Author: Greg McVerry

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#GearUpNH #MakerParty Learning to Play with Code

We went from the courts to the code. It was hot. Real hot. Melt the soles of your kicks hot. So many of the Youth from the Gear Up New Haven Summer Academy retreated indoors during their self-selected learning time. I decided to take advantage of the over crowded activities (and the superior air condition…
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Scaling Up and Onboarding in Mozilla Learning Networks

No project or space designed to #teachtheweb could ever exist in stasis. Change is  the only constants on the Web. Well, actually change isn't the only constant. There is also the mission of Mozilla---the  other fixed variable-- as old as browsing itself. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] flickr photo shared by balleyne under a Creative Commons (…
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Making on Android for #CLMOOC

I love all the tools I can choose from when I sink into my deskchair and open up my laptop. The possibilities swirl in my mind as I edit videos and images. Yet for most of the world they will turn to the mobile web and mobile apps to spawn their creativity. That got me…
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Playing with @Webmaker Beta.

Yesterday Mozilla dropped Webmaker into the Google Play store. I have played with past versions but the nightlies had to be sideloaded. Today I got to download from the the Play Store and begin my make. Webmaker, in its current state is basically another slideshow app, but one I believe is very intuitive. That's the…
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Ian O’Byrne and I Discuss #Webliteracy

Doug, Ian, and I we recently published a paper for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy entitled Guiding Students as They Explore, Build, and Connect Online. At the time of the publication Version 1.1 of the Web Literacy Map was in full swing, the Teach site was not launched, and we were deep in the design…
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Knowledge as Communication

Sternberg, one of my fav theorists on human intelligence  defines wisdom as, "the application of the analytical, creative, and practical aspects of successful intelligence for a common good, over the long as well as the short terms, through the infusion of positive values." Wisdom in many ways is a collective. A tool communities can access but never…
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Co-Designing in Formative Design Research

I just finished the DMLcommons salon on co-designing our research spaces. I am amazed at the work the teams have done. I also have a long reading list now. Thanks Megan Bang. I hope to use these ideas in my own work and reach out to others so we can co-design a future together. Rigor…
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How I Forked Mozilla Web Clubs for a Formal Educational Setting

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] flickr photo shared by dmelchordiaz under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license[/caption] I teach a class called EDU 106: Digital Text and Tools: New Literacies for Lifelong Learning. It fulfills our universities university's liberal education program requirement for Technology Fluency. Forking Clubs by Remixing Curriculum I forked the Mozilla Web Clubs…
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Exploring “Open Fluency” and “Teach Like Mozilla”

Don't let the lenses you own blind you to the world we see. I have to repeat this mantra all the time as I consider how we democratize education and use education to democratize the world. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Creative Commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by TassieEye[/caption] Laura Hilliger, a scholar…
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Connecting with Global Thought Leaders #OER15

In the next decade a billion more people will come online. I am happy to work within the Mozilla Learning Networks to  ensure these newly connected Web citizens will have a future online (click here to learn more about my journey). Recently these efforts have taken me  across the globe without leaving Connecticut. A group of…