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Productivity Tools: Doodle, Toodledo, and Evernote!

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PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: DOODLE, TOODLEDO, and EVERNOTE is part of the Digital Disciple Network Webinar Series.

What will you learn: An introduction to 3 different tools you can use in ministry; Doodle to help schedule meetings, Toodledo to keep your tasks straight and Evernote to put an end to the question, “where did I put that information?”

Held on: Monday, November 14, 2016

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time (There will be time for questions)

Your Presenter:

 r-bartalini-2 Deanna Bartalini, M.Ed.; M.P.S. is the Director of Faith Formation for St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL.  She has served in the diocese of Palm Beach since 1985 in both paid and volunteer positions in the areas of religious education (all levels), youth ministry and stewardship.  Prior to working in full time ministry, Deanna worked in the field of English as a Second Language as a teacher, consultant, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and publishing sales manager.

Deanna both manages and provides content for many organizations’ websites and social media outlets, both national and international.  She serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog and is a contributor there as well as CatholicMom.com and AmazingCatechists.com.

Serving as a Digital Disciple Network associate allows her the opportunity to teach others how to use social media and web based tools to spread the Good News, reach students and parishioners more effectively and learn from others as well.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: DOODLE, TOODLEDO, and EVERNOTE webinar.  Following are the PowerPoint Slides and the Webinar Recording.

The Webinar recording –

 

 

 

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Pinterest for Ministry

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Digital Disciple Network is offering a series of Webinars for various Web 2.0 tools.  The Pinterest webinar was presented on Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Katie Choudhary.

Come to learn about PINTEREST IN MINISTRY!

What will you learn: This is an opportunity for you to learn how to curate, pin, and post on Pinterest.

Your Presenter:

 r-choudhary Katie Choudhary is a married mom of three (Anthony – 7, Maria – 4, and Joey – 1). She taught in the Catholic and public schools and briefly served as an interim principal for a total of 6 years. Upon Anthony’s arrival into the world, she hung up her teacher hat to be home to raise their children. While home, she began and successfully ran an online fitness business, coaching others along their individual paths as they reached their health and fitness goals. She now serves as the Assistant to the Director of Faith Formation at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond in Joliet, IL.  Katie is also a Digital Disciple Network Associate, serving as DDBC Presenter, Producer, and Coach.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the PINTEREST FOR MINISTRY webinar.  Following are the PowerPoint Slides and the Webinar Recording.

Webinar recording:

PINTEREST in Ministry from Digital Disciple Network on Vimeo.

Digital Storytelling with 30 Hands Mobile App

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If you have an iPhone, iPad or an iPod Touch you now can download a FREE app called 30 Hands Mobile. Why? 30hands Mobile is a fun storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create stories or presentation based on photos, images or slides using a smartphone or tablet.

If you are wondering what you can do with this app, check out the Storyboarding Exercise.  Here you will find an overview of how to begin using the app. Very easy and simple to use.

Jonathan Wylie’s 30 Hands Mobile Tutorial gives you a full overview of how to use the app.

Here are a few suggestions for using the APP with your students.

  • First, find out which students have access to an iPhone or an iPad.
  • Send an email to their parents to ask them if their student could bring the iPhone or IPad to your class (tell them which date).
  • Once the parent says “Yes”, send then an email with the name of the APP “30 Hands” and the iTunes link.  Ask them to download the app so that it will be available for the class project.
  • Assign the students to work in groups (this way a student who may not have an iPhone can be part of a group to create a video).
  • Choose a Theme for the video, for example: A Scripture Story, Story about their Confirmation Name, or….
  • When working in the groups, involve all students in creating a storyboard.  Distribute a copy of a storyboard  that you can find at Printable Paper
  • Invite the group to create a storyboard.  You may want them to view this video “How To Create a Storyboard for Your Video”
  • Once the storyboard is completed, review the story and offer suggestions.
  • Once approved then students can work on taking the needed photos, drawing images that will later be photographed and added to the Photo Roll.
  • Have the students view the 30 Hands Mobile Tutorial.  This can be done in class, or you can email (or text) the URL to your students/families for them to view before they come to class.
  • When all the images are ready, add them to the project and add the sound (audio or music)
  • Once the video is completed, you can show in class or add to your class blog, ask your parish webmaster to add to the parish website, or email the links to the families to view.

