Lesson Planning Lessons from the Open Source Movement
Presenters: Bryan Miller and Michael Gewecke
The open source movement has revolutionized the development and use of technology in almost unimaginable ways. Instead of being developed in private, profit-driven environments, the world’s biggest software projects are developed through collaborative and open efforts. Are there principles from this movement that Christian educators can adopt that can make our lives easier and even better? This workshop will briefly explore the open source movement, looking at ways that Christian educators can incorporate some of its principles to improve the curriculum writing process.
Brian Miller – While he tries to avoid the word “obsessed” and prefers terms like “dedication” or “love,” Bryan’s life has been one of passionate (obsessive) engagement and trying to bring those passions into conversation with each other. While an early love for technology lead to countless sleepless nights, instead of directly pursuing a career in technology, he pursued his love of the church with an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. As co-founder of Smart Church Project, he has found a career that did not force him to choose between the two different things that brought him so much life—technology and the work of the Church.
Michael Gewecke – Where there is a lively theological discussion or a newly connected technological device, Michael is most likely nearby. As co-founder of Smart Church Project, he is able to pair these twin loves of the church and technology and seeks new ways to help churches bridge the gap between theology and the rapidly expanding availability of communication tools. In addition to his work with Smart Church Project, Michael serves as an ordained teaching elder at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, IA, where he leads the youth and families ministries.