Welcome and intro team need a cool sound track—Greg, play something. Introduce John last, he will do back channel on next slide. Explain back channel program Twitter tag: #ymtechroom
Overview of day Who do you call when you need help? AAA Charlotte will introduce goals for day and give overview. The afternoon will consist of three key focus areas: awareness, assessment, and action. The first area, awareness, will offer an overview of Web 2.0 (the interactive read-write web we have now), examine many of the web resources and tools available, and allow time for resource sharing and exploration. Assessment will include the concepts of integration and intentionality—how are we using technology in ministry and for what purpose—and will include examples of how to accomplish this. The action, or implementation step, will offer guidelines for the safe and smart use of technology in ministry, as well as a conversation on how to share key concepts of the pre-conference with parents and youth. Intentionally not walking through some things like setting up a facebook page. There are many tools, we’ll help you find them, and show you how to keep finding them. Things are changing constantly. We’ll all share our favorite tips, tricks, and ways of staying up to date so that you can hear about some of these resources. And some of us will be available during breaks to talk more about some of the tools in specifics.
Backchannel tools. Describe them here.
There is much talk these days about the rapid pace of change; so rapid that the present only may be described from the past. Illustrating this point is an interesting advertisement, seen on airport walls, depicting the evolution of music technology using four images: vinyl albums (50-60s) eight track tapes (70s) to cassette tapes (80s) to CDs (90s), and finally to iPods and MP3 players (current decade). This simple depiction is both symbolic and a real example of the rapid rate of change of all technology. It demonstrates that information may be broken down into smaller and smaller bits, reproduced at faster and faster rates, and accessed and consumed by growing audiences of individuals and groups, causing the content we share to multiply at rates beyond our imagination. Technology, however, is not the only part of our world experiencing rapid change.
Create polls for questions 1, 2, and 4 in adobe connect Instruct to type hoped-for outcomes into the text chat of adobe—someone summarizes out loud Charlotte reviews some of what we heard from pre-poll results, use agree/disagree/laugh feature in adobe connect to see levels in room. Question 4 What level of support do you have from your parish or diocese in utilizing technology in ministry with youth? a. None 4 21% b. Limited 11 58% c. Sufficient 2 11% d. Abundant 2 11% Question 5 What level of resources (finances, computers) do you have from your parish or diocese in utilizing technology in ministry with youth? a. None 3 16% b. Limited 11 58% c. Sufficient 3 16% d. Abundant 2 11% Question 6 Does your parish or diocese have a technology plan? a. Yes 5 29% b. No 9 53% c. We are in the process of developing a plan 3 18% Question 7 Does your parish or diocese have guidelines and policies for using technology in ministry with young people? a. Yes 12 67% b. No 5 28% c. We are in the process of developing guidelines 1 6%
Find some one who first heard the music differently than you. ADD GRAPHICS Where would you place yourself on this spectrum? Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle, as with most things in life…
Charlotte will invite conversation and process in large group
Use the back channel or a poll to get responses to this question Charlotte invites Chris and Sherry up to the front. Chris will answer the question with the group.
The data quoted in the video was published in the Fall of 2009 CHRIS WILL EMBED VIDEO 1,000,000,000,000 is one TRILLION (websites) Other points to emphasize?
CHRIS: In order to understand the evolution of the web we need to be aware of its history. What we know as the Internet today was actually created by the Defense Department as a way to share information between computers at five sites around the country. What made this network unique was the redundant nature of the connections. If one computer went down the other computers could still communicate. Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/159471/the_evolution_of_the_internet.html (include in bibliography?) CHARLOTTE: Early web was a collection of pages that were static, information was provided. 1984 – ARPNET renamed “The Internet” Expanded to link 1000 computers at university and corporate locations. First two decades were for academics and military; then suddenly everyone needed to have a web page and an email address, share about what that was like for the Church from my experience. Went to a educational technology conference in 2004 and first heard of Web 2.0. Then explain that Dermot McCormack in 2002 published the book Web 2.0: The Resurgence of the Internet and eCommerce but the term Web 2.0 was coined by Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle refers to the upgraded, improved, and modernized WWW. He host still today a Web 2.0 Summit and gained trademark where the tech geeks gather to discuss the ongoing changes to the web. Some say Web 1.5 was actually the when e-commerce.
