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1 Teaching Theology With Technology Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND

2 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Session Overview In this session we will: In this session we will: –Highlight broad technological shifts –Explore characteristics of the “Net Generation” –Provide brief overviews on emerging technologies –Show why technology should be integrated into theology classes –Look at resources and ideas –Suggest some implications for classroom use.

3 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Key Questions to Entertain: What strategies for teaching and learning are most appropriate for utilizing technology in teaching theology and religion? What strategies for teaching and learning are most appropriate for utilizing technology in teaching theology and religion?

4 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Key Questions to Entertain: What dangers are inherent in the use of digital technology for teaching and learning in theology and religion? What dangers are inherent in the use of digital technology for teaching and learning in theology and religion?

5 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Key Questions to Entertain: What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology in relation to teaching theology and religion? What are the advantages and disadvantages of technology in relation to teaching theology and religion?

6 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Key Questions to Entertain: What are some of the issues raised for teachers of theology and religion by the inclusion of technology in pedagogical design for courses? What are some of the issues raised for teachers of theology and religion by the inclusion of technology in pedagogical design for courses?

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10 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 What’s our Context?

11 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Life before the computer… Memory was something you lost with age Memory was something you lost with age A keyboard was for a piano A keyboard was for a piano A web was a spider’s home A web was a spider’s home A virus was the flu A virus was the flu A CD was a bank account A CD was a bank account A hard drive was a long road trip A hard drive was a long road trip A mouse was something you trapped A mouse was something you trapped Twitter was what you did in the back of the classroom when someone made a mistake. Twitter was what you did in the back of the classroom when someone made a mistake.

12 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Shift Happens What do we do when the pace of change and the innovation in technology create paradigm shifts that walk into the classroom every day? What do we do when the pace of change and the innovation in technology create paradigm shifts that walk into the classroom every day?

13 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2009 didn’t exist in 2004.

14 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND The number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the population of the planet.

15 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist... In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. Using technologies that haven’t been invented...

16 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND 1 out of every 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online.

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18 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Digital Natives?

19 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 “Quote” "Our students have changed radically. Today's students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach." "Our students have changed radically. Today's students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach." -Mark Prensky International Educator and Author

20 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 The Net Generation By Age 21 our students will have spent: 10,000 hours playing video games, 10,000 hours playing video games, Sent 200,000 s, Sent 200,000 s, 20,000 hours watching TV, 20,000 hours watching TV, 10,000 hours on cell phones, and 10,000 hours on cell phones, and under 5,000 hours reading under 5,000 hours reading

21 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Net Generation’s Learning Styles: Teams, peer-to-peer Teams, peer-to-peer Engagement & experience Engagement & experience Visual & kinesthetic Visual & kinesthetic Demand for immediacy Demand for immediacy Learn by discovery Learn by discovery Multi-taskers/hyper-text thinkers Multi-taskers/hyper-text thinkers

22 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Students we teach are… Multi-taskers Multi-taskers Hands on, experiential learners Hands on, experiential learners Prefer media rich content Prefer media rich content Gadget and Technology driven Gadget and Technology driven Savvy Consumers Savvy Consumers Impatient and expect quick results Impatient and expect quick results Think technology is essential to education Think technology is essential to education

23 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 “Quote” Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with.... Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with Gwynne Dyer Freelance Journalist & Lecturer

24 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Church Teaching & Technology What does the Church say about the use and role of technology? What does the Church say about the use and role of technology? “Do not be afraid of new technologies! These rank “among the marvelous things” – inter mirifica – which God has placed at our disposal to discover, to use and to make known the truth, also the truth about our dignity and about our destiny as his children, heirs of God’s eternal Kingdom.” “Do not be afraid of new technologies! These rank “among the marvelous things” – inter mirifica – which God has placed at our disposal to discover, to use and to make known the truth, also the truth about our dignity and about our destiny as his children, heirs of God’s eternal Kingdom.” Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter: Rapid Development, 2005, #14

