These complaints sound familiar?
“We need learning that’s more active and hands-on”
“We need to attract kids, especially the older ones”
“The teacher’s don’t know their Bible, and lead boring discussions”
“The kids don’t want to be there”
“Wish we could do more with music in our lessons”
“The kids don’t remember their lessons or Bible verses”
Software to the Rescue!
- Software is HANDS-ON Multi-Media. “Hands on” means engaged and focused.
- Software is very attractive to older children (and parents and visitors).
- Many Bible CD provide the Bible content and built-in discussion questions and reflection activities that our “biblically lacking” teachers can run with.
- One of the biggest problems teaching with software is telling them they have to stop.
- Many of our programs include teaching music and lyrics to discuss.
- Software improves Bible memory because it’s engaging, multi-sensory, and they’ll want to do it again and again.
Software is a great way to deliver exciting interactive content to a generation that increasingly needs our best efforts and most exciting approaches. Free used PCs abound, and we have proven that our software is cheaper than donut holes (<-read that link).
Some naysayers call it “catering to the digital generation,” but we call it “speaking in the language of the hearer.” At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the Disciples the gift of speaking in new languages. That’s what we’re doing with Bible software for kids. Like Peter, we say, “We’re not drunk! It’s only Sunday morning, …a time for the young to see visions, and the old to dream, …Come Join Us.” (Acts 2:17)
Software and computers are ATTRACTIVE to kids, and to their parents, and to visitors.
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The computer screen and interactive media FOCUSES STUDENT ATTENTION.
We’ve long known that multi-media attracts the eyes, ears and attention span of our students. Software is merely another form of the media we have long sought to bring to our Bible teaching.
This focus enhances learning, promotes retention, and reduces classroom distractions and discipline problems. Kids easily work together at the computer because their focus is on the screen, and there’s a surprising amount of discussion the teacher can lead AT the screen because the kids aren’t distracted by “peer issues”.
And btw…. this does not mean the teacher is out of the picture. Our model is “guide by the side.
Relative LOW-COST vs BIG results.
FACT: Free used PCs are easy to find. You don’t need the latest greatest to teach with software.
FACT: The software is inexpensive when pro-rated per kid-use and over time. Plus, it’s completely RE-USABLE.
A typical software program used across a wide-age range can cost as little as 20 cents per kid -per use. That’s less than an art project, -less than the ‘free’ coffee your adults are drinking, -and less than the ‘free’ donut holes your kids are eating (more filling too). See our article about the Real Cost of teaching with software.
Software use is scalable and adaptable to your program.
We work with churches that have 2 kids and 200 kids, -from one laptop to a room full of PCs. Sunday School, Afterschool, Fellowship lesson time, Children’s Worship, Confirmation, and Home use. Software titles have a broad-age range, and are reusable.
Software is HANDS-ON learning
Hands-on means “engaged”. The kids love it (and that makes the parents love it), but the teachers enjoy it too! When you incorporate software and computers into your teaching, the kids are immediately interested and don’t need to be convinced to participate. Better yet, they want to do it again and come back! And they remember what they “do” …and “see” more than what they just “sit and hear”.
Many of our Software programs COMPENSATE for biblically illiterate teachers.
You know the situation: Many of our teachers don’t know their Bibles well enough. So we’ve made sure that many of our Sunday Software designed programs COMPENSATE FOR THE TEACHERS LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. We’ve included the Bible background, explanations, “dig deeper”, questions and reflection content RIGHT IN THE SOFTWARE. And as they use our software, our Open-Dig-Reflect content subtly TRAINS your teachers about the content of a lesson plan.
Concepts to Remember:
“This is not stand back and watch”.
Teachers and students work together at the computers.
“Rotate your kids, not your teachers or software”.
Churches ‘rotate’ different grade groups into their computer class, but keep the same computer lab teacher using the same program for several weeks. This allows the teacher to get better and the software to get used a lot!
If you know how to adapt, you can use most CDs with a wide age range.
Read our teaching guides to get tips on stretching your software across a wide age range. It will help your schedule, your budget, and your teachers.