Are You Teaching in Lonely School?

These comments rolled across my Twitter feed yesterday morning.   Every secondary classroom I’ve visited since the start of the pandemic is in the Lonely School. No faces on the Zoom or Google Meet screens. Few voices besides the teacher’s. Here’s how a couple of ninth graders recently described their experiences: “All my school is very different and separated right now.” “For some reason, I […]

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Google Docs & the Re-Making of the World

The second gathering of the Sunday Salon took place on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., instead of directly following worship. There were far fewer attendees this time; I chalked that up to an unusual-for-the Pacific-Northwest sunny-ish afternoon. (Here, even partial sunshine during the rainy season is enough to inspire people to get outside. This is especially bothersome when one is attempting a house remodel and the […]

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Introducing an Organization to the Web: In Which Google Docs Is the Star

Sunday Salon Begins! Sunday Salon had its official beginning on the second Sunday of January. Just under 20 people came into the Zoom room to see what Google Docs had to offer them, and our small (but mighty) communications committee joined in to add perspectives and a helping hand. Our plan was to start with a pep talk: You can’t break the internet! Just give it […]

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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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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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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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