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Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt App

I have been looking for a way to do a digital scavenger hunt using your phone. Scavenger Hunt With Friends is a great option. We did our first one at the Nashville Zoo yesterday.

Here are the pros

  1. You can make a scavenger hunt for any event. Could be great for a class to go with a lesson, a special event, at a convention etc.
  2. You get to pick the items and can use some of the ones they suggest
  3. You can control who can participate in the hunt (invite them or add them).
  4. You can set a start and finish time.
  5. You can set the scoring and it keeps up with it.
  6. You can see everyone’s pictures as the post them.
  7. It is free. They have a 99 cent version don’t know the difference between them. I have both but can’t see a difference.

Here are the cons

  1. You have to create the hunt on your phone. I don’t like typing that much on the phone
  2. Make sure after you create your list you tap select (you will see a green check mark) before you start the hunt or they will not appear. The advantage of this is you can create 30 things then only select 25 or you can create 30 then only check 3 start your hunt and not ruin your hunt like it did for me (ha).

One quick tip: write out your list first so you can assign a point value to them before you enter them in the phone. Once you enter it in the phone it cannot be edited.

This was a great app. I plan on using it again when our students go to a conference in April or even a mission trip or long bus trip. It will be a great thing to do when they are killing time.

Fan Page or Group – Which is Better For Your Youth Group?

Ken McIntyre has a great article on this on his blog.

Technology and Youth Ministry

Today I am blessed to and speak at my alma-mater, Heritage Christian University. My topic is technology and youth ministry. My goal was to share helpful websites that can help you with your ministry. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Open.LifeChurch.tv – site where churches can download and use creative content for free.
  2. Creationswap - Church Graphics to download by Christian artists around the world. Many are free some cost $5 or less.
  3. Graphic Driver – sell layout templates for InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Brochures, posters, business cards, etc..
  4. Vintage Church – free designs from sermon series.
  5. iStock – This is a stock photo site. But if you register they give away one free picture a week.
  6. Photo Shop Lady – great blog to see how to do cool things in Photoshop.
  7. Photoshop Cafe – Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, free resource for Photoshop and lightroom users.
  8. Prezi.comPrezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to
  9. Mail Chimp – Free email marketing service from MailChimp. Design, send, and track HTML email campaigns with our simple tools. Get a fully functional free account.
  10. Mister Nifty.com – great blog on technology!
  11. Ministry Vault.com – great blog on technology! Also have a podcast.
  12. Stuff I Can Use Blog – This has tons of freebies.
  13. Square – Credit card reader that can attach to your iPhone or Android phone. You can take credit cards on your phone. It cost 3% per transaction.
  14. Youth Ministry 6.3 – this is a YouTube site hosted by Robbie Mackenzie. He interviews people about youth ministry.

Review of Simply Text

I have been skeptical of text messaging programs. I just couldn’t imagine paying a service to allow me to send text messages especially when I could do it from my phone. My Blackberry allowed me to create groups so I could send a text that way or just to individual. But then I got a new phone and couldn’t send group messages. So I looked around and decided to try Simply Text by Simply Youth Ministry. They were as cheap as anyone else and gave a 30 day free trial. It has been 30 days and here is my pro and con list:

Pros:

  1. I can make various groups and sub-groups (Parent group – Subgroup of Jr. High Parents and Sr. High Parents)
  2. I can also send individuals messages.
  3. People can reply to these messages and I get them on my phone.
  4. I can schedule my text in advance. I schedules text for events, birthdays, ball games, doctor appointments, and more all to be sent out in advance! This is my favorite feature and have used it a lot.
  5. I can send a text straight to twitter. This works good for events.

Cons:

  1. Price – plans start at $10 a month and go up depending on your group size.
  2. Some people will not sign up or cancel the text at the beginning thinking it is a spam message.
  3. I have to be online to send a text. I wish they had a feature where I could send a group text from my phone.

There are apps for this and I am told that when Call Vine reintroduces their app I need to get it and it will do everything Simply Text does for free. But this has worked great for me so until I find an app I like that does all this I will keep Simply Text even with the cost. It has been a blessing so far.

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