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Greg McVerry

Just a reminder about the language we use around as we look to celebrate the literate lives of

The idea of vocabulary and "30 year language gap" needs revisiting:

The Black home, in all its variety and variance from the single story of "falling behind" has beautiful stories and language throughout.

Let's stop preparing teachers into thinking kids come to school broken.

Addicts get interventions. Not six year olds.

Greg McVerry

Hey @scsu #edu106 here is your MidTerm

Reflection Drives Learning

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You need to create a spreadsheet or document to answer the following questions:

  • Did you post a reflection of your reading by tracing the shape of a TV show (2020-09-06)
  • Did you write a blog post on how shapes affect stories 2020-09-06
  • Did you complete a free choice blog post? 2020-09-06
  • Did you trace the shape of a popular communication tool like email? 2020-09-09
  • Did you take notes on "why we take a selfie?" 2020-09-21
  • Did you post an unselfie? 2020-09-21
  • Did you post your notes on School and Identity readings? 2020-09-28
  • Did your explore your identity as a learner 2020-09-30
  • Did you complete a free choice post? 2020-09-30
  • Did you complete 5 photo challenges? 2020-10-15
  • Did you build a website with a homepage and a second page with photos (part of your final)

You must include a working link to an artifact as Observable Evidence. If you need help linking to artifactsa in Microsoft Teams let me know or drop by Design Studio and we can hack on some solutions.

Then consider the module objectives:

  • Examine the selfie as an artifact of identity
  • Explore learner identities and the impact this has on learning.
  • Explore the impact learning and education have on identities.
  • Annotate a research article for descriptive statistics
  • Students will be able to use and create structured electronic documents.
  • Students will be able to use graphical and multimedia technologies.

Now considering the artifacts you submitted evaluate those against the objectives and then choose your grade.

If we agree that is your midterm. If we do not we will meet until we come upon a grade we agree upon.

How to Submit

You must write a paragraph or two explaining yoru grade choice and how it reflects the mastery of your objectives.

Then include a paragraph or two on what you learned about yourself as a learner and how we learn to learn online. Set some learning goals for the second half of the semster.

h/t and all the imaginary extra credit points you want for using our key vocabulary from the module in your writing:

Bell Curve, Kurtosis, Skewness, D(d)iscourses, remix, creative commons, text structure, narrative, semiotics

Greg McVerry

Met @scsu interns teaching intro to video editing to campers next week. Four of them came up with an amazing icebreaker game to build a shared vocabulary of popular videography techniques:

Greg McVerry

I know the xAPI vocabulary well enough....even though I am not biggest fan, but still be nice to play with smart people on how I can parse metadata in my HTML convert to JSON and then spit out the Linked Data and RDFa for xAPI

Greg McVerry

Hey class here is a quick video on how you make Zines to learn vocabulary:

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Hey as we transition from defining into the instructional practices that reinforce academic this pieces by James Paul Gee is a nice bridge to vocabulary:

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Our #edu506 Disciplinary #Literacies Questions

Students completed a 3-2-1 in reaction to the readings. They had to list three things they learned, two things, they found interesting, and one question

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Students completed a 3-2-1 in reaction to the readings. They had to list three things they learned, two things, they found interesting, and one question they still had. Here are there questions:

How can we better educate teachers on how to use different texts with children. For example, what resources are there for teachers to help with selecting text that apply to different student backgrounds and skills.

How much should we limit vocabulary learning? Obviously there are endless words to be learned, but given the limited resources, where do we stop? Gunning made a few suggestions on choosing 4-6 words to key in on when reading a new book.

When we are teachers what newsletters or publications can we explore to better inform our ELA et al teaching going forward?

I have read through many ways to help expand a child’s vocabulary. Examples of this are: reading high-quality books, Word Central, riddles, and vocabulary self-collection strategy. From experience, is there one way you have noticed that works better than others? Or does it ultimately come down to whatever is the best learning structure for that individual student.

One aspect that I felt like I wanted to read more about was how to embed using disciplinary literacies across all subjects in a classroom.

 How do we make sure that all students are receiving all of the necessary skills for each discipline? Some students work with other educators in the building (specialists, special education teachers, etc.) that might not use the same terminology or skill.


Greg McVerry

A peek behind the poetry: The Making of Color of Boogie #clmooc #poetryport #literacies #elachat #nctevillage

How I composed Color of Boogie Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random

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How I composed Color of Boogie

Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random scrap of paper but most thoughts bleed through the vapor. Yet when ever I rhyme, my capers of verse require strategy and planning.

Takes effort to write bad poetry, and even more to make bad poetry rhyme with no evident scheme.

So like the majority of my writing I preplan. Paper is a poet's best friend.

At many concerts we attended over the years we often joke (sometimes serious) about seeing color come from the speakers....Explains much of the ringing and selective hearing....

So as I rushed the kids out the door this morning, an idea around color, the theme for the CLMOOC Poetry port on 2020-02-07 hit me hard,  I knew I had to bring it back to circus. So I dashed an idea

a post it note with ideas for a poem jotted downThen as I commuted for an hour I kept coming back to the idea of the colors in a nebula. That is music to me. Both the graveyard and nursery of stars, and the colors, God's water paintings.....Plus I do wonder if I wanted a subconcious h/t to Dark Star....I mean lyrics don't get much better

Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes
Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

Truth doesn't get much clearer.

So I decided to try to meld in three things: color, music, and nebula. Thus I made a three column chart to capture words that danced in my head.

three column chart with color, music and nebula at the top

I did some research on color theory, basic music vocabulary, and nebula. Once I discovered that Newton came up with the first color wheel, and I already wanted to try to describe the color of sound as Nebula I had a direction for the poem. Might not gravitate with the masses but it carries weight in my inkwell.

It took a bit of rhyming dictionary work specifically, based on web history for, mission and wavelength...I need to invest in a paperback rhyming dictionary, pocket size.

In the thesaurus I just searched for color...where chromatism came from.

Then I fired up my blog and drafted the poem. After it was finished I recorded the poem. Unfortunately I am helping my brother-in law out and dogsitting and forgot my good mic.

As I wrote this backstage post I realized I forgot the most important line on the back of my sticky, the phrase that started it all "Spin with Us/On this nebulus." It isn't needed anymore.

Also on IndieWeb Poetry Also on CLMOOC Planet

Greg McVerry

Three Steps to Surving Your First Online Class #edu307 #edu506

There are three things required for success in online classes: self directed learning- You need to develop a learning plan, schedule, set and meet goals cognitive presence-

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digital body in fron of binary ticker
There are three things required for success in online classes:

  • self directed learning- You need to develop a learning plan, schedule, set and meet goals
  • cognitive presence- You need to not only complete assignments on time but complete them with the stated objectives in mind. Make sure your artifacts show growth. Utilize evidence from the texts, focus on key concepts and vocabulary.
  • social presence- Learning is social. Self direction works best in a community of folks with similar goals. 

This first week we were just working on the third element. Many people are taking an online  class for the first time as well. It is important we take time to get to know each other. Identify possible study partners, and learn to rely on each other.

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