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Godinterest.org is a response to the challenge and opportunity offered by the Internet for learning both in and beyond the classroom.
Godinterest Theology Challenges – Resource for Teachers
Mindful of the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies in general, the Godinterest.org, is undertaking the development of Theology Challenges in the first instance to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education.
Godinterest Theology Challenges will provide content and professional development. The first stage will be to offer sequenced online materials to assist and engage teachers of Ethics in exploring in a systematic way various contemporary ethical issues. In doing this Godinterest Theology Challenges will use a large range of Internet resources to guide teachers through the exploration of the specific issues. This will be the most developed part of Theology Challenges at the present moment.
We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. Hopefully they will also be useful in other ways in the future including the online delivery of assessable units for accreditation and online provision of materials tailored to meet the needs of specific school groups.
Establishing Learning Communities
In addition to the provision of content, it is intended that Godinterest Theology Challenges will encourage the development of online professional learning groups. Teachers will be able to use both the Godinterest Theology Challenges materials and online collaboration blog creation tools to explore and discuss the issues and questions that are raised. In this way, they will also be introduced to the possibilities for curriculum and classroom application of the facilities they are using in their own professional learning and collaboration.
Into the Future – Speaking to Students
Teachers are most interested in educational resources when they see them as supportive of their own classroom practice. At the same time, the ultimate goals of any educational initiative are the improvement of student learning and the engagement of students in the learning process to improve educational outcomes. It is hoped that as Godinterest Theology Challenges develops it will contribute to this vision not only by supporting teachers to present the RE to their students but also by providing engaging online materials for their use. It is hoped that through this process, Godinterest Theology Challenges will assist young people to use the new technologies both ‘purposefully and critically and… to adapt and learn throughout their lives’ and ‘for their integral development and the benefit of others’.