Example

Here is an example of a video that was created after the Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Imagine taking students to visit their parish church or the diocesan cathedral and inviting them to tell the story of this church, what they learned during their visit.

Here is an example – http://30hands.ipresentonline.com/members/ccerveny/presentations/3690-cathedral-of-st-jude-the-apostle/details

You will discover that using this app is very easy to use.  In addition you will also discover that this service provides an option for creating an online learning environment with your students.  I’d encourage you to check it out!

Go to 30 Hands  where you will discover an easy-to-use interface that allows teachers/catechists  to quickly create course outlines then drag and drop multimedia content into the course and organize by topic, unit, theme, module, project team or learning style.  Students always have quick access to the materials they need and teachers can quickly change the course structure as needed.

I hope that you will try the mobile app, as it is one of the easiest I’ve used to create a video.  Come back to tell us how you are using the 30 Hands Mobile App or the course service.  We’d love to hear your story.

ForAllRubrics

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What is a rubric? It is a way to assess the learning of an individual who may be a participant, a volunteer, or a professional in your ministry training and formation.  To become a competent catechist, youth minister, RCIA leader, or any other minister there are various skills and learning objectives that one needs to demonstrate in their ministry.  The challenge of a mentor or a coach is to engage others in learning what they need to know for their ministry and to be able to communicate to them if their skills are “poor to excellent” or “novice to expert” or any other continuum.  To learn more about rubrics, you may wish to read DePaul’s Teaching Commons blog “What Are Rubrics

Those of us, who are trainers, look for tools that will assist us with the task of giving feedback.  I recently discovered ForAllRubrics.  I tried it, and I like it!  It is easy to use, and it allows me to give concrete feedback to a trainee quickly and easily. As needed, a face to face meeting or phone conversation can be a follow-up. If I were working with students in a classroom, there is an option to engage their parents in the conversation.

Of course it is FREE!

To learn more about this tool, you can visit Karen Jeffrey’s blog ForAllRubrics How To: Setting Up Your Roster  – Where she walks you through the basic steps of setting up your class roster.  When you set-up a rubric, I found it easy to do and there are plenty of examples, but not faith-based examples.

The ForAllRubrics Short Tutorial video, gives you a brief overview of the tool.

So in ministry, what could you use this tool for? Here are a couple of suggestions:

  1. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation: Look at the Confirmation Guidelines for the Archdiocese of Dubuque.  If you were a Confirmation Catechist, what type of a rubric could you create that would reflect these guidelines?  What five (5), ten (10), or maybe (15) faith objectives are relevant that could be represented in a continuum from say “novice to faith-filled” or any other meaningful continuum.  As you engage with your confirmandi, you can share your assessment with your confirmandi several times during your Confirmation preparation quickly and easily.
  2. Children’s RCIA Catechist:  If you are a Parish Catechetical Leader and coordinate the Children’s RCIA group.  One of your responsibilities is to engage the children’s RCIA catechists in a formation process.  Perhaps you use the Six Skills that Every Children’s Catechist Must Have as the basis of your formation experiences.  So your training classes are finished and those attending the sessions know what needs to be done to be a good catechist.  But what are you observing in their interactions with those they are teaching and how are you sharing your observations? Perhaps a rubric that uses the six skills that you have highlighted as important would provide the concrete feedback that you need to affirm or to encourage further growth in becoming a wonderful and competent catechist.

