Title & Description
"Using Technology to Build Community and Tell Our Stories"
How can we - as individuals and as a church family - use today's technology to connect with each other and with our community? (A workshop shared during Caldwell Presbyterian Church's Fall Retreat - 28 October 2023)
In this workshop participants will:
Listen to, watch, discuss and analyze several different examples of oral history projects.
Discuss and practice techniques for conducting effective oral history interviews.
Learn to use free smartphone applications to record and share audio interviews online.
Discuss options for exporting and sharing completed audio oral history interview projects online with family, friends, and the public.
1. examples and Steps
Zoom Call with a Childhood Best Friend
Veteran Interview with Dad
Interview with Mom
My Mom on "Milbloggers"
StoryCorps Stories and Planning Resources
Questions for Caldwell
How have you experienced God's abundance?
What do you want to celebrate?
Tell me about your journey of faith.
How have you seen God at work lately?
What do you believe about Jesus?
More Project Ideas and Examples
If you are:
in Scouting or just interested in a wonderful community service project, check out Alex Fryer's Eagle Project from October 2015.
involved in church ministry, check out the chapter on "Audio Recording" from Wes' book, "Pocket Share Jesus: Become a Digital Witness for Christ."
interested in "YouTube shared" oral history interviews, check out this playlist.
2. Audio Recording
Recommended Recording Apps:
The free Storycorps app (iOS & Android)
Voice Memos (iOS - built-in)
Voice Record Pro (iOS)
(Android app link coming!)
Audacity (download / install required)
3. Sharing Options
A variety of different options are available for SHARING your audio interviews.
Free and Easier
Use Google Drive (8 min video tutorial)
YouTube (export Voice Record Pro as a video - 11 min tutorial)
Other Cloud hosting like DropBox
4. Audio Editing Options
A variety of apps and software programs are available to EDIT audio you record for an oral history interview. These include:
5. Post Workshop Activities
Conduct an audio interview a family member.
Post the recording in at least TWO online locations.
Share the LINK to the recording with others via Facebook and email.
Watch and share Wes Fryer's 2013 TEDxOU presentation, "Becoming Your Family's Digital Witness." (19 minutes)
Read the "Audio Recording" chapter of Wes Fryer's book, "Pocket Share Jesus: Be a Digital Witness for Christ."
Consider recording and sharing a family video message for a loved one for a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. (
Check out other kinds of digital storytelling examples!
Family Video Messages
2016: Family Poem for Father's Day
About the Presenter
This workshop is presented by Wesley Fryer, author of "Pocket Share Jesus: Be a Digital Witness for Christ." To learn more about Wes you can read aboutt his theology, read his bio, and check out his adult Sunday School class lessons. Wes' Christian blog is "Pocket Share Jesus." More links to connect and learn with Wes are available.
Check out Wes' audio podcasts including:
Wes and Shelly Share (started Jan 2023)
The EdTech Situation Room (started Jan 2016)
Moving at the Speed of Creativity (started 2005)
Class with Dr. Fryer (started Apr 2019)
Middle School Voices (started Jul 2016)
Stories of Faith (started August 2008)