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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Trends in Educational Technology

10 Common Grant Writing Mistakes

In our hypercompetitive funding climate, it’s critical that you can write clear, cohesive, compelling grant proposals. With so much at stake, it’s a shame to watch a proposal rejected for something that could have been avoided with a little work upfront.  This article from The Chronicle for Higher Education offers a list of the 10 most common errors in grant writing.


Will Letter Grades Survive?

Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces—from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices—the ubiquitous one-page high school transcript lined with A–F letter grades may soon be a relic of the past.  Schools and lawmakers have come to the same conclusion: The old models of student assessment are out of step with the needs of the 21st-century workplace and society, with their emphasis on hard-to-measure skills such as creativity, problem solving, persistence, and collaboration.


Best Education Podcasts 2017

Podcasting is on the rise in terms of both popularity and creativity. According to Edison Research, 40 percent of people age 12 or older have listened to at least one podcast, up from 29 percent five years ago. Many excellent new podcasts have launched for educators. Edutopia offers this list of recommendations.


10 Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized

When it comes to staying organized for teaching, there is no one-size-fits-all. It's really all about finding the system that works for you, picking apps or tools that you will actually use, and remembering that there are lots of options to choose from as you figure out the best fit.  As you sort through this list, decide to pick one or two, put them into practice for a month, and then reflect on if and how well they are helping you stay organized.


Kyle Matthew Oliver: You already have everything you need to be a digital media minister

Digital media ministry can be a bit intimidating at first but the good news is that digital media ministries are, first and foremost, ministries. Both lay and ordained church leaders have already been called to live out and take on Christian acts of hospitality and proclamation, formation and service, fellowship and solidarity.  To learn to minister online, the challenge is to align existing ministry instincts with the new environment.  You already have everything you need to be an effective digital media minister—except maybe some practice.


Eight Apps That Can Help Your Church

If you’ve got a smart phone, you’ve probably downloaded a few apps, either games to waste some time or something a little more productive! There are apps for everything now, including a few that might be of use to your church. To save yourself sifting through the hundreds of thousands of apps on the market, the Church of England has selected a few for you which will help your church be creative, work together and save you time. All of them are work on both Apple and Android phones and all are free to use.


Common Questions Google Analytics Can Answer

What do people want from a church website?  Google analytics is a great place to start finding answers to questions like: Are the right people visiting the website?  Do they feel welcome?  Is social media worth the effort?  What is the top content on your website?  This article from “Church Marketing Sucks” gives a brief introduction.


Talk With Your Audience--Not At Them--With Google Slides Q & A

A new feature in Google Slides is Google Slides: Slides Q&A. This update—rolling out globally—helps speakers connect with their audience and collect real-time feedback. With a simple link displayed on a Slides presentation, audience members can submit questions from their phones, laptops, and tablets—and vote on those they want answered the most.


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How Can You Make Thinking Visible in the Classroom?

Rachel Smith, Director of Digital Facilitation Services for The Grove Consultants International, develops ways to integrate technology into visual practice.  In this TEDx presentation, she talks about effective note-taking and new ways to support active listening.


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How to Start Earning E-formation Digital Badges 

Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online.  Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings.  They hold potential to help transform where and how learning is valued.  E-formation badges are a way to utilize this tool in the Church.


The Internet gives even small congregations the ability to offer vibrant adult education and formation programs.  Chris Yaw, founder of the online learning website Church Next, talks about online group learning as a means of congregational renewal.  See also this sample from Church Next featuring Bishop Michael Curry:


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