Religion e-books

 

Researching for lessons, I came across a lot of Religion books which are now available in e-form and online.

A few examples of these online books are:

  • Religion Living is now available for Ipads.

  • A question of Faith 3rd Edition

 

  • Why should you use these resources?

These two online  religious education textbooks are both easy to use in the classroom and work closely with the curriculum – whether your class is exam or non-exam.

Furthermore, due to these textbooks being online they are packed with interactive resources and handouts with compliment the textbooks.

These handouts are ideal when revising over a topic or trying to learn a new key term.

  • Teaching tips

These online resources and e-books have many links and tips to resources which can be used in the classroom. They also have teacher notes and are always helpful.

We never stop learning thus it’s exciting to see how these e-books will be used in the classroom.

 

 

 

Lent

Pancake Tuesday is a day greeted with much delight last week as people enjoy their pancakes with their many different toppings and creations. Some people even go to extremes and they have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It is a day of indulgences.However, Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday and marks the beginning of Lent.

Lent is a topic which can be covered with a range of years and can be pitched very easily to each class.

A few resources which I have picked up this year for lent are as follow!


Short Youtube clip on Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAuB-3V46zk


Short Youtube clip on Ash Wednesday or Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3L3c23MfC0


 

Lentsanity Free App designed for young adults.


Pray as You Go Catholic App Free App where you can make a digital retreat for Lent.


 

Credit @MsKeleghan and @rechatie


@rechatie

Will have daily updates and resources throughout lent.


 

Sign up to the diocesan advisor newsletter! Great resources are emailed out.


 

Beautiful images to use throughout Lent

 

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Refugee Blues – W H Auden

Can be used as a stimulus in the classroom.

Refugee Blues         W H Auden

Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there:
We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.

In the village churchyard there grows an old yew,
Every spring it blossoms anew:
Old passports can’t do that, my dear, old passports can’t do that.

The consul banged the table and said,
“If you’ve got no passport you’re officially dead”:
But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive.

Went to a committee; they offered me a chair;
Asked me politely to return next year:
But where shall we go to-day, my dear, but where shall we go to-day?

Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said;
“If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread”:
He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.

Thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky;
It was Hitler over Europe, saying, “They must die”:
O we were in his mind, my dear, O we were in his mind.

Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin,
Saw a door opened and a cat let in:
But they weren’t German Jews, my dear, but they weren’t German Jews.

Went down the harbour and stood upon the quay,
Saw the fish swimming as if they were free:
Only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away.

Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees;
They had no politicians and sang at their ease:
They weren’t the human race, my dear, they weren’t the human race.

Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand floors,
A thousand windows and a thousand doors:
Not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours.

Stood on a great plain in the falling snow;
Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro:
Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.

Global World

Well worth checking this short video!

Great introduction to several topics such as AIDS, internet, global changes, population, 1st world problems, social changes, world demographics etc. etc – endless list of topics.

 

New Religious Movements

Currently, looking into New Religious Movements with a senior cycle class.

The New Religious Movement which we are currently focusing on is the Unification Church which are also nicknamed the Moonies by many due to their founders Sun Kung Moon name.

A good introduction documentary which isn’t a biased and able to give an insight into the new religious movement can be found below – and works in school!

 

Powerpoint on New Religious Movements: NRMs powerpoint

 

 

What would you do? Morals – LC example

Morals – What would you do?

What would you do  (WWYD) is an American newsmagazine and situational hidden camera television programme that has been broadcast on ABC since February 26, 2008. It is hosted by news correspondent John Quiñones.

The program features actors acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how. Variations are also usually included, such as changing the genders, the races or the clothing of the actors performing the scene, to see if bystanders react differently. Quiñones appears at the end of each scenario to interview bystanders and witnesses about their reactions.

As the experiment goes on, psychology professors, teachers, or club members watch and discuss the video with Quiñones, explaining and making inferences on the bystanders’ reactions.

How does this tie into Morals?

First of all look at the Definition of Morals: concerned with or relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour: moral sense. 2. adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct. 3. based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience: moral courage, moral law.

How does this relate to the Leaving Certificate Curriculum aims?

What would you do ties into these LC Religious Education aims:

  • The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.
  • Additionally, it also ties into All Leaving Certificate programmes, in contributing to a high quality education, emphasise the importance of : self-directed learning and independent thought, a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance, initiative and enterprise, preparation for further education, for adult and working life and lifelong learning

as it promotes students to become aware of the global world in which they are living in today and how they interact with the world around them is done through Morals.

Also, WWYD raises topical and current issues which are in the media which the students can relate to. This can promote critical thinking and engaging responses from students on topics which require personal language in an everyday situation. (Ties into to examine some understandings of ‘morality’ and the implication of these understandings for personal decision-making and to identify the elements and context of a moral decision.)

Why use WWYD in the classroom in regards to Technology (Web 2.0 Tool)

WWYD is a viewed by the students through a web 2.0 tool – YouTube. This is incorporating and expanding students minds as to how they view short clips online – social online awareness.

Additionally, it highlights critical thinking and moral judgement to students to never judge a book by its cover either – as it’s revealed that each scenario those in the video are witnesses to are set up so to speak.

Few examples of WWYD clips available on their youtube channel.


Resources to go with this video!

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/336468/Scammers-sell-3-pregnancy-kits-online

http://www.naturalnews.com/045174_pregnancy_tests_women_relationships.html

http://www.alternet.org/latest-troubling-internet-trend-selling-positive-pregnancy-tests

This is a video which most students can relate to if you can break it down and ask can you think of a time you didn’t have enough money for something.

Would you let someone go without baby food.

Embracing the christmas time – WWYD – similar topic to the previous video.

 

Christmas?

Another airport blog about Religious Education! No shortage of inspiration today while waiting for planes.

@HeathrowAirport there is a sense of Christmas in the air with seasonal Eggnog and gingerbread flavoured lattes! There is also a hint of Christmas with the beautiful modern twist on the classic traditional Christmas tree!

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@DublinAirport there is Santa and Rudolph!

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This reminds me of the current debate of the new Starbucks cups released for the festive Season! However, this has caused a lot of controversy and backlash! (if you have not heard about the this current debate http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/35232/20151121/starbucks-holiday-cup.htm here you go!)


 

The link between @HeathrowAirport, @DublinAirport and @Starbucks for this post and Education is – how do we respect Religions in the public sphere?

Christmas is one of the biggest commercial times of year and one of the most well known times of year for Religious reasons. Yet, there is always controversy around this time due to the cross over between commercial Christmas and yet it’s foundations lay in Religion.

This has promoted me to question should we say Happy Christmas as opposed to Happy Holidays?

This is an age old debate since the phrase has come into existence. We acknowledge how Christmas has come about through this comment and we can see it as a positive phrase where

 

Christmas Music

Christmas Music

Many schools are beginning to prepare their Christmas Carols.

If you’re starting to prepare and unsure of what could be used here a few suggestions you may find helpful.

 

If you have students who are interested in pitch perfect – maybe try and encourage them to do a Christmas acapella version of Christmas classics!

Additionally, this modern twist may attract some shy singers who don’t want the limelight. Also, it will spice up the usual Christmas Carol and give an interesting twist to those Christmas Concerts and Masses.