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Catechists can integrate digital approaches that are age appropriate using good digital discipleship. What approaches have you tried? Is it time for you to seek digital training for yourself? Digital training is provided by the Office of Faith Formation. Develop a plan to integrate digital approaches in your faith formation sessions.
Why integrate digital technology in your faith formation sessions? If you want to meet your learners where they are, they are already tech savvy. Throughout the country, leaders in catechetical ministry have been networking to move forward in integrating digital approaches into ministry, especially faith formation.
Digital Disciples Bootcamp
Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) was started in 2011 by Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF and Claudia McIvor, MSEd, in their home diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. Their mission was to bring technology training to administrators, religious education catechists and teachers, principals and church staffs.
Digital Disciples Network
As participants graduated, the network of ministers comfortable with technology grew. And so evolved the Digital Disciple Network (DDN), a network that now includes hundreds of ministers who live in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Portugal.
Digital Discipleship Competencies
In 2017, DDN began to involve other organizations. A collaborative partnership developed with the Digital Disciple Network (DDN), National Association of Catholic Media Partners (NACMP) and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).
Digital Disciples Week is October 15-19
Want to learn more and feel confident using digital tools in Faith Formation?
Summer sessions are available that will provide you with an online learning community to learn and practice new digital tools. Key components of the program include:
Don't Give Up Anything for Lent
Using Digital Media in Family Faith Formation
Identify who before how when using digital media in family faith formation
by Lori Dahlhoff, EdD
Did you know that Pope Francis has set a global campaign on migration? "Share the Journey" is a two year campaign that began on September 27, 2017 initiated by Caritas Internationalis to build better awareness of those migrating and to "strengthen relationships with refugees and communities" (Vatican Radio, 09/25/2017). "Share the Journey" can be implemented in many ways at various grade levels and in the family. Here are a few ways to "share the journey" with current tools. Your students can be DIGITAL DISCIPLES!!!
1. Do you remember making posters in school and teachers would hang them in the hallway? After a few weeks the edges became worn, the same people walked by without noticing the posters and after being graded and taken home most ended up in the trash. Today, we have tools to make digital posters. Digital posters have a permanency that keeps them fresh and re-usable, they can be posted on various social media to reach more people and the work will never end up in the trash...which provides a really important message - this work was valuable!
2. Facebook Message Posts. Again, this can be created first as a traditional paper artwork. Provide students with a 4x4' paper and create a "facebook" post to promote "share the journey", scriptural references, prayers for refugees, etc. Create a Facebook Wall in your classroom....but take it to the next level....post them on your parish facebook page! Images can be uploaded and posted. Digital Facebook posts can be created on Canva.
3. Digital Storytelling. Telling a story or developing a theme with Images, narratives, music as a short video can be very powerful and very rewarding for students to create. There are many digital tools and various ways to produce a digital story, but it all starts with a theme, research and planning. Tools to use can include prezi, animoto, adobe spark, we-video, youtube, imovie and so many others!
4. #sharethejourney Tweets Not all of your students have Twitter accounts, but what a great way to start teaching how to tweet as a digital disciple!
Resources for the classroom:
For more information on digital tools for the classroom, contact the Office of Faith Formation.
As you meet your students it is a good time to make an effort to begin making a family connection just by speaking with parents when their children are coming for their session. Many texts have ways to engage the family in what is being shared in the faith formation sessions. Look for these in your Catechist Guide and talk with your catechetical leader about how these approaches can be implemented. Here is a sample of some ideas for this month from the website.
Strong Catholic Family Faith
10 September Activities for Catholic Families
Your curriculum publisher website may have a treasure trove of activities for catechists and families. Some of these are
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