Author: Greg McVerry

#mnli13 Day Four Reflection: Prewriting for Digital Publishing 1

#mnli13 Day Four Reflection: Prewriting for Digital Publishing

Day Four. Its make or break. A day for workhorses. We build in two design studios for participants to create their learning activities. The goal is to choose a pedagogical goal and enhance that goal with digital texts and tools. This year we tried something different. We created a paper based "road map" and had…
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#MNLI13 Day 3 Reflection Coding Community

Karen Brennan sparked my thinking today. She presented her work on using Scratch. The programming, games, and stories children created made a large impact on everyone at the conference. For me it wasn't the take away of creative computing I found most moving. It was Brennan's point that making take two things: creating and community.…
#MNLI Day Two Reflection- Unleashing the Bear! 1

#MNLI Day Two Reflection- Unleashing the Bear!

A day of makes. That is my take away. Polly had a wonderful keynote ready on the power of creativity in school but she quickly pivoted. Polly decided, correctly, that talking about creativity does not hold the power of unleashing a room full of makers. She posted a series of pictures and ended with an…
#mnli13 Day One Reflection: (re)Mixing Kool-aid 0

#mnli13 Day One Reflection: (re)Mixing Kool-aid

A shift happened. It wasn't fast. Not earth shattering, but teachers are increasingly ready to for digital teaching and learning. We had built MNLI, from its founding by Don Leu, Hiller Spires, Carl Young, Julie Coiro, and Jill Castek to today, with the idea that we were introducing teachers to digital teaching and learning. In…
Bridge to the Future Summer Academy Draws to a Close 0

Bridge to the Future Summer Academy Draws to a Close

Thank you. Thank you to the makers. The breakers (both the b-boys and b-girls, and the hackers). The writers. The singers. The sculptors. Thank you to the engineers. The artists. It was a wonderful summer. This academy was about finding your voice. Knowing that you have power over your own future. Power over our future.…
Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn 0

Creating Purposeful Remixes with Mozilla Popcorn

I was sad to miss what looked liked an entertaining and informative #hiphoped chat on Twitter Tuesday night. In celebration of hip hop turning forty the community was ranking the top 40 most influential #hiphoped songs. I woke the next morning and checked out the transcript. I wanted to think about how I could use…
My Inaugural UnHangout 0

My Inaugural UnHangout

Today I was fortunate to participate my first, and possibly the first ever unhangout. I can not contain my excitement about this wonderful tool. Unhangout is another wonderful project from the MIT Media Lab and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. It is an¬†open source project¬†and those more familiar with the innards of code can modify…
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Finding Our Voices in Lost Voices

[caption width="640" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by Gilbert Mercier under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license[/caption] We want every student to leave Gear Up knowing they have a voice. They are "active players and not spectators in life" as Walter Dean Meyers., the author of Handbook for Boys wrote (our shared reading this summer). To…
Chromecast-The Solution Schools Need 1

Chromecast-The Solution Schools Need

Yesterday, as everyone knows by now, Google released Chromecast. The device which allows video playback through HDMI is the band aid for schools dealing with two operating systems: Chrome OS and Android. I have long advocated for GAFE and Chrome in schools with two major caveats: Chromebooks and tablets do not work on the same…
Expanding Horizons through the Stories of Art 0

Expanding Horizons through the Stories of Art

I cannot lie. I feared the worse. Not beacause we were taking youth from New Haven to Art Museums. It was my experience as a midddle school teacher that jaded me towards the idea of gallavanting across New Haven to the Yale Art Museum and the Yale Museum of British Art with seventh graders. In…