CHRIS: The real difference between web 1.0 and 2.0 The World Wide Web A network of individual websites connected by links User needs to know where the desired information resides, or use a search engine to find it Web 1.0 = a library Web 2.0 Allowed for the sharing of user-generated content (youtube videos, facebook posts, etc…) Connections increasingly based on networks of “friends” Web 2.0 = a group of people (you can go to it to get information, but you can also share information with it) SHERRY We are already seeing a movement beyond Web 2.0. There is much debate about how to refer to the next evolution of the web. What is certain is this – ever increasing personalization of user experience and increased understanding of relationships between things and people are the hallmarks of what is coming next. Today, on the web, my identity is less and less confined to the particular site that I am visiting. As little as a year ago, any time I went to a new website, I needed a new login (username and password). Increasingly however, my identity is becoming more transparent and seamless. I can move from site to site and carry all of my user information with me. (Example=Facebook Connect, Open ID). This will only increase as the web evolves. (Example=recognizing a forgotten face by holding up your smartphone)
CHARLOTTE: Some compare this to the printing press for everyone not just those with journalistic credentials, the citizen journalist. Expand upon these three C’s of Web 2.0 which we will be exploring further today in this workshop.
SHERRY Two interesting trends to consider: Fastest growing market segment coming online right now? Seniors (55+) Greatest growth in purchasing is outside the US (70%), and a large portion of that is happening in developing nations thanks to mobile computing. Implications for ministry: intergenerational opportunities, connecting families across distances, sharing faith/values becomes increasingly a global experience, what does digital evangelization look like?
CHRIS: 50% of devices connected to the internet will be mobile. Consider that young people are typically “early adopters” of new technology, so the degree to which young people will connect to the internet through their cell phones will continue to increase substantially over the next few years. SHERRY: True, and consider this. The fastest growing segment of the mobile computing market is the smartphone. Industry analysts report that 173.8 million units were sold in the first quarter of 2010 alone. Based on portability and cost, it is predicted that mobile devices (smartphone, slate, etc) may lead to the demise of the desktop computer for the typical user within the next 5 years.
CHRIS: The Semantic Web Semantics refers to the relationship between words and their meaning/things and their names. As the Internet becomes “smarter” by “learning” what things are and how they relate to one another it can provide more meaningful information based on the habits and preferences of the user. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantics Users receive custom information based on their behaviors and preferences Semantic Web = Mr. Belvedere (it anticipates your needs and ….???) Point to “The Web is Dead, Long Live the Internet” Article: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/ff_webrip/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29 Danger of the Semantic Web – the information we receive from the internet gets filtered – this can be a good and a bad thing. SHERRY: This is where that whole discussion about relationships and personalization becomes critical. As the internet “understands” me – my interests, my preferences, my connections, content becomes ubiquitous. I will no longer search out content – content will come to me. As an individual, as a member of a group, and so on. Empowers the consumer – makes what I think and what my peers think more relevant and more important than what the “brand” message is. Creates expectations – The voice of the masses becomes tantamount. Pros/cons.
