Catechesis in 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities


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This is the workshop session for the Miami Diocesan Catechetical day on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

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Catechesis in 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

  1. 1. Catechesis in the 21st Century:
  2. 2.  Sponsored By:Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min.President and FounderInteractive Connections Annual Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference Archdiocese of Miami November 5, 2011 The Eucharist: In Communion with Christ and with One Another
  3. 3. The Challenges
  4. 4. iGenerationCharacteristics• The mighty under 18  Personal Disposable Income group ($10 - $39/week)• They are INTELLIGENT and  Not just comfortable with empowered technology; they’re consumers with uncomfortable without tech knowledge and technology marketing savvy unlike any other  6 to 12 year olds – top brands generation.  Nintendo Wii  iPod touch  iPhone and iPad
  5. 5. Pre-Digital ClassroomClassroom -1950
  6. 6. Altamonte Springs, FL January, 2010
  7. 7. are these Digital Kids doing with their Digital Tools?
  8. 8. Digital Kids are doing… Netflix iTunes Webkinz My Space Instant Messaging/Texting Making Videos with Garage Band Other ?
  9. 9. Learning…
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  11. 11. Learning…
  12. 12. P.O.S.T. Method - People Who is your audience?
  13. 13. Post Method - Objective What are your learning objectives? Same as they’ve always been
  14. 14. Post Method - Strategies What strategies will be used in this learning experience?
  15. 15. Transitioning To New Media Methodologies
  16. 16. Post Method - Technology What Technology is appropriate?
  17. 17. Today’s Focus: The Cell Phone
  18. 18. Cell Phone - Why As of 2004, 45% of students ages 8-18 had their own cell phone (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005) As of 2006, 74% of students in Grades 9-12 uses a cell phone daily (Project Tomorrow, 2006a) These numbers will only increase as cell phones become more affordable and available to students
  19. 19. Bringing Student Culture into the Classroom “Chandler-Olcott and Mahar (2003) assert that classrooms that integrate technology-mediated literacy practices within everyday social learning communities have the potential to promote more academically related interests within the school than classrooms lacking such integration.” Pg.5, Toys to Tools
  20. 20. Amy Barber
  21. 21. Digital Etiquette
  22. 22. Managing the Cell Phone Classroom  Upon entry and departure of class please ensure cell phones are turned off and stored in your backpack.  On days when we are using cell phones for learning please ensure they are set to silent.  Only use phones for learning purposes related to classwork.  When phones are not in use on a day we are using cells for learning place them face down on the upper right side of your desk.  If you notice someone in the class using their cell phone inappropriately, remind them to use proper cell phone etiquette.  If at any time your teacher feels you are not using your cell phone for class work you will be asked to place your phone in the bin in the front of the room with a post-it indicating your name and class.  After the first infraction each month you can collect your phone at the end of class.  After the second infraction you can collect your phone at the end of the day.  After the third infraction your parent or guardian will be asked to retrieve your phone. If you use the phone inappropriately again during the month your parent or guardian will be required to retrieve your phone.  At the beginning of each month, you have a clean slate. Adapt to fit your classroom setting
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  24. 24. AUP’s
  25. 25. Permission Forms Pgs. 17-22, Toys To Tools  What To Include:  Purpose of Assignments  If texting, ask students to educate themselves on their cell phone plans.  Public – Private  Parental Participation  Etc.
  26. 26. Basic: Cell Phonewith TextingCapabilityCyber: Smart Phone(i.e., Apple iPhone)
  27. 27. Tools for Digital Storytelling Animoto – Windows Movie Makemaker (PhotoStory) – SlideShare - MIXBOOK
  28. 28. How do we create anappreciation forSacred Space?
  29. 29. Basilica, National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe
  30. 30. Mentoring the “Experience of the Gospel” with new tools…
  31. 31. The Boy Jesus in the Temple Luke 2: 41-52
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  33. 33. Use Your Imagination…
  34. 34. Show Photos and Videos Using… iPhone Television Composite AV Cable Yes you are able to show your Animoto film with this equipment! If your LCD projector has: • Video input port (yellow) • Left Audio input port (white) • Right audio input port (red)
