Doors of Faith with Digital Tools and Methodology


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Digital tools and methodology are pretty intertwined these days in the education world. However, when your students arrive in your classroom, do you appeal to the Digital Immigrant or to the Digital Native? Are you able to connect your students to their faith with the everyday digital tools and methods that are available today? Is Digital Discipleship possible in your classroom? Come to learn about a tech tool arsenal that is becoming increasingly popular and widely used. Connect with your students using new methods and some fun!

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Doors of Faith with Digital Tools and Methodology

  1. 1. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF President and Founder, Interactive Connections North and Northwest Metro Deanery Catechist Conference Opening the Doors of Faith with Digital Tools and Methodology
  2. 2. Doors of Faith
  3. 3. Workshop Focus 1.Digital Citizenship and Social Media 2.Tools for Projects 3.Learning Activities
  4. 4. Digital Citizenship 1. National - 2. Diocesan Policy 3. Parish or School Policy 4.
  5. 5. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP and Social Media
  6. 6. Digital Citizenship and Social Media  People all over the planet interact using various technologies.  This interaction has created a digital society.  In any society,it is expected that digital citizens act in a certain way—according to accepted norms,rules,and laws.  Most of today’s youth are entirely comfortable with technology,but are they using it appropriately?  Do they understand their roles and responsibilities in digital society?  Do they know how to be Digital Disciples and Digital Citizens? Source: Bailey and Ribble: Digital Citizenship in Schools
  7. 7. A View of Teenagers Today • 95% of teens spend time with friends face to face • 93% of teens ages 12-17 use the Internet • 68% send instant messages • 65% use social networking sites • 64% of online teens are content creators
  8. 8. Other Models and Resources
  9. 9. Social Networking Demographics 38 77 75 57 30 19 10 7 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 12-14 15-18 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Percent with a Social Networking Profile Source: Pew Internet
  10. 10. Tools for Projects
  11. 11. 7 Tools for the Digital Classroom
  12. 12. Buzz: How could you use? 1. Comic Life 2. Skype 3. YouTube 4. Awesome Screenshot 5. Poll Everywhere 6. QR Codes 7. Explain Everything
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  14. 14. Intro – Learn - Suggestions
  15. 15. Learning Activities
  16. 16. Embrace Social Media
  17. 17. Twitter (Class Account) Ask a question, invite students to respond back to the question. Twitter records the conversation.
  18. 18. ePals
  19. 19. ePals Global Community Distance learning projects by sharing video, image, or audio feeds of “a typical celebration of Baptism” or “a typical Lent Stations of the Cross,” and they can use the blog with their ePal to communicate experiences back and forth.
  20. 20. SCVNGR –
  21. 21. SCVNGR What scavenger hunt could you set-up in your parish? Local area? Is a church pilgrimage possible? Other? What about engaging your parish youth ministry group in creating and setting up the scavenger hunt for your junior high students OR FORA FAMILY EVENT?
  22. 22. Oral History Project What oral history project could you do in your parish? Using ipadio for a podcast from a cellphone: …and Blogger: See pages 76-77, HelpYour Child Learn with Cell Phones andWeb 2.0, by Liz Kolb. Order at:
  23. 23. Photo Mapping our Saints Kids use their cell phones to take photos of images of saints around your city/town. (over several months with a deadline). Using See pages 78-79, HelpYour Child Learn with Cell Phones andWeb 2.0, by Liz Kolb. Order at:
  24. 24. Resources
  25. 25. Digital Discipleship  How do we model that we are a Digital Disciple?  Explore – Digital Discipleship! 9985142 or  See Digital Discipleship -
  26. 26. Questions or Comments?  Email:  Twitter: @ccerveny   Slides 5, 6, 8 & 9 from: Digital Citizenship and Social Media in the Classroom and Life