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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

Agency and the Act of Blogging #mb

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@Tonz and @kevinmarks have been my connections on earlier blogging research. One thing that struck me was the demise of research at BlogCon.

While the file formats stink I can find much of the conference research up to 2004...Then when the conference remerged in 2006 it was about SEO and building reach.

What happened? We went from building networks to trying to dominate someone else's platform. 

A loss of agency as the world migrated away from the holistic world of blogging to the prescriptive world of social media.

The research agenda shifted from agency to being an ad agency.

Teachers Keep Flame Burning

Meanwhile across the USA teachers wanted to bring the power of social media to the classroom. Yet due to the dangers of social media, plus some technopanic, we kept students in even stricter silos.

Yet often time this was blogging. 

Many of us also adopted production based pedagogies for writing that embraced agentive writing. 

Blogs were built for this. Many of us just lost the way as we got distracted by shiny new objects...and the social media did reduce barriers of access to what was, and still is in many ways,  a majority white male world online. 

Hard to Hold a Candle Against a Firehose

As the world went all in on social media teachers from kindergarten to college kept the blogosphere alive. Blogger, Edublogs, SeeSaw, School website CMSs. In almost every district everywhere there was a minimum of one teacher blogging with students the last ten years.

That's a ton of people, many now reaching young adult age, who hunger for more agency online.

We could never keep the fire burning one at a time, but if we all stick together maybe the fire can burn bright enough. 

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Replied to a post on : you should do a chapter on that in our Open Pedagogy book (one I am finishing in December) already will have chapters. Real short case study free of academic jargon. Openly published.

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I am disgusted that my students blogging about eating disorders on their websites get served up body shaming ads.... Like pitchfork burn this place down angry.... Where do these ad networks come from?

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There was value in social media. it did bring publishing to the masses.

Having a blog or website takes work... it reflects privilege. Literacy always has. Technology does not change that.

As educators, we took the wrong lesson from Web 2.0. It wasn't, "Ohh wow now nobody needs to know HTML!" It should have been, "Oh everyone needs to know HTML"

We are paying for this ignorance. We need to do what teachers have always done since time eternal. Help to build our communities.

The web is no different. Don't play one platform to rule them all. That got us in this mess.

Fight for open standards and protocols. Encourage the Commons, most importantly just be able to answer the question, "My url is..."

You can never build a village when somebody else owns all the land.

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I love me some graph paper recently, ,my thinking on paper gets more and more non-linear as writing doesn't exist in some false online and offline dichotomy

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

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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.

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.

.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.

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.

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.

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Wow @leo and crew talking webrings on TWIT

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Wondering if will turn out to be a safe space where I can talk about sportsball without getting the sideeye from other nerds and geeks 🏈✭

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Planning the #edu106 final and my digital portfolio #mb #work

Planning the #edu106 final and my digital portfolio #mb #work

just sharing a little insight into my instructional design. In the middle and right are my notes as to what the final portfolio in must contain. On the left is the design of my webpage.

I need to submit a portfolio as well.

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

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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.