And if you’re intrigued and have a few minutes, I highly suggest reading Steve Clayton’s compelling story about what his two-year-old daughter has taught him about technology and the closing digital/physical divide.
I’m not necessarily an early adopter when it comes to technology…at least when it comes to hardware. I’d rather let others work out the kinks and then take advantage of the second (or later) iteration. (Trying out low-commitment software and apps is another story.)
I finally jumped in and ordered my early birthday present–the iPad 2. So far, no shocker, I’m really liking it. In fact, I’ve even gotten over my fear that the glass keyboard wouldn’t work as well as a tactile bluetooth keyboard and typed this post in landscape mode using the free PlainText app.
I still have a lot to learn when it comes to gestures and what this new toy/tool will mean for my daily workflows, but I think I may be blogging on the iPad more than I expected. For starters, it’s much harder to get distracted from the “page” in front of me and jump over to Twitter, Facebook, or Gmail/Google+. I need to actively take myself off task instead of bump a hot corner that brings open all the other tempting windows I’ve got open on my laptop.
All I know is that this little tablet is big. It’s going to change the way education happens, and in turn, the ways our ministries work.
Ok, so I found a hiccup. I wrote this post on my iPad, but had trouble with the WordPress app when I tried to convert this into a draft. Also couldn’t figure out how to add links. So technically, this post was written on the iPad, saved to Dropbox, and published from a laptop.
I’m notorious for being too connected to my laptop (running multiple applications and bouncing between at least 5 tabs in my browser). But this often means that I get drawn in by emails, alerts, and checklists and don’t take time to process what I’m encountering, consider my own perspective, or actually make something.
So I’m scheduling out some “unplugged” time each day when I shut down my laptop and block out time to think, synthesize, reflect, and create something original.
And if I need a little more support breaking my addiction, maybe I should invest $10 for some Freedom.
So a question for you: how do you cultivate creative space?
Links to five things that have been inspiring me this week.
In no particular order:
Innovation/Leadership: Fast Company Design lifts up Apple and IKEA and offers an argument for why designers–not users–should drive innovation.
Wellness: Good.is reports that youth in a Naperville, Illinois, high school who participated in physical activity just before classes improved reading and math scores. What if we had fitness classes before
Education: RSA Animate offers a video illustration of one of Sir Ken Robinson’s talks on how our education systems are killing creativity.
Technology/Youth Ministry: danah boyd writes about teens, Twitter, and managing privacy in public. A favorite line from the article: “Access to content is not the same as access to interpretation.”
Ministry:Rachel Held Evans reflects on the Epic Fail Pastors’ Conference and encourages pastors to tell the truth and be more transparent with their own struggles.
Last week, I heard an NPR story about an iPhone app that offers a customized examination of conscience to help Roman Catholics prepare for confession. And it’s been sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
What intrigues me:
The Roman Catholic Church is recognizing a cultural shift and embracing digital technologies that can serve faith.
The confession app offers a customized experience for the user, recognizing that the examination would be different for different types of people.
The NPR interviewees’ reactions vary–from embracing the technology to support confession to a priest, to being shocked at the personal nature of the examination, to using the app as a substitute for the sacrament.
The boundaries between in-person interactions and hyper-real/augmented reality are blurring and will continue to run together more and more. This has both theological and practical implications.
So what’s your take? Which phone apps do you use most? What apps would you like to see developed to help people grow as disciples and connect to their faith communities?
And what may be the limitations to embracing technology in this way?
reflections from the intersection of faith + design + storytelling + business + technology