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Mobile Technology for the Catechetical Leader

The Context - Goal

After agreeing to do this Learning Session I wrote the following description.
“In the Gospels, we find Jesus on the beach out and about with people. The modern catechetical leader cannot be tied to his or her desk and the desktop computer. This learning session explores the use of mobile technology including PDAs, pocket PCs, Ipods, and cell phones to support the catechetical leader on the move.”

Reflection from Dave Winer

“The problem with most conferences is that the intelligence is sitting in the dark with its hands folded, falling asleep while a bunch of idiots on stage with PowerPoints talking nonsense because they are so scared they need crutches to keep from having a nervous breakdown.” Dave Winer

Open Source Model

Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end product's sources. Some consider it as a philosophy, and others consider it as a pragmatic methodology. Read more on Wikipedia here. I hope this session is more a dialogue between ussers of mobile technology.

What Would Disney Do?

  • The question, What would Disney Do? asked on John Sviokla's blog calls us to think in new ways about our ministry.


A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, often containing audio narration. More on screencasting in Wikipedia here.

Mobile programs

  1. Portable Portable is the complete office suite – including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database – packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go.
  2. Portable FileZilla Portable FileZilla is the popular FileZilla FTP client packaged as a portable app, so you can take your server list and settings with you.
  3. ajaxSketch Great for diagramming, flow charts, free hand drawing, and more. With a similar look and feel to popular drawing programs, you don't need to learn a new interface. Based on Ajax programming techniques, it is a completely web-based program with the quick response of conventional software.
  4. \ video conversion tools Video conversion tools that allow you to prepare a video file for your handheld
  5. Check your E-mail on the road from any computer.
  6. Mail2web/pda Check your E-mail on your Palm or Pocket PC.
  7. Erasing your cell phone data The Cell Phone Data Eraser offers instructions for how to erase all your sensitive data from your cell phone before you donate your used phone.
  8. Tiny Spell A small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check the spelling of words in any Windows application.

Other Resources

  • Provides information and content for your portable device.
  • SOMPY Make your Windows Mobile Pocket PC PDA and Desktop as Enjoyable and Usable.
  • Ecunet Ecunet is the online world's oldest interactive Christian community! For over 15 years, Ecunet members have been able to login, join the Member Network of their denomination, and share resources and enter into discussions with thousands of other Christians from all over the globe!
  • Lifehacker Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live. Great Site

  • - This is the link I mentioned to you during Don's workshop. This is being developed in Australia by Catholic Educators. Still early in its development, you see that it aims to provide suggested websites, Learning Objects, and Faith Quests (a concept that I've shared with Adrian Brown who in turn is involving religious educators to develop these type of online activities.) (young technologically savvy pastoral associate in a technologically savvy parish)

Communities Discussion

Ideas, programs, hardware and wisdom we've collected


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