Teaching theology with technology


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This presentation by Jared Dees of Ave Maria Press focuses on a number of tools and tips for integrating technology into religious education.

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  • Welcome We will begin in ___ minutes Please type any technical questions in the Question or Chat features Procedures: All microphones will be turned off, so please type questions in the questions box. I’ll do my best to answer them at the end of the presentation. All questions that I do not answer will be posted along with this presentation on our blog @ engagingfaith.blogspot.com.
  • Intercessory prayer to St. Isidore of Seville, fittingly patron saint of computer users, the Internet, school children, and students. Prayer before logging on to the internety Fr. Z from WDTPRS? Wrote this prayer before it spread across the internet. We’ll say it to open today’s Webinar.
  • My name is Jared Dees, I am the Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press. I have experience as a catechist, youth minister, and religion teacher at both the middle school and high school level. Although I am no expert on technology, like many of you, I have learned by experience the many benefits of using technology. I have also had my struggles. Many things have huge learning curves with more hassle than they are worth. The goal to day is to introduce you to some tools that are out there and provide some tips for using them. I will also be sharing with you some of the tools we offer at Ave Maria Press.
  • Here is my challenge to you. I will be throwing lots of tools and tips at you, some of which you know and some that may be new to you. If you have some pen and paper or a word document open, recreate this simple graphic organizer: A new tech you will use this month. Notes on tech you already use And other tech that you would like to check out – links will be provided later
  • Here is how I would like to organize today’s presentation: Effective Instruction never changes. People continue to learn in the same ways even though the media they use to learn changes. Therefore, this presentation will be organized around ways you already teach.
  • What do I mean be direct instruction?
  • Some tips on PPT Presentations: Advanced Organizers: Essentially, give the students a context. Today we are going to focus on X, Y, and Z and show that A, B, and C is true. Include within PPT as I did in a previous slide or post on the board. Move beyond copying Copying does not = learning Engage the students in the notes they are taking (see bullets) Use graphic organizers like the one I used to introduce this webinar (3 boxes) Less is more. Keep bullet points to a minimum and focus on the essentials Don’t read notes – expand and refine Use PPT to guide LP: Insert slides for discussions, handouts, activities, etc. Not advocating no LP, but this can be an easy way to keep you on track esp. when juggling 6+ classes
  • Check out www.avemariapress.com for PPTs for every book.
  • Some quick tips on using a SMART Board (about 1/3 of you here indicated you use one) Share my SMART Board experience: LCP Projector  SMART Board Save notes story – student called me out on a test answer. Sure enough, 1 out of 6 classes I covered it Some examples…[next slide]
  • Here is a pre-assessment quiz activity. They took the quiz as bell work We went over the answers and they corrected themselves. Christology is challenging… Reviewed heresies by writing them in the margins
  • This was a reading guide/graphic organizer: Timeline in the middle. They were to read and identify the causes and effects of the Great Western Schism. Why better? Saved notes Easy to create Easy to print (esp when students were absent)
  • Another reading guide/graphic organizer. Easy to create using installed clipart. Resembles a mind-map, but with a new look Again, given to students as a handout
  • Graphic Organizer: Venn Diagram. Moveable text How I used it: Students came to the board to place in the correct spot. Other students offered the chance to correct if necessary Review as a class
  • Moveable type/words Students dragged prayers and events of the mass to their corresponding part Used again later for review
  • First, let me apologize if anyone finds my stick figures offensive. I don’t claim to be an artist, but I am a visual learner. SMART Boards made me MORE visual. Looking over notes, my reading guides and lecture notes became more and more visually stimulating. Objectives: Compare/Contrast God’s Original Plan and Life after the Fall Compare/Contrast Creation Story and Annunciation I drew what they described. I walked them through the similarities.
  • Google Docs Gliffy Fast, click, drag, and type Exploratree Great premade Graphic Organizers, especially for critical thinking Education Place and Holt A number of examples of basic graphic organizers. Google “graphic organizers online” and you’ll have these come up
  • YouTube (Majority if you use it – must not be blocked at your school) So many videos Just filter the results Alternatives with less volume: TeacherTube and SchoolTube – no many videos on theology GodTube – Christian focus, but few Catholic resources Vimeo – small community, but improving upload quality Outside da Box Mission to create short films to help teens know, love, and serve Christ Excellent videos on their website
  • We have partnered with Outside da Box to create a video collection, complete with teaching guides for 100 minutes worth of videos for your classroom. Check out the website for sample videos. This will be available soon for the next school year.
