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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

Growing reading list for #edu407 Looking for blog post/article recommendations #elachat #3rdchat #4thchat #5thchat

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Theories of Meaning Making

Phonics and Spelling

Academic Vocabulary


Writing instruction

Assessment Strategy

Creating a Home and Community Culture

Cognitive, Cultural, and Developmental Differentation

Teaching with nonfiction

Teaching with Novels

Teaching with Short Stories

Greg McVerry

Paper is Your Friend for #InstructionalDesign

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Spent some time working out the design of the class


Designing my online class. Above are three pictures of my notebook. The first is a brainistroming of tasks, the second I flush out the tasks and in the third I describe assessment strategies.

Greg McVerry

One of the scariest criticism's I have had to add yet: h/t to @dhh for the link. Get your friends and families off of facebook. Not to be trusted.

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Following @jainsaid6

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I just added Ed Head Ed by Sarah Kessler-Frick to my following page at

I need to add a new section.

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Microcast Topics for #edu405 and #edu307 with @peggysemingson

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What do you think of this list? It may look daunting but if we have a loose script for each on standard format be a wonderful investment of our time. If you would like to join us for 5-10 minute audo microcasts thinking these topics:

  • oral language develoment'
  • stages of reading
  • theories of meaning making
  • predictors of reading success
  • phonological awareness
  • phonemic awareness
  • phonics-cvc words, onets rimes,
  • phonics-consonant blends
  • phonics-consonant digraphs
  • phonics-vowel dipthongs
  • phonics-r-controlled blog
  • spelling- syllables and affixes
  • spelling- derivational meanings
  • comprehension-background knowledge
  • comprehension-dialogical reading
  • comprehension-text based analysis
  • comprehension- text based discussion
  • Strategies for Book Clubs
  • Interactive Read alouds, guided reading, literature circles
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Teaching with nonfiction
  • Teaching with Novels
  • Assessment Strategies
  • Favorite Classroom routines


Greg McVerry

Not going to live stream the instructional design for two main reasons: my office sits next to laundry room and we have many a load to do, and cursing too tied to my creative my process. A character default yes but not one I want to stream

Greg McVerry

Changes to My Core Instructional Design #literacies #digped

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I got some expected feedback from my online Children's Literature class. A reoccuring theme amongst my students is they feel overwhelemed by the number of tools. To me it fels like the natural tools of networked knowledge building but many students have trouble navigating the tools. I used o use:

  • Class website- for example
  • Class Feed-Linked on the page
  • website, usually a first, where they learn to blog
  • Slack-Our chatroom and hangout
  • Hypothesis-Online Annotation

This semester I am dropping Slack and Hypothesis. I love the tools but clearly my students want less places.....And I am itching tio add more like wikis....but I won't. The shift of mindset alone requires enough effort.


I always want to recreate the culture we have in our online pedagogy groups. A fool's errand. Many of us have hung online toggether for ten years. A decade of of practice can not be baked into one semester.

Though I am starting to get students who have helped to create learning speaces with me in two other classes so maybe this will improve.

Still no students hang out in Slack like we roll in Slack, IRC, or Twitter. The primary reason lies in the realities of the students I serve. Many have two to three jobs. 25% of of my undergraduates have children. Each as a unique life story and experience to bring. This ain't the cookie cutter white fence lives of Ivy League students or even UCONN students. They worry about making rent not the next Spring Break destination.

Having the capcity for networked learning reflects priviledge. No one used the channel. I tried Slack because when I used Known turned into a file cabinent to hand in assignments. If I wanted that I would use Blackboard. Slack was no different. 

Maybe I could have tried more welcoming messages each days, diret messaging people, but I coudl not increae engagement in any class.

The Replacement

I still need chat. It reduces student emails a hundred fold, plus it's how humans learn. So I added a chat room to my IndieWeb Course template.


I love hypothesis. My students do not. Partly because I did not spend as much time in the arrticle stream, but also just preference. Many do not want to read and take notes this way. I feel have a moral obligation not to demand students use a specific method for the external storage of knowledge.

The Replacement

I am going to have students publish Read posts and include block quotes and analysis, and then publish an analysis post synthesizing the readings. Our students, even in their sophmore year of college need support in text based analysis. I feel this step will add in greater reflection.

Class Feed

I have used inoreader the past few years and create a page of class feeds on the website. I am debating whether to try Malcom Blaney but all my students use so I wouldn't get the benefits of having a microsub/micropub social reader.

I don't have a one button push solution for IndieWeb sites and the best we can do with is webmentions with Bridgy.

Probably just stick to Inoreader.

Meeting the Student Needs

This will greatly reduce student navigation. They now will only have to vist the class website and post on their website.

Greg McVerry

Cutting my network hiatus short (I never really succeeded that well). I am going to live blog and live stream my of at @scsu Do have a sick kid at home, and need a new pair of boots before the storm so will be off and on.

Greg McVerry

Question @Repmiketurner why do you fear this brown wave of illegal immigrants when there are so few in year district. Finding this in most wall supporters. The hail from districts exceeding 90% white: Statue of Liberty =Symbol of Hope Trump's wall = symbol of hate

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Wondering about my own sexist behavior: If a Twitter account follows me with an attractive women in the profile and only a few tweets (not edu related) I assume the account is spam. Would I make the same assumption with a male account or different avatar?