I’m sure that as you explore and use this tool, you will find a variety of ways that it can be used.  I am inviting you to come back to share your story.  After all, the wheel was invented once, and since then, we have been improving it in so many ways.  Looking forward to hearing from you in the near future!

© Cerveny

What’s Smore?

No!  We’re not scouts making s’mores – Graham crackers with melted marshmallows and chocolate over an open fire.  We could be educators, ministers, catechists or any minister creating interesting and exciting electronic flyers that grab and catch others attention.

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How?  Check out a great web tool called SMORE.

See how easy it is to use by viewing the Smore Video.  Scroll down to the middle of the page and click on the “A Cupcake Story Video.”

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How could you use this tool in your ministry?

Having a Family Dinner, check this out:

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Announcing a Night of Worship, here is a creative invite:

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If you just want to see what others are doing, come to the website and scan through the variety of creations.  Here’s one about the Follet Digital Reader:

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Jeff Herb has said the following about the tool – Smore will let you quickly, easily, and efficiently create flyers using an incredibly simple drag and drop and WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor.  The site gives you some pre-defined templates to work from (which are totally customizable, just a starting point). 

More importantly – your flyers will look great on any device.  Also, if you want to print your flyer and distribute the old fashioned way – that option is also available to you.

Would love to hear from you how you are using this wonderful tool.  Come back to share the link of your wonderful creation. If you found this post to be of interest to you, click the “Like” button.

Wishing you all the Joy, Hope and Wonder of Christmas!

Dear wonderful friends of Catechesis 2.0:

One of the real joys of the Christmas Season is the opportunity to say Thank You and to wish you the very best for the New Year. May your Christmas be rich with family love, warm with friendship, happy with life’s goodness and blessed with the joys of the season.

We are especially blessed with the many friendships that have developed over the years by our wondering about, struggling with, dreaming of, feeling challenged by the technology world that surrounds us in this 21st Century.

Many of us may be Digital Immigrants and others are Digital Natives.  Regardless of our tech experience, we are faced with effectively evangelizing in a Digital Culture. Thank you for being part of this digital journey.

Like the shepherds in the field, we are surprised by a bright light only to discover Jesus. Like the Three Wise Men, we will journey miles in order to be led to Jesus.  Today, we can be evangelizers to lead others to Jesus in new ways with Digital Tools.

In 2013, we will continue to share our insights with you and I count on you to join in the conversation.  It is in sharing our wisdom with one another in collaborative ways via blogs, wikis, twitter, Facebook and more that we will become more comfortable to evangelize in this Digital Continent to bring the Lord Jesus to others. We will be taking a brief break during this Christmas season to enjoy family and friends.  We’ll be back in January!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

S. Caroline, Marc, Claudia, Tim, Joyce, Kristi, and Tony

TEDEd: Catechetical Possibilities

Recently TED video created TED-Ed videos.  I’d encourage you to watch the introductory video to learn more about this service.

Then go to the Ted-Ed Tour

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In the Subject Category section you will find “Philosophy & Religion”.  Right now there is only ONE video here – Jackie Jenkins: Greeting the World in Peace.  Take a moment to (1) Watch the Video, then (2) Respond to the Quick Quiz, and explore the Think and Dig Deeper Sections.

When you click on “Get Involved“, you’ll notice that you can nominate yourself or nominate another.  TED-Ed will review the request and get back to you.  I’d love to see some of our wonderful and talented religious educators create short lessons like these either for our children, RCIA Candidates, or even around the theme of New Evangelization.

Think for a moment – What could you create for your audience that would excite and interest them to learn more about their faith?  What presence could we bring as Catholics to this wonderful Internet world?  TED-Ed is here to assist you!

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Getting involved is fairly easy.  Just click on Get Involved.  Here you can nominate yourself or another.  Or you can suggest a lesson that you feel would be helpful in the catechetical area.

If you’re thinking of something and wondering if others may be interested, you may start the conversation here.  We’d love to hear about what you are considering or would like to see presented on TEDEd.