Notes and Resources – Evangelizing and Catechizing Digital Natives

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Today I led a workshop for the Catechetical Leadership Association for the Diocese of Des Moines (CLADD). These parish catechetical leaders and I explored how to engage the “net generation” in their faith through the tools of the new media. Below are my slides and notes for the event as well as additional resources and recommendations for further reading.

Thanks again to John Gaffney of the Diocese of Des Moines for the invitation and to the great catechetical leaders I met today — thank you for your participation and for making me feel welcome among you!



My notes from today’s presentation are available as a PDF file.

Web Resources




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Video: Catechizing Digital Natives webinar

This is a video of the webinar I offered earlier this month on strategies for passing on the faith to the “net generation.” For further reading on this subject I have also compiled a list of books, useful articles and tools referenced in the video.

Catechizing Digital Natives from Jonathan Sullivan on Vimeo.

Catechizing Digital Natives – Footnotes and Further Reading

This week I am giving a webinar on catechizing the “digital generation.” The following are footnotes and suggestions for further reading from the webinar:


  • Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey & Urs Gasser
  • Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott
  • Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning by Marc Pensky
  • Articles

  • Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Marc Prensky (PDF)
  • Do They Really Think Differently? by Marc Pensky (PDF)
  • How Digital Technology Has Changed the Brain by Don Tapscott
  • Life Support: What Young People Need in a Digital Age (PDF)
  • Using Technology to Get Teens to Pray by Nick Senger
  • Prayer Tools for Netizens by Nick Senger
  • 8 Myths about Digital Natives by John Palfrey & Urs Gasser
  • Interactive Connections, Issue 1
  • The Future of Reading: Don’t worry. It might be better than you think by John Green
  • Tapscott: Digital natives need tech-rich education by Laura Devaney (free registration required)
  • Why no one cares about privacy anymore by Declan McCullagh
  • Blogs



    If you watched the webinar, please leave a comment with your thoughts and reactions!

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    Upcoming Free Webinar: Catechizing Digital Natives

    Next month I will be offering another webinar on technology and catechesis:

    Today’s generation gap seems larger than ever. The students in our parishes and schools are comfortable with technologies that seemed like science fiction when many of us were growing up.

    Given the radically different way that “digital natives” use technology to take in and process knowledge, what are the implications for the catechetical ministry of the Church? How can we reach out to them without compromising the Gospel? And what do teachers and catechists need to know about this “brave new world?”

    This free webinar will seek to address these questions and help catechists, Catholic teachers, and youth ministers find ways to “bridge the gap.”

    To register for this free webinar, choose one of the two sessions and follow the URL.

    [Note: all times are Central Time]

    You can also watch a recording of my last webinar, Social Networking: A Primer for Catholic Teachers and Catechists, at

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