Digital Discipleship: Transforming Ministry Through Technology

Archive for January, 2016

Merciful Technology Prayer

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Recently Digital Disciple Network Associates gathered in Orlando before attending the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC).  Claudia McIvor led us in prayer as we began. We may often wonder on “...how our efforts to bring technology and faith together might bind the wounds of those who need to feel the healing touch of Jesus in the world today.”

I wanted to share this prayer with you as it highlights some of the possibilities of using technology for ministry.  You may wish to pray this with your staff in the future as you engage in conversations about the importance of technology in your ministries.

Watch this blog for more about technology and ministry after I attended the FETC Conference in Orlando last week.

Leader: In this year of Divine Mercy, let us reflect on how our efforts to bring technology and faith together might bind the wounds of those who need to feel the healing touch of Jesus in the world today. To guide us, we recall the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Leader: Many are hungry and thirsty. May we bring awareness to their needs and respond in generosity through the power of the Internet and social media.

R: Holy Spirit, impel us.

Leader:  The sick, the disabled, and the elderly often cannot join us in our churches. May our videos and live broadcasts reach out to touch, reassure and nurture them, bringing community into their homes.

R: Holy Spirit, inspire us.

Leader:  Isolation brings doubt and ignorance. May wisdom fly to those who are alone, reassuring them of God’s powerful and constant love, through our digital stories and emails.

R: Holy Spirit, guide us.

Leader:  Though we may be tempted to hold grudges, withhold kindness, or spread phobias, may we always choose to use digital media to forgive, instruct and share God’s love for all people, no matter their race or creed.

R: Holy Spirit, direct us.

Leader:  In all that we do in our ministries with technology, may we always be mindful of those in need, and may we call on the creative breath of God to find new ways to show mercy to all.

R: Holy Spirit, we trust in you.

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.

counsel the doubtful
instruct the ignorant
admonish sinners
comfort the afflicted
forgive offenses
bear wrongs patiently
pray for the living and the dead

http://www.loyolapress.com/corporal-and-spiritual-works-of-mercy.htm

Top 16 Sites and Apps of 2015 for Catechists

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Recently, David Kapular shared a blog article Top 50 Sites and Apps of 2015. As I read through his list, I picked 16 that I felt had some possibility in the religion classroom.  I invite those who read this blog to try one, two, or three of these suggestions.  Please come back and share your story about how you are using the App in your program.  Or, if you would like to update us about the App in Catechesis20, please contact me by clicking on Contact Me.

  1. Seesaw– Excellent free mobile app (Android/iOS) for students creating digital portfolio with educational portal.
  2. Oncore– A free to use iPad app for teachers that acts like an all-in-one Learning Management System, where educators can assess students, take attendance, communicate with parents, and much more.
  3. Plotagon– A wonderful site/app for digital storytelling where students create animated movies (i.e Xtranormal) by typing a script.
  4. Sketch Nation– A great free site/app (iOS/Android) for creating games.  Students can also work on their STEM skills and learn the basics of programming.
  5. Ignite Teaching– An excellent free iPad app for Project Based Learning through collaborative digital presentations/projects.
  6. WhatsDue– A cool new free mobile app (iOS/Android) for keeping students and parents up to date on what is happening in the classroom.
  7. Bloomz– Bloomz is a free (iOS/Android) app for educators looking to communicate with parents via mobile devices.
  8. Versal– A nice site for creating interactive digital lessons, that is ideal for online learning.
  9. Learnteria–  A new site for educators looking for reviews on a wide variety items, such as: sites, books, apps, and more.
  10. Story Shares– An interesting new site for readers grades K-12th.  Story Shares creates digital books that are customized per Reading Level.
  11. Quizizz– A excellent site for creating multiplayer quizzes where educators get results in real-time.
  12. Choosito– A new and safe way to search the web for students and library resources.
  13. Make It– A nice iOS app for grades K-2nd for creating games, stories, slideshows, and more.
  14. FlipQuiz– A fun site for creating Jeopardy style game quizzes.
  15. Scoodle Jam– A great iPad app for grades K-6th ideal for Project Based Learning.  Students can create presentations, drawings, projects, and more as well as choose through lots of educational templates.
  16. Kidtopia– A nice safe COPPA/CIPA compliant search engine for kids/students.

For those who live in the Florida area, if you are interested in learning more about educational technology, I invite you to attend the Future of Educational Technology Conference.  For 36 years, FETC has brought education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success.  Known worldwide for its outstanding program FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum – from kindergarten to college – through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.  FETC offers a wealth of information for all education professionals which can be easily adapted and used by ministry professionals.

Welcome to ACyberPilgrim 2016!

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I’m not sure where 2015 went.  Here it is, it is now 2016!  So what will ACyberPilgrim be about this New Year?

I must admit, that it is always a challenge to pick a topic to share with you.  It is probably time to invite you to offer your suggestions.  What would you like me to write about in the area of faith-based educational technology?  Please take five minutes or less of your precious time to share your thoughts and ideas by clicking here.

As you ponder your response, new technologies have the potential to transform discipleship in our church.  The power of being a Digital Disciple is available to all of us today – parish members, youth, clergy, and religious. But, this potential will remain unrealized unless we empower our members with the digital skills necessary to be a Digital Disciple.

Grovo teaches Internet and technology skills.  Here is what they identify as the 8 core digital skills that the modern workforce requires to deliver on business goals and how to develop an action plant to address the digital skills gap in an organization:

  1. Working with documents
  2. Project collaboration & management
  3. Attention management
  4. Communication
  5. Digital etiquette
  6. Search and research
  7. Platform flexibility
  8. Security and privacy

Note: To learn more about the 8 core digital skills visit this PDF document.

I am inviting you to identify at least ONE digital skill that a minister needs today.  You have a question in the survey to share your thoughts and reflections.

Thank you for visiting this blog.  And I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.  Blessings to you in this Year of Mercy!

 

 

 

 

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