Author: Greg McVerry

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New Hypothes.is Stream Brings Dream of Decentralized LMS Closer

I am excited for the newly redesigned Stream launched by hypothes.is. I now have a major piece in my jigsaw of trying to remix a decentralized Learning Management System (LMS). In the years I have spent researching literacies and literacy acquisition I have come across a pattern no matter the mode a reader uses. When…
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Laura Gibbs: A Designer of the Decentralized LMS

Since I began exploring boundaries outside of the traditional LMS I have followed the work of Laura Gibbs. Laura is an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma and uses Inoreader to build an awesome interface for her students. Laura also includes a stream of all the comments across both her classes and links to…
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Glimpses at the Possibilities of a Decentralized LMS

I checked out the #helloweb website: It is a vision of the decentralized LMS I want. The website is part of the #Helloweb campaign,  a Mozilla project to teach web literacy across rural India. I like the site. It is actually  super easy to do, but looks good. Just the grid view of embedded Twitter timeline.…
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Pop-Up Remix during #HipHopEd

In a recent post on my backstage blog (I use it to describe process or half baked thoughts) I explained my excitement for #HipHopEd in order to gather some song lyrics. I am pop culture deficient yet carry some knowledge of early hip hop. I got there on a strange path long after the original…
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Credentialing in the McVerry Household: Criteria and Evidence in Badging

flickr photo shared by JasonGoto under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license I have loosely followed and dipped my toes into open badges and digital credentialing. Mainly through the prodding of people like Ian O'Byrne and Doug Belshaw. The idea that we could have some common refrigerator to stick on our accomplishments is appealing.…
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First Day Fails

flickr photo shared by makinations under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license I start my classes with the mantra, "You can not succeed in this class if you do not fail." Today I lived rather than spoke this truth. I attempted to do a live demo lecture and also record it in our new…
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Creating Storytellers Through Agency as we #TeachTheWeb

This summer we hope to unleash a new wave of webmakers on the Elm City. For the first time our 11th grade Gear Up students will take college level credit bearing classes. We will start with EDU 106: New Literacies for Life Long Learning. The hybrid class will focus on telling the story of us.…
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Creating Beauty Together

flickr photo shared by Infomastern under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Make and share beauty. How can a learning task capture so much complexity and simplicity? Yet that was our goal. Dr. Walter Stroup of The University of Texas Austin gave us this task when he guest lectured in EDU106 New Literacies: Digital…
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Celebrating the Young Women of #FemHack

The crowd beamed with pleasure as each team crossed the stage. One by one, cheering on each other, they took  the microphone to share their projects. Four teams of young women at  our first annual #femhack had two minutes to explain the problem they were trying to solve and how they would solve it.  …