A Swedish study has shown that kids' reading and
writing skills are improved when they read and write on iPads. It
could be due to any number of factors, but you have to wonder if
kids today learn better using technology. With that in mind, here
are five articles that can help you "plug in" to kids' wired world
and give your ministry a boost.
1. Involve Everyone. In his
Goo-Goo to Google, Matt Guevara takes a look at the trends in
technology and shows how we can use that info to better our
ministries. His tips are simple, yet very effective. Today's tech
is all about allowing everyone to participate. Do your lessons get
everyone involved and sharing their input? If not, look for ways to
involve the whole group as individuals.
2. Give Options. Echoing what
Matt says, Teaching Digital
Natives agrees that kids live and breathe technology. One point
the article argues is that kids have the freedom of choice at
almost all hours of the day. If they don't like a game, they can
download a new one. They can start conversations with whomever,
whenever. So to help kids feel "powered down" when they walk into
your room, allow them to have different options to express
themselves. Not only will it keep kids' interest, it will help your
message stick with them.
3. Equip Yourself. In this article, we
talked to children's ministry experts to see how they use
technology in their ministry. I love how Heidi Hensley explains how
she uses technology in her ministry-connecting with parents at home
and using technology to keep kids safe.
4. Special Needs. This is one
area of your ministry that may benefit the most from technology.
this article that tells you all about how you can digitize your
special needs ministry. Inside, we give you tips on how to fund a
technology budget as well as some of the best apps to download as
soon as you can.
5. Other Upgrades. Give your
whole ministry an upgrade to awesome using Ann Diaz's Wired Ministry article.
From animatronic puppets to large scale printers, you may find ways
to reboot your ministry into the 21st century.
How do you use technology in your ministry? Do
you allow kids to bring and use smartphones and iPads at church?
Let us know in the comment section below!