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Not Your Grandpa’s Rangers: Integrating Modern Technology into your Weekly Meeting . Facilitator – Stephen Nichols. Traditional Ranger Meeting . Many merits require much writing and individual reports
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Not Your Grandpa’s Rangers: Integrating Modern Technology into your Weekly Meeting Facilitator – Stephen Nichols
Traditional Ranger Meeting • Many merits require much writing and individual reports • Boys do work together in small groups to practice some skills, for example Knots and Lashing. • Leader presents a lot of information to boys in a lecture style format • Leader Centric Meeting format
Why Integrate Technology • When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. • The teacher's role changes as well. The teacher is no longer the center of attention as the dispenser of information, but rather plays the role of facilitator, setting project goals and providing guidelines and resources, moving from student to student or group to group, providing suggestions and support for student activity. • Boy Lead, Adult Facilitated Meeting
Technology Key • The key to using any type of technology in the classroom is careful planning and integration of the media into the lesson plan. • Never use a video or a computer game as a filler.
Meaningful Learning Environment A meaningful integration of technology in a learning environment needs to be: • Active • Collaborative • Constructive • Authentic • Goal Directed
5 Levels of Technology Integration • Entry Level • Adoption Level • Adaptation Level • Infusion Level • Transformation Level
Prepare Ahead of time • If you Fail to Plan then Plan to Fail • Put Bible Study into PowerPoint • Prepare Videos to be shown • Have a set plan for your Electronic Presentation
Basic Classroom Technology • Computer • Desktop or Laptop • DVD Drive and Sound card • If using a desktop consider acquiring a Wireless Card if your church has WiFi • Projector • Speakers
Take it a step Further • Extra Laptops • Wireless Projection • Tablets\iPads\iPod Touchs • Apple TV\Ruku\or similar Set Top device • BOYD
How to get the Hardware • Ask the Church Board to purchase it • Purchase it yourself • Have a fund raiser • 2nd Hand • Use your own 2nd hand hardware • Ask the congregation to donate their unused/unwanted hardware
Technology is not always best • Bibles • Physical Skills • Recreation
Paper or Electronic Bible • Paper • Testimony • Price • Fewer Distractions • Handwritten Notes • Real Book • No Strings Attached
Paper or Electronic Bible • Electronic • Kids enjoy and are comfortable using digital devices • View 3 versions side by side • Text to Speech • Easy to transport • Online Resources • Electronic Notes • Searchable • Sortable
Paper or Electronic Bible • Examples of best time to use each • Paper • Telling a Bible Story • Teaching Respect and Honor for the Word for God • Electronic • Teaching about different Versions • Moving through Many Verses Quickly
REMEMBER • Remember, throughout the ages, Bible media has changed. The Ten Commandments were written on stone. Jesus read from a scroll written by a scribe. Paper Bibles were produced in mass after the invention of the printing press. In today’s digital world, Bibles are available electronically. Even though God’s Word has come in many different forms it stays the same throughout the ages……
Physical Skills • Technology can be a great instruction tool to present the skills • Technology can not replace practicing the skills • Use a Combination approach • Example: Rope Craft • Use videos on a projector to introduce the boys to the knots you will be teaching • Have to boys break into traditional small groups and practice the knots with each other
Recreation • Gold Point: A boy grows Physically • Boys need to be physically active. This is one of the fundamental areas of growth that is missing in many aspects of today’s culture • You should not use video games as Recreation in a Meeting • Many boys already spend a lot of time playing video games at home. • The rare exception can be made on nights that are not conducive to physical recreation
After Class • Group Text Messages • Cell Phone • Online service such as Class Pager • Weekly Group Emails • Updates about the weekly meetings • Include permission forms for upcoming events • Facebook/Twitter • Not just for the boys, Invite the parents also • Keeps the class communicating outside of the hour weekly meeting
Parental Permission • Ask parents to complete a technology opt-in form to collect information such as email addresses, cell phone numbers, and permission to post pictures and videos of their children to the web. • You should never put names with likeness of any minor, even with parental permission • Of course, don’t bombard parents with digital communication but use it strategically
Security, Privacy, and Ethics • Antivirus Software • Physical Security • Strong Passwords • Proper Software Licensing