25 New & Emerging Technologies What in the world….?

26 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 New Tools for a New Generation Blogs Blogs Wikis Wikis RSS feeds RSS feeds Podcasts Podcasts Digital Photography Digital Photography Video Webcasting – YouTube Video Webcasting – YouTube Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter

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28 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Key words: Interactive Interactive Collaborative - networks Collaborative - networks Engaged Engaged Global Global Immediate Immediate

29 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Blogs Online journals about ideas, thoughts, commentaries, current events. Online journals about ideas, thoughts, commentaries, current events. They can be “published” from any internet connection. They can be “published” from any internet connection. How to use them for theology… How to use them for theology…

30 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Blogs: Learning Objectives To express ideas clearly in written form. To express ideas clearly in written form. To respond to others after synthesizing thoughts and ideas. To respond to others after synthesizing thoughts and ideas. To foster critical thinking. To foster critical thinking. To experience the dynamic relationship between your ideas and the responses of others. To experience the dynamic relationship between your ideas and the responses of others. To promote application of ideas and information. To promote application of ideas and information.

31 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Wiki’s Wiki’s are collaborative web sites that anyone can add to or edit the content. Wiki’s are collaborative web sites that anyone can add to or edit the content. Wiki – Hawaiian for “Fast” Wiki – Hawaiian for “Fast” Most famous: Wikipedia Most famous: WikipediaWikipedia

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33 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Wiki’s: Learning Objectives Foster collaboration Foster collaboration Promote an exchange of ideas Promote an exchange of ideas Promote dynamic linking and editing Promote dynamic linking and editing Build on knowledge acquired Build on knowledge acquired Identify web resources relevant to topic of study Identify web resources relevant to topic of study Aggregate useful web sites after evaluation Aggregate useful web sites after evaluation

34 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Why Wiki’s Customize project spaces Customize project spaces Create electronic portfolio’s of work Create electronic portfolio’s of work Collaborate with peers (in other countries, too) Collaborate with peers (in other countries, too) Provide feedback Provide feedback Collaborative writing projects Collaborative writing projects Ongoing discussion and review Ongoing discussion and review Promote problem-solving and track progress Promote problem-solving and track progress Brainstorming Brainstorming

35 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 RSS Feeds RSS stands for “Real Simple Syndication” RSS stands for “Real Simple Syndication” It is a free piece of software that allows you to “subscribe” (at no cost) to online news and website updates that are of interest to you. It is a free piece of software that allows you to “subscribe” (at no cost) to online news and website updates that are of interest to you.

36 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 RSS Feeds An aggregator, sometimes called a reader, collects (or aggregates) all of your subscriptions in one place, like a magazine rack in your house or classroom. Once you subscribe to few sources, you no longer need to visit each site, you simply open your aggregator to read any new updates. An aggregator, sometimes called a reader, collects (or aggregates) all of your subscriptions in one place, like a magazine rack in your house or classroom. Once you subscribe to few sources, you no longer need to visit each site, you simply open your aggregator to read any new updates.

37 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 RSS Feeds This free software will alert the user when new content is available. This free software will alert the user when new content is available. These buttons indicate that “RSS Feeds” are available on a particular site. These buttons indicate that “RSS Feeds” are available on a particular site. Look for these symbols

38 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 How does it work? 1. You download free RSS software. 2. You open the software on your computer. 3. You visit a website of interest to you. 4. You look for the RSS symbol and click on it. A URL or web address will appear. 5. You copy and paste this address into your RSS software. 6. Save. Your RSS software, when open, will notify you of new content on that site.

39 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 RSS Feeds This new content could be articles, blog posts,photos,PDF documents,PowerPoint Presentations,audio files, etc. Anytime something new is posted, you receive an alert. This new content could be articles, blog posts,photos,PDF documents,PowerPoint Presentations,audio files, etc. Anytime something new is posted, you receive an alert. For a simple RSS feed reader which is free to download see mightyticker.com

40 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Why RSS Feeds? This little tool can save you hours of web surfing. It visits the sites you tell it to, and brings back a short notice of what’s new. This little tool can save you hours of web surfing. It visits the sites you tell it to, and brings back a short notice of what’s new. You can click on the notice and it brings you to the new content. You can click on the notice and it brings you to the new content.