CHARLOTTE: What is our purpose, ministry, technology is a tool to accomplish it is an ends to the means. HIGHLIGHT LAST TWO SENTENCES Pope Benedict in his recent encyclical Caritas in Veritate/ Charity in Truth (#69), reminds us that ―technology is never merely technology. It reveals man and his aspirations towards development, it expresses the inner tension that impels him gradually to overcome material limitations. Technology, in this sense, is a response to God's command to till and to keep the land that he has entrusted to humanity, and it must serve to reinforce the covenant between human beings and the environment, a covenant that should mirror God's creative love. The church should not hesitate to engage the modern digital technologies which can be vehicles for communicating. It is our sacred duty, however, to ensure that our communication mirrors God‘s creative love. Others? What do we need to say here about “Reality of tech outpacing civil/church law” and church law http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/communications/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20100124_44th-world-communications-day_en.html Communio et Progressio (1971) “The Church sees these media as ‘gifts of God' which, in accordance with His providential design, unite men in brotherhood and so help them to cooperate with His plan for their salvation&quot; Section 2 (Theological Basis) of Technology Procedural Reccomendations from the Archdiocese of Baltimore ( http://www.archbalt.org/youth-young-adult/policies-guidelines/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=4699 ) S HERRY: Holding on to some of the things that we know will be helpful in navigating our way through the evolution of technology: teaching young people critical thinking skills in light of Gospel values, teaching healthy media consumption (media mindfulness, Sr. Rose Pacatte)
I am here today to suggest that you should not allow yourselves to be fooled by its appearance. Social media is proving itself to be a force with which to be reckoned. If not, the church may be facing as great a challenge as that of the Protestant Reformation. Because it is so different from mass media and mass communication, social media is creating a new culture on this Digital Continent. Young people use it as their first point of reference. In other words, they’re not even going to their email to get information. The news, entertainment, their friends – are all coming to them through their mobile devices and through their social networks. The implications of that for a church which is struggling to get those same young people to enter our churches on Sunday are staggering. If the church is not on their mobile device, it doesn’t exist. The Church does not have to change its teachings to reach young people, but we must deliver it to them in a new way.
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Leigh/Sherry: Allow responses from participants – possible group discussion. Can open to panel too, following large group discussion. Potential Effects to Discuss: People will rely more and more on the internet for help in making decisions. What information about your programs is available to the semantic web? Students and parents need to be reminded of the ethical implications of new technologies Parents need to be encouraged and supported in their ministry as parents of “screenagers” Technology has the potential to make some forms of communication easier, allowing you to spend more time on ministry that requires your presence Use back channel for this discussion with a report or summary. Purpose is to set up the rationale for the rest of the workshop.
Intentionality: Vision - Sherry/Leigh Most of us believe that we “should” use technology in ministry. Can’t all answer the questions “why” or “how.” If we are going to use technology effectively, we must answer those two questions. Common reasons include: (list above). How we will use them, and in what order, will depend on our areas of greatest need. We’ll be discussing more in depth later in our time together.
Intentionality: Vision – Sherry/Leigh In the end, if it does not help us to invite young people into deeper relationship with Jesus, it is the wrong tool or the wrong time. Point to the article: http://www.collidemagazine.com/article/320/stop-using-media
Intentionality: Vision – Sherry/Leigh Opportunity to model for young people the process of informed conscience. Consulting the wisdom of the Church. This might be a first opp to mention the NFCYM guidelines and unpack them a bit later in presentation.
John: overview of the next few slides. These are the questions that we are going to answer over the next bit of time.
John: who’s your audience? We need to name all the people we communicate with using these tools. We don’t just use the tools specifically for everyone. How you communicate with youth can be different then how you communicate with parents, etc… But we need to name these audiences.
John: needs more. Feel free to add items Charlotte will invite others to jump into dialog here. And apps will take us to the next level…3.0 is here now. Or you.0 as Greg likes to say.
John – edited by Sherry Notes: the beginning of assessment. May use multiple tools for multiple audiences – parents, adult volunteers, youth leaders, parish community, young people themselves. ALWAYS consult parents. Know what their boundaries around tech use are. This can be an opportunity to open a faith and values based discussion between youth and parents around technology use/consumption, healthy boundaries, and sharing our faith online. Survey can be helpful. Also helpful to know what school policies may impact technology use. From John’s slide: (original text) Do a survey: Parents: What technology do you allow your kids to use? Parents: what is the best way to communicate with you? Youth: what is the best way to communicate with you? Can you access this at school?
CHRIS: all put fun tools in back channel, include live binders url, facebook page, etc. A lot of these tools are FREE – which means you don’t need to have a huge budget to have an online presence. It is up to each of us to be good stewards of our parish resources. That means taking time to evaluate which needs require funding and which can be me with tools available for free. Also, you don’t need to do all the work yourself. This is a great way to involve gifted young people or that parishioner who would love to be a part of the youth ministry program but is scared to death of being in a room with teenagers.
