An Online Gathering to Share and Support Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As we are self-isolating during these difficult times, we want to provide space for conversation, dialogue and emotional support. We're launching the VIRTUALLY VIRAL HANGOUTS, every work day, Monday through Friday. You are warmly welcomed to attend. Of course, this video chat space will be a public space for sharing and learning, too. Wherever you are in the world, we encourage you to participate.

At 1PM EST each day, we will open the Virtually Viral Hangout for one hour. 


As part of our community commitment to address COVID19, we also want your help in building a Google Doc with notes and curated resources that are especially valuable for media educators. Please feel free to suggest resources!

You are most welcome to participate in these one-hour sessions. We spend the first 30 minutes in an open sharing dialogue You may share a story to describe how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your community. You may choose to describe or demonstrate a resource, assignment or instructional strategy that you are using for teaching and learning online. Then, we have a short presentation or facilitated discussion. 


Monday, April 6. We talked about small psychological adaptations we have been making (and will be making) as this self-isolation continues. 

Tuesday, April 7. We're sharing examples of the funny stuff and talking about humor in the age of coronavirus. 

Wednesday, April 8. Scott Spicer shares how he is supporting faculty and students in a range of media production learning experiences at the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, April 9. Pam Steager uses a 10-point scale (great day, bad day) as a check-in to invite reflection on how we are managing one day at a time. 

Friday, April 10. Kathie Jackson leads us in sharing stories about our experiences.  


Monday, March 30. Joyce Valenza demonstrates some ways to make synchronous video chat more interactive. 

Tuesday, March 31. Lauren McClanahan models a practice to help students learn to analyze and compose digital photos.  

Wednesday, April 1. Ed McDonough shares examples of student media projects in the time of coronavirus.

Thursday, April 2. We reflect on spirituality and personal identity in the age of coronvirus.   

Friday, April 3. Kathy Jackson models a two-step process for telling stories in the age of coronvirus.


Monday, March 23. Samantha Stanley discusses resistance to feedback and its educational value. 

Tuesday, March 24. April Leach demonstrates how very young children learn to create videos and websites Adobe Spark.

Wednesday, March 25. Ornat Turin describes opportunities for applied research and ways to work on it during these times.

Thursday, March 26. Frank Romanelli reflects on high school teachers responses to forced remote instruction.

Friday, March 27. Michelle Ciccone helps us imagine the future after coming back.


Monday, March 16. Lisa Friesem models a process of exploring issues using dialogue of nonviolent communication. 

Tuesday, March 24.  Open sharing helps us build a sense of community. 

Wednesday, March 25. Open sharing helps us build a sense of community. 

Thursday, March 26. Yonty Friesem engages in dialogue with Israeli teachers affected by the coronavirus.

Friday, March 27. Renee Hobbs shares examples of how she offers assessment & feedback to learners in a fully-online class.