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Leading People to New Mindsets & the Internet

“Zoom does not like me ….” “My computer hates me.” “[The committee] is afraid of the [Google] form.” I hear it several times a week: hardware and software has– or will– come to life in people’s homes for nefarious purposes and general meanness. It is Something To Be Feared. Some wear it like a badge of honor. Others are ashamed. Still others raise their hackles […]

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HyperDocs and the Dilemma of “Yes, but…”

My Journey Into HyperDocs I first learned about HyperDocs during the summer of 2020. I don’t always set out to learn about every new digital tool or practice I read about, but HyperDocs was generating enough conversation– especially for something that’s been around since 2013– that I became curious. I heard a range of opinions, from they’re nothing but gussied-up worksheets, to they’re the promise […]

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Living Through the Oregon Smoke

I want to start by saying my family is grateful beyond measure that neither we nor our homes were harmed by the Labor Day fires that swept the state of Oregon. But I think we– a collective we that includes our entire city– are still reeling from the triple whammy: our continuing Level 1 Covid reopening status, ongoing protests condemning police brutality against Black, indigenous, […]

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We Forged Some Goals for the Coming Year

I’ve been writing about leading a communications committee that’s working on moving a community church into the digital age.  A Tentative Beginning This week, we concluded the third session of our Zoom “retreat.” When I first posed the idea that it was time for a retreat and said I envisioned a six to eight hour process, I got more pushback than I’d ever expected. I […]

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Is It Possible to Teach Vision?

I ended my last post with two questions: How do [teachers, other leaders] design virtual spaces that lead to not only the expected outcomes, i.e., academics or prayer, but to the deeper opportunities [afforded by digital tools and spaces]? And how do we, the ones experienced with these spaces, inspire them to begin? The past weeks have seen a flurry of activity and, with that, […]

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Notes from the Holy Wars: Bitmoji, Zoom, & Other Longings

When is a Twitter battle about Bitmoji Classroom like church unrest about worship via Zoom? This is the unlikely question that came to me recently, as I scrolled through my Twitter list of educators. The #BitmojiClassroom Wars I was taking a breather from news of the Portland protests. For 60+ days, the Portland pro-#BLM and anti-federal protests have woven an intense and terrifying narrative, punctuated […]

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