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Wikis in Your Religion Classroom

What is a wiki?

Well I love the Wikis in Plain English Video!  Watch it now to learn more about what is an editable webpage/site that is great for collaboration.

To learn more about what wiki you might use, you could use the WikiMatrix.  The three wiki’s that are often recommended are:

To learn more about these wikis, check these titles on the left side of the WikiMatrix and click on the compare button.

Wiki Comp

Your screen will show a comparison of these tools covering the areas of:

  • General Features
  • Hosting Features
  • Security/Anti Spam
  • Development/Support
  • Common Features
  • Special Features
  • Links
  • Syntax Features
  • Usability
  • Statistics
  • Output
  • Media and Files
  • Extras, and
  • Syntax Examples

Your goal is to choose a wiki that will help you to complete the project you are working on.  Once you have chosen a tool, then you need to decide on a project.

Wiki Project Ideas

Often it is helpful to search the websites to see what projects are already listed.  Just having the opportunity to study what others have done, will give you some ideas of what you may want to do with your class.

Following are examples from both Christian and Catholic Schools who have used a wiki with their students.

David Lipscomb Campus School in Nashville, Tennessee.  Here you will find various examples of what classrooms are working on with a wiki.  The mission of David Lipscomb Campus School is to serve students so that they may master knowledge and skills appropriate to them and become Christ-like in attitude and behavior.

As you explore the varied wiki projects, look for the wiki’s that are focused on the subject of religion –

  • Mr. Parham’s Senior Bible Case for Faith, and
  • Mr. Abood’s 7th grade Bible class

Checkout the FlatPlanet Project with two classes:

The aim of the project was to use the internet to work together and explore:

  • Current Environmental Issues
  • The way these issues are being dealt with in the respective countries
  • Exploration of any International Agreements on these issues
  • The Catholic Moral Responsibility for these issues

The article – 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative & Interactive Classroom will provide you with 50 different ideas.  No, they are not for a religion classroom.  However, as I read through the suggestions, mentally I was translating them to fit the needs of the religion classroom.  For example:

  • Virtual Field Trips.  Have your students research pilgrimage locations they would like to go on a pilgrimage (or field trip), and get them to share images and information about the location.  Or,
  • Classroom Scrapbook. Invite your students to share news about what they are involved in at their parish, include photos of their activities, and talk about their current achievements in their religion classroom on a wiki page.

Now that you have some ideas of what you might do with a wiki in your Religion class, plan for what you can do with this tool.  We look forward to hearing your story here in the comments section.  Remember, you can come back to this section and add your comments after you have completed a Wiki Project with your students.  Good luck!

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

What technologies for 2011?

Today’s minister is challenged to be skilled in today’s communications technologies!  You can be a catechist, a Catholic School Religion Teacher, Principal, Director of Religious Education, Parish Catechetical Leader, RCIA Director, Youth Minister, Pastor, or any of the ministers that are important to today’s parish life.  However, you live in the 21st Century!  And 21st Century Skills are key to your being relevant today!

So did any of your New Year’s resolutions include learning new technology skills?  If yes, great!  If not, you may want to consider adding to your resolutions list!

Whiteboard and Student

Whiteboard Activity

Realistically, you may never use all of the technologies I will outline for you.  However, you need to be knowledgeable in the following technologies and how the technology could be/might be used in your ministry:

  1. Blogging Knowledge
  2. Online Collaboration & Communication Tools
  3. Database Skills
  4. Google Earth Knowledge
  5. Google Tools Knowledge
  6. IM knowledge
  7. Interactive White Board skills (Eg., Mimeo, SmartBoard, Promethium, and others)
  8. Mobile and Handheld Computing
  9. Presentation Tools
  10. RSS feeds
  11. Social Bookmarking Knowledge
  12. Social Networking Knowledge
  13. Spreadsheets Skills
  14. Video and Podcasting – especially Digital Storytelling
  15. Virtual Worlds
  16. Web Resources in content area
  17. Web Searching skills
  18. Web2.0 Tools
  19. Website design and management skills
  20. Wiki Knowledge

Over the next twenty plus weeks, I will outline for you resources, suggestions, and more for you about each of the technologies.  Remember that “blogging” is about entering into a conversation.  I invite you as readers of this blog, to enter into the sharing of the resources and thoughts and ideas you may have about any of these areas. In this audience, there are already “pioneers” who are integrating many of these technologies into their ministries.  I invite you to share your story, your links so that others may learn from you.

You may also want to quickly assess, where you are at in these skill areas.  Go to – What Technologies Do I Need to Learn This 2011 Year survey.  What is so good to see is that those who have already responded, there are some who are very comfortable with these skills, some moderately comfortable, and others who say “Thanks for putting this survey together—it’s nice to answer questions that show me how much I’d like to learn!” (Anonymous)

What Technologies

What Technologies?

I trust you will enjoy this series!  Many of us may feel like Digital Immigrants.  However, just as it is possible to learn a new language, it is possible to learn and be part of this evolving and growing Digital World.

Please share this blog information with others!  When you click on the “Share” button at the bottom of this page, you can forward this page information via email, FaceBook, or a Tweet!

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Remember, there are many ways to learn these new skills.  The following are just a few:

  • Ask your sons/daughters, nieces/nephews to mentor you.
  • Invite your Youth Minister and the youth of the parish to create a parish mentor program for catechists and parish ministers who would like to learn more about technology.
  • Follow blog articles and create a Personal Learning Network (PLN) of websites where you can learn more about technology.
  • Attend conferences like INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS, where you can gather with other ministry folks to learn more about technology in ministry
  • Locate YouTube videos to learn how to use a new technology
  • When you attend a Diocesan Resource Day or National Catechetical conference, choose ONE Technology workshop
  • Any other suggestions?  How do you learn new technology skills?

In this wonderful 2011 year, may your resolution to learn new technology skills, bring you closer to blending our wonderful message of hope and love in face-to-face sharing as well as enhancing what you do with digital communications!

Next Week – Blogging Knowledge

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