John: intro to using all these tools in one cohesive way. We need to have an intentional plan and not use all these in a haphazard way.
John: Central point of your plan is a website. But the website is typically not an entry point for folks. Facebook, Blogging, Twitter, Email, YouTube, Podcast, Texting
John: this will be a discussion in small groups
Leigh Someone tell me the definition of advocacy. Where do we find that definition? (RTV). We may think our job is convincing leadership that these tools can help reach young people, but our job is to show how these tools may be used carefully and with intention. We have always said we need to be where they are. The quote from the bishop’s meeting in November 2010 reflects this and is worth emphasizing again: “ If the church is not on their mobile device, it doesn’t exist. The Church does not have to change its teachings to reach young people, but we must deliver it to them in a new way.” Imagine you are a parish youth ministry leader who goes to the pastor and says: “Hi, Fr. Joe, we’re going to have a bonfire for the kids tonight, behind the parish hall, and it’s going to be awesome, and the kids are going to just love it! Drop by if you can…” Most likely, the pastor’s response would be: “No, no you are not.” Now imagine going and saying to Fr. Joe, “The kids really wanted to have a bonfire, so we’ve been researching the best/safest location these past few months, and spoke several times with the fire marshal/department in town, to come up with a plan. Here is a copy of the plan, with safety procedures outlined, etc. We hope to have the bonfire in a month, could you look over the plan and let me know if that will be okay?” Most likely, a positive response would come with this approach, yes? Showing a plan proves responsible and intentional use, taking care of the parish/school/diocese and the young people and their families
Pew Research from 2008, shows growth from 2005 to 2008. Note high increases in older generations—not quite double, but big jumps.
Leigh Nielsen reports on usage of technology by adolescents and by adults (from the NFCYM’s technology resource page, see the guidelines that we are giving you today also) can help you make the case—statistics show the reality, back up our hunches and inclinations, with cold, hard facts. Advocate for a parish wide (or diocesan wide) plan through youth ministry plan
Leigh Our current pope has been a leader in calling the church to pay attention to the digital tools in our world and how they can help with evangelization, communication, and the kingdom-building activities in which we all engage on behalf of the church. He calls for prudent and wise use, in consultation with experts, in order to minister to all. Sounds like the making of a plan. Pope Benedict XVI, The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word , Message for the World Day of Social Communications 2010
Leigh What are the issues? (brainstorm some in large group) What are the risks? (brainstorm some in large group) Name those up front in your plan, then show how you will address those (mountain climbing analogy). A key to implementing planned change is identifying and overcoming obstacles Also important to find allies, especially those with the pastor/principal/bishop’s ear or trust
John: The NFCYM and the USCCB say that any liability policies or guidelines needs to be prudent, reasonable, and transparent. I will flush this out a bit.
John: What are the key points in the guidelines? Don’t mistake technology relationships with authentic relationships. Parents always come first when we use these tools. We need to solicit their help. Best practices in Facebook. Photo consent.
Lets find out about you <ul><li>Ministry Setting? </li></ul><ul><li>Current knowledge & skill level using technology in ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>Hoped-for outcome? </li></ul><ul><li>Hot topics hoping to discuss today? </li></ul>
I’m scared to death of technology! I am a tech junkie and want to learn more! Why are you here?
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS <ul><li>Who are you and where are you from? What kind of ministry do you do on behalf of the church? </li></ul><ul><li>Where did you place yourself on that spectrum and why? </li></ul><ul><li>What is one outcome you hope will come from this workshop? </li></ul>
HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY IN YOUTH MINISTRY NOW?
