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25 Signs You’re a 21st Century Catechist

Are catechists becoming 21st Century faith leaders?  Let’s explore how this could happen!  PLUS, if you have a sign to share….you may win!   Keep reading to find out how…

Here are 25 signs that you are a 21st Century Catechist:

  1. You have taught your students how to find excellent Catholic resources that are now available on the Internet.
  2. You require your students to use a variety of Internet sources when they are creating PowerPoint research projects.
  3. You use a blog to communicate with your students and parents.
  4. You use a blog to engage your students in the study of their faith.  For example – Finding God-Week One.
  5. You use a discussion tool like Collaborize Classroom to engage your students in online faith sharing with one another.
  6. Your use of SKYPE in the classroom allows your students to meet and speak with Catholic leaders who reside in different parts of the country.
  7. Your students work on collaborative projects with students in other countries – like the Global Church Project (See pgs. 10-11) with students in Australia.
  8. Your students participate in class by tweeting their questions and comments using the #hashtag option.
  9. You have taught your students how to create a 30-second video prayer reflection using Animoto.
  10. You promote digital etiquette with your students helping them navigate and stay safe in their media world.
  11. You notice that many students come to class with their cell and smartphones and work with your pastor and administrators in paving the way to use these tools in your catechetical lessons.
  12. You have explained to your parents how a cell phone will be used in your classroom and have a permission form for parents to approve of this use in the classroom.
  13. You have engaged your students in creating an agreement that covers safety, etiquette, responsibility, and opportunity (e.g., If this project goes well, students may suggest future cell phone assignments.)
  14. Your students have interviewed members of your parish who have been involved in major parish historical events (e.g., the founding of the parish, welcoming the bishop during his parish visit, and other important parish events).  They have posted these interviews to a blog.
  15. You provide an Oral Quiz for your grades 6 to 8 or 9 to 12 students using YouMail and their cell phone.
  16. Your students have researched local faith landmarks (churches, shrines, cathedrals, historical home, statue or sculpture, etc.) and created a photoblog Web page that describes the significant features of the landmark.
  17. Your students create a study guide by working together in a group wiki.
  18. Your classroom budget is tight, but it doesn’t matter because there are so many free Web 2.0 resources available for your use.  (Blog example link here)
  19. You are aware that many teachers are utilizing educational technology options in their everyday classrooms, you read their blogs and join online communities to learn about their best practices, and then adapt these concepts to your religion classroom.
  20. You take your students on a field trip to the Holy Land in Lent and never leave your classroom.
  21. You visit the Vatican with your students and don’t spend a dime.
  22. You teach your students to respect one another and not to be bullies or cyberbullies.
  23. You have your morning coffee while checking your RSS feed.
  24. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to another catechist.
  25. On the 9/11 Anniversary, you have found articles like “Out of Many, One: A Community Art Project” by Muriel Stockdale and other authors.

BONUS 26. You’re a member of the Digital Catechesis Community…or have encouraged a catechist to join!

SPECIAL PRIZE: If this post receives 100 comments (within 2 weeks of post date) with additional signs of being a 21st century catechists, I will pick one person at random to receive a FREE conference registration to INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE & EXPO (January 23-26, 2012) in Orlando, FL and a runner up to receive a “Digital Footprint” t-shirt.  So comment now – your additional sign of being a 21st century catechist and PASS IT ON!

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

Technology Prayers

I’m facilitating the Summer Institute for Technology and Ministry this summer in the St. Petersburg Diocese.  We’re having a wonderful time learning the culture and language of the ever evolving Digital World that surrounds us.

Just wanted to share a couple of the prayers that we have used in our sessions.

The Technology Canticle

We praise You, Lord, for all Your digital world,

especially for Brother Blog,

who is the gift through whom You give us conversation.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,

of You Most High, he bears your likeness.

We praise You, Lord, for Twitter,

in the heavens you have made the tweet short, quick, and easy.

We praise You, Lord, for Brothers LinkedIn and Flickr,

professional and a sea of networks,

by which You cherish the photos of what you have gifted us with.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Facebook,

filled with family and friends, news, and connections all across the globe.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,

who sustains us

with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.

Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF created this contemporary take on St. Francis’ well known prayer, Canticle of the Creatures

Blessing of our Cell Phones

Blessed are You, eternal God,

King of the universe:

You have called us in Jesus to be Your beloved people,

living pure and blameless lives in Your sight.

Bless + this cell phone.

Let your Spirit guide our words, texts, photos and videos

so that the light of Christ may shine before all

and lead all who receive them to give You praise.

May our words, texts, photos and videos be filled with the spirit of love,

with the obedience of faith,

and the strength of hope.

Make our lives be joyful in Your service,

and bring those we connect with closer to You.

Father all-holy,

we praise Your Name,

and ask this blessing through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

This prayer is adapted from the Family Blessing. 

Prayer to St. Francis de Sales Patron Saint of Journalists

Most loving and lovable Saint Francis de Sales,

you preached to thousands with the pen,

introducing them to “the devout life.”

You wrote sublimely about God’s love

and made countless converts by your Christlike kindness.

Make writers realize the power of the Press

and inspire them with your zeal for spreading truth.

Help them to write honestly no matter what the subject,

so that they will really contribute to bringing about

God’s kingdom. Amen.

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

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