As we strive to keep up with modern technology, the Religious Education Media Center is happy to announce that Online Resources are now available through our online catalog. On top of the Main page for the Media Center we have added two new categories, Online Resources and Online Resource Themes. To locate an alphabetical list of the 750 plus Online Resources, just click on Online Resources tab at the top of our Media Page. This simple click will take you to Online Resource Results where you may again choose to see a list of OA, OC, OL, OR, OT, OV or All. An alphabetical list of online resource titles will appear. A single click on any title will bring forth the details of that title. For example: Under OV - Number 2 title is: Advent in Two Minutes. Clicking on the title will take you to “More Detail” which provides a description, a Media ID Type, Length; Grade List, and URL. By double clicking on the URL number you will be taken to the proper link of this particular title.
On the top of the Media Page is also an Online Resource Themes for locating items with specific themes such as Christmas, Easter, Prayer, etc.
Online Resources can be divided into six types. OA (Online Activities) provides online activities and games such as word search, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, virtual tours, saints’ plays, specific lesson plans and much more.
OC (Online Catechetical Presentations) are activities and presentations for catechists in a variety of areas and grade levels. These give teachers hundreds of new ideas for the classroom. Some examples are Power Points and other topics such as Bible Covenants by St. Mary Press which includes reproducible worksheets and videos.
OL (Online Links) provides link access for catechists and parish ministers to free workshops, training, articles, lessons, craft ideas and print information, videos on a wide spectrum of topics such as child development, doctrine, scripture, sacraments, prayer, methods and so much more. These are more teacher oriented to further teacher understanding.
OR (Online Resources/References) offers dozens of links from companies that provide information. Gospel reflections, seasonal resources, terms, definitions, symbols, and ways to live a more spiritual life. These can be used for both teachers’ and students’ growth.
OT (Online Tools) provides several links for teachers to make such items as a word search, a variety of different shaped word clouds, the world of personalized sticky notes, and assisting students to create electronic storybooks. These Tools are much more labor intensive and time consuming but could be very valuable.
OV (Online Videos) provides a multitude of videos with hundreds of topics and themes including scripture, Church, Jesus, Mary, Saints, Sacraments, Commandments, the Beatitudes, Trinity, Liturgy, Doctrine, and Seasonal items. The videos vary in length and grade level.
To determine the type of each item, the code OA, OC, OL, OR, OT, or OV is shown after the 5 digit code number such as 80204.OV indicates that Advent in Two Minutes is an online video.
Online Resources provide a wealth of materials at your fingertips. The schools and parishes of our diocese are indeed fortunate to now have Online Resources available. There is no shipping and no waiting.
Finally, if you come across an Online Resource that could be of value to others, please send this information to the Media Center via firstname.lastname@example.org