NCEA 2012 Presentation: 12 Edtech Tools Any Religion Teacher Can Use Effectively

I was so pleased to be speaking at the annual NCEA convention in Boston, MA this year. Thank you to all of you who came to the presentation, listened to some of my tips and shared your own experiences with integrating technology into the religion classroom. As promised, here is the presentation titled, “12 Edtech Tools Any Religion Teacher Can Use Effectively,” sponsored by Ave Maria Press.

You can view the presentation below or download the it from Slideshare:

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A large portion of the presentation was focused on the “effectively” portion of talk’s title. This was my first opportunity to really share an in depth explanation of the Learning PROCESS and the Conversion PROCESS, both of which are introduced in The Religion Teachers Guide to Lesson Planning.

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My primary goal was to help teachers and catechists recognize that if we focus on becoming good teachers and catechists first, the edtech tools will cease to be intimidating. Any time you come across a shiny new tool ask yourself how it fits into the way students learn or come to know Christ through faith.

The Top 12 Edtech Tools

Here is the list of tools discussed in the presentation with links to their websites:

  1. Google 
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint
  3. Google Docs (Forms)
  4. Evernote 
  5. Prezi 
  6. YouTube 
  7. Screencasting (Screenr; Jing)
  8. Animoto
  9. Music (CD Player, iPod, MP3 Player)
  10. Wordle 
  11. Quora 
  12. Facebook 

I’m happy to answer any additional questions about any of these tools in the comments below.

There were a number of great comments, questions, and discussions that occurred during the presentation. It was recorded by NCEA and NPCD, so as soon as I know how you can get a copy for yourself or your school I will update this post.

Thanks again to everyone who attended and said hello at NCEA. It was great to meet you all!



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About Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher. He is the Content Marketing Manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, and Praying the Angelus.