<ul><li>INSERT “Did You Know 4.0” Video Here. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8 </li></ul></ul>The state of the web
How has the web developed? <ul><li>1969: DARPA (Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) strung together five computers known as ARPANET. </li></ul><ul><li>1980’s: Consumer usefulness of internet was just beginning with bulletin boards, email. </li></ul><ul><li>1991: Tim Berners-Lee introduced WWW and laid foundation of hyperlinked documents via the web browser. </li></ul><ul><li>1995: Internet Bubble and the challenge of early adopters </li></ul><ul><li>2002: Web 2.0 term first used </li></ul>
<ul><li>Web 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Web </li></ul>The state of the web
The Three C s of Web 2.0 <ul><li>Collaboration, </li></ul><ul><li>contribution, </li></ul><ul><li>and community </li></ul><ul><li>are the order of the day and there is a sense in which some think that a new 'social fabric' is being constructed before our eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>What is Web 2.0? Ideas, technologies and implications for education http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2007/twweb2.aspx </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ The church should not hesitate to engage the modern digital technologies which can be vehicles for communicating. It is our sacred duty, however, to ensure that our communication mirrors God‘s creative love.” </li></ul>what the church says Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)
What the church says <ul><li>Because it is so different from mass media and mass communication, social media is creating a new culture on this Digital Continent. Young people use it as their first point of reference.... The implications of that for a church which is struggling to get those same young people to enter our churches on Sunday are staggering. If the church is not on their mobile device, it doesn’t exist. The Church does not have to change its teachings to reach young people, but we must deliver it to them in a new way. </li></ul><ul><li>(The Bishops on Social Media) </li></ul>
theGregCast.com <ul><li>GregCasting 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in Touch </li></ul><ul><li>with the “Times” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s ALL About the </li></ul><ul><li>Message (of Hope) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s ALL About the </li></ul><ul><li>Connection (w/ Christ) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s ALL About the </li></ul><ul><li>Audience (God’s People) </li></ul>
YouTube.com/gtministry <ul><li>GregCasting 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Stay Away From </li></ul><ul><li>Too Much “Glitz”! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s NOT About </li></ul><ul><li>Special Effects! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s NOT About </li></ul><ul><li>the Perfect Song! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s NOT About </li></ul><ul><li>the “Hits”! </li></ul>
gtministry.org <ul><li>GregCasting 101 </li></ul><ul><li>You Need a Computer </li></ul><ul><li>and a Camera! </li></ul><ul><li>You Need Some Basic </li></ul><ul><li>Audio or Video </li></ul><ul><li>Making Software! </li></ul><ul><li>You Need About Two Hours... </li></ul><ul><li>Plan on at least 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>of creative prep for each minute of video! </li></ul><ul><li>You Need the Spirit! </li></ul>
Break Time <ul><li>Name one thing you want to take away from this first section on awareness and tweet it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#nccym2010 </li></ul></ul>So, what are some of the challenges that technology presents youth ministry? What are the benefits/opportunities?
SO, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT TECHNOLOGY PRESENTS YOUTH MINISTRY? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS/opportunities?
Intentionality: Creating a Vision Within a Vision <ul><li>Why do we as youth ministry leaders want to use technology? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Popularity </li></ul></ul>
The Vision and the Mission <ul><li>How will our use of technology further the goals of youth ministry and the mission of the Church? </li></ul>“ As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20 Read more here
Intentionality: Consulting Wisdom <ul><li>Are there policies/guidelines regarding technology use and youth protection that should be consulted? </li></ul><ul><li>Parish </li></ul><ul><li>Diocesan </li></ul><ul><li>National </li></ul>
Be Intentional: Create a Plan <ul><li>Who is your audience? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you hope to communicate? </li></ul><ul><li>What technology tools does your audience already use? </li></ul><ul><li>What technology tools do you want to use? </li></ul><ul><li>Making technology work together </li></ul>
Who is your audience? <ul><li>Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Priests </li></ul><ul><li>Donors </li></ul><ul><li>Pastoral Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
What do you want to communicate? <ul><li>Information Out (Web 1.0) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Programming/Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affirmations/congratulations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information In (Web 2.0) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation of programs/surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connecting with young people </li></ul></ul>
What are they already using? <ul><li>Start where you are: </li></ul><ul><li>What types of tools are they using? </li></ul><ul><li>What programs are they using? </li></ul><ul><li>What do parents think? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you comfortable with? </li></ul><ul><li>What best suits your ministry needs right now? </li></ul>
What technology tools do you want to use? Blogging Microblogging Social Networking Media Sharing Direct Communication Other Tools
Blogs (from “web-log”): websites or portions of a website with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other materials such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. adapted from Wikipedia www.blogger.com www.tumblr.com www.wordpress.com What technology tools do you want to use? Blogging Microblogging Social Networking Media Sharing Direct Communication Other Tools
CASE STUDY: Parent Portal Blog on www.mccym.net allows for easy posting of “10 minute read” articles related to parenting, youth culture, current topics at youth night, etc. TIP: If you’re looking to create a basic website for your parish youth ministry but you don’t have a lot of time, skill or financial resources, a free blog from blogspot or wordpress is a great way to get started sharing information!
