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Gigs, Geeks and God: Workshops

January 14, 2021

Pre-Recorded Workshops

*Topics Subject to Change

 

33 Tips and Tricks for More Productive Computing

Mark Barthel, Webmaster/Coordinator of Electronic Communication, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

No matter your skill level, this workshop demonstrates some helpful tips to use when working with your desktop, Windows Explorer, or browsing the internet. We will discuss everything from basic keyboard shortcuts to more advanced functions.

 

Communication Strategy

Angela Bravata, Director of Stewardship & Communications, St. John Vianney Parish

How to leverage the tools and resources you have to make the greatest impact in your communications.  Learn how to adjust your approach to have the most reach during the pandemic.

 

Copyright With Streaming and Recording Liturgy

Kim Mandelkow, Director of Worship, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

 

 

Engaging Digital Culture: The Vision of the New Directory for Catechesis

Gary Pokorny, Director of Catechesis, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

In 2020, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization issued a new Directory for Catechesis.  This Directory, like earlier directories, offers principles and guidelines to help direct the Church's ministries of catechesis and evangelization.  But it also addresses recent social and scientific developments including new technologies and the digital culture that emerges. This workshop offers a very brief introduction to the Directory, its treatment of digital tools in catechesis, and its call to engage the digital culture critically but confidently.

 

Evangelization in a Digital Age

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS, Senior Director of Church Engagement, Lpi

The New Evangelization is about communicating the Good News using new ways and methods to reach a modern world. If we fail to adapt and use the technology available to us for proclaiming the Gospel, will we truly be successful in breaking through the noise and confusion of society? We will discuss how technology can be a friend of evangelization and how using various tools can help our message stand out, touch hearts, and bring people to Jesus.

 

Family Engagement: Understanding Aspects of Virtual Reality

Dave Baudry, Associate Director of Child and Youth Ministry, St. John Vianney Parish
Ben Rogalla

How to use virtual technology with our teens, family and tech in our current world  

 

How to Use Canva

Maureen Rotramel, Director of Youth Ministry, St. John XXIII

Canva is a great tool to create social media posts, flyers, posters and more. And for non-profits you can get a business account for free. In this session, we will walk through the basics of what you can do on Canva and why it’s such an effective tool for ministry.

 

How to Generate the MissionInsite Reports You Need for Planning: A Step-by-step Demonstration

Laura Engel, Associate Director of Missionary Planning and Leadership, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Data from MissionInsite, a demographic tool provided to our parishes at no cost, helps us create a picture of our communities and parishes – where they've been, where they are, where they're going. Application of this data can give a parish team direction in their missionary planning process. Together we'll walk through step-by-step instructions to access household and individual demographic information including future projections, map your parish members, and cross-analyze your parish and community.

 

Planning a (Virtual) Formation Session

Maureen Rotramel, Director of Youth Ministry, St. John XXIII

In this session, we will look at some basics of planning an effective formation session online. We will do a brief overview of some of the tools available as well as best practices to build community, share content and engage our audiences.

 

Screen Game Breakers & Builders

Bryan Ramsey, Director of Youth Ministry, St. James Parish

They work in-person. They work online. Breaking ice. Building community.
Screen games allow you to easily create fun ways to engage youth, adults and pretty much anyone.
All you need is Powerpoint or Google Slides to tailor icebreaker questions and fun to your specific group - young, old, first-time or long-time.

 

Transitioning to Online

Sarah Tippet, Catechist, Good Shepherd Parish

Sara Tippet has taught both in person and online college-level courses and is currently working as an online instructor and tutor.  This session will cover technology and instructional tips and adjustments to help in person teachers transition to an online environment.  Zoom specifically is highlighted. 

 

The Power of Multi-Channel Digital Communications

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS, Senior Director of Church Engagement, Lpi

Once upon a time a parish secretary created a print bulletin, the youth minister utilized social media to reach people, the DRE placed information on the website about registering for classes, and the pastor sent out an email once and awhile to his parishioners. Today, some parishes have communications directors who do all of that. Beyond that, the Church is slowly embracing what is called MCC (Multi-Channel Communication) in a digital environment so parish messaging can be consistent, constant, and meaningful. This will include a hands-on examination of LPi’s brand new WeCreate MCC tool.

