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

Post-It Notes, Evernote and Foamcore – creatively organized

If you know me at all, you know that I love to brainstorm.  Lists are boring and frustrating to me.  But mind maps liberate my mind to function at the highest level.

So, thanks to some people and companies, I am working with a new way to brainstorm, collaborate, get organized, etc.  It involves the new partnership between Post-It Notes and Evernote.  Then, I read a blog post about reusing old foam core boards.

I shared this with a few friends in an email.  I got such a great response I thought I would share with all of my friends in the cloud!

You know I’m an ideas person and my head is always in the cloud(s).  (which in today’s world has multiple meanings).
So, I wanted to share something with you.  (I’m excited at how this might work with open source technology.  See Wikipedia or Open Space World )
I believe I have already shared how excited I am at the new possibilities with the partnership between post-it notes and Evernote.  Here are some helpful articles if you haven’t used this yet.
Evernote partnership with Post-It
Digital Life for Post-Its with Evernote
CNET’s How-To Use Evernote Post-It Camera
And then I came across this article:
Foamcore, Post-Its & Evernote
And so I used all of these after a meeting with staff members about some changes we need to make in our student ministries center with regards to technology:
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And this is what happens when you take the picture of these notes with the Post-It camera feature in Evernote:

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This is a fun new way to collaborate using some old, familiar tools, new technology, and reusing items that can now be repurposed.
So, what will you do with Post-It Notes and Evernote?

Family Game Night App: Heads Up!

(Special thanks to my friend in preteen ministry J.C. Thompson for sharing this resource with me.  You can find his blog at jcisonline.com)

There’s a new 99 cent app out that can make magic happen by allowing your family to actually use their electronic devices to bring them together for a night of family fun!

There is a video that comes on the first time you open the app explaining how to play.

From then on, you simply pick one of the included decks.  If you have young kids at home, I encourage downloading the free “Just for Kids” deck.

When you tap on the deck, it explains how to play that game, and another option to raise the difficulty if that would make it more fun for you.

New decks can be purchased for 99 cents each.

When you click “play”, you hold the iPhone or iPad up to your forehead to others can see the screen.

Everyone else can see the answer they are trying to get you to guess.

They give you clues while you try to guess.

Get it right, flick in down and back up for the next clue to pop up and to give you a point for the correct answer.

Stuck and can’t figure it out?  Flick it up and back down to pass.

A additional feature and fun-factor is that your device records video using the front-facing camera of everyone giving you clues!  So if that turns out to be hilarious, you can save a copy or share it on Facebook!

You can find out more about the app on Apple’s website here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heads-up!/id623592465?mt=8

I’m looking forward to playing this game with my family this weekend!  And you can be sure we’ll be playing this game at our 56 Game Night and 78 Game Nights this school year!

(for details on those, check out mpcc.info/fiftysix and mpcc.info/seventy8)