and it was a way to express not only that but also new things or topics about myself that I don’t have time to talk about or even write about. It gave me a chance to express myself.

Reflection drives learning because when you reflect on something you keep on thinking about it in your head and it keeps eating away at you until you just have to know more about it and by doing that you have to read about it ask information look it up on websites and this is you learning new information about what you were reflecting on and you keep it with you and eventually your going to try to learn everything you can if your really reflective and passionate about it.

https://tatianiabond2017.wordpress.com

Through this class I have gained a sense of voice I didn’t have before. I am able to stand up and talk about things infant of people and not be scared. Through conversations I can be the reason someone reaches out for help. I have gained my confidence through my writing, support from Rebekah, and J. I have learned that I am worth a fight, I am worth the hard work and dedication it takes to recover, and I am worth so much more than I thought I was.

I am most proud of being so open to talk about my eating disorders and my experience with abuse.

https://lindseymaesblog.wordpress.com

At first, I really didn’t want to blog because I thought it wouldn’t be something I enjoyed. I didn’t really use it so much as I should of, but I do admit that I really enjoyed customizing it the way I did and letting my thoughts come out for people to read. When I was probably around 13-14 years old I actually made a wordpress blog and I was so excited about it, but I only used it for a couple weeks. I tried to find it now but I couldn’t because I think it would be really interesting to see how I’ve changed on the web. Anyways, I think this blog has been pretty interesting with writing down my thoughts and being honest with myself.

https://julianicolexx.wordpress.com/porfolio/

Greg McVerry

Following People or Feeds in the #IndieWeb #mb #DoOO #edtechchat #literacies

I am scrolling through history (h/t to Kevin Marks for reminding of the ccurated posts by danah boyd) as we discuss how best to follow

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I am scrolling through history (h/t to Kevin Marks for reminding of the ccurated posts by danah boyd) as we discuss how best to follow people in social readers on the IndieWeb.

Tantek Çelik has suggested nobody ever on the history of the web wants to follow feeds. danah seemed  to agree in 2004.

Tantek suggested a one button push follow that people have come to love on social media. In fact I have been documenting dicoverability and following on Tumblr and it is amazing.

The problem is the firehose. Social media silos use proprietary data and algorithms to reduce the chronologocal feeds. Tumblr and facebook decide what I see.

On Twitter I could never follow the chrnologogical feed of the thousands I follow. A follow on Twitter is a h/t nothing more. Instead as a human I have to curate my feed using Tweetedeck into 37 different feeds (columns by hashtag).

On Slack, IRC, Telegram, we have channels.

Nobody wants to follow my firehose,or Aaron Parecki's or Chris Aldrich's ....your phone might explode. Between the three of us you may get over 100 updates each day...and that is a low estimate.

What can be done for following and discovering of people? Can we follow people and not feeds while avoiding the firehose? Well bunch of ideas floating around chat:

  • leveraging topical webrings
  • creating h-card directories of people to follow on websites
  • creating a public h-card directory
  • encouraging the use of p-category with key topics/tag in an h-card.
  • adding preffered feeds in your h-card.
  • adding logic to social readers so if you follow someone and they have a feed the same name as a channel you get auto subscribed.

I get not liking feeds. I threw out my RSS feeds after a decade. It just got unmanageable, broken links, impoprted OPML files. So I started rebuiling feeds more my social reader. So much work. I got about half way through, my channels...and then stop...keep meaning to go back....but you know....

Grooming feeds, a crappy experience since 2004.

 

Greg McVerry

What @s_bearden said is true. Numbers mean nothing in #edtechchat PLNs

Yes! And don’t decide to follow or not follow people based on their number of followers. If you do you’ll miss connecting with so many

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Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Get Involved with @Mozilla in 2017: Looking for Curriculum Help #edtechchat #digped #oer

2010-04-22 flickr photo by bgottsab shared under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license As digitally engaged scholars we rely and help build the open

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2010-04-22 flickr photo by bgottsab shared under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license

As digitally engaged scholars we rely and help build the open web. Over the past year we have been working on Mozilla's Open Leadership Toolkit and after all-hands this past December we have a few modules getting ready for testing.

The first step is a simple Quality Assurance Test.

We need your help.

Here is the information to the two tasks on GitHub.

Awesome Slides

Deep Listening

GitHub not your thing? Do not have an account yet? No worries. 

Basically you make a copy of a Google Sheet by clicking this link. You will then complete a review of:

Awesome Slides

Deep LIstening

You use the spreadsheet as a rubric and rate each criterion on a scale of 1-3.

Just make sure to ping me and I will note in GitHub that you have taken on the issue.

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