Building a “Beloved Community”

It’s coming to the time of organizing the next step of work of Communications Committee, AKA ComCom. In this time of turmoil, fear, and new ways of being, ComCom has grown and teeters on a cusp of new possibilities, as well as new realities. Interesting how new realities and new possibilities come together. The new realities: ain’t no physical gathering happening any time soon. The […]

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Technologies in the Face of Crises

I live in a city deeply rooted in a racist past. Where police brutality against Blacks, indigenous people, other people of color, the unhoused, the mentally ill and drug-addicted, has been under federal investigation. Where current protestors have so much video of individual random cases of brutality that I’ve seen Reddit reports of an online catalog. And, where there are so many protests against brutality […]

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A Nice Day for Cyber Crime

At about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, an email from a church member landed in my inbox. “Karen, this is the third of emails from ‘Daniel.’ I am certain it is a fraud and will not communicate further.” Daniel*, a pastor of the church, had apparently sent an email requesting help for some women in a local hospital. The email read, Thank you, I would be glad […]

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Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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In Search of a Method

[ Responding to the last post.] What if the stories are the way in to an understanding? To worry that stories may not be “enough” on which to build an exploration is to negate the corpus of work on qualitative inquiry, particularly narrative inquiry, for example It’s through the stories that my questions take shape; my wonderings drift, connect, and I “see” what I am […]

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Technology In the Sanctuary: The Story of a Revolution

What happens to the social and cultural foundations of a traditional institution and its members when they are pushed to embrace new technologies of the internet? Or, phrased differently, when these new technologies force their way into the most sacred spaces? If I were talking to educators working to foster new mindsets, practices, and perspectives of teaching and learning, the answer most often would be, […]

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Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom

On a rainy, chilly Friday afternoon, I attended the ORATE (Oregon Association of Teacher Educators), where I gave an overview of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) recently published position statement, Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom. The slides from the presentation are below; as of this posting, all the active links are accurate.  

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Little Boxes on the Desktop: Keeping Writing Small

I went to a pretty good conference last weekend. It made me think of the old folksong, “Little Boxes on the Hillside” (scroll down to the bonus audio). There was a lot of writing involved in sessions throughout the day, which is always a good thing. But in each session I attended where writing was involved, I got a handout with boxes on the page. […]

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Where Does News Live?

Her nails are always perfect. She uses clear polish so you don’t always notice them. Until she starts tapping the cell phone sitting on the table between you. Then you notice the perfect shape, the perfect cuticles. Today her perfect index finger jabs at the phone. “I think I am the only person who still reads a real newspaper,” she says. “Now it’s all in […]

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