216 – A Stocking Full of Picks

The year-end WELSTech Podcast tradition continues with a review of the 2011 Picks of the Week.

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Wrapping up 2011 – Another year of podcasting is completed as Martin and Sallie review the best and not so useful 2011 Picks of the Week.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(40:47) Episode 217 – Martin and Sallie start 2012 with the WELSTech 4-year anniversary celebration and a web browser discussion. (Release date – 01/04/12)

The featured artist:

(42:05) We close the podcast with the music of instrumentalist Joey Schumann (JoeySchumann.com | Joey on Facebook) - Joy to the World from his CD titled “Light That Shines in Dark”

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215 – Christmas Tech Chat

It’s Christmas week on the WELSTech Podcast, and we talk with Missionary Nate Wagenknecht and his wife Julie.

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The interview:

(3:51) LATTE-flavored technology – Martin and Sallie are joined by Missionary Nate Wagenknecht and his wife Julie from Leon, Mexico for a special Christmas week interview about their use of technology for seminary training and communication.

  • LATTE - Latin American Traveling Theological Educators
  • The Wagenknechts - Family Life & Ministry on a Mission Field

Coming up on WELSTech:

(28:16) Episode 216 – Wrapping up another year of podcasting, Martin and Sallie revisit their best and worst picks of 2011. (Release date – 12/28/11)

The featured artist:

(29:40) We close the podcast with the music and video of Koine’s (www.koinemusic.com | Facebook) O Little Town of Bethlehem from their CD titled “Anno Domini”

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214 – Hyperconnected for Jesus

This week on the WELSTech Podcast the discussion topic is the effect of a multitude of Facebook connections on us as individuals.

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The discussion:

A message for your audience – Martin and Sallie return to their discussion of The Church of Facebook, this month reviewing Chapter 3, Dispensation.

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(18:12) Streams Seasonal Radio

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(41:53) Episode 215 – Join Martin and Sallie for a special Christmas week interview with Missionary Nathan Wagenknecht and his wife Julie. (Release date – 12/21/11)

The featured artist:

(42:59) We close the podcast with the music of  instrumentalist Joey Schumann (JoeySchumann.com | Joey on Facebook) - O Come, O Come Emmanuel from his CD titled “Light That Shines in Dark”

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213 – The Blogging Bandwagon

This week’s WELSTech Podcast discussion is on lessons learned from blogging, and Jason Jaspersen joins the conversation to share info on his liturgical art web site, TheCLAPR.

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The discussion:

Reflections on a year of blogging – Martin, Sallie and Adam Goede, author of The Daily Bible Challenge blog, share their thoughts on the blessings and challenges of regular blogging as well as lessons learned along the way.

The interview:

Behold the Lamb of God by Jonathan Mayer

Behold the Lamb of God by Jonathan Mayer

(16:08) Visually representing worship – Artist and teacher Jason Jaspersen from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School joins Martin and Sallie to talk about TheCLAPR, The Confessional Lutheran Art Patronage Reference.  Jason shares the origin of the site and more about its goals of connecting artists with congregations and leaving a legacy of artwork that speaks to our strong Lutheran confessional stance.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(41:14) Streams Seasonal Radio

Of interest:

(41:38) Mark your calendar for the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary streaming Christmas concert - December 11 @ 3:00 p.m. Central

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:30) Episode 214 – Martin and Sallie continue their discussion of The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice, delving into Chapter 3, Dispensation. (Release date – 12/14/11)

The featured artist:

(52:01) We close the podcast with the music of Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com and on Facebook) – O Come Emmanuel from his CD titled “The Reason for the Season”

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212 – Schoology

It’s education technology week on the WELSTech Podcast as Martin and Sallie welcome back Gail Potratz and discussion Schoology.

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Classroom Meets Facebook – Gail Potratz, Technology Director at Emanuel in New London, WI, joins Martin and Sallie for a discussion of Schoology, the web-based course management system that looks and feels a lot like Facebook but has classroom specific privacy with student, teacher and parent access.

  • The other course management system contenders
  • Visit the WELSTech demo course by logging into Schoology
    • As a student …
      • E-mail: welstech456@mailcatch.com
      • Password: welstech
    • As a parent …
      • E-mail: welstech789@mailcatch.com
      • Password: welstech

The interview:

(14:53) The Voice of Experience – Gail talks with Beth Sanders (MsSandersTHS on Twitter) from Birmingham, AL about her use of Schoology in her 1:1 Social Studies high school classrooms.

