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Repost: Something Digital This Way Comes

In light of Amy Dolan’s recenet post, I thought I’d repost this one from last year:

Take a look at the above video before reading on. I posted this video previously with my thoughts about a workshop that Matt Guevara did at the Conspire 2009 Conference.

Matt posted some of his thoughts on where education is going when it comes to “e-learning” and how children’s ministry needs to take a cue and start taking into account this brave new digital world. Here is a snippet of what Matt says:

“Children’s ministry is in the same boat. We have many tired structures delivering Christian education in a ministry context. Week by week purchased curriculum is probably at the top of the list. Certainly the predominant method of a teacher leading kids from the front of the classroom, spoon feeding information is as tired as it is ineffective. The awesome thing about technology is that it is disseminating innovation far faster than a curriculum company ever could. People are sharing ideas about how to minister in different contexts without speaking at a conference or putting 50 ways to blow up balloons in a workbook. I think that curriculum is the key component that will change in the field of children’s and family ministry in days to come. I cannot wait to see what happens.”

I wonder how long it will take curriculum writers and publishing companies to catch on to the cataclysmic changes in how curriculum needs to be developed, deployed and designed. No one really has it figured out yet. I wonder what all the scribes felt like when Gutenberg came out with the printing press. Maybe the “next thing” won’t even come out of curriculum publishing companies…

There is one thing to remember in all of the changes that are happening because of the changing face of how we communicate thoughts and ideas as well as communicating with each other. We have to remember that at the core of digital learning isn’t that it is digital… it is non-linear and participatory. We can utilized non-digital and means to accomplish those.

I agree that the model of the teacher dictating to students is becoming less effective. There needs to be more interaction. There needs to be some sense of participation that guides the direction of how a lesson is presented. There also needs to be a sense of contribution to the material. What does this look like? I’m not sure. I just hope that children’s ministry doesn’t end up being the ones who are trailing 10-15 year behind… again.

2 Responses to “Repost: Something Digital This Way Comes”

  1. amy dolan April 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    love the repost – great idea!
    my favorite part of this post: "we have to remember that at the core of digital learning isn’t that it is digital… it is non-linear and participatory." that is KEY! i think digital tools have made this possible, but the tools themselves aren't at the center of the culture shift.

    • henryjz April 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks for your post! Gives me an excuse to repost this :) As for the KEY, I agree. Sometimes we make too much of the tools and miss what affect the tools have on culture.

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