Wednesday FunLink – The Best Drawings From the “Baltimore Catechism”

As I was Google searching images for my daily post on Twitter at #amcathalm, I stumbled across a great link. I was Tweeting about the “Baltimore Catechism” and how it was today in 1885 that it received an imprimatur.

While I’ve been feeling old lately (I was the age of my Sophomores the last time a Catholic University won the NCAA D. 1 Men’s Championship back in 1985), the “Baltimore Catechism” was not part of my upbringing in the heady, post-Vatican II Catholicism of the 1970’s and 1980’s. A reading of its text today gives an important window into the religious education the generation of Catholics before me received in their parishes and parochial schools.

The website I stumbled across is Church Pop  with the tag line: “Make holy all the things!” I only perused it for a few minutes before posting this, but it seems to be mainly (completely?) Catholic focused. The theme looks to be lists which attest to be accurate, clever, funny, historical and perhaps even instructional.

Specifically, I landed on the page entitled “22 Classic Drawings From the Baltimore Catechism” . It’s worth visiting to see the entire collection. In lieu of that, here’s my favorite ones:

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Not clear as to how one precludes the other one…

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Does it work the same way with forced-air heating or is it only for radiated heat?

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Quite an involved juxtaposition of symbols here.


Gosh – those rebellious kids today!


If all you learn from this post is “Dead People Cannot Eat,” then I consider my work here a success.


#amcathalm – Twitter Hashtag for Learning About American Catholics

This isn’t a post to do self-promotion of the Twitter feed that I use for school related items. But, just in case you’re wondering, it’s @hartleyrkrelig .

No, it’s to invite you to follow a hashtag on which I post interesting info each day – #amcathalm . While I can’t claim credit for the source material – that belongs to Emily Stimpson and Brian Burch – I do add images and boil it down to all of the characters that fit.

Why, here’s the post for Sunday the 8th of November:

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Oh yeah, I HIGHLY recommend you purchase it either in print or ebook.

It’s the first thing I read each morning (after my prayer materials of course)!

Mon(Fun)day Noon #1 – #LiteraryCakes

Grades were due today and I didn’t have a spare moment to post the Sun(Fun)day Night feature. I know you teachers understand what “night before grades are due.”

So, to atone (a word we’re using a lot in the Sophomore Religion course these days) for this, here’s the first of two fun items to help start your week.

The Observer reports that a clever and yummy hashtag is trending over at Twitter. Check out #literarycakes to see creations like the one above and this eye-popping montage:

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Using Twitter For Your Classes and With Colleagues

I’ll be honest – I was a late-adopter for Twitter.  I skipped MySpace.  Got on board facebook (of course) and LinkedIn for my professional life.  I’ve not jumped in to Instagram or some of the younger focused platforms.

The more I use Twitter personally, the more I think about how it could be used in the classroom – at least at the high school level.  Apparently, I’m not the only educator thinking along these lines.

Class Twitter Account: How Your Students Can Tweet

Trick for Creating a Class Twitter Account

26 Ways Educators Use Twitter (home of this excellent info-graphic):

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Here’s how to use it with colleagues:

A Teacher’s Guide to Creating a School Twitter Chat

And here’s some other educators to follow:

100+ Education Twitter Accounts to Follow

Here’s another, shorter list of educator tweets to follow. And another similar list.

Lastly, an interesting look at how Twitter is central in political debates, particularly over the Common Core and the “opt-out” movement.




A Beautiful Explanation of Hashtags

I hate to admit it, but I am quite clueless about hashtags.  In others words, I am #cluelessRE#.  I just typed that, but I have very little idea about what it actually means or more importantly, how it could be useful on social media or elsewhere.

So when I came across this great visual on hashtags and their use across social media platforms, I was pretty excited.  I’m going to apply what I learned immediately as I start Tweeting about the CRS RiceBowl extra credit assignment I’m doing with my classes.

If you would like to be a #learnerRE#, here’s another link (albeit from a few years ago) specifically geared towards teachers.

Customizable Digital "Magazines" for Professional Development

If you’ve not discovered Zite or Flipboard for the iPad, you’re missing something special.

Zite is the one that I use more frequently as I find its interface to be simpler and more compact.  Like the visually dull RSS feed collecting and displaying sites of a few years back, Zite and Flipboard constantly search the internet for stories.  The links which are displayed for you are based upon interests you establish with the site upon registration.  Additionally, as you click on links, the search engine is refined to better match your interests.  Unlike the old RSS feed sites, the results are displayed with beautiful and interactive layouts.


You can also instruct these engine to gather, in one convenient location, stories from favorite sources.  Related to educational technology, on Zite I receive great info from “Edutopia,” “Edudemic” “” and other educational sources.

Flipboard is the more elaborate app.  The stories are accessed by swiping the iPad screen in simulation of turning pages in a print magazine.  In addition to acquiring material from a huge range of public sites, Flipboard will also display postings from your social media sites like facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Beyond the information these apps gather, is the beautiful way that the content is displayed.  Flipboard shows bright, engaging images from the stories complied which expand the value of the content.

What are some of your favorite sources of educational, especially technology related, information on Zite and Flipboard?