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Conspire 2009 Live Blogging – Breakout Session A

  • 3:30 PM henryjz - and matt starts!!!
  • 3:31 PM henryjz - announcements!
  • 3:31 PM henryjz - Bethel Seminary reception at 1:30-2:30 in Room B100
  • 3:32 PM henryjz - opening in prayer
  • 3:37 PM henryjz - “engaging kids digitally is the best way to connect with them and communicate with them”
  • 3:38 PM henryjz - this session isn’t an argument for digital learning… it’s moving in a certain direction
  • 3:40 PM henryjz - matt telling a story of his calling into ministry… he used to go around with his family singing and preaching…
  • 3:41 PM henryjz - when he went to do CM at Bible school, saw a disconnect in the curriculum… there were two whole courses on just puppetry…
  • 3:41 PM henryjz - not meeting kids where they are
  • 3:44 PM henryjz - talking about his experimenting having kids do digital stuff: making videos, digital comics, etc. to help teach the lessons
  • 3:46 PM henryjz - remembering reading Tipping Point by Gladwell and 2nd chapter all about preschool kids and how they learn
  • 3:47 PM henryjz - “times have changed and so have the tools”
  • 3:47 PM henryjz - characteristics of digital learners:
  • 3:47 PM henryjz - 1. no longer little versions of us
  • 3:49 PM henryjz - 2. digital natives (not digital immigrants)
  • 3:50 PM henryjz - phrase coined by Marc Prensky
  • 3:51 PM henryjz - marcprensky.com
  • 3:52 PM henryjz - 3.collaborators
  • 3:52 PM henryjz - learning needs to be open-source
  • 3:53 PM henryjz - give them part of the action… even in large group settings… let them be a part of forming what happens on stage as well as in small groups
  • 3:53 PM henryjz - 4. they are teachers
  • 3:55 PM henryjz - matt came into new church and grade 7/8 kids trained him in how to do lighting and video tech
  • 3:55 PM henryjz - “young ppl have better idea of what the future is than we do”
  • 3:55 PM henryjz - 5. they are connected
  • 3:56 PM henryjz - they aren’t just in front of passive media… there is a lot of interactivity and connectivity
  • 3:57 PM henryjz - ways they communicate: IM, blogs, eBay, P2P, creating Flash, Webkinz, downloading, Google, camera phones, program modding, social nets (facebook, myspace)
  • 3:57 PM henryjz - 6. they are relational
  • 3:59 PM henryjz - critical distinction: how does media affect relationships?
  • 4:00 PM henryjz - johnny rogers “media doesn’t replace relationships, it enhances relationships”
  • 4:01 PM henryjz - matt’s postscript “media IS relationships”
  • 4:01 PM henryjz - at least to kids now
  • 4:01 PM henryjz - they don’t see a difference in face-to-face relationships and digital relationships
  • 4:02 PM henryjz - they are relational in different ways than many adults see them… and even disagree with
  • 4:02 PM henryjz - children are FUNDAMENTALLY different… their brains are wired differently now, socially wired differently now
  • 4:03 PM henryjz - kids’ values are being shaped by digital media
  • 4:03 PM henryjz - 7. they are open
  • 4:07 PM henryjz - watching cool video on the implications of web 2.0
  • 4:09 PM henryjz - video from digital ethnography www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE
  • 4:09 PM henryjz - and the room is SILENT
  • 4:10 PM henryjz - What is the process of digital renewal?
  • 4:10 PM henryjz - What needs to be rewired?
  • 4:10 PM henryjz - 1. curriculum
  • 4:12 PM henryjz - we need curriculum to speak to kids RIGHT NOW where they are
  • 4:13 PM henryjz - we can teach kids facts, but if we don’t engage what the affective side of their brain it won’t cross over into their lives
  • 4:14 PM henryjz - “when skills and real life application is balanced with content, schools may cover fewer topics but kids will learn more”
  • 4:15 PM henryjz - why do we try and put things in a linear context? most kids are non linear
  • 4:15 PM henryjz - “teaching less” is an illusion
  • 4:15 PM henryjz - letting kids know about how to live TODAY is more important for these kids
  • 4:15 PM henryjz - 2. need to rewire our media paradigm
  • 4:16 PM henryjz - how do we restructure our media paradigm?
  • 4:16 PM henryjz - we can battle with each other… but only walk away more entrenched in beliefs
  • 4:17 PM henryjz - help others to “take it for a test drive” and judge for themselves
  • 4:18 PM henryjz - 3. need to rewire our relationships
  • 4:19 PM henryjz - matt taking questions
  • 4:19 PM henryjz - q-”sounds like you’re talking about older kids… what do you do with younger kids?”
  • 4:21 PM henryjz - Matt – littler kids still are digital; my preschool girls use facebook (not their own) to connect with friends in other areas; take a look at all the preschool programs-dora, diego-they’ve got HUGE web content
  • 4:31 PM henryjz - ahhh, battery died… but i’m back
  • 4:32 PM henryjz - we can learn from video games… immersive environment, surprise
  • 4:32 PM henryjz - for large group strategies
  • 4:33 PM henryjz - 1. learn from video games
  • 4:33 PM henryjz - 2. use new resources
  • 4:33 PM henryjz - The Lads, KidzMatter, Digital Juice, Pint Size parables, Worship House, etc.
  • 4:34 PM henryjz - Small group strategies…
  • 4:34 PM henryjz - 1. rewire prayer
  • 4:34 PM henryjz - prayer is primary reason to do small groups
  • 4:34 PM henryjz - prayer is creative
  • 4:34 PM henryjz - prayer promotes group strength
  • 4:35 PM henryjz - let the kids pray with and for each other
  • 4:36 PM henryjz - small group win for matt’s groups is if they pray for 3 minutes
  • 4:37 PM henryjz - 2. rewire relationships
  • 4:40 PM henryjz - 3. variation
  • 4:41 PM henryjz - What are some home strategies
  • 4:41 PM henryjz - 1. web presence
  • 4:42 PM henryjz - examples anchorchildrensministry.blogspot.com and fjif.bogspot.com
  • 4:43 PM henryjz - 2. real resources
  • 4:44 PM henryjz - looking for the right mix between real resource and the vehicle to deliver it
  • 4:45 PM henryjz - find what works
  • 4:45 PM henryjz - 3. create social networks
  • 4:45 PM henryjz - ning, facebook, yahoo group, etc
  • 4:46 PM henryjz - all done… matt will take questions

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