Educational Leadership: The Bishop as Teacher

The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending informational resources for all bishops. Educational Leadership: The Bishop as Teacher focuses on specific resources related to teaching: 

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Technology Tips for Teachers


are you snapping your teens? a case for snapchat in church

One of the promises of social media is that it allows us to meet people where they are, both literally and figuratively. Some of the people, particularly teens, are on Snapchat. The fun, casual nature of Snapchat lets you build the kind of intimate relationships people claim can never happen online. These sorts of relationships are the kind that churches greatly desire within their communities and with God.  This article from United Methodist Communications is a quick introduction to this social media platform and the possibilities it offers for teens in church.


Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

Teachers know that building community in the online environment increases the likelihood of student success. Finding ways to concretize something as ephemeral as “a sense of belonging” can be difficult; however, here are five places where you can start.


Podcasting for Beginners

Throughout history, the Church has used the newest communication technology to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and proclaim the message of love, justice and peace.  This month’s installment from ECFVP focuses on Creative Communication and includes this great introduction on podcasting from Fr. Benjamin Gildas.

9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is a resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.  Technology has become an essential force shaping much of our teaching and pedagogy. This chart highlights some of the fundamental digital skills every 21st century teacher should possess.

An Introduction to Twitter Education Chats

How can teachers extend the reach and frequency of their interactions with fellow educators?  Twitter education chats (edchats) are the answer for an increasing number of teachers and administrators.  Building a strong and satisfying personal learning network through edchats gives you your own professional support system and a reliable resource for the cutting edge in education.

10 Tips for Creating Effective Instructional Videos

Instructor presence is an important component of effective online teaching and video can help make it happen. Instructional videos have become increasingly easy to create and can turn a good online class into an engaging learning experience. Pressing that record button can be intimidating for some of us–after all, we’re teachers, not TV personalities–but it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are 10 tips that will soon have you broadcasting like a pro.

15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web

The lines have become foggy as the Internet blurs the lines of fair use copyright issues. We all know that copying and pasting text without permission or attributing to the author is plagiarism. What’s unclear is what falls into that category. Here is our list of the top open source image sites that are safe to get pics from. You might find that one site will be your go-to site for open source images, but there are indeed choices out there.

Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps

Engaging an audience is an important part of getting your message across.  If you are tired of your normal teaching routine, try sharing information or sparking a discussion with one of the free iPad apps listed in this post.  Introducing a topic with embedded video clips and sharing graphics and images are some ways to keep students interested in content and engaged in your presentation.

25 Awesome Apps for Teachers, Recommended by Teachers

What are the best apps for teachers?  This article presents 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers, from TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community.

The Scientific Reason Why Bullets Are Bad for Presentations 

You may have heard it before: don't use bullet points in presentations.  Bullet points make information more difficult to remember, especially when accompanied by auditory information.  Learn more about this dilemma as well as how to improve the value of your visual presentations.

3 Beginner-Friendly Data Visualization Tricks 

Statistics and data validate presentations and sometimes showcasing numerical research is the main point of a presentation.  However, charts and graphs are overly used and easily ignored or forgotten.  Here are three simple tricks for effectively preparing data for presentation slides.

Digital Badges Could Document, Motivate Faith Learning  

All teachers know that knowledge and skills are inseparable--the continuum that spans the art and science of a particular discipline.  Unfortunately, in faith formation settings, we tend to lean too heavily on imparting knowledge rather than developing skills.  The digital badging movement recognizes that learning happens in a variety of formal and informal settings, and that you might want to demonstrate learning from one area of your life to people in another.

Video is an increasingly important communication medium in our new media ecology.  Here is a brief overview of video production basics from Kyle Oliver at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, Virginia Theological Seminary.  More tech ideas from the recent E-formation Conference at VTS can be found here. For a sample of video creation in church, see Nurya Love Parish's "Growing Disciples in a Digital Age:" 

100+ Self-Education Resources for Lifelong Learners 

DIYGenius provides tools and tips to manage your own work and to master the focus to learn anything online.  This list of recommendations includes: MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses), online lectures and video sources, documentaries, digital skills training, open educational resources, DIY educational communities, and new online sources for books, liberal arts studies, and tools for self-education and self-discipline.  Included are resources for both teaching and personal study.


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