In your memory of past and present, what have been and are becoming digital love languages for you?

collective responses from the Wednesday section of Digital Love Languages Summer 2020

A love letter to a speculative liberatory learning environment 

[See bottom of page for Learning Prompt]

Acknowledgements

  • Honor the land where you are – Our home for these in-person sessions is physically located on a server owned or contracted by Zoom while our bodies are elsewhere. Both the servers and where we sit take up space on land where other people once lived.  Native-Land.ca | Our home on native land is a resource to find out who the original stewards of the land are where you are.
  • Code of Conduct

 

Complications of Zoom 

!!💥Update: Zoom responds to privacy backlash by giving all its users end-to-end encryption

Countries where Zoom routes our traffic from class

Olivia Ross, https://www.instagram.com/cyberdoula/

🍒 For a more equitable viewing experience: Change your Zoom view to “Gallery.” Look to the top right.

 

Intentions slide from Digital Love Languages orientation

Steward introductions

  • Max Fowler
  • Adina Glickstein (Tues)
  • Amber Officer-Narvasa (Wed)
  • Melanie (introduction next week)

Website tour

How we’ll use Arena

  • ♡ Join our Digital Love Languages group!
    • This link will be removed from this page soon.
  • Sharing  ideas, collaboration, homework, research.

How we’ll use Slack

  • Chatting, DM’s, debugging, playlist, asking questions, organizing events, sharing updates and announcements.
  • Install the Desktop App

What are Office hours?

  • Schedule will be shared weekly on our ‘secret’ notes link and in Slack
  • Open office-hour style (pop-in pop-out) Option to dm stewards for private office 20min hours sparingly
  • may be used for technical or conceptual feedback – or both!
  • you may know exactly what you want to talk about going in to an office hour or not! Office hours are also a chance to get to know the teacher/person better, learn more about that person’s work, or ask very general life/art/practice questions.

P2P office hours

  • It’s up to you ♡
  • Movie night? Dance party? Show and tell? Make new friends?
  • P2P Office hours are also a great way to connect the Tuesday & Wednesday groups of Digital Love Languages
  • Sign up by adding blocks to our P2P Office Hour Arena Channel

Alternative Tools

 

 

Neema Githere, https://www.instagram.com/take.back.theinternet/

 

What kinds of relationships can hold love for you?

In all kinds of relationships, with people, with the environment, with family, friends, and partners, what are your love languages?

What are your digital love languages?

How does the digital harm and how does it hold?

How have these, if they have, changed in response to COVID and BLM. If they haven’t changed, why not?

Is love as a verb a technology?

 

 

☽☼Homework for next week

1. Introductions

Add a picture of you and a brief bio to our private arena channel. (this may be made public on our website in the future!)

Include your name, where you’re based, and any way of describing yourself that feels good. This does not need to be in first person or be formal. This will be one way we get to know each other : )

2. Written response

This can be freeform, as a list, or as paragraphs.

Share your responses as a block in this channel:

🔮 Prompt: 

A love letter to a speculative liberatory learning environment

Gently explore your imagination and think about the following prompt. 

  • Imagine a space that can hold you and those you want to learn with.
  • This space is need not be like any learning environment that exists. It does not have to be realistic or adhere to laws of physics.
    • What kinds of rooms, interconnecting hallways, or gardens could be grown? What kinds of activities would learners do in different spaces throughout the space?
    • What kinds of subjects would be taught there? Are their teachers and students or some other set of roles?
    • Do the roles ever change?
    • How is time measured?
    • What small moments of routines do you practice here?
    • What are the bathrooms like? How about the furniture? Are there laboratories? Playgrounds? Napping rooms?
    • Consider the kinds of relationships you would like this space to hold & how people could relate to each other differently based on the proximity and content of their learning?
    • Consider how you would like to share space with others here and how different parts of the space are accessed and by whom?
    • Are there grades? How are people separated into groups if ever? What are the taxonomies? For ex: traditional school systems will group people by categories such as age, class, geography, “ability”, “behavior”, and able-bodied-ness.
    • Consider the ephemeral aspects of the school as much as the physical aspects.
    • In this space, how do you communicate and care for each other?
    • What are the emotional qualities of the space?
    • What is the weather like?
    • Consider the many forms it could take,
      • A memory palace with many rooms. In each room a memory of something that someone learned in this room.
      • A forest of learning gardens where each participant is a flower and insects carry knowledge back and forth between them.
      • A multi-generational interconnected courtyard boarding house with rooms for climbing, rooms for growing, rooms for cooking, rooms for singing.

3. Installations

To install Atom, our recommended general purpose text editor:
  • Installer for Atom
  • Once you’ve installed and opened Atom, look for a checkbox that says “Show Welcome Guide when opening Atom” and uncheck that box.
Mac terminal program:
  • You can use the default ‘Terminal’ app on Macs or you can download Iterm2 (recommended)
Windows terminal program, Git Bash:

4. Sign Code of Conduct

Sign the SFPC CoC and drop the signed pdf into our Code of Conduct Arena Channel

5. Suggested Reading

Digital Doulas Take Restorative Justice to Cyberspace

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Optionally Install Anaconda

We’ll use Anaconda for working with Python later on in the class

To install Anaconda (Python 3.7+, 64-bit Graphical Installer), follow the instructions for your platform here.

  • Mac OS X: go this page, wait for the download to complete, and run the installer file. Choose all of the installer’s default options. To test your installation, open a terminal window and type “conda”, without quotation marks, and press enter. You should see a list of arcane commands. You’re done! You can close terminal.

  • Windows: go to this page, wait for the download to complete, and run the exe file. Choose all of the installer’s default options, except you should reject the suggestion to install Microsoft Visual Studio Code. (We recommend Atom as a text editor.) Test your installation by searching for “anaconda prompt” in your system. In the resulting terminal window, type “conda” You’re done! You can close the anaconda prompt.

🎵 Playlist

 

Burning is one way to dispose of the straw left after harvest so fields can be made ready for seeding the following spring.