  • Google Still the #1 search engine Google Scholar – great for finding articles Google Books – samples of books related to topic – will need to check out at library Vatican Site Not easy to use, but has all the important documents of Popes and Councils Improved Custom Google Search USCCB Loads of links from various departments Documents of local US bishops Catholic Answers Good for apologetics and patristic quotes Careful not to get bogged down in the argumentative nature of sources Catholic Encyclopedia © 1917 = pre Vatican II Catholic Education.org Have students find source of article for citation Using Wikipedia Banned from citations Use for inspiration: find the sources, reliable citation of information Research the notes (if there are any)
  • What did we do in the past? Notecards: coded at the top corner, filed in a system Lay out the notecards for writing College: Simple Word documents with lots of information Evernote: my #1 note-taking tool of choice: Send from anywhere, use on any computer, smart phone or on the web Creation of notes, send web pages, pdfs, emails, etc. Organized in Folders, tags, and search Web clipping Microsoft OneNote – evernote without cloud computing Great for manipulating PDF notes Word Doc/Google Docs (google docs = collaboration) Delicious Excellent bookmarking tool Tags Social aspect with sharing of links Diigo Highlight and take notes on webpages Bookmark and Take a snapshot of webpages Organize by tags List – display bookmarks
  • Google it Other sites, most of which charge for a school account Doc Cop intrigues me especially for comparing papers
  • Again, nothing new, but there are some technologies that make this possible online
  • Using Facebook effectively Surpassed Google as #1 site on the web Google Docs Excellent collaboration tools Now with real time collaboration, editing Wikipages A number of teachers use this effectively If you are not familiar with a wiki…essential a group of people can collaborate to create and edit If you can get past the technical difficulty, then it is a great tool Blogs: Easy to set up Have students blog add entries themselves, or comment on what others have written Moodle More and more schools and teachers are using Moodle Course Management System Great fore creating a home of your course online: communication, content, assignments, and more Edmodo Chat Calendar Upload Assignments TodaysMeet Great for conversation at desks
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Publisher Google Docs: Presentation Adds collaboration opportunity Zoho Show Dark horse More editing options Collaboration like Google Docs Animoto Upload pictures, videos, music and it creates a video
  • Ave Maria Press Tests Google Docs Forms Online quizzes – responses entered in an spreadsheet Online surveys – homework assignment Rubrics For grading projects and other assignments Creating a rubric is not easy, so there are some online tools Quizlet Create flashcards Study flashcards Flashcards transformed into games
  • Mention Ave Maria Press redesign
  • Are ebooks the future of textbook publishing? We are excited about the opportunities Still majority of people read with printed texts
  • Teaching theology with technology

    1. 1. Teaching Theology with Technology Presented by Ave Maria Press © 2010
    2. 2. Opening Prayer <ul><li>A prayer before logging onto the internet: </li></ul><ul><li>Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen. </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer by Fr. Z, What Does the Prayer Really Say?, http:// wdtprs.com/blog / </li></ul>St. Isidore of Seville (d. 636) is the patron saint of computer users, the Internet, school children, and students. (Source: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-isidore-of-seville )
    3. 3. About the Presenter <ul><li>Jared Dees </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescent Catechetical Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>at Ave Maria Press </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] </li></ul>
    4. 4. One new educational technology I will try in May 2010: Notes on tech I already use: Other new tech to check out:
    5. 5. Advanced Organizer <ul><li>Examination of tools and technology for: </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Instruction (Lecture) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Assignments (Handouts) </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Student Research Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Learning Projects </li></ul>
    6. 6. Direct Instruction <ul><li>explicit teaching using lectures, demonstrations, and discussions of material for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective PowerPoint Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Using a SMART Board </li></ul>
    7. 7. Using PowerPoint Effectively <ul><li>Advanced Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Move beyond copying… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide copies of slides with questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use pictures, quotes, videos etc. for discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review notes at the end or the next day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less is more </li></ul><ul><li>Use PPT to guide your lesson plan </li></ul>*Online tool: Slide Share www.slideshare.com
    8. 8. Classroom Resources @ www.avemariapress.com <ul><li>Each textbook has chapter PowerPoint Presentations that can be presented, adapted, and used for your lectures. </li></ul>
    9. 9. SMART Boards <ul><li>SMART Board Notebook VS. PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint Slides + Whiteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save all your written notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw diagrams, visually represent information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interaction with worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with Graphic Organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Screen shots (websites) </li></ul>*Online tool: SMART Technologies http://smarttech.com/us
    10. 10. Interaction with Worksheets
    11. 11. Interaction with Reading Guides
    12. 12. Interaction with Reading Guides/Graphic Organizers
