I was just reading 9 Outstanding iPhone Photography Projects to Try With Your Students. Dian Schaffhause has figured out how to use these wonderful mobile tools in the classroom. As you read the article, notice that she:
- promotes learning in the classroom through photography and video projects,
- has set up a small bring-your-own-device program, in which the students write up agreements that their parents have to sign in order to participate,
- covers basic photography skills, and
- provides a variety of experiences to learn.
I would encourage you to figure out how you can repurpose what Dian has shared to your religion classroom during this wonderful Advent season.
She has provided the basic steps. Now how do we apply to your class during Advent?
Here’s a suggestion:
- Make sure that you are comfortable in using your phone to take photographs. If not, ask your children, grandchildren, or one of your students how to do this.
- Go to your church during Advent and look around to see what is unique to the Advent season. Take as many photographs as you would like.
- Invite them also to take photos at home that represent Advent. Perhaps as a family they make an Advent wreath that they use during the season, or they have an Advent calendar, or ?????
- Once you have photos, then –
o If using a computer, go to Animoto and open a FREE account, or
o If using an iPhone or an iPad, go to the iTunes store to download the FREE Animoto app.
- If you do not know how to use this program, go to the Catechesis 2.0 overview at Animoto.
- Prepare a short script using the photos that you just took.
- Create your video
- Then share your videos with one another. There are various ways you can do this: add your links to an email message and send to your students, they can look at the videos when they get home or any other creative way you can share these videos with one another via Twitter, Facebook, the parish webpage, or ?????
I would invite you to return to this blog to share a few of the Advent videos that were created by your students.
Blessings this Advent season!
During the weekend of November 22nd, the film – The Christmas Candle will be showing in theaters around the country! I saw a preview showing of the film Thursday evening, I loved it! I’d encourage you to purchase your ticket and go see it!
Why? For many reasons:
- It is a holiday film for the entire family!
- The story – Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve.
- Filmed on location in England, depicting the 1890 time period where it is at the dawn of the electric age. There is tension between the legend and the coming electric age.
- The photography is excellent, I felt like I was in the midst of this time period.
- When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness.
In this winter and Advent season, where each day gets darker and darker, it is a time to be hope filled in the Light of Christ!
The story is also a visual experience of the lighting of the weekly Advent wreath with a reflection and prayer. If we reflect on our day to day lives, there are moments when we have lost hope! Yet our daily journey is to be a miracle to one another, offering the hope we each need to one another. Through prayer, Christ our Light brings hope to our daily lives.
For the Christian Community, the story unfolds a journey through the four weeks of Advent up to a Nativity scene. What a way to begin a journey through the Advent season – visually experiencing the lighting of the weekly Advent wreath with each weekly prayer and then witnessing the birth of Christ in the context of this story.
Filmmaker Max Lucado comments, “My prayer is that audiences of all ages will leave The Christmas Candle with their hope restored and faith renewed by the message that God has – and always will – work miracles. Especially, at Christmastime.”
I’d take it a step further to say – we become the “miracle workers” because we have experienced the Light of Christ!
For further information about the film, visit ChristmasCandleMovie.com!
I’m always looking for wonderful examples of what others are doing to integrate technology into the teaching of Religion. I’d like to share “Understanding the Life of Jesus: an INCARNATION CATHOLIC School Big6 Research Project” created by Rhonda Carrier.
Here is the project –
I encourage you to explore the project. For those in Catholic Schools, you’ll see how Rhonda has applied the Common Core standards to this project. More importantly, you begin to see how our students can be engaged with digital tools to expand and research faith topics.
Rhonda, thank you! Excellent project that was shared at IC 2013! For those who would like to meet Rhonda, I encourage you to attend the 5th Annual INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS Conference in Orlando, Florida. Here you will have the opportunity to learn from Rhonda how she is integrating technology into the religion classroom.
For those who are catechists at the parish level, these are the kinds of projects you would like to learn about, as you can easily apply what you learn here with your children.
