Technology and Ministry

I was recently invited to be interviewed for a podcast at Ministry to Youth.  They talked with me about two of my favorite subjects: technology and student ministry! Check out the link by clicking on the image below.  This also goes well with my page of “Apps for Spring 2015.”

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Favorite Apps (as of today)

A friend of mine asked me what “three to five” of my favorite apps are right now.  I started listing them and came up with about 30!  So, here they all are in one big blog post.  (I’ll also be posting these individually on my Facebook and twitter accounts over the next few days.)  These are in no particular order.  They are just my “go to” apps right now.  Most of these are used on my iPad.  A few are specific to the iPhone.  Many are available on both and on other platforms.  (I could write about each of them, but you know you just want to click on the link and see for yourself.  So check my favorites out and add a comment with what you would add to this collection.)  (Images are screenshots from the Apple Store as of this posting.)

evernote

Evernote 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8

ithoughts

iThoughtsHD 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ithoughtshd-mindmapping/id369020033?mt=8

omnifocusipad

OmniFocus for iPad

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/omnifocus-for-ipad/id383804552?mt=8

hootsuite

Hootsuite

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hootsuite-for-twitter-facebook/id341249709?mt=8

penultimate

Penultimate 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penultimate/id354098826?mt=8

paper53

Paper by 53

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paper-by-fiftythree/id506003812?mt=8

haiku

Haiku Deck 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/haiku-deck-presentation-slideshow/id536328724?mt=8

keynote

Keynote 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keynote/id361285480?mt=8

achtung

Achtung 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/achtung/id376990616?mt=8

trello

Trello 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trello-organize-anything/id461504587?mt=8

kindle

Kindle 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindle-read-books-ebooks-magazines/id302584613?mt=8

ibooks

iBooks 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8

pages

Pages 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8

numbers

Numbers 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numbers/id361304891?mt=8

olivetree

Olive Tree Bible Study 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible+/id332615624?mt=8

accordance

Accordance Bible 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible-study-with-accordance/id411970514?mt=8

services

Services 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/planning-center-services/id327370808?mt=8

rory

Rory’s Story Cubes 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rorys-story-cubes/id342808551?mt=8

actionbible

Action Bible 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/action-bible/id458351232?mt=8

skillz

Skillz 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skillz-for-ipad/id456617069?mt=8

iannotate

iAnnotate PDF

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iannotate-pdf/id363998953?mt=8

prezi

Prezi

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prezi/id407759942?mt=8

prop

ProPresenter Remote

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/propresenter-remote/id298127110?mt=8

instashare

Instashare 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instashare-transfer-files/id576220851?mt=8

headsup

Heads Up 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heads-up!/id623592465?mt=8

everclip

Everclip 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/everclip-for-ipad-clip-to/id618054123?mt=8

dmdpanorama

DMD Panorama 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dmd-panorama/id441183050?mt=8

iPhone Specific Apps

omnfocusiphone

OmniFocus for iPhone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/omnifocus-2-for-iphone/id690305341?mt=8

accuweather

AccuWeather 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/accuweather-weather-for-life/id300048137?mt=8

espn

SportsCenter 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/espn-sportscenter/id317469184?mt=8

Apps That Are New to Me

topnotes

TopNotes 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/topnotes-take-notes-annotate/id548578836?mt=8

timeli

Timeli 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeli/id386890857?mt=8

notebox

Notebox 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/note-box-free-minimalistic/id733743183?mt=8

GRID

GRID 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grid-by-binary-thumb/id649597509?mt=8

Parents Partnering & Collaborating in Community

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What if…

What if we used our online spaces to help us stay connected instead of get distracted?

What if parents who have a good thing going shared some of that wisdom and struggling parents were humble and brave enough to ask and receive that help?

What if the fifty-six and seventy8 Facebook pages could be those places? Maybe I could add some blogs for each ministry to compliment what is happening on social media, but make it more accessible outside of Facebook & Twitter.

What if we lent each other a hand so all of us parented better and our kids all benefitted from that collaboration?

Tell me your thoughts. Leave a comment here or email me. I’m looking for anything from subjects you’d like to see me blog about to questions you’d like to see other parents answer. You’re interaction helps shape this community. It may not be a national election, but you are still very important and you’re voice definitely matters! (No electoral college here.)

Email Mike

Image by Baloozer on Flickr.

Introducing everloop: Think facebook for 8-13 year olds

(This is part of my Technology and Ministry series.)

Working with students 10-13 year olds, I often get asked by students and adults about social networking.  Even just this past weekend I had a student asking me to post on his mom’s wall a note telling her she needs to let her son get a facebook account!

Most of my contact on facebook is with parents and some students who have been allowed to have an account at a young age.

Just yesterday, I was introduced to “everloop: a new generation of social networking for tweens.”

This resource is brand new and I’m looking at it both as a pastor and a father.  My initial reaction is that 2nd grade is a bit young for social networking and “tweens” really has not been classified so young before.  Not sure what the implications are for both of those developments.

So, here is where interaction and a blog are really helpful.  I’m including some links to both the developer’s site and to other video resources and reviews.  I would love to have a dialogue of comments AFTER you take the time to check out the information on these links.

 There are plenty of people blogging or even just talking around water coolers or in school hallways or church lobbies, etc. who simply want to voice their opinions without actually checking out the facts.  From what I have seen so far in the research I have done, I see both pros and cons to both this resource being available and to its use.  Just like with cell phones and students, I believe we as pastors, educators and parents need to decide which battles to fight and which resources actually might be able to be harnessed for good!  I don’t believe this is an all or nothing situation.

 However, I also believe parents need to be parents.  Whether a child is on the Club Penguin, PBSkids, facebook, twitter, everloop or whatever comes out tomorrow, parents have to be responsible and take authority when it comes to our children and their safety.

So, please check out these links and offer your educated feedback as a parent, pastor, educator, or (if your parents let you) a tween or preteen perspective!

Thanks!

-mike

everloop home page

everloop blog

everloop: about everloop

everloop: Parents (why everloop?)

everloop CEO presents at Demo (video)

Hilary DeCesare, CEO of everloop, talks about “facebook for kids”

everloop press release

everloop fact sheet

ZAGG Blog regarding everloop release

Google search of “everloop”