  35. 35. Field Trips Conduct Interviews Photo’s Videos So, what is the assignment? What would you like them to do with this tool?  Visit your church  Visit the Diocesan Cathedral  Other?
  36. 36. Interviews Use the Instant Recording Interview each other or staff members (with permission) Interview community leaders, family members, local authors, and … Post as MP3 files – Enhance a Digital parish newsletter/blog/website With FreeConferencePro – students virtual phone conference with several folks.
  37. 37. Oral Parish History Project See pgs. 40-48, Toys to Tools The steps are here… Use your imagination and apply to the Religion Classroom Interview parish members – i.e., for a parish Jubilee. Tools: Gabcast, Blogger, and cell phones
  38. 38. Cell Phones as Cameras (Pg. 72) – Can immediately post photo’s to a blog to create a Web journal.
  39. 39. Cell Phones as Cameras (Pg. 73) – Post pictures to the web from a cell phone Can post directly to your private space Allows photo postings from any cell phone to one account by giving a unique e-mail address for the account. Allows teachers to have more control over the photo postings. Can also send video to the private Photobucket account. Can create picture slide shows – with audio, transitions, effects, and titles.
  40. 40. Cell Phones as Camera’s Pgs 74-75  Flickr – similar to photobucket  Flagr – Allows people to post images to a specific location on a map using their mobile phone camera. Any basic cell phone will work.
  41. 41. Cell Phones as Camcorders Using online editing tools, students can log in to the Web site at any time, from any computer, and work on their videos. Can immediately post their online product. Video-editing: See Lesson 12 (pgs. 108- 110) for an Image Scavenger Hunt. (E.g., Do they know what’s in their parish church? Cathedral? Or ????)
  42. 42. This presentation contains the poll(s) you downloadedSlide Contents 2 Suggested verbal notes for presenters 3 Instructions slide to educate audiences on responding via text messages. 4 Instructions slide to educate audiences on responding via web or mobile web. This must be enabled on your poll in 5 Instructions slide to educate audiences on responding via Twitter. This must be enabled on your poll in 6+ The actual poll(s) you downloaded are embedded on these slides.What’s next? Jump to slide 6 and enter Slide Show mode to see your poll in action.Copy & paste slide 6 and beyond into your own presentation, or just use thispresentation.
  43. 43. Presenter Text Polling Notes• Explain what’s going on – “Now I’m going to ask for your opinion. You’ll use your phones to respond just like on American Idol. So please take out your cell phones, but remember to leave them on silent.” – “You’ll participate by sending a text message. If you don’t know how to do that, just ask your kids! Or have your neighbor help you figure it out.”• Address their concerns – “This is a just standard rate text message, so it may be free for you, or up to twenty cents on some carriers if you do not have a text messaging plan.” – “The service we are using is serious about privacy. We cannot see your phone numbers, and you’ll never receive follow-up text messages outside this presentation. There’s only one thing worse than email spam – and that’s text message spam because you have to pay to receive it!”• Use a demo or practice poll – For example, a Free Text Poll like “Let’s Practice: Text in your first name!”• Always test your polls in your presentation before your event using the computer that will be projecting your presentation, especially if that computer is not the one you’re currently using.
  44. 44. How To Vote via Texting 1. Standard texting rates only (worst case US $0.20)TIPS 2. We have no access to your phone number 3. Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling do
  45. 45. How To Vote via Poll4.comTIP Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling do
  46. 46. How To Vote via Twitter 1. Capitalization doesn’t matter, but spaces and spelling doTIPS 2. Since @poll is the first word, your followers will not receive this tweet
  47. 47. Live Audience Polling
  48. 48. Future and…
  49. 49. Digital CatechesisA Global Network of Faith-Based Catechetical Ministers
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  51. 51. To summarize…
  52. 52. Interactive ConnectionsConference January 23-26, 2012 Pastoral Technology Conference January 23 (Eve) – January 24 Co-locate with the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Online FULL CONFERENCE pre- registration at:
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  54. 54. Sponsored By:Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min.President and FounderInteractive Connections Email: Blog: Twitter: @ccerveny Facebook: The Eucharist: In Communion with Christ and with One Another
  55. 55. Learning Revolution…
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