News in tech:

(42:10) Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(51:33) Streams Seasonal Radio

Of interest:

(52:50) Mark your calendars for streaming Christmas concerts

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(57:04) Episode 213 – Jason Jaspersen shares his web site dedicated to liturgical art resources, and Martin and Sallie revisit the weekly blogging challenge. (Release date – 12/07/11)

The featured artist:

(58:14) We close the podcast with the music of Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) - A Voice Cries Out from the CD titled “Led By The Light”

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211 – Digital Thanks

This week the WELSTech Podcast celebrates Thanksgiving with lots of ideas for showing thanks to volunteers.

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Thanksgiving WELSTech-style – Martin and Sallie are in thankful moods, particularly for the superb WELSTech community of listeners!  Listen for lots of “techie” ideas for saying thanks to congregation and school volunteers including using social channels to broadcast thanks and setting up a regular system for spreading your thankfulness.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(25:22) Mark your calendars for streaming Christmas concerts

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(38:43) Episode 212 – Gail Potratz joins Martin and Sallie for a discussion of the online classroom platform, Schoology. (Release date – 11/30/11)

The featured artist:

(39:28) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) - You Came to Live in Me from his CD titled “Abandon”

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210 – A Wealth of WELSTech Resources

This week the WELSTech Podcast is all about the WELSTech podcast Wiki and show notes web sites.  Take the tour and tap into the many helpful resources.

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Choral Fest Afterglow – Whether you missed the fun or just want to re-live the National High School Choral Fest weekend of song, you’ll enjoy the archives at MLC-TV (Pops 1 | Pops 2 | Sacred). Check out Sallie’s homegrown highlight video as well.

Fill up your tool belt – Martin and Sallie give an overview of the features of the WELSTech Wiki and WELSTech show notes web sites.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

News in tech:

(28:54) Kindle Fire release – Read reviews from Engadget and CNet

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(43:24) Episode 211 – Giving thanks with technology is the topic of next week’s WELSTech podcast. (Release date – 11/23/11)

The featured artist:

(43:48) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch - The Lord’s Prayer from his CD titled “Abide With Me”

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209 – The Church of Facebook

This week the WELSTech Podcast welcomes author Jesse Rice as we discuss his book, The Church of Facebook.

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The discussion:

“Home is where …” – Returning to the current book discussion, Martin and Sallie look at Chapter 2 of The Church of Facebook and discuss the reasons Facebook feels like “Home” to so many people.

The interview:

(13:52) Chat with the author – Jesse Rice (@JesseRice on Twitter) talks with Martin and Sallie about his book, The Church of Facebook. Find out how Jesse sees Facebook as both a catalyst and a symptom of our ability to connect and what Jesse thinks is the churches’ biggest mistake on Facebook.

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(39:37) Watch live video streaming of the WELS National Choral Festival on MLC TV

  • Pops concert – Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sacred concert – Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:23) Episode 210 – Uncover hidden treasures as Martin & Sallie lead a virtual walking tour of the WELSTech show notes page and the WELSTech Wiki (wear your sneakers). (Release date – 11/16/11)

The featured artist:

(52:20) This week we close the podcast with the music of Koine (www.koinemusic.com | Facebook) – God’s Word is Our Great Heritage from their debut CD titled “Koine”

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208 – What Will Google Change Next?

This week on the WELSTech Podcast shut-in ministry using technology is the discussion topic and we hear about Nebraska Lutheran High School’s firewall software experience.

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Tech in shut-in ministry – Martin and Sallie explore ways that technology can assist and enhance ministry to members who are home bound and unable to attend traditional church services.  Listen for discussion of recorded worship, Bible class and more plus ideas for sharing photos and tips for visitation tracking and mileage calculations.

The interview:

(16:24) Safe Computing – We’ve got twice the brainpower behind this school network security discussion as both Greg Boggs, Owner of Quality Communications, and Joshua Johnson, Nebraska Lutheran High School Math Teacher and Technology Director, join Martin and Sallie to talk about SmoothWall, a firewall and filtering solution recently added to the ShopWELS program.

News in tech:

(37:13) Smaller, cheaper tablets could become a big deal

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(46:53) Watch live video streaming of the WELS National Choral