In this essay, I reflect on a central question: “why did I experience something so profoundly different in Virtually Viral Hangouts (VVH) than I was able to help seed in my own district during the COVID-19 crisis?” I identify three key components of the VVH ethos that inspired new ways of thinking, namely: digital technologies free us from constraints to build something different, digital technologies are most effective when we use them to build community, and digital collaboration enables us to tap into the wisdom of the group. As we build better and more humane educational spaces, it is important to remember that teachers are learners too, and the VVH ethos may help guide professional learning moving forward.
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Ciccone, M. (2021). Seeding change: What VVH can teach us about teaching and learning in digital spaces. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(3), 145-148. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-3-14