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Greg McVerry

Ursula Franklin Quote in Holistic Technologies #el30

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Holistic technologies are normally associated with the notion of craft. Artisans, be they potters, weavers, metal-smiths, or cooks, control the process of their own work from beginning to end. Their hands and minds make situational decisions as the work proceeds, be it on the thickness of the pot, or the shape of the knife edge, or the doneness of the roast. These are decisions that only they can make while they are working. And they draw on their own experience, each time applying it to a unique situation….Using holistic technologies does not mean that people do not work together, but the way in which they work together leaves the individual worker in control of a particular process of creating or doing something.

 

There is a lot of connection between Dewey, Franklin's holistic tech and what happens when you build your own website.

Greg McVerry

Dewey Quote on Art and Communciation: Dewey's Blog would have some really cool desgin #el30

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For it is by activities that are shared by language and other means of intercourse that qualities and values become common to the experience of a group of mankind. Now art is the most effective mode of communication that exists

A common element of and is focusing on the "Art of Oneself

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Greg McVerry

Another Dewey Quote

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From the standpoint of the individual, it consists in having a responsible share according to capacity in forming and directing the activities of the group to which one belongs and in participating according to need in the values which the groups sustain.

this is part of the reasons networked communities like and work

Greg McVerry

Excited for #HipHopEd Tonight

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BKBr_DiD79l/

I am looking forward to lurking on tonight. I learn a lot on this chat as I listen. I am drawn to spaces of literacy scholars where words and meaning are seen first as tools of both agency and oppression. Tonight I will be looking forward to curating inspirational quotes.

Our GearUp work with students of color often revolve around the teaching and learning of digital literacies and pedagogies. We have created digital art, written letters to the next president, examined website credibility and created memes.

It is this last element that has me most interested in today's chat. I use memes as a method to include the basics of HTML. It is a the language of HTML using the discourses of youth. Fun stuff. I encourage everyone tonight to try one.

There is so much talk about the diversity problem in tech. This is not just an industry problem or a pipeline problem. It is a societal problem. We are creating a new era of digital imperialism. The segregation of our digital spaces is often much stronger than the analog world.

There are issues of access. Technology simply does not exist in many our poorest communities. Families are often on shifting data plans and pushing up aganist their limit. Mobile first can not be the only solution. In the suburbs big chains offer free wifi. The same chains like McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts post no loitering signs.

There are issues of equity. Based on recent PEW reports students of color have more screen time than their white peers. Yet the quality of the screen and the activity differs greatly. Yet no where are are computers used more for non-creative activity such as testing and remediation than our schools. I have bumped up against this myself when pushing for greater web literacy in schools. Its ths common reframe, "but have you seen there reing scores? I can't spend time on tech."

Newsflash. Tech is how we read and write. It is literacy. No where is this demonstrated more than in places like . Scholars, musicians, activists and artists gather around a cause and use our words to make the world a better place.

So make a meme tonight with an inspirational quote. Then encourage someone else to do the same. Lift the curtain to how tech and code work.

Greg McVerry

Racialization in 10+ Tweets with @whimsylibrarian @patriciae1 and @Ebonyteach

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So the notification went off.  I pulled down the shade to take a look.

I looked at the previous Tweet and my interest grew. 

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Patricia Encisco were discussing something cool. I had to know.  

When @ebonyteach drops knowledge on Twitter the only thing you can do is listen. If you follow one scholar this year on Twitter you should make a column just for @ebonyteach.

From conversations on the latest graphic novel to introspective tweetstorms on the power of race and academia Ebony has a voice that rings true.

So I went and traced the conversation back as far as I could. I had to take a screenshot because of the embedded quote that kicked it all off. 

In our class Power of Prose class I get the privilege of listening and learning from my students.

After our discussion on the Miami Police Department's boycott of Beyonce the students sparked a frank conversation on race.

Biracial students who express feelings of being a nowhere man from a nowhere land. Students laughing off a mix of anger and disappointment recalling how their parents often deal with race and prejudice. Others expressed the importance of understanding all perspectives. Real conversations.

I am thankful when I get to listen to conversations on Twitter or with my students. 

Recently as part of Letters 2 the Next President campaign. Students explained what civic engagement of youth meant to them. We invite you to listen.

The power of the Web allows me to connect the young schoalrs I work with to models in the field like @whimsylibrarian, @patriciae1, and @Ebonyteach.

Greg McVerry

Memes in Education #neisdpln

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So you want to learn the secret sauce of using memes in education? 

 

 

What makes ideas spreadable? How can you use memes in the classroom for literary analysis?

 

How do we do it, inspire others, and not go crazy? How do we keep kids sharing safe content. 

 

There is art to it all. Using memes is more than just throwing a quote on a pic. It is multimodal composition. That is the elephant in the room.

 

When done correctly you can bend minds while reaffirming the everyday literacy practices. 

Join us for tonight 9 pm est. 

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