A Cyberpilgrim's List of Web 2.0 Tools for Ministry

NETS

 National Educational Technology Standards

 When using Web 2.0 tools, how can we apply these tools and the ISTE-NETS standards to what we do in our catechetical or parish ministries?  The following are examples from the NETs standards for teachers.

  1.  Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity – promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. ( I could use VOICETHREAD with My Junior High Students Preparing for Confirmation .  I would invite them to tell their brief story about their service project and what the project meant to them. ) 
  2. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity – promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.  (With My RCIA Candidates, I would invite all to share their thoughts and reflections via GOOGLE DOCS.  At the end of each session, the candidates will be given a question and invited to share their comments in the class Google Document)
  3. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments – design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. (Using SLIDESHARE and PowerPoint, I  will design a Scavenger Hunt Activity where my students, in their home setting, will be able to go view the activity and complete the assignment before they come to class.) 
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility – develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools. (Using SKYPE, I will be involved with students who are in Sydney, Australia; Orlando and St. Petersburg, FL.  To learn about a project that used a SKYPE and NING social network, read Faith Based Projects: 21st Century Communication and Collaboration
  5. Model Digital Age Work and Learning model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate and use information resources to support research and learning (I will use DELICIOUS to bookmark articles relevant to Scripture study, Vatican source documents and USCCB online publications. I will share my bookmarks with parents and students.)
  6. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadershipparticipate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. (GEOCACHING reaches to all parts of the earth. I will get involved with a local Geocaching club, become proficient in this tool, and bring this to my catechetical classroom and to the families of my students next year. We will hide at least one  trackable with a goal to travel to the Holy Land. I feel this will help reach several of my students who have trouble attending to lecture presentations.)
  7. Model Digital-Age Work and Learningdemonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. (I will use DROPBOX to organize and store documents and presentations and invite other ministers to learn this new technology and learn to work collaboratively with this tool.)
  8. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments – provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching. (Using GOOGLE  FORMS will allow me to create brief quizzes so that both the students and I can see how they are accomplishing their educational goals throughout the year. I will set up a pre-survey to assess their knowledge going into the faith formation curriculum.)
  9. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility – promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. (Students will each create a WORDLE that contains key words from the school’s acceptable use policy. Each student will explain their word cloud to the class, saying what elements reflect digital etiquette.)
  10. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility – advocate, model and teach safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property and the appropriate documentation of resources.( Participants in our yearly parish retreat will create a GLOGSTER to illustrate their experiences. They will include citations of all online references included.) 

These examples are shared with you to provide you with ways that you can implement these standards into your ministry and catechetical formation of our youth.

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