41 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Podcasts Amateur audio communication that allows users to create content, record content and share that audio content with a wider audience. Amateur audio communication that allows users to create content, record content and share that audio content with a wider audience.

42 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Podcasts: Learning Objectives Content integration Content integration Script writing and editing Script writing and editing Thought organization Thought organization Sequential planning Sequential planning Articulating knowledge Articulating knowledge Public Speaking Public Speaking

43 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Podcasts What can you create Podcasts about in theology? What can you create Podcasts about in theology? –Content currently being studied –Summarize and synthesize knowledge –Inform others about an issue & the faith dimensions of it. –Interviews with significant figures

44 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Technology What are YOU doing?...why? What are YOU doing?...why? How has the use of technology changed your daily habits or activities? How has the use of technology changed your daily habits or activities? What is your assessment of those changes? What is your assessment of those changes?

45 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Facebook – general growth More than 200 million active users More than 200 million active users More than 100 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day More than 100 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day More than two-thirds of Facebook users are outside of college More than two-thirds of Facebook users are outside of college The fastest growing demographic is those 35 years old and older The fastest growing demographic is those 35 years old and older

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47 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Facebook – user engagement Average user has 120 friends on the site Average user has 120 friends on the site More than 4 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide) More than 4 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide) More than 30 million users update their statuses at least once each day More than 30 million users update their statuses at least once each day More than 6 million users become fans of Pages each day More than 6 million users become fans of Pages each day

48 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Facebook 1. The year old demo is growing fastest, with a 276.4% growth rate in over the approximate 6 months. 2. The 55+ demo is not far behind with a 194.3% growth rate. 3. The year population on Facebook is doubling every 6 months.

49 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 FlickrFlickr.com Flickr

50 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 New Tools for a New Generation Blogs Blogs Wikis Wikis RSS feeds RSS feeds Podcasts Podcasts Digital Photography Digital Photography Video Webcasting – YouTube Video Webcasting – YouTube Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter

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52 Why Technology & Theology? New media for a new age…

53 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Implications for Theology Make learning interactive and experiential Make learning interactive and experiential Emphasize peer-to-peer interactions Emphasize peer-to-peer interactions Explore real world applications (CST) Explore real world applications (CST) Encourage reflection Encourage reflection Combine online with Face-to-Face Combine online with Face-to-Face Create opportunities for synthesis Create opportunities for synthesis Technology can…

54 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Curriculum and classroom Impacts? “Technology’s greatest potential for education is its ability to personalize instruction.” “Technology’s greatest potential for education is its ability to personalize instruction.” - Katie Lovett, Chair of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN ) Why is this important for theology? Why is this important for theology?

55 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Advantages Project based learning Project based learning Technology empowers differentiated instruction Technology empowers differentiated instruction Real world engagement is possible Real world engagement is possible Current content at your fingertips Current content at your fingertips Dynamic, visual, global, engaging Dynamic, visual, global, engaging Even the Pope is getting into technology…. Even the Pope is getting into technology….

56 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Project based learning promotes retention of the information they learn promotes retention of the information they learn engages students' interest engages students' interest motivates them to learn and explore motivates them to learn and explore encourages exploration of their own interests encourages exploration of their own interests makes connections to the world beyond the classroom makes connections to the world beyond the classroom

57 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 "a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks." "a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks." Project based learning

58 Resources & Tools Practical ideas…

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60 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Church Statements “…the Church is not only called upon to use the mass media to spread the Gospel but, today more than ever, to integrate the message of salvation into the “new culture” that these powerful means of communication create and amplify. It tells us that the use of the techniques and the technologies of contemporary communications is an integral part of its mission in the third millennium.” “…the Church is not only called upon to use the mass media to spread the Gospel but, today more than ever, to integrate the message of salvation into the “new culture” that these powerful means of communication create and amplify. It tells us that the use of the techniques and the technologies of contemporary communications is an integral part of its mission in the third millennium.” -Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter: Rapid Development, 2005, #2

