Digital Learner

Last week I opened with a little bit about teaching digitals and then walked through making an animated short for teaching. Although Matt mentioned Prezi last week, I’m bringing it back up to show you how easy it is to use. The first time I used Prezi is when I taught K-5 about conflict resolution. […]

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    Have you heard about TED-Ed? TED-Ed is a new tool from TED, the idea sharing organization behind the TED Conference.  The whole idea behind TED-Ed is “Lessons Worth Sharing.”  It is a platform for users to take any useful educational video (not just TED’s) and creating a customized lesson around the video.  According to TED-Ed, […]

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There’s tons of items online and even here at Cory Center about working with and teaching digital natives. The children in our classrooms don’t know what it is like not to be bombarded with information, images, and messages. They interact differently with technology than their teachers. Rather than fight to get them to be more […]

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Today’s kids prefer to process images before text.  As leaders and storytellers present the truth of God’s Word, it is vital to incorporate visual elements into the teaching and today’s nonlinear presentation tools resources are the right tools for the job.  Why use a nonlinear tool? Visuals can be accessed in any order Increased interactivity […]

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In children’s and family ministry there is an ongoing struggle to adopt digital tools, but perhaps more importantly there is an ever-present debate about replacing paper Bibles with digital Bibles.  Why is that?  Are children’s pastors, Sunday School teachers, and VBS program coordinators fearful of Marshall McLuhan’s portent from the 1960s “The medium is the […]

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For decades, animation has won over audiences both young and old.  From the first animated film, Snow White, to the Toy Story trilogy, animation has become one of the most powerful storytelling tools in our culture. In the early days of children’s ministry, a church producing original animations was inconceivable.  The time, cost, and expertise […]

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Understanding digital learners is the most critical knowledge gap in children’s and family ministry today. Wow. I think I just summed up what I have sensed for the past 10 years in ministry.  That phrase captures the reason why I started blogging four years ago, the purpose of my ongoing research, and the explanation behind […]

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I am always looking for new tools to help me understand the forces of technology.  The technological future has great implications on the culture and environment kids will grow up and learn in. Envisioning Tech has put together an interactive map that aims to predict where technology is heading in the next 30 years.  “Looking […]

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How my Son Helps Me Read

Jesse Smith —  November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking about why you should be a reader as well as suggesting some excellent books. Even so, I know that some of you are thinking, “I’d love to read more, but I simply don’t have time.” I understand the constraints of time, but, sorry, I don’t buy it. […]

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What I’m Reading

Jesse Smith —  November 22, 2011 — Leave a comment

Last week I asked what you were reading. @Amy Dolan responded with a video blog over at Lemon Lime Kids and I thought to further encourage the community I would share some of the books that I am currently reading, have on my list, and just finished. My reading list generally falls into a five […]

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