This page contains my effort of compiling learning activities, projects or assessments in CLE or Religious Education that employ the use of technology. These were mostly done with iPads or MacBooks in class, Google Apps for Education, and other applications available in the iOS AppStore.
I. Classroom Management/ Distribution of Materials
This is not yet a learning activity or lesson but I made sure to include this part since this will be of great help. Recommended platform here is Google Classroom for easy management of files and distribution of handouts and materials, such as project instruction or reminders. Google Classroom is of great help especially if the classroom is using Google Apps for Education.
Other apps that function in the same way: Edmodo, Schoology
II. Guided Internet Searches
This learning activity typically makes use of the knowledge stored in the internet. However, teachers must be cautious of the much, but sometimes not credible, information kept in the internet. This is the reason why teachers, especially in the lower grades, must teach their students to be critical about the information they gather. A better way is to have them choose from different links that the teacher have already evaluated beforehand. For example, teacher can let students gather information about the Ten Commandments, Sacraments, their Class Saints or even other current issues on environment, family etc.
Application needed: Google Search app, Safari
III. Mind-Mapping or Graphic Organizers
Mind mapping or graphic organizers are important tools for students. These can help them connect information, ideas, or concepts that they have gathered, make sense of their relations to each other so that they can see the bigger picture of things. This encourages the students to find the inter-connectivity of ideas and concepts. For example, in Grade 4, I once asked the students to use the App, Idea Sketch, to connect how the four gospel writers are connected to each other. What is interesting here is that when students are given a freedom to manipulate and draw connections, they can actually find more connections than what teachers expect.
Application needed: Idea Sketch
Sample: Make a mindmap showing the basic information of the Gospel Writers.
IV. Use an e-book in class
When distributing handouts or modules for students use in class, it may help if the teacher transforms the usual handout into a more interactive ebook. iBook Author provides a very good platform for making a gorgeous but functional ebook that can be used in class. Teacher can insert educational videos, interactive quizzes for check-up and even diagrams. In Grade 5, I experimented in using an ebook format for our handout in class. Students loved the new idea. They were also able to download it at home. Another ebook maker app that is easy to use is Book Creator. It is widely used and students can even make their own using this app. Pages can also be used to save handouts in epub format.
Application needed: iBooks Author, iBook, Pages (iOS and OS X), Book Creator App
V. Create an e-book
Just like what I have said above, students now can create their own ebook using the user-friendly, Book Creator. The UI is easy to navigate. Based on experience, students can do well adding narration, images, and texts on their story. In class, I was able to ask my students to make real-life stories that show how grade school students can live the different Christian Values we learned in class.
App needed: Book Creator
Sample ebook of a student: A Story of Forgiveness