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DDBC Overview

catechists-and-technologyDigital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) is a guided course of study that will help you understand how web-based technology and social media can be applied in ministry settings. It is an opportunity for catechetical leaders and ministers at all levels to learn the basics of faith-based educational technology and new media. This is your opportunity to gain the needed skills to be a Digital Disciple.

Why do we call this program Boot Camp? Because we offer you survival skills that you will need to be an effective communicator of the faith in today’s digital environment. We will equip you to use the new media tools of today: Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, digital storytelling tools, webinars, using smart phones in ministry, and all kinds of collaborative web-based applications. Everything we teach is intended to be adapted to your ministry.

Digital Discipleship Boot Camp is intended for Parish Catechetical Leaders, Catholic school teachers, Directors of Faith Formation, Youth Ministers, Catholic school administrators, or anyone with a desire to learn more about technology’s relevance to faith formation.

Your participation will help you…

  • Update your technology skills with practical, hands-on training
  • Explore safe, free and affordable technology tools
  • Learn the new Digital Disciple Technology Competencies for Ministry
  • Creatively apply what you learn to the classroom or catechetical setting
  • Discover the new discipline of Pastoral Technology
  • Prepare to lead students, faculty, and catechists to a better understanding and use of web-based technology for faith formation
  • Meet other Catholics who wish to remain connected via digital communication beyond the scope of Digital Discipleship Boot Camp

DDBC is structured as a series of eight modules that are normally scheduled weekly with additional time for participants completing Capstone Projects. Here are more facts that might help you make your decision about whether to register:

  1. The average individual workload for each module varies according to your technology experience
  2. Each Module involves attending a Webinar, reading a class blog, and doing hands-on activities structured to help you practice the skills you learned in that module.
  3. The time you spend varies from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours per module. We have learned that “life happens” and have built in an approximate 3-4 week grace period for participants working towards certificates to complete the 7 Module Requirements. Check the current schedule or handbook (sent to registered participants) for this grace period.
  4. Those who complete the modules and all related assignments are eligible to work with a mentor to customize what they have learned to their ministry setting in a Capstone Project.
  5. We also invite participation in our DDBC Facebook Community, a private group where you can share your technology ideas with others. This also provides you with a model for using FB with a group.
  6. DDBC will train you to use a variety of creative tools in your ministry while you grow as a Digital Disciple.

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