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Greg McVerry

Read Digital Minimalism

Starting this book as part of book club and to model how online book clubs work for .

No irony in doing a book club about digital minimalism from my blog. In fact, going big the first step in going small.

When you have a website you design your world, the smallest and largest piece of real estate online. 

By Cal Newport

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Greg McVerry



Will the real digital you please stand up?

It's called get a webstie or blog. Go

By Katarzyna Szymielewicz

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Greg McVerry

Read How Little People Can Be Invisible in the Open #cccert

This is a story of how powerful people’s voices are louder, get heard, used, perpetuated, even when they’ve been influenced by little people. And power here is relative, of course. Most people in this story are not the littlest 

Even worse: I see many people acknowledging different perspectives on open pedagogy now BUT STILL going on to use David’s “OER-enabled” after they have “recognized” the existence of the other definitons by Cronin and DeRosa/Jhangiani.

My OER keynote was entitled “Hiding in the Open”. But now I am thinking how, there is also a story to be told about being “Invisible in the Open”. And for an Egyptian scholar living in Egypt, I am the most visible I can possibly be, with all my Virtually Connecting and blogging and writing and publishing everywhere… but clearly it’s not enough – and I am not just amplifying my own voice, but that of others around me, and then it makes an influence, an impact, but in the end… is almost invisible. Except to those in the same corner. But not the mainstream. And that sucks.

Important words. I never got into the research circles. They tangentially crossed over a ton with the folks but I could never write a proposal to clique in that niche.

I know Maha Bali influences how I view learning and teaching. Proud to have her as a mentor and a friend.

The best part, Maha actually builds and teaches courses using open pedagogy. not just making a career-defining  or designing open pedagogy courses to define open pedagogy.

Maha applies these techniques to other domains because open pedagogy and learning by building the commons is

By Maha Bali

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Greg McVerry

Read Trump admin weighed targeting migrant families, speeding up deportation of children

Funny thing intead of targeting mothers who walked 800 miles carrying children @realdonaldtrump could run on the success of the drop in illegal crossings from migrants.

Instead he decides children will make a great pawn in his racist game.

The draft also shows officials wanted to specifically target parents in migrant families for increased prosecutions, contradicting the administration's previous statements.

Two young children needlesly died on the border because of Trump policies. That is the only crisis

By By Julia Ainsley

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Read Trump's battle with Pelosi intensifies

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) argued it was one thing for Trump to travel to Iraq to visit U.S. troops during the shutdown and another for Pelosi to do so.

"I think the president of the United States represents the entire country as commander in chief, I think if he wants to speak to the troops, that it certainly honors our entire nation," Turner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview. 

"I think Nancy Pelosi's been elected from a small portion of San Francisco. She should be behind her desk right now working diligently to open this government, close the border, and not pursue the open border policies she has, and make certain that we can move forward.

Why is it that people who care the most about "border wall" and "illegals" live in places with so few people are of hispanic or latin descent? How can that not be a decision rooted in racism?

Take Mike Turner in the 10th Ditstrict of Ohio. 722, 000 people live in the district. Less than 20,000 are of hispanic/latinx heritage? Only 6,500 hail from where all those "MS13 drug muling moms"  come from Central America. Ohio's 10th district clearly under seige. How can you fear the great take over of brown people if there aren't any brown people?

I am going through all the most fervant wall supporters. Except for border state folks so few actually live anywhere near real life immigrants. The Wall IS a symbol of hate

By Mike Lillis

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Greg McVerry

Read The problem with Finding the Main Idea

Another vapid non report from movement and a shame as I generally agree. Some points:

  • This study is about reading assessment not instruction.
  • It doesn't site one study that since the 80s finds moderate to high effect sizes for strategy instruction especially for struggling readers
  • It doesn't cite any empirical research just a drive by citation of E.D. Hirsch and Willingham
  • The only case study discussed is one being developed by the author. 
  • Text based analysis, mentor texts, text based discussions, text structure we know from reproducible science this helps students to understand reading. 

By Some edreformers