    13. 13. Interaction with Graphic Organizers
    14. 14. Interacting with the Board
    15. 15. Visual Representations of Information
    16. 16. Individual Assignments <ul><li>Handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Word Searches </li></ul><ul><li>Crossword Puzzles </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Organizers </li></ul>*Online tool: Resources for Catholic Educators: www.silk.net/RelEd/
    17. 17. <ul><li>Handouts, Reading Guides, PowerPoints, Crossword Puzzles, Maps, Tests, Links of Interest </li></ul>Classroom Resources @ www.avemariapress.com
    18. 18. Graphic Organizers <ul><li>Google Docs: Drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Gliffy.com: www.gliffy.com </li></ul><ul><li>Exploratree: www.exploratree.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Education Place: www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizers </li></ul><ul><li>Holt: http://my.hrw.com/nsmedia/intgos/html/igo.htm </li></ul>
    19. 19. Video Presentations <ul><li>YouTube: www.youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>TeacherTube: www.teachertube.com </li></ul><ul><li>SchoolTube: www.schooltube.com </li></ul><ul><li>GodTube: www.godtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>Vimeo: www.vimeo.com </li></ul><ul><li>Outside da Box: www.outsidedabox.com </li></ul>
    20. 20. YouTube Suggestions <ul><li>Some channels/subscriptions to check out: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vatican: http://www.youtube.com/user/vatican </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USCCB: http://www.youtube.com/user/usccb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic News Agency/catechesis: http://www.youtube.com/user/catholicnewsagency </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Jesus Christ Video Collection <ul><li>Created in conjunction with Outside da Box: </li></ul><ul><li>See www.avemariapress.com for sample videos </li></ul>
    22. 22. Research Projects <ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Best Resource Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Note-taking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting Plagiarism </li></ul>
    23. 23. Doing the Re search <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vatican www.vatican.va </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USCCB www.usccb.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catechism of the Catholic Church www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic Answers www.catholic.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic Encyclopedia Online www.newadvent.org/cathen/ (©1917) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catholic Education Resource Center www.catholiceducation.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Organizing the Research <ul><li>What did we do in the past? </li></ul><ul><li>Streamlining the concept: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Evernote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft OneNote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Notebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word Document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious: www.delicious.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo: www.diigo.com </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Fighting Plagiarism <ul><li>Google search “exact phrase” with quotation marks </li></ul><ul><li>Other sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.plagiarism.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glatt Plagiarism: http://www.plagiarism.com/self.detect.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.plagiarismdetect.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.checkforplagiarism.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.doccop.com </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Group Work Collaborative Learning <ul><li>a form of peer learning in which students attempt to learn something together. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Collaboration Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Group Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Group Research Projects </li></ul>
    27. 27. Online Collaboration Tools <ul><li>Facebook (yep, you can’t stop it) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs : Document, Spreadsheet, Drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipages </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs : Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Weebly, and more… </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Edmodo www.edmodo.com </li></ul><ul><li>TodaysMeet : www.todaysmeet.com </li></ul>
    28. 28. Student/Group Presentations <ul><li>Microsoft PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs: Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Show: www.zoho.com </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto: www.animoto.com </li></ul>
    29. 29. Assessment <ul><li>Ave Maria Press Textbook Tests available at www.avemariapress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online surveys (pre-assessment) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating Rubrics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubistar: http://rubistar.4teachers.org </li></ul></ul>*Online tool: Quizlet: www.quizlet.com/subject/religion
    30. 30. Resources for Lesson Plans <ul><li>Ave Maria Press : </li></ul><ul><li>www.avemariapress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the Engaging Faith blog : </li></ul><ul><li>http://engagingfaith.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>And sign-up for the bi-weekly eNewsletter </li></ul>
    31. 31. Sharing your Stuff <ul><li>Blogs : Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Edublogs </li></ul><ul><li>Websites : Weebly, Google Sites </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare.com </li></ul><ul><li>Docs.com </li></ul><ul><li>Scribd.com </li></ul>
    32. 32. eBooks <ul><li>The future of textbook publishing? </li></ul><ul><li>Ave Maria Press and eBooks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usability and Versatility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ Series I and II </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Questions/Comments?