One of our most important goals for the Digital Literacy Toolkit is to help instructors who are just getting started thinking about why digital literacy might be an important competency for faith leadership. Even—and especially—if you’re not a expert technology user, we believe you can incorporate assignments that will get your students curating, creating, and reflecting critically upon new media artifacts.
Our collection is robust and still growing, and we realize that the sheer number of resources could be intimidating. So especially if you feel
For your own education
This discussion guide by renowned communication scholar Heidi Campbell will take you and your students through the big ideas in her article “Understanding the relationship between religion online and offline in a networked society.” It’s a great way to build some new media vocabulary and begin shaping a critical understanding of religious practice in light of digital communication.
To simplify classroom sharing
It may sounds silly, but we’ve seen many a digitally integrated classroom activity go wrong right from the start because it took students forever to get to a webpage the instructor wanted them to visit. This simple teaching practice page will get you up and running with a service like bitly, which lets you create short, customizable links and even lets you track how many people use them.
To prepare students to hit the ground running
Almost any leader today needs to know enough to ask some good questions about their organization’s web presence. And students who will serve less well-resourced communities might even need to roll up their sleeves and create a website or Facebook page themselves. At the very least they’ll need to supervise someone who will. This activity, based on the popular church communications resource Speaking Faithfully, will help them know what to look for—and why.
To explore the possibilities of digitally integrated ministry
Lots of people ask us for examples of churches that “get this stuff right.” Acknowledging that one size does not fit all, we like to send them to see The Slate Project. This Baltimore church plant committed from the beginning to be present in their physical and digital neighborhood. They conduct a lot of their Christian formation via thoughtful, public Twitter chats and have attracted a diverse and nation-wide community of friends.
Have a resource that was helpful when you were just getting started? Please let us know!