I am working on a digital project for my ITP course that centers care and compassion as a pedagogical framework for a writing classroom. I am exploring the format of the digital garden (both metaphorically and technically). Presently, the working name of my project is Writing Pedagogy from Compassion: A Community Digital Garden.
A digital garden simply stated is a blog that encourages knowledge creation and writing as a process by setting the premise that the posts are incomplete and/ or developing. This notion, for me, allows teachers, especially writing pedagogues, a space to think and write about compassionate strategies and practices in their writing classrooms while embodying the vulnerability of writing their students and most ( if not all) writers experience in the act of writing.
Metaphorically, the garden as a place of nurture, growth, and community is appealing to me. In that sense, my grand idea (hence TLDR) is to have a community digital garden. As of now I have a sketch of a website with three main sections: rows (the digital garden where “gardeners” post ideations/projects/questions), commune ( the forum for members to ask and respond to each other), and the harvest (resources for teaching writing from compassion).
This is the landing page of the sketch. I learned about better ways to design my page last week at a GC Digital Fellows workshop that I will implement.
In my meeting with Nelson, he suggested using Miro, a collaborative platform for the Rows aspect of my website. I explored some of the templates on Miro for education and reflection and found them helpful, but I have yet to figure out if or how to embed Miro into my website, but I also believe I can replicate one or two of the reflection templates in the Rows section. ( Thank you Nelson!)
My concerns now are, what section should I tackle first? I think the resource section might be the easiest (if such a thing exists) since I will be curating resources and not creating them. This will allow me to think of the digital garden aspect and how to curate the seasonal gardeners ( writing pedagogues) who will think and write in the space. I am not too sure I want to include the commune section. I would like some feedback or questions to help me through the choice to keep or eliminate or revise the commune ( forum) section.
Yes, this is a large project, but presently I want to work on the minimum viable product.
If you would like to learn more about a digital garden, here are a few resources:
The Garden and the Stream: https://hapgood.us/2015/10/17/the-garden-and-the-stream-a-technopastoral/
Maggie Appleton’s garden https://maggieappleton.com/garden
Amanda Pinkser’s reading list https://amandapinsker.com/reading
Tom Critchlow’s personal digital garden https://tomcritchlow.com/wiki/
Sindhu Shivaprasad’s garden https://www.sindhu.live/gardenDigital Garden Terms of Service: https://www.swyx.io/digital-garden-tos#why-we-need-a-terms-of-service