 

 

Live Sessions

 

10:00 am

 

Flipgrid

Lisa Jachimiec, DRE, St. Leonard Catholic Church and School

With many of our child, youth and adult formation programs happening in remote ways this year, we are missing a key component ~ community!  While it's not the same as a live, in person classroom setting, flipgrid allows interaction between student and teacher as well as student to student.  Learn some basic functions of flipgrid, how to create videos and more.

 

How Do You Adapt This Beyond the Pandemic?

Maureen Rotramel, Director of Youth Ministry, St. John XXIII
Marc Puechner, Director of Communications and Technology Integration, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Last spring, we were plunged into a world most of us were not all that familiar with. How do we take the new skills and tools we learned back into “normal” life? What might the “new normal” look like?

 

Maximizing Search Results in the Local Community

Mark Barthel, Webmaster/Coordinator of Electronic Communication, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Discover how easy it is to manage what appears in Google search results for your parish or school. Learn how to update content that Google and other search engines use to provide answers. 

 

Promoting a Culture of Generosity with Technology

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS, Senior Director of Church Engagement, Lpi

Websites, online-giving platforms, and smartphone apps are simply technology tools that have no real impact unless used correctly. Offering these things in a parish won’t make people more engaged or generous. How we use them will. We will explore how the correct use of technology can and will increase financial giving and increase overall engagement.

 

What's Your Parish and Community Story?: Using MissionInsite in Your Planning

Laura Engel, Associate Director of Missionary Planning and Leadership, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Whether you’ve been engaged in planning at your parish for a while or are deciding to embark on a new planning journey, data should play a significant role in the planning process. Data available to you and your team can provide valuable insights and paint a clearer picture of what is going on in your parish and surrounding community. Together we'll discover how to Analyze, Interpret and Apply data from MissionInsite, a demographic tool provided to our parishes at no cost, to bridge the gap from data to decision.

 

 

2:00 pm

 

Data-Driven Discipleship

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS, Senior Director of Church Engagement, Lpi

Too often we make decisions in the parish based upon feelings or what our gut tells us. The truth is that there is data available in every community that if collected and crunched correctly, can provide insight into making decisions that will bear the greatest fruit. The wise parish leader looks for trends and truths that can only be known by examining data. The key is knowing what data to collect, the means by which we collect it, and how to organize it. 

 

Facilitating Healing in the Grieving Process Through Virtual Memorials

Margaret Rhody, Associate Director of Evangelization, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Humans were not made to grieve alone. Many of the usual ways we process grief together (gathering in large groups to celebrate the deceased, physical comfort through hugs, shared comfort foods, quality time together sharing memories and assembling photographs, etc.) are not possible during times of social distancing. While the virtual space can't meet all of these needs, when used with intentionality, it can help bridge the gap until we are free to gather. This interactive workshop demonstrates the use of free templates for parish staff or family members to facilitate the grieving process through hosting a virtual memorial & time of memory sharing.

 

How to Use SignUp Genius

Lisa Jachimiec, DRE, St. Leonard Catholic Church and School

Signup Genius is great for bake sales and class treats but it can also save you valuable time and help manage groups.  See how this program can help streamline volunteers, registrations and more!  

 

Live Streaming / Pre-Recording Mass

Panelists in this discussion: Mark Barthel, Webmaster/Coordinator of Electronic Communication, Archdiocese of MilwaukeeBryan Ramsey, Director of Youth Ministry, St. James Parish; Marc Puechner, Director of Communications and Technology Integration, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish; Dave Bonofigilio, Director of Music & Liturgy, St. Monica Parish

Participants in this panel discussion will talk about their experiences with live streaming or pre-recording their parish’s Masses. They will discuss cameras, audio, software for editing or streaming, using Wi-Fi vs. hard-wired connections, bandwidth requirements, and more. Most importantly, they will talk about the difficulties overcome to be successful.

 

Using Games as a Learning Tool

Maureen Rotramel, Director of Youth Ministry, St. John XXIII

One of our tasks as formation leaders is to build community, which can be difficult in a virtual environment. In this session, we will explore how games can be an effective way to have fun while learning at the same time, both virtually and in person.

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