Microblogging a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller, in both actual size and aggregate file size. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment, an image or embedded video. adapted from Wikipedia www.twitter.com www.flocknotes.com
CASE STUDY: During NCYC 2009 we used a twitter account to keep parents and supporters back home updated on what we were doing in Columbus. We also used twitter to send our participants reflection questions and reminders about bus pick up times & curfew. TIP: Twitter is a great way to send short bursts of timely information (e.g., “youth night has been cancelled for tonight because Chris is in New Orleans.See you next weekend!” )
Social Networking an online service focused on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. adapted from Wikipedia www.facebook.com www.myspace.com
CASE STUDY: This year our Youth Leader Team used Facebook to create an “event” listing for our annual youth ministry kickoff cookout event. They invited their friends and they were able to see who was planning to come in advance. TIP: You don’t have to be the Social Networking expert. Creating and maintaining a Facebook or Myspace presence is a great project for a young leader or group of young leaders, as long as they have appropriate adult guidance.
Media Sharing Sites which make it easy to upload and share media such as video, pictures, sound clips, etc. www.youtube.com www.flickr.com www.wingclips.com www.keepvid.com
CASE STUDY: Wingclips has a free library of video clips which you can search by topic. For example, if you’re looking for a clip on status, Wingclips will suggest clips from movies like Mr. Deeds and Rudy TIP: If you’re going to use a clip from the internet in a presentation you can try using a site like www.keepvids.com to download it to your computer. This way you don’t have to rely on an internet connection. Just be aware of copyright limitations.
Direct Communication refers to targeted communication to or with specific users or groups of users (e.g., e-mail, text messaging, etc.) Sms Gateway www.simplyyouthministry.com/txt.html www.constantcontact.com
CASE STUDY: We use SMS Gateways to send text message reminders to students every week. We also use this service to send cancelation notices and other short pieces of information. TIP: Sometimes you have to send more than you can fit in a txt message. Be sure to follow up important e-mail messages with a txt message reminder to students to check their email accounts!
Best Practices Reflection <ul><li>Having heard the possibilities, what are your next steps in using technology in ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose support and assessment will you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What youth ministry needs might technology assist you with right now? </li></ul>
advocacy <ul><li>Advocacy is… </li></ul><ul><li>Convincing leadership? </li></ul><ul><li>We knew it, bishops echoed it. </li></ul><ul><li>“ If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” </li></ul>
Using research <ul><li>U.S. Mobile Report: Calling Yesterday. Texting Today, Using Apps Tomorrow (Oct 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>How Teens Watch Use Media: The Future (of Media) is in their Hands (June 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>A Pocket Guide to Social Media and Kids (Nov 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for a parish-wide (or diocesan-wide) plan through youth ministry plan </li></ul>
Message from Pope benedict xvi <ul><li>"The new communications media, if adequately understood and exploited, can offer priests and all pastoral care workers a wealth of data which was difficult to access before, and facilitate forms of collaboration and increased communion that were previously unthinkable. If wisely used, with the help of experts in technology and the communications culture, the new media can become—for priests and for all pastoral care workers—a valid and effective instrument for authentic and profound evangelization and communion." </li></ul>
Liability issues <ul><li>What are the issues? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the risks? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and overcome obstacles. </li></ul><ul><li>Find allies. </li></ul>