088 – Mapping For Ministry

This week the WELSTech podcast equips you with tools for online collaborative mind mapping and ideas for ministry applications.

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Mind MappingOnline Mind Mapping - A new batch of Web 2.0 online mind mapping tools prompted this updated podcast.  Martin and Sallie have talked mind mapping in the past, but today’s show expounds on the ministry applications of mind mapping, particularly in terms of collaboration with these new tools.

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WELS.net feature:

Community feedback:

  • (26:27) John Shoosmith from Redeemer in Yakima, WA shared ministry tech ideas and questions

Coming up on WELSTech:

(31:08) The WELSTech double-feature next week includes

  • Episode 089 – Creating e-News with MailChimp is the topic of the next Bonus WELSTech Goodness (BWTG) episode. (Release date 08/03/09)
  • Episode 090 – Gail Potratz joins us with a recap from the Milwaukee Digital Media Conference (#mdmc09 on Twitter). (Release date 08/05/09)

The featured artist:

(32:32) This week we close with the music of WELS praise band, Koine (www.koinemusic.com) - From All That Dwells Below the Skies from their debut CD titled ”Koine”

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087 – BWTG: Emptying Your Inbox

This week on the BWTG “how-to” WELSTech podcast we share steps for implementing a productivity system to maintain an empty inbox.

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Bonus WELSTech GoodnessEmptying Your Inbox - The topic for today’s BWTG (Bonus WELSTech Goodness) episode is one that affects everyone in the digital age, and while it is simply stated as “Emptying Your Inbox” it can be a complex and challenging task.  Listen as Martin shares tips from his Personal Productivity seminar on how to enhance communication, reduce stress and achieve “Mind Like Water” via an empty inbox.

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086 – How To Synod Convention

This week on the WELSTech podcast the discussion centers on the technology behind this year’s Synod Convention.

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The discussion:

2009 Synod ConventionPack your bags - If you can’t be in Saginaw, MI next week for WELS 2009 Convention, you can enjoy the next best thing, a virtual convention experience complete with live video and audio streams, images, blogs, online resolutions, daily news and more.  Martin and Sallie discuss the technology of convention and how your congregation and school might capitalize on some of the same “tech”niques.

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(50:25) WELSTech double-duty continues next week

  • Episode 087 - Increase your productivity and communication by emptying your inbox, the topic of the next Bonus WELSTech Goodness (BWTG) episode. (Release date 07/27/09)
  • Episode 088 – Get things done with a new crop of Web 2.0 mind mapping and collaboration tools. (Release date 07/29/09)

The featured artist:

(52:20) This week we close with the beautiful piano music of Dawn Gehlhar - All Through the Night from her CD titled ”Inspirations”

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085 – BWTG: Custom RSS Feeds

On this mini ”how-to” WELSTech episode learn three easy steps for sharing links on your web site via a custom RSS feed from Delicious.

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Bonus WELSTech GoodnessCustom RSS Feeds - If you’ve ever surfed to a web page with news or information which would be perfect for sharing on your church or school web site, then you’ll appreciate today’s BWTG episode where Martin and Sallie discuss an easy solution for adding those desired links to your site using some RSS magic.  Tune in for some delicious ”Bonus WELSTech Goodness”!

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084 – Teens, Tech and Trek

This week the WELSTech podcast takes a look back at the recent youth rally and the lessons we can learn about technology in youth ministry.

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WELS International Youth Rally 2009Reaching youth with technology  – Joining Martin and Sallie for a recap of the WELS International Youth Rally are Dr. Joel Nelson and Jeremy Bakken from the Youth Discipleship office.  From registration through MySpace to 41 multi-media presentations, the Youth Rally was wired to reach teens in their digital comfort zone.  Joel and Jeremy share tips and resources for youth leaders who are considering technology tools for outreach to teens.

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(50:30) Join us for two episodes of WELSTech next week

  • Episode 085 – The BWTG (Bonus WELSTech Goodness) how-to topic of the week is creating custom RSS feeds for your web site using Delicious. (Release date 07/20/09)
  • Episode 086 – With Synod Convention less than one week away, this episode of WELSTech will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the technology being used to bring the convention experience to you virtually. (Release date 07/22/09)

The featured artist:

(51:10) This week we close with the music of Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) - Such Joy from their CD titled ”We Walk By Faith”

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083 – BWTG: Web Image Editing

Creating the perfect image for your church or school web site is the subject of this mini WELSTech podcast.

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Bonus WELSTech GoodnessWeb Image Editing - The current episode of “Bonus WELSTech Goodness” (BWTG) covers the basics of image editing using the free site Picnik.com.  Listen as Martin and Sallie discuss the ministry applications for great images and share video tutorials, help documents and links to get you started.

