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Media Evolution


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There is no doubt that media plays an influential role in our catechetical ministry lives. However, "digital natives" today are no longer satisfied simply passively consuming information; instead they want to be active participants. From participating to producing, this interactive session will explore the role media can play in today's parish catechetical program. Together we will learn to become creative "digital storytellers." Our creativity will fuel our "faith fire" in order to enhance faith formation in the 21st century Kingdom of God.

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Media Evolution

  1. 1. The Media Evolution Caroline Cerveny, SSJ, D. Min Interactive Connections [email_address] New Media Formation for Ministry NCCL 2008 - Houston
  2. 2. … watch closely Directions:
  3. 3. … what did we learn? Are kids really that different today because of digital media?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Young people (8-18) today, spend an average of 6 ½ hours a day with media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 hours a day watching TV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 ¼ hours with parents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 ¾ listening to music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 ½ doing physical activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over an hour on the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Under an hour doing homework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>They are exposed to the equivalent of 8 ½ hours of media a day </li></ul>Students and Media Source: A Kaiser Family Foundation Study. March 2005
  5. 5. Top Five Gifts for Teenagers <ul><li>Portable Game Device </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phone </li></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>Video Game Console </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 Player </li></ul>Source: Starkman, Neal (2007).Leave Me Alone.... T.H.E. Journal. 33-38.
  6. 6. <ul><li>What’s “in” on Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2005 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking beer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking other alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spring 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking beer iPods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking beer tied with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking other alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul></ul>As They Get Older Source: USA Today. June 8, 2006
  7. 7. … but not just what we think What do we know about integrating media?
  8. 8. Now, we are evolving from simply watching media
  9. 9. Name Kayla Age 3 1/2 About Kayla Kayla is three and is no longer satisfied with simply watching Elmo and Dora. Instead, she wants to interact with them, answer questions and guide them in their journey. Meet A Little Girl
  10. 10. … the next step <ul><ul><li>create! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Name Uriel Favorite Subject Science My Notes Uriel is creative and extremely intelligent. However, Uriel just doesn’t care to write all of the time. He wants to express himself in a variety of ways. Telling Their Story
  12. 12. What is the value of students telling their story? Source: Pink, D (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future . New York, NY: Penguin Group.
  13. 13. … and this is much easier than it used to be.
  14. 14. … Cyberculture Students
  15. 15. … another tool
  16. 16. … and another student example
  17. 17. … other options.
  18. 19. What are the skills these students must have to produce these products?
  19. 20. <ul><li>A research-based synthesis consisting of 30 years of educational research indicates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>participation in social practice is a fundamental form of learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learning is increased by a diversity of cultural experience and community participation </li></ul></ul>Brown, Ann L, Cocking, Rodney R & Bransford , John D. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School . Washington: National Academies Press, 2000. How People Learn
  20. 21. Howard Martin Austin ISD, TX
  21. 22. <ul><li>While many schools restrict access to blogs, WIKI’s etc… </li></ul>… others embrace it. Room 208
  22. 23. … and this is not an isolated example.
  23. 24. Social Networking Tools <ul><li>96% percent of U.S. students ages 9 to 17 who have internet access use social-networking technology to connect with their peers (chatting, text-messaging, blogging, or visiting online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the most common topics of discussion…education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 60 percent of students report discussing education-related topics </li></ul></ul>Source: National School Boards Association, (2007).CREATING & CONNECTING//Research and Guidelines on Online Social — and Educational — Networking. 12.
  24. 25. … and who is leading this new wave of collaborative communication technologies? … of course, our students.
  25. 26. … but who is right behind them? … not the hospitality industry … or the automotive industry … not even the tobacco industry … it’s you!
  26. 27. … but this doesn’t apply to the real world… … or does it?
  27. 28. So, how do I get connected?
  28. 29. Your Objectives - Summer <ul><li>Learn about a variety of tools to retell a story </li></ul><ul><li>Increase your knowledge and skills in using technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a story </li></ul><ul><li>Post your story on a blog. </li></ul>
  29. 30. But Technology is Hard! <ul><li>It can seem daunting at first, but it gets easier. </li></ul><ul><li>The students understand that these tools are new and that you’re learning together. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s worth it! </li></ul><ul><li>Books used to be cutting edge technology! </li></ul><ul><li>Look how far we’ve come! </li></ul>
  30. 31. Rationale <ul><li>Student Engagement – technology is motivating </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Level Thinking – All students can participate at their own level of Blooms Taxonomy. </li></ul>
  31. 32. Tools for you… <ul><li>Kerpoof </li></ul><ul><li>Comic Life </li></ul><ul><li>TuxPaint </li></ul><ul><li>PhotoStory </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>SmartBoard </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare </li></ul><ul><li>Top Tools </li></ul>
  32. 33. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active Learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>…and more! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 34. High – Tech Kids
  34. 35. Digital S torytelling
  35. 37. Thank you! You are wonderful! Internet Resources for Religious Education –
  36. 38. Credits Scott Kinney Outreach & Professional Development Discovery Education For the sharing of his PowerPoint Presentation