Many of us in today’s church teaching environment, would love to engage our students in using the digital tools that they are comfortable with to learn their faith. However, we are often challenged with bare-bone budgets to do the almost impossible. And often “technology” is barely included in today’s tight budgets.
However, if it is true, that mobile tools are increasingly popular – see Importance of Using Mobile Tools article. Then we need to explore the BYOD approach. That is Bring Your Own Device to the learning environment.
Educators are dealing with this issue. Read this handbook to find out what educators are doing to implement a BYOD strategy on their campus. To start the conversation, I’ve adapted the questions that are found on page 14:
- Does BYOD fit my parish’s educational vision and goals?
- How would it match up with our student population? What percentage are likely to have a device they can bring in?
- What is the current state of our infrastructure? Do we have robust, secure WiFi that can serve the additional devises you will see with BYOD? Can you afford an upgrade?
- Do you have policies in place that allow students to use devices at certain times of the day or in certain areas of the parish?
- Do you have strong leadership to help sell the concept and guide its implementation?
- How will you support your catechists or faculty as they adapt their pedagogy to best make use of a BYOD environment?
- How can instruction be improved by adopting BYOD?
Once you have a vision, a strategy, and your infrastructure is in place. You can read books and articles like . . .
Toys To Tools
100 Mobile Tools for Teachers
Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use
Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones
To learn more about how others are using these mobile tools in their teaching. We can easily adapt the Best Practices to fit what we do in the Religion Classroom!
What issues do you feel BYOD will create in your parish?
(c) 2012, Caroline Cerveny
Jonathan Sullivan has invited all Catholic bloggers to write on the theme of “Penance” for Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012!
As I reflected on what I wanted to do with this theme, I thought about how we change from simply doing “penance” by giving up candy, pop, chocolate and more to really understanding what “penance” we are called to do in the complicated world we live in during this season of reflecting on the life, suffering, and death of Jesus!
I’m inviting high school teachers and catechists to engage their students in a reflection and response to the question – What “Penance” for Lent?
Here are suggested steps to integrate technology into a lesson with your high school students:
- Direct your students to read the American Catholic article LENT: FASTING FOR THE FEAST by Jim Wilwerding.
- Invite the students as they read the article to “highlight or underline” the sentence(s) or phrase(s) in the article that help them to understand what “penance” (or fasting) means. (They may want to print out the article.)
- As they identify the phrases, use a highlighter or underline them to mark the phrases that answer the question – Why Penance?
- Then ask the students to look back over the highlighted or underlined material. Read through the phrases to achieve a deeper understanding and answer the questions – What “Penance” for Lent? Why “Penance” for Lent?
- Then invite the students to write a dialogue between two persons – where one person is responding to questions and comments from another person about – What “Penance” for Lent? (See example below)
- Introduce an online moviemaking tool – Dvolver – to your students by showing them how they can create an animation movie with their script. Check out the example – What Penance?
- Remind the students with this tool that their text is limited to 100 text characters for character’s lines. Also, you can only develop three scenes.
- If you are using the Dvolver Moviemaking Tool, carefully consider your dialogue as you are limited to100 text characters per line.
- Mary: I’m not sure what it means to sharpen my senses and renew my perspective – on life, on faith.
- George: During Lent, when we do “Penance,” we are really learning more about ourselves and others.
- Mary: That seems so meaningless!
- George: Well maybe. I’ve learned that if I fast from music to prepare for the feast of a concert,. . .
- George: I hear the music differently.
- Mary: I never thought about doing that!
- George: When I’m at the concert, I do hear the music differently than if I had listened all week to the group.
- Mary: I’ll try that the next time I go to a concert.
- George: Great! You will be learning what “penance” is about. That is giving up something in order to improve what you see and hear!
- Mary: In this case, to appreciate the group’s music
- George: Right! So during lent, when we do Penance, we’re really preparing for the feast of Easter!
- Mary: My life is so busy right now. Maybe I need to simplify what I’m involved in.
- George: If you simplify, you will have time to pay attention to ….
Once they’ve completed the dialogue, then go to – Dvolver MovieMaker . This is a Web 2.0 tool that will allow you to create an animated movie that you can easily share with others. However, it will only allow you to create Three (3) Scenes. See the example.
When the students have created their animation story, they will have the opportunity to send the link of their animation to you and others. (Note: If you have a class blog, you can incorporate this activity into the blog. As students create their stories, then they can include their animation movies as a Response to your post. Or, you may want to post them all on one page and invite your students, parents, and friends to vote for the most meaningful animation story.
(c) 2012 Caroline Cerveny
IC 2012 is a wonderful opportunity to network and meet with those who are leading the way of bringing faith-based educational technology (which is integrating social media and more) into your catechetical sessions.
For those who would like a glimpse of the workshop learning sessions come and visit:
Zingers! 7 Free Resources to Catch Your Students Attention with Co-presenters Anita Brady and Laura Salaka.
Digital Storytelling and Marketing Techniques by Rhonda Carrier.
Tim Welch’s workshop Technology in Catechesis: What’s Going On? included a number of web tools to harvest videos from the Internet, resources to create your own content, and video samples to stir your learners’ digital storytelling imaginations. Additionally, his email address is listed for continued collaboration. You can find them, and more, by visiting Surf to Notes for Workshops. You will find the links Tim used in his presentation on his Social Bookmark website.
Come visit the workshop presentations by Joe Luedtke, Mobile Technologies in Your Ministry and Church and What Makes a Great Church Website. You may also want to visit his blog article about Mobile Technologies.
21st Century Catechists: Sharing the Faith in a Digital World with Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF
Putting the Tech into CaTECHesis with Andrea Slaven and Cheryl Smith. This blog was used more like a powerpoint. It is not completely scripted. We showed a quick example of how to create each of the items during the session and showed examples of how each can be incorporated in lessons. “How to videos” will be included eventually.
Activate your staff and ministry leaders to become enthusiastic about contributing to the parish website throughout the year for the sake of evangelization outreach as well as building up parishioner involvement in parish activities and volunteerism. Come and visit – Parish Websites: Tools of Evangelization by Terry Modica.
Thank you to all presenters for your excellent presentations!