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082 – It’s A Small WELS After All

This week the WELSTech podcast includes more discussion of the book Here Comes Everybody as well as an interview with a software consultant from ProCare Software.

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Bonding and Bridging – Martin and Sallie revisit Clay Shirky’s book, Here Comes Everybody, and discuss chapter 9, “Fitting Our Tools to a Small World”.  Lessons from the chapter illustrate the potential pitfall of congregations focusing solely on closed group, insider fellowship while excluding groups, cultures and ideas outside the “network”.

The interview:

Shelley Spliethof, ProCare Software(16:00) Technology heads to daycare – Martin and Sallie talk with Shelley Spliethof, Executive Software Consultant with ProCare Software, about the information challenges daycare and preschool organizations face and how ProCare Software addresses those needs.

New Technology Showcase:

(29:40) Firefox 3.5 – The latest version of the Mozilla browser

Picks of the week:

  • (33:50) SparkleBox – A teacher’s treasure chest of free printables
  • Diigo – Social bookmarking meets the writable web

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(52:22) WELSTech2 continues:

  • Episode 083 – Join us for a summer “Picnik” of image editing tips on the latest installment of “Bonus WELSTech Goodness” (BWTG). (Release date 07/13/09)
  • Episode 084 – Joel and Jeremy from the Youth Discipleship office share a recap of the International Youth Rally as we take a look at ways we can use technology to reach out to teens. (Release date 07/15/09)

The featured artist:

(53:49) The music of WELS group Corban Creek closes this week’s podcast – We hear Psalm 13 from their CD titled ”Could It be Me”

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081 – BWTG: Facebook Pages

Learn how to setup, add content, and invite people to your church or organization’s Facebook Page on this bonus WELSTech podcast.

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Bonus WELSTech GoodnessFacebook Pages - Step-by-step instructions for creating and publishing a publicly accessible “Page” on Facebook is the topic of today’s BWTG installment.  Follow the link to the WELSTech wiki site for ”Bonus WELSTech Goodness” video tutorials, help documents and links to sample WELS Facebook Pages.

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080 – WELS.net Goes Web 2.0

This week on the WELSTech podcast we look at the strategic use of Web 2.0 tools on both WELS.net and the Camp Phillip web site.

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Leveraging the read/write web - As WELS.net migrates from a custom Content Management System (CMS) to the more mainstream, open-source CMS, Drupal, several WELS.net resources are also migrating to Web 2.0 sites.  Martin and Sallie discuss the logic behind going public with WELS resources versus hosting them locally in a “walled garden” and how congregations and schools might take advantage of a similar strategy.

The interview:

Aaron Wakeman and family(19:26) Sending the stories home - Camp Phillip Development Director, Aaron Wakeman, joins Martin and Sallie to share some creative ways they use technology to share the stories of camp near and far.

New Technology Showcase:

(36:00) Acrobat.com - Adobe’s slick answer to Google Docs

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Of interest:

(49:50) Follow the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) – Even if you aren’t in attendance, you can take advantage of all of the great online resources which are available

Community feedback:

  • (53:36) Following up on our BWTG: Google Calendar episode, we heard from Pastor Brian Hackmann from Peace in Eagle River, AK with several questions related to the calendar embed options, and also Jason Petoskey, a member of Holy Trinity in Wyoming, MI, tweeted his success of embedding a Google Calendar into his FinalWeb church web site
  • Jason Schmidt from Gethsemane in Omaha, NE sent us a link to YouMail.com which can receive and transcribe your voice mail and even has a few interesting twists for customizing voice mail.  Martin shared that he has used Jott.com in the past for voice transcribed reminder messages but is now using Reqall.com as a free alternative.
  • David Schumann, webmaster from Peace in Janesville, WI, raised concerns about posting children’s photos online.  We’ll dedicate a future podcast to this topic.
  • And lastly we heard from Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI with follow up comments about her picks (ShareThis and GroupTweet) on last week’s show. We’d also love to hear from you!! Leave us a voice mail @ 414-375-2334.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:04:01) Tune in for a double scoop of WELSTech summer audio next week:

  • Episode 081 - We’ll share a little “Bonus WELSTech Goodness” (BWTG) on how-to create a Facebook fan page for your organization (Release date 07/06/09)
  • Episode 082 - The “normal” WELSTech episode will look at tech tools for the small world in which we live, a discussion based on Chapter 9 of Clay Shirky’s book, Here Comes Everybody.  Also included will be an interview with someone from ProCare Software, an information management system for daycares. (Release date 07/08/09)

The featured artist:

(1:05:36) The music of WELS artist Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com) closes this week’s podcast – We hear John 3:16 from his CD titled ”A Witness”

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