As I saw this image today on Facebook, I immediately
hit "Share" and added: GREAT QUESTION!
Today, I strive to be good soil.
Later, I decided to add a link to the scripture
reference (http://usccb.org/bible/matthew/13 ),
a YouTube video of the parable being shared in a movie
and a YouTube video of a brief homily on the reading.
I then realized what a great catechetical tool Facebook
CAN be....we know it works well for sharing information, playing games, sharing recipes, etc. But, if
we INTENTIONALLY plan mini-lessons plans with links to good videos, readings, articles, etc.,
how much learning can we encourage our teens/families to do?! The possibilities are endless.
This approach removes some barriers (no time to be at CCD/PSR/PREP/religious ed... no access
to internet in your classroom or meeting space...they can 'share' it with their friends, if they are
so bold....parents can see what is being covered...), however, this only works for those who
have 'wired teens' with smart phones, tablets or computers with Internet, so you can decide
if this can work in your area.
Ela Milewska, Project Coordinator for the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis has
been playing with the idea of setting up a Facebook group page only for catechesis,
wherein a parish could post all the "boring details" for programs in one area, but
then take advantage of remote-formation by posting links for prayer, content and reflection.
Students can then review the material PRIOR to coming together and spend time in discussion
when gathered (great bonus for introverts who need more time to process before sharing!)
I loved this idea, and still may ponder those possibilities.... in the meantime, however,
I want to continue "sowing seeds" in my posts.
Please share how YOU have been using technology to help educate and form our young people
and their families?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.