Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology For Christian Schools
: Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith. Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian...
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Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith.
Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian schools, Digital Life Together walks educators, school leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits, going beyond general arguments for or against digital devices to address the nuanced realities of Christian education in a twenty-first-century context.
David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, and associate professor of German at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity and The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality, and Foreign Language Learning .
- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>part One: Orientation<br /> 1. A Shifting Landscape<br /> 2. A Faith Tapestry<br /> 3. What Is Technology?<br /> 4. What This Book Offers<br /> 5. Modern Christian Schools In Context<br /> Part Two: Mission<br /> 6. Understanding The School&rsquo;s Mission<br /> 7. Why Technology? Community Perceptions Of The Mission<br /> 8. Communicating The Mission: How The Vision Was Received<br /> 9. Do Laptops Support The School&rsquo;s Mission?<br /> 10. Reaching Beyond The Mission Statement: A Tapestry Of Faith Strategies<br /> Part Three: Teaching And Learning<br /> 11. Pursuing Pedagogical Play<br /> 12. Digital Or Not? The Art Of Daily Choice<br /> 13. Preparing Minds: Inquiry And Life-long Learning<br /> 14. Preparing Minds: Higher-order Thinking<br /> 15. Preparing Minds: Differentiation And Inclusion<br /> 16. The Benefits Of Efficient Tools<br /> 17. Completing Assignments, But Cheating Ourselves<br /> Part Four: Discernment<br /> 18. What Is Christian Discernment?<br /> 19. Christian Discernment And Digital Citizenship<br /> 20. How Does Discernment Shape School Policy?<br /> 21. Are Students Getting Too Much Screen Time?<br /> 22. Keeping The Good From The Bad: Moral Boundaries<br /> 23. Fitting And Monitoring Internet Use: Does It Help?<br /> 24. Discernment And Consumerism<br /> 25. Teaching A Christian Perspective<br /> Part Five: Formation<br /> 26. How Do Beliefs Relate To Practices?<br /> 27. How Do Laptops Foster Connections To The Wider World?<br /> 28. Limitations Of Digital Engagement With The Wider World<br /> 29. Are Students Really Paying Attention?<br /> 30. Teaching Slow Learning<br /> 31. Can Spiritual Disciplines Help With Technology?<br /> 32. Who Takes Responsibility For Distraction?<br /> Part Six: Community<br /> 33. Faith, Practices, And Community<br /> 34. Shifting Relational Dynamics<br /> 35. Does Technology Use Increase Collaboration?<br /> 36. Parents&rsquo; Roles And Perspectives<br /> 37. Parent Communication And Information Overload<br /> 38. Time, Workload, And Boundaries<br /> 39. The Finish Line Keeps Moving</p>