Learning Sessions

At IC 2012, we are featuring workshops that focus on “Incarnating the Gospel in the Digital World” by exploring social media, Web 2.0, video and more.  Plan to stay for a day or two to participate in the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), where the field of educational technology offers us over 35 years of best practices.  It is in this field that we will find high quality, customizable ideas for training and curriculum development.  Full conference registration includes your FETC registration.

10:45 AM to Noon

Technology at the Service of CatechesisAilis Travers, Catechetical Specialist, Department of Catechetics, Veritas Publishers

The phenomenon of social networking and increased access to Information Technology and the Internet in general has contributed to heightened levels of digital literacy for the students of today. This presents teachers and catechists with opportunities to make greater use of digital technologies (particularly online services) for student learning and engagement. During this workshop we will explore and demonstrate a number of digital facilities that can be used for Religious Education and Catechesis.

Zingers! 7 Free Resources to Catch Your Students AttentionCo-presenters Anita Brady and Laura Salaka work at Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne, Florida.  Anita serves as head of technology. Laura works closely with faculty and students and is involved in the Ascension Youth Ministry Program.

Today’s students are constantly connected to the digital world. They speak, think, and write digitally. Would you like to be better prepared to reach these digital natives? Do you struggle to get the message across to students whose attention is elsewhere? Visit this session to learn more about free resources to spice up your religious instruction.

Mobile Technologies In Your Ministry and Church – Joe Luedtke, Vice President of Interactive Media for Liturgical Publications (LPi).

The next generation of parishioners is growing up online, but it may not be with a PC. They surf the web, update their status, text and tweet all from their phone. The Church has an unprecedented opportunity to reach people where they are, whenever they need to. In this workshop we’ll explore mobile communication trends, the opportunity for the church, and solutions that can help get you there.

Teaching Social Justice Interactively Using the Internet – Michael Cooper, S.J., S.T.D. Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Studies, Saint Leo University, near Tampa, FL

This workshop will suggest resources for exploring social justice concerns using various resources and websites on the Internet after first presenting the eight Principles of Catholic Social Justice

3:00 to 4:00 PM

Putting the TECH into CaTECHesis – Cheryl Smith, Resource Center Administrator, Diocese of Syracuse, Office of Faith Formation-Eastern Region and Andrea Slaven, Regional Director of Faith Formation, Diocese of Syracuse.

How can parishes use technology, specifically the internet, in creative ways to blend class time with online class work? This “blended” format can effectively involve more family participation, a better connection to liturgy and build community through collaborative service projects. Andrea & Cheryl will show you how to use free sites such as blogger, Google docs, YouTube, Jing and more to create an online faith experience! Participants will have an opportunity to see several “up & running” online mini courses and hear why this blended format is so successful in parish programs.

21st Century Catechists: Sharing the Faith in a Digital World – Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min., Founder and President of Interactive Connections

With the ever evolving technology world, how do I integrate technology into Catechetics or Parish Ministry with a limited budget?  How do I engage catechists to be creative with integrating technology into their lessons?  How can I creatively use social networking tools with my catechists?  How can we share faith in a Digital World – simply and with little or no cost!

What Makes a Great Church Website – Joe Luedtke, Vice President of Interactive Media for Liturgical Publications (LPi).

Does your website still say ‘Coming Soon’ or ‘Under Construction’? Are you still promoting the Christmas Mass from 2008? In this session you’ll learn how to create a great website and more importantly how to maintain it and keep people coming back.

Discovering Who Your Organization is Online – Thomas Sanjurjo, Electronic Outreach Director, Nativity Catholic Church, Brandon, Florida.

We’ll explore how to nurture a positive, group oriented image of your organization through the use of various free-to-use media and some fundamental paradigm shifts. We’ll also debunk some of the myths about social media that may be plaguing your organization’s development in the cloud.

4:15 to 5:15 PM

Digital Storytelling and Marketing TechniquesRhonda Carrier, Technology Teacher and Web Master, Incarnation Catholic School, Tampa, Florida.

Jesus was a storyteller. Why? Because people remember stories better than facts. They remember best when they emotionally connect with the message. What story does your institution have to tell? How can you tell it in a way that connects with your audience and effectively markets your institution? Participants will deconstruct a 30-second advertisement to determine the target audience, creative techniques used, story being told, and values represented in the message. Online resources with samples of work from an elementary school will be presented for discussion.

Parish Websites: Tools of EvangelizationTerry Modica, Publisher, Catholic Digital Resources, LLC.

Activate your staff and ministry leaders to become enthusiastic about contributing to the parish website throughout the year for the sake of evangelization outreach as well as building up parishioner involvement in parish activities and volunteerism. This workshop will include discussion opportunities for your parish’s unique make-up.

The Parish – A Social NetworkPaul R. Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology for the Garnet Valley School District, and Michaela Burke-Barry, Manager Sadlier Consultative Services, Sponsored by Wm. H. Sadlier

Each parish is a social network.   Catechesis in the parish begins by forging connections among active and inactive parishioners, school students and religious education students, single, married, divorced, and widowed, employed, under-employed, and unemployed, young and old.  Use the tools of social media to create a parish portal meeting the needs of today’s parishioners in building the Body of Christ.

Technology in Catechesis: What’s Going On? – Tim Welch, Consultant for Educational Technology at Catholic Education Ministries, Diocese of St. Cloud and National Technology Consultant, OSV Curriculum Division. Sponsored by OSV.

Let’s take a look at what is happening with the integration of  technology and faith formation, and come up with some ideas of our own! We will look at some projects, web tools, application ideas, and even the iPad with its ability to help us echo our Story!


2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruth  |  January 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Will any of the presenters have their Power Point presentations available for attendees of the conference?

  • 2. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min  |  January 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, I will be adding a page with the links to the presentations of those who presented at the conference early next week!


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