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I posted a microcast as a reply here:

In summary:
I found Doug’s points fascinating and his connection to political philosophy, enlightening as always.

I do take issue with Doug’s ideas that #IndieWeb’s focus on building out from the self first …

Greg, thank you for your thoughts on Doug Belshaw’s microcast discussing the IndieWeb. I really liked your point about the egalitarian web.

I believe an approach where everyone has their own space online that they control is more egalitarian. I believe HTML based websites are the most resilient, sustainable, and equitable approach ensuring everyone can read, write, and participate online.

Like you, I have not found a home in the fediverse and am happier in my own castle, or car as Alan Levine and Jim Groom put it.

I am not sure if the ‘IndieWeb‘ is the answer, however for now I will hold on tightly and let go lightly. As Angus Hervey states:

β€œAt this point, given all the evidence I’ve considered and having made a genuine effort to try and see if from the other side (point to some examples), the balance of the argument seems to rest on this side for these reasons, so for now that’s what I am going with. If new evidence, or a better argument comes along I am totally willing to change my mind about this, and I’ll also be pleased because it will mean I’ve gained a deeper understanding about the world.”

As a white male, I do find Belshaw’s point about power an interesting one. However, I am not convinced that the Fediverse solves that. Happy to be convinced otherwise.

To be far, I am happy with doing what I am doing at the moment at the very least as a model of how things could be. My philosophical position comes via Jean-Paul Sartre:

When we say that man chooses himself, we do mean that every one of us must choose himself; but by that we also mean that in choosing for himself he chooses for all men.

Replied to Imagining the #IndieWeb Version of WikiTribune by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (

Chris’s post and my recent experience with WikiTribune got me thinking about an IndieWeb version. The presmise would have to be publishing what you read or is worthwile reading from your own site. Some folks may use aΒ bookmark,Β like, or even experimental post types such as a “read” post.

You would then opt-in to “what to read” using your domain. Then you would be asked to enter the url to your feed.Β Microcast.clubΒ work like this already.

All of your posts in the feed would be parsed and then added to a firehose chronological feed. There would also be one generated using th frequency of links and webmentions. So if an article gets shared by n+1 people it gets a bump, if a post getsd a webmention it gets a bump. The feed could then refresh at specific times of the days.

I love this idea Greg. I really like what Nuzzel offers in regards to capturing links and feel that this is something that would be really useful as the community grows. I also wonder where this fits with reimagining readings and recommendations captured in spaces like Goodreads?
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Do you really need that gif? If we think climate and energy think can I get my message across in text? Each gif uploaded and converted to movie? How much more energy is worth the engagement when the Arctic seacap is melting? #digped

Replied to Criterion vs Holistic Rubrics? #EDU407Sum19 by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (

I like having personal conversations with students and developing TAGs-Targeted Areas of Growth. What are the one or two criterion a student should focus on when improving writing. Never try to get an 8 year old writer to adresss six different indicators of quaility at once. I don’t think adult writers should undertake such an endeavor.

Greg, this reminds me of Bianca Hewes ‘two medals and a mission‘ for providing feedback.
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The tools exist now for us to create networks free from corporate control and spying from our own websites. We can still use social media as outreach but as educators we should be modeling a better way.

This is what I was trying to capture in my post on creating a deliberate social space for students.
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Dear educators using @wix please stop and read the Terms of Service. Did you know you can not export and use your data anywhere else but wix? This isn’t how the web should work. Plenty of easy UI that still rely on a commitment to portability

Liked Seven Steps to #ProSocialWeb by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (

We all struggle with what to write. The tyranny of the blank screen can drive many into the welcoming arms of social silos. Yet the simplest way to support a #ProSocialWeb is to Post Positive

Be a good person. Say nice things. Document the good you and others do. The lesson we learned in preschool can still teach us much.

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How do we build #prosocialweb?

One domain at a time.

Do not define success as building for the masses. That got us in this mess.

All the tools exist just using W3C web standards. We do not need to invent the wheel.

Webmentions for example can connect us

Replied to by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (

I do not want your newletter. I want you to write good enough content that I seek out your website. You are not a channel to convert but a cognizant creator. Focus on being not converting.

The move to newsletters is interesting Greg. Personally speaking, my newsletter is a habit for me to stop and reflect once a month. Also, I share it on my site (where you can subscribe via RSS), as well as via email.

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Hey #clmooc friends, we are trying to recreate our Google+ community from our own blogs. If you would like to have your blog be added to our Planet (an aggregated list of #clmooc feeds) fill this out…

Replied to by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (

People who call Google+ a flop have no idea how much money over decades of users Google will make with Google Classroom. So much of the design and UX is the same, wonder if they shared any codebase.G+ had to influence Google Classroom development

That is a really good point Greg. I think that it is interesting that the platform is being continued within business/education. I can see G+ continuing to be developed to the point where it can become an organisation’s internal stream.

Even if it is not, Classroom offers many similar capabilities. My concern is that, like with SeeSaw, what can a user actually do with their Classroom archive once they have finished atudying.?

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For @withknown users on that want to update to latest version follow: here are directions for enabling SSH (so you can sign on through Terminal):…

Although not interested at the moment in spinning up an instance, this is good to note as I am interested in revisiting Known one of these days.
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Creating a Navigable Rabbit Hole
I only caught the tail end of the Common Place Book session at #IndieWeb camp online as it fell right during dinner.Β  Since I didn’t get to share with everyoneΒ I thought I would lay out a few strategies in a quick post here and overtime”My Common Place Book” will t…

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If you are an educator and you are now trapped in the @wix silo unable to take your website elsewhere find an #IndieWeb friend to help you rebuild your site. Websites get written in HTML and you should be able to take them anywhere. What @wix is doing is bad for web