"The Way We Were" ~A Visual History of our Website

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"The Way We Were"
  ...a visual history of our website

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Here's a glimpse back at the journey we've been on...

1998

The Main Logo is missing from this 1998 screenshot of our site, but as you can see, our beginnings were modest. The September 1997 site wasn't much different. Amazing to remember that most ministries and churches still weren't on the web back in 1998!

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1999 - Homepage - the "kids" logo era begins

This was state of the art back then.  

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1999 - Lesson Menu Screenshot

Back then, each lesson had it's own web page. Here's the Lesson Menu from July 2000. The "message board" software was about two years away from changing our world.

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August 25, 2000 - We installed UBB forums, the first of our "message board" sharing platforms

Three years after our site went live, the installation of our message board software set Rotation.org on course to what we would become, a collaborative, sharing community. 
This same year, a major donation from a church allowed us to hire a part-time coordinator. 

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A Homepage from 2002

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2003 - Our "rainbow" motif begins in earnest


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2005 - The Birth of "Wormy" our Mascot! 

This was also the year we incorporated and turned over the website to a Board of Directors.

Worm-y comes from the name Workshop Rotation Model.

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2006 - Launching the new "Eve" community lesson exchange

Two dozen volunteers helped move the old lesson exchange into this new one.

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2013 - Our Homepage receives a major software and appearance overhaul

This was the first year you could see who was on the site with you. It also marks the first appearance of the "Activity Stream."

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December 2015

Our software platform undergoes another major overhaul with some seriously advanced code and features behind it.  Our site became "responsive" to whatever device and screen size you were viewing us on.

This is also the first fully state-of-the-art HTML5 code version of our site.  Unlike a lot of other lesson websites that use "blog" software and aren't open to the community, our advanced platform lets all our members contribute so that teachers have CHOICES.


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Our site on its 20th Birthday



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The way we are!

Our software platform keeps track of the STATES and countries our Registered (free) and Supporting Members come from. From time to time we publish interesting details about the "geography" of our members in our monthly newsletter.

We are publishing this map in the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey flood in Texas --as it shows the fact that 10% of our total membership (free + supporting) hail from TEXAS, 

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If you haven't already, visit your denomination's disaster relief webpage and make a donation to help those in need. Here are a few links: Presbyterian Disaster Relief (Harvey)UMCORLutheran Disaster ResponseUCC Disaster Ministries.

Comments on States

As states go, Texas is a very populous and "churched" state. And in my experience, Texans do indeed have a "can do" spirit when it comes to Sunday School. 

In the 1990's, Texas was one of several states which jumped out to embrace the Workshop Rotation Model, particularly among Presbyterian churches which tended to be well-represented and well-funded in that state. I myself, was invited to Texas half a dozen times in the late 90's and early 2000's to lead seminars about both Rotation and teaching with software. 

The Rotation Model, for which Rotation.org was originally created to support, had its birth in Presbyterian churches around Chicago, Illinois, and first spread across the Midwest MOSTLY by word of mouth through Presbyterian, UMC, UCC, and Lutheran churches and educator networks, which are heavily represented in the Midwest. It's eventual spread, and our website's use in the southern states of the "Bible Belt" and more conservative denominations has been a welcome eventuality.

By proportion of population, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin are the largest "registered" states. This is likely due to numerous Rotation educators who led seminars and formed support networks in the 90's and early 2000's. North Carolina has recently "joined" Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin in that respect.

The Rotation Model and website was slower to spread WEST by word of mouth and seminars, simply because of geographical distance, and the fact that the west coast tends to have its own educator events and networks. Plain State numbers continue to grow, though more slowly.

Internationally speaking, this past month, we added another Australian member, this time from a Syrian Orthodox Church in Melbourne!

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