Thoughts on Going Tech

During discussion of Romans 5 and the contrast between the First Adam and the Second Adam, one of the members was blown away at the “design” of our salvation. It’s typology, and she was impressed. The discussion continued and I thought of the perfect analogy of God’s “Deep Magic” as C.S. Lewis would call it: the fractal zoom. Here’s what I am talking about (the video goes on for 9 minutes, but you need to watch at least 3-4 minutes to appreciate what is happening):

Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.

I mentioned this and received blank stares. Fair enough. But I wanted desperately to show the class a portion of this. Kind of impossible to do with a chalk board. And I couldn’t explain it in words because I don’t understand it well enough.

What to do? I suggested going “hi tech” and using the computer and the projector, another suggested using Power Point.

While making slides doesn’t appeal to me, and pre-made pp slides can’t anticipate the awesome questions and discussion we receive every week, I am beginning to think that using some more interactive media–besides the simple handouts I prepare now–is the way to go.

I’m exploring it. Anyone have any ideas on how to incorporate tech in Bible Study? Any suggestions on what you’d like to see?

5 comments on “Thoughts on Going Tech

  1. If I hear how you all dropped acid in bible study so you could make a theological point, I’m not going to be impressed.

    One of my good friends does the laptop/projector/powerpoint thing. Me – I love my whiteboard — not high tech, but really, I don’t like higher math that much.

  2. The white board sounds like a huge improvement on the chalkboard he currently uses, Eric. His black suit is COVERED in white chalk dust every Sunday – it’s actually quite amusing!

  3. If you don’t like tech, stop using it. No photocopier, printing press, etc.

    Get the projector and show them your nerd stuff. They still won’t understand, but it will look cool.

  4. Chris, as a teacher I use both Powerpoint and Whiteboards, and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I am hoping to get a Smartboard next year through my district, which allows copies of what is written on the boards to be printed off as notes or handouts..

    Further, when teaching something computer based and projected on the board, it allows a person to interact with the board as if it were a touchscreen.

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