61 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Church Statements “The world of mass media also has need of Christ’s redemption. To analyze with the eyes of faith the processes and value of communications, the deeper appreciation of Sacred Scripture can undoubtedly help as a “great code” of communication of a message which is not ephemeral, but fundamental for its saving value.” “The world of mass media also has need of Christ’s redemption. To analyze with the eyes of faith the processes and value of communications, the deeper appreciation of Sacred Scripture can undoubtedly help as a “great code” of communication of a message which is not ephemeral, but fundamental for its saving value.” -Pope John Paul II Apostolic Letter: Rapid Development, 2005, #4

62 Mary: Grace and Strength in Action An Icon for Today’s World

63 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Option for the Poor 1 Billion people live in abject poverty 1 Billion people live in abject poverty 4 Billion live in fragile economies 4 Billion live in fragile economies 1 in 7 live in refugee camps 1 in 7 live in refugee camps The spreading global economic crisis is trapping up to 53 million more people in poverty in developing countries and child mortality rates are set to soar if this is not addressed immediately. The spreading global economic crisis is trapping up to 53 million more people in poverty in developing countries and child mortality rates are set to soar if this is not addressed immediately.

64 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Global Vision The world in focus: The world in focus:

65 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Growing Global Poverty: Growing Global Poverty:

66 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Web Links & Illustrations Pray as you go – link Pray as you go – linklink Wing Clips – link; example Wing Clips – link; examplelink Games for Social Change – link Games for Social Change – linklink Pope Benedict XVI on YouTube - link Pope Benedict XVI on YouTube - linklink Google Mash ups - link Google Mash ups - linklink TED – link TED – linklink

67 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Resource for Educators Education for Justice – link Education for Justice – linklink –Lesson Plans –Movies: ie. The Dark Knight –Interactive Quizzes –Book Discussion Guides –Online Seminar this Fall (sign up now)

68 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Research shows… Theological teaching requires reflection different from generalized assumptions about technology, about information design, about communication, and about other dimensions of the use of technology in secondary education. Theological teaching requires reflection different from generalized assumptions about technology, about information design, about communication, and about other dimensions of the use of technology in secondary education.

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70 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 What can Technology offer Theology? Fosters self-expression & creativity Fosters self-expression & creativity Promotes collaborative learning environments Promotes collaborative learning environments Supports personalized learning Supports personalized learning Builds teamwork Builds teamwork Facilitates critical thinking, discernment, a “real world” reading of the signs of the times… Facilitates critical thinking, discernment, a “real world” reading of the signs of the times…

71 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Visual Summary

72 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Technology – the invitation: How can we use technology to connect on a deeper level? How can we use technology to connect on a deeper level? How can we use technology to foster faith? How can we use technology to foster faith? How can religious educators make use of technology to promote deeper relationships and understanding How can religious educators make use of technology to promote deeper relationships and understanding How can religious educators reach new generations using technology? How can religious educators reach new generations using technology?

73 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 “In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.” -Marianne Williamson Embrace the power of technology…

74 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Session Summary In this session we: In this session we: –Highlighted broad technological shifts –Explored characteristics of the “Net Generation” –Provided brief overviews on emerging technologies –Showed why technology should be integrated into theology classes –Looked at resources and ideas –Suggested some implications for classroom use.

75 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 Discuss Think of a lesson or content area that you are currently presenting. Think of a lesson or content area that you are currently presenting. How can you use these ideas to shape the presentation and engage your students? How can you use these ideas to shape the presentation and engage your students? What new ideas & connections can you apply to what you are teaching? What new ideas & connections can you apply to what you are teaching?

76 Wisdom & Witness 2009 Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Wisdom & Witness 2009 The End If this presentation was helpful or if you would like to continue the conversation, please feel free to contact me. Sr. Katherine Feely, SND Education for Justice (202) ext. 125


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