A Cyberpilgrim's List of Web 2.0 Tools for Ministry

Archive for April, 2012

VoiceThread

Tool: VoiceThread

8 Minute VoiceThread Demonstration: What’s a VoiceThread?

6 minute Video: Using VoiceThread. Listen to these teachers about how dynamic VoiceThread can be in an educational setting.

Explanation of M5 Commenting used in VoiceThread

Educator options for VoiceThread have some wonderful features and are low-cost and provide a secure, world-wide network.

Education Ideas: VoiceThread can be used for any kind of collaborative project in any subject. Go to the Browse tab to search for topics of interest. Search for “Digital Storytelling” and click on a couple of the icons to listen to a few threads.

Here’s a link to a public VoiceThread that you can comment on. This was created by an educator for students and teachers to simply share where they come from. Try adding YOUR voice to this VoiceThread!

Ministry Ideas: The beginning of any journey in faith starts with storytelling. Allow RCIA participants or confirmation candidates to reflect on the presence of God in their lives, to begin to recognize God’s presence in the journey that brought them to this point in their faith walk. Upload images to get started, then invite others to comment on each image.

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using VOICETHREAD in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using VoiceThread in your ministry.

Glogster

Tool: Glogster EDU

Mashups are applications that allow you to use multiple media in one platform. We chose Glogster because it is free, colorful, ad-free (with educator’s account) and allows  you to record movie clips with your web cam, embed YouTube videos, upload images, add animations, and much more. It also allows you to set up student accounts under your educator account.

Education Idea: Check out the sample Glogs on the home page of Glogster. Here’s a good one: Claudia Johnson.

Ministry Idea: Have students work in teams to create a Glog based on the life of a saint.

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Wallwisher (now called Padlet)

Tool: Wallwisher, now called Padlet

Padlet, formerly called Wallwisher, is a simple online notice board creator for collaboration through the use of online stickies. Imagine an online bulletin board that allows anyone with access to post a sticky, or move stickies around. It can be used for brainstorming, agenda setting, story mapping, or simply the sharing of ideas and information. Moving the stickies allows for prioritizing or sorting the posts.

Of course there are customization options available, like privacy and moderation settings.

One example of a Wallwisher Notice Board:

Here is a quick tutorial to help you get started.

If you believe that you can now create a notice board that you and others can use to post “stickies” – click the “Like” button.  Once you create a video or engage your students in creating an “Online Notice Board”, come back and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear from you.

Animoto

Tool: Animoto

What is Animoto?  A wonderful Web 2.0 tool that assists you in producing a video from selected photos, video clips and music.  Educators can open a free Animoto Plus account which allows unlimited use of the website.

You can create a variety of videos.  Here are a few examples:

Animoto is a very easy tool to use.  Three simple steps.  Here is a short tutorial to learn how to use Animoto (no background music):

If you believe that you can now create a stunning video for your class, program announcement, or any other project – click the “Like” button.  Once you create a video or engage your students in creating a video, come back and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear from you.

Wordle

Tool: Wordle

4 minute YouTube Tutorial:

Educational Examples: Cut and paste the words of a famous document into a Wordle, such as the Constitution of the United States. Have students discuss the most frequently used words and why (those words will appear larger in the word cloud.) Here’s an example from the Wordle gallery.

Ministry ideas: Have members of the confirmation youth group or any ministerial team contribute a few words that describe an individual’s gifts (kind, smart, strong, peaceful, good friend, etc.). Put all the words into a Wordle. Print out a screen shot of the finished Wordle to present to that person.

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using WORDLE in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using Wordle in your ministry.

SlideShare

Tool: SlideShare

2.5 minute tutorial:

5 minute tutorial:

This is a way to share your presentations with your students or parents.  After you open an account, you can upload your PPTs and then forward the link or add it to your blog or website. You can also encourage comments from those who are viewing the presentations.

Educational Examples: Educators often look to see what others have shared in a topic area. Say a “Geometry” teacher is wondering what is available on Slideshare in this area – check out the search for “Geometry.”

Ministerial Examples: Sharing class presentations – http://www.slideshare.net/ddbclascruces; sharing workshop presentations – http://www.slideshare.net/ccerveny

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using SLIDESHARE in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using SlideShare in your ministry.

Dropbox

Tool: Dropbox

Plain English explanation:

Dropbox allows you to share all kinds of media (movies, documents, spreadsheets, photos, etc.) across platforms (iPhone, Macs, PCs and mobile devices) with multiple users (Parish or school staff, volunteers, editors, etc.) There is no loss of formatting and accounts are free and ad free. Dropbox can be a huge productivity boost and a great organizational tool.

Ministerial example:

Parish Pastoral Council stores minutes, agendas and committee reports in their PC Dropbox folder. All council members can access and read these documents at any time, from any device with Internet.

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using DROPBOX in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using Dropbox in your ministry.

Skype

Tool: Skype

5 minute Vimeo Tutorial Skype for Mac:

2 minute YouTube Tutorial Skype for PC:

Skype Tutorial:

A 6 minute overview of making a video call, screen sharing, and sharing documents.

Educational Examples: 50 Awesome Ways to Use SKYPE in the Classroom

Ministerial Examples: Complete Catechist Guide to Using Skype

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using DELICIOUS in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using SKYPE in your ministry.

Delicious

Tool: Delicious

Lori Burch gives an overview of how she uses Delicious as a Social Bookmarking website. Since these videos have been created, a newer version of Delicious has been released. The basics are still in the video, but you’ll notice some of the features have changed.

Delicious Part 1:

10 minute tutorial. Describes how to set up an account in Delicious.com and how to use this social bookmarking tool.

Delicious Part 2:

10 minute tutorial. Discusses the finer points of how you can use this tool, explains the “tag” process and more.

Delicious Part 3:

10 minute tutorial. How to bookmark a website, explaining the various ways that you can bookmark website.

Here are examples of how catechetical leaders save bookmarks by using Delicious. This provides and opportunity to share your research with others.

Ministerial Examples: http://www.delicious.com/timewelch and http://www.delicious.com/ccerveny

With the “stack” option, here is an opportunity to create a group of websites chosen by you for a  specific group.  Here is an example of a Confirmation stack intended for an RCIA group.  Notice how you can add comments and/or questions to the suggested links.  You are able to suggest what you would like the RCIA candidate to focus on while reading the article.

Delicious Stack Example

Cerveny's Delicious Stack Listing

Delicious Stack Example

Confirmation Links in a Stack

It is also possible for those participating in the RCIA program to add comments after they have read the articles.

Delicious Stack Example

Comments can be added.

If you LIKE this post, remember to click on the LIKE button.  We would love to hear from you how you are using Delicious in your ministry.  When you are ready (now or later) share how you are using Delicious in your ministry.