Happy Bday Internet

I am here to offer a belated birthday wish to our dear friend the internet on the occasion of its 25th birthday, which was celebrated earlier this month.  While computing was a part of my early education experiences, going online came later.  My initial online endeavors were an exercise in curiosity and an attempt to be a part of the leading edge. Somehow in just a few decades I traveled from a world in which the internet was interesting but had no real purpose to a reality in which nearly Read More …

Counting Online Ministry

As the year draws to a close, leaders in many congregations are actively involved in crafting annual reports.  Depending on your congregation's denomination, network or association, certain statistics may be required.  In almost all congregations, there are other things that get counted throughout the year and are then reported to the congregation annually. When people talk about the size and scope of ministry in a given congregation and seek to compare it to that of another, the assumption Read More …

11.7%

As the number of mobile internet capable devices increases, people are spending more and more of their online time on these devices.  In 2012, "Americans will spend about 11.7% of their daily media consumption with mobile devices." The chart at right illustrates the significant rise in non-voice use of mobile devices since 2009 in comparison to other media consumption.  Notably, mobile has experienced an increase greater than that of any other media. So What? Last Christmas was the Read More …

An Internet Challenge

From 2003-2011 Paul Brandeis Raushenbush was the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University.  Now he serves as the Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post.  A few weeks ago he wrote an article focusing on the power and prevalence of the internet as a source of religious information.  He concluded that piece with these insightful and challenging words: Instead of the bombs of negativity, distrust and conflict that can find their way into religion on the Read More …

Measuring the Web’s Impact

Earlier this week I happened upon Megan Garber's piece for the Atlantic offering a high level summary of the first ever Web Index provided by the World Wide Web Foundation.  The foundation was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who "invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN."  The Index itself draws on an incredible wealth of data covering 61 countries worldwide and utilizing 85 underlying indicators across seven components and three sub-indexes.  The report Read More …

Smartphone Habits

The Pew Research Center's Pew Internet & American Life Project has been tracking cell phone ownership and use for the past eight years.  Earlier this month they released a new infographic on our smartphone habits: So What? More people today are buying smartphones than traditional cell phones.  Smartphone ownership has been increasing for some time, and all indicators suggest that continued growth is likely.  In addition to more people having smartphones, more smartphone owners are Read More …

Most Seniors Now Online

It's official: most American adults age 65 or older are now online.  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project those age 65 and older are online more now than ever before: 53% use the internet or email (April 2012) 34% use social networking & 18% do so on a typical day (February 2012) So What? While usage rates are higher among the younger the population, the percentage of those in older age cohorts using the internet has continued to increase.  Another Pew Read More …

Help Stop SOPA/PIPA

I talk about many issues on my blog, but politics is not typically a part of that diverse mix.  Today, I feel it necessary to share a little about an issue that has become quite political.  A few weeks ago SOPA or PIPA were acronyms known by a select few; today a majority of Americans will learn more about them.  Two bills -- SOPA in the House (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA in the Senate (Protect IP Act) -- seek to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet.  To Read More …

Internet Technologies for Discipleship

Kelly Walsh, Chief Information Officer at the College of Westchester and seasoned IT professional, recently updated his list of ten internet technologies about which educators should be informed.  Walsh's current list has changed dramatically, including only five items from his original list.  The new list, in order, follows: video and podcasting resources, digital presentation tools, collaboration and brainstorming tools, blogs and blogging, social networking tools, lecture capture, student Read More …

How Many Devices Does a College Student Need?

Educause, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, recently released their 2011 report on undergraduate students and technology.  The associated infographic provides a visual overview of the findings divided into the following categories: institutions, instructors, software and hardware.  Since yesterday was Black Friday and Cyber Monday is coming soon, I was drawn to the section on hardware. Percentage Read More …