Author: Greg McVerry

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Big Impact with Big Data Part Two

This is the second post in the series describing my keynote at the Big Data Smart Knowledge Forum held at Tianjin University of Technology October 13th. You can find the first here. In the second half of my keynote I want to share some applications for big data that I see. As I noted earlier…
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Big Impact with Big Data: Towards a New Research Design

This is part one of a two part series on my opening keynote of the Big Data Smart Technology Forum held at Tianjin University of Technology on October 13. I come to you today with a challenge. We have a problem in educational research and I hope we do not recreate inequities of the past…
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Bringing Bots and Badges to my Classes

My course evaluations weren't strong enough last semester in my online class Children's Literature and Literacy. I needed to make adjustments. I knew what went wrong. Mainly we had no community. Students saw class as a checklist of submitting assignments. Most of this was my fault. I did not provide the level of feedback I…
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Educators Teaching Educators: #EDcampCT

  [caption id="attachment_2274" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] All images takes by Tyler Varsell. License not specified[/caption]   On Friday August 18th close to hundred teachers descended on the Ethel Walker school for a day of learning at #edcampct. For those who do not know edcamps started as an unconference where no vendorsd or proposal submissions. Instead learning…
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Inquiry as the Assessment, Technology is the Tool

At the Geographic Information Systems Institute at Southern we had a wonderful conversations about the pitfalls of using Story Maps. We all brought up how see the "Showcase" during  inquiry projects. Students stand in front of the class proud to share what they learned. The teacher sits in the back filling out a rubric. A…
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Exploring Our World: Geography as an Essential Inquiry Skill

An illuminated world flickr photo by hasor shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Over the next two weeks teachers from across New Haven Public Schools will gather at Southern Connecticut State University for our Geographic Information Systems Institute. Teachers will receive 8 days of training on using GIS and Story Maps. they will then…
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Rethinking Assessment

To many in higher education they see problems as nails and testing as the only hammer in our kit. Yet we stand at a time where we can re-mediate assessment using new technologies and old definitions of what it means to learn. I serve on the Tech Fluency (TF) affinity group at Southern Connecticut State…
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How I will Assess…I mean Contribute to a Community of Writers #OpenBadges

There will be no rubrics. Just feedback. There will be no numbers just criteria and evidence. The Academic Blogger Pathway Students accomplish the pathway by earning badges. Students must provide  evidence of their growing capacity as a writer. There are nine badges to earn before a student can earn the academic blogger credential. New Blogger A…