Rhonda, if you have anything else you would like to share with us regarding this project, we’d love to hear from your or from your students! If you have a question or two, please ask them here, Rhonda or Sr. Caroline will respond.
When I first heard about Pinterest, I was not sure how it could be used in Catechetics. Then I met Cyndi Rusk Marlow, Coordinator of Formation, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Bardstown, Kentucky. I’m so glad that Cyndi volunteered to do a “Show ‘N Tell” webinar for INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS. Here is her Pinterest website.
For those who were able to attend the webinar, thank you for joining us. If you were unable to join us, here you will find her PowerPoint presentation –
If you are interested in listening to the Webinar Presentation, click on “Show N Tell” link webinar recording –
Show N Tell Using Pinterest for Minstry from Interactive Connections on Vimeo.
If you would like to learn more about Pinterest, come and visit:
As I learn more about Pinterest, I see that it is a way to curate websites that you would like to share with others. I use DELICIOUS , a social bookmarking website, to collect the links I want to refer back to or share with others. However, if you compare the two options, you will note that Pinterest is very visual and Delicious is plain and simple.
So, Pinterest is another way to bookmark your links to share with others. Which one would I recommend? Both! Why? If you know your audience is inspired by visual content, then use Pinterest! If you know your audience is primarily looking for information that is in ONE place and it makes little or no difference if it has a visual appeal, then use a tool like DELICIOUS.
In general, what is important, is that you choose a tool that your audience likes, prefers, and will use.
If you are using Pinterest, I would like to hear from you how you are using Pinterest. Come and share your stories here.
© 2013 Cerveny
Thanks to a St. Francis Day greeting from a wonderful Franciscan friend, I was reminded that the feast of St. Francis of Assisi is just around the corner. Then I thought, I’d love to do a post about this wonderful feast/saint. Of course, the big question – about what?
I quickly browsed the Digital Catechesis Video Library, and discovered that there were several St. Francis videos in this wonderful video library. Just search for “Francis” you will locate them quickly. Yes, there are many more on YouTube, but I did not want to spend hours searching through videos on YouTube that I would have to watch carefully to make sure that they were good and interesting videos. Here I could find videos that had been used by other ministers who recommended them because they found them to be inspiring, in just a few minutes!
So, what can you DO with these videos? Here are four suggestions:
- Send an email with a video link to your parents highlighting this wonderful feast of St. Francis and encourage them to watch the video with their children and then share what they know about St. Francis with each other.
- If you are working with RCIA candidates, you may wish to create a blog page about the Saint and then invited your candidates to share their thoughts, reflections, or questions about the saint. When they come for their next RCIA session, you could continue the conversation about St. Francis with the group at the beginning of class – perhaps in a prayer moment.
- If you have a Twitter account, “tweet” a link to your followers with a question that they can easily respond to in 140 characters.
- On your Facebook page, add a link with the video to your page. Write a short reflection and ask a question so that your “friends” can share a comment or two about what St. Francis means to them.
Following are several videos that focus on St. Francis.
I would love to hear from you how you may be using social media to engage your students, families, youth, and young adults in celebrating the feast of this wonderful saint. Being a Franciscan, this is one of my favorite feast days!
(C) 2013, Cerveny
I am in Marietta, Georgia this weekend, where I am presenting two workshops for the Archdiocesan Diocese of Atlanta North and Northwest Metro Deaneries. They are hosting a catechist faith formation day around the theme – Open the Door of Faith.
Thank you to the coordinating team who have created a wonderful program for catechists who are attending this event! Your 2013 program is outstanding!
Thank you to those who attended the workshops that I gave. Below are the PowerPoints that you can go back to if you wish. I invite you to explore further ACyberPilgrm and Catechesis 2.0 to gather thoughts and ideas for using technology tools with your students.
Blessings to all who attended this wonderful event! May your year be filled with the graces you need as you share your faith with your students.