How to Choose & Use

How to Choose & Use
Catholic Internet Sites
(adapted from Sister Caroline Ceverny, SSJ)
What is the address?
Who owns the site?
Is the site well-constructed? Is it easy to navigate?
When was the site created?
What is the underlying mission of the organization?
Who is the source or author?
What is the quality and depth of the material?
Is this reliable Catholic teaching?
Is it fact, opinion, story or interpretation?
Is the material plagiarized or has copyright law been followed?
What are you looking for? Why are you at the site?
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An Internet Instruction Activity
Locate a good web site or several sites, related to a unit of instruction
Develop an activity requiring students to use the site(s)
Assign the activity to be completed during the week
Have students share their work, questions, & new insights at the next class
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Faith Quest – a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land:
(P.S., this is a great site to have students use for the above
Internet Instruction Activity)
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Good Catholic Web Sites
“OFFICIAL” SITES: - the United States Catholic Bishops’ web site - The official Vatican site - Catholic News Service – the latest current news and events
(list does not include text-user only password-protected sites) - RCL/Benziger - site accompanies Be My Disciples text: chapter activities &
prayers, games and activities for students, family connection and resources, resources and catechist formation
(English & Spanish) – RCL/Benziger – site accompanies Blest Are We text: activities and faith
formation for Grades 1-8; resources, formation for catechists, families and all pastoral leaders. – Our Sunday Visitor – site accompanies Call to Faith text: activities, games
for K-8, resources for DRE’s, families (English & Spanish), and catechists - Sadlier Religion - faith formation site for all ages great resources and links for
spirituality, liturgy& evangelization. Several webquests are included. – RCL/Benziger – site accompanies Faith First texts: stories, games and activities for
K-8, resources for DRE’s, catechists, students and families. - Loyola Press – “Faith Formation” link takes you to program resources for
several programs. Click on the program name and discover catechist helps, family and student activies and
more. Links for Special Needs, Sunday Connection and prayer resources from front page also are good
choices. - Our Sunday Visitor. See “Resource Library” and “Catechist Help” links for
articles, documents and great ideas. - OCP (Oregon Catholic Press) - site offers
playlists for free listening, including latest releases by favorite Catholic and Christian artists. “Store” link has
CD’s, MP3 downloads, sheet music and other great resource for youth music. - click on Family Pages links for PS-8, and Entire Family for resources. Signup for free,
password necessary. – Sadlier Religion – site accompanies We Believe text: text-related online
student activities & games for K-6, resources and background reflections for catechists, family reflection: “This
Week’s Liturgy”
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OTHER GOOD CATHOLIC RESOURCES ON THE WEB lots of topics – Bible studies, book reviews, classroom ideas… - American - from St. Anthony Messenger Press: resources,
articles, seasonal activities, and more Catechist Magazine resource site – also National Society for Volunteer Catechists. blog and resource site from master catechist Joe Paprocki. Webinars
and recorded webinars available. - free printable resources, message board for sharing – members only area
available with more a community of catechists and leaders discussing the use of technology for
catechesis. Online curated video collection searchable by tags. - “At Home with the Faith” family spirituality site with practical hints, articles and activities. - Illinois Early Learning Project Tip Sheets – for preschool, K – those on
social-emotional development and family are good for catechesis – click “List All Tipsheets” to access - Catechism of the Catholic Church – searchable - General Directory for Catechesis – searchable - Institute for Peace and Justice – formation and resources for Catholic social
justice teaching - Religion Teachers Journal Creative Catechist – site to support the
magazine: contains articles, lectionary resource, prayers, a sharing area etc. - The Liturgical Catechist – curated resource site with links and videos
on seasons, symbols and other topics. blog, resources, lesson plans for children and youth from Jared Dees, Ave
Maria Press. - Zenit - a news service from Switzerland specializing in news about Rome and the
Church around the world – subscribe to newsletter for daily updates
This list compiled by the Religious Education Office, Diocese of Joliet.
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