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Greg McVerry

@librarylemur We should catch up, been trying to do this as early as possible. Been applying for a lot of grants in area like the Spencer Foundation and @Michelson20MM (unfunded so far but will keep trying)

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

To Dream Big, Think Small #IndieWeb

I am tired hearing about scale. In such a short time we have warped success to think it means millions overnight and billions in a

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I am tired hearing about scale. In such a short time we have warped success to think it means millions overnight and billions in a year or two....

Because the web and local media will be saved doing the exact same thing again....

I want to dream big. So I think small.

大阪府立中之島図書館 flickr photo by m-louis shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

A server (or rented host) in every library and patrons can after completing training and signing community code of conduct. Abandoned sites archived. Libraries as local archives...who would have thought.

Reading newspaper flickr photo by zandwacht shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Or a small local newspaper that provides hosting to subscribers. Give each physical address a domain, let families tell their story. Cash in on local sports coverage. Build in marketplace, do coupon newsletters, local business banners and crawl back classified revenue from facebook. Donate portion to local charities. Reader loyalty rather than data exploitation.

School flickr photo by gayboystpaul2004 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

A school system where every student can finish the sentence, "My url is..." Students taught to not only read the web but write it as well. A literacy program that involves reading and writing? Good idea.

Those are my dreams.

Greg McVerry

@jgmac1106 @# @kimberlyhirsh was working with @tinysubversions and @Johannes_Ernst to think about how could work as a federated p2p network built on open source learning tools like . Keep eyes pealed for LIS grants

Greg McVerry

Community is central in Decentralization #IndieWeb

I am sitting in Mozilla #PDX awaiting the start of #IndieWeb Summit. I am so excited to gatrher with so many people who want to

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I am sitting in Mozilla awaiting the start of Summit. I am so excited to gatrher with so many people who want to help drive us to a better web.

So much talk around the web focuses on fourteen different shades of decentralization with everyone more right than the other.

I often say I want a hyper local web first, and by this I mean community must stay central to all decentralization efforts.

To this end I want to root the web in schools and libraries....where always belong, and to make this happen I am seeking funding for small projects through grants

IndieWeb Grants

People ofte irk me when I hear, "IndieWeb doesn't scale"

It's not just broken metrics built on venture capital models of 10x returns. We know this leads to surveillance capitalism. It's more that it undermines that literacy is hard, and we can all learn to read, write, and participate online if we just had frictionless tools.

Piagets, Vygotsky, Activity Theory they all note the central conflict in learning the web is different. So what do we know about teaching literacy?

A bunch, but mainly community is the curriculum. To focus on this and not code I am seeking funding. We can do this.

2019 1,400,000 : Critical Evaluation and Argumentative Writing. IES. Unfunded

We put this grant in with the National Writing Project. The goal was everyone to get a site and then interacting in a simulated social media envrionment with biased avatart

2019 50,000 . Spencer Small Research Grant. Unfunded

I love this grant. I want it funded. Do you know people that are stupid rich? Get them to give me money. The goal is to have librarian patrons check out their domains with a library card. These would be archived locally...because libraries...and they attend training sessions to renew the domain. This project would scale because the community is in place.

2019 147,000 Shaping our Worlds and Exploring Our We(s): WebVR and Computer Science Ethics. Mozilla. Unfunded

This grant involved getting your own website and then learning a-frame for WebVR to build case studies to learn ethics in computer science.

2019 200,000 Creating Community for Open Pedagogy: Adding a Social Reader. SBIR IES. Unfunded

I wrote this grant with the Known Collective. The goal was to create a federated OER network. This is built on our model in Ghana.

2019  $200 OER Network in Accra, Ghana. Funded

For just two hundred the Global Innovation Fund has able to create an OER Network. Everyone gets a website. We have a wiki for shared knowledge, and we have a matrix chat room using

There are numerous people waiting to copy this model across the globe. Do you wave $200 to lend to good?

2019 300,000 Recentering STEM Education in Marginalized Communities. NSF. Pending

Working on this grant, but hit the pause button until I can get better a Person of Color as a a co-PI and better representation on the Scientific Advisory Board.

Scale Communities Before Code

We can fix the web but we can't do this by only focusing on the web. We need to grow the of children and root this in places where learning always thrives: schools, libraries, and clubs.

Come hang with us. If you are interested in applying for grants where the outcome is people answering, "My url is..." please hit me up.

Greg McVerry

@lisackaplan You are 100% so spot on. We need to make our libraries assets of literacies, let's root the web there. Been applying for grants like where patrons can attend training and then get their own domain on local library server (or host)

Greg McVerry

@bonstewart 100% agree. Have to want it. It isn't cognitive apprenticeship it's agentive apprenticeship. With our we. wanted to root these networks in public libraries.

Teach and house where they have always belonged.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Goal off was to recognize there is no offline and online, only need for democratic education is civil society. Students learned and then "checked out" their domain from school or local library, We can do this in your school today

Greg McVerry

Bad news the project wasn't funded by @Spencer_Fdn I know many wanted to bring program to your library. Allowing students or patrons to "check out" a domain and storage thus building community values into local web a must for educators


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