Letting Students Pass Digital Notes in School and Church

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How much has school and church changed in the digital age?

At CIO Boot Camp at Interop in Las Vegas, I spoke with Dr. Rob Rennie, CIO & VP, Technology for Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Bill Crane, CIO for Saddleback Church about how their institutions have changed, mostly thanks to portable Internet devices like smartphones and iPads.

Their students, a.k.a. “The Millennials,” are done with paper. They want everything digital. Digital means constant communications, everywhere, even in church. At Saddleback, they actually wrote an in-house application to encourage church goers to text questions to the pastors during sermons.

Rennie sees this happening at his school as well. There’s a conversation in real time as an event goes on, and leaders mine that information to enrich the event.

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  1. Although an interesting explanation from the “millenialist” for why he responded to the text from his girlfirend, I don’t buy it. The truth is that he checked the text message before he knew if it was important, or something as banal as “wht r u up 2?” In polite society, interrupting a conversation to begin another conversation, regardless of brevity, is rude. Furthermore, I have no doubt the millenialist, probably raised with a healthy dose of self-esteem, would have responded to his girlfriend in any case, convinced he was multi-tasking.

  2. Mike, excellent point. It was after the fact he saw how critical the message was. I have to admit, it’s really hard to NOT check your phone, especially when you hear that satisfying beep of the text message coming in.

    • That’s why I do not text. Call me. If I don’t answer, it’s because I am busy, or otherwise unable to take the call. If you don’t leave a message, I’ll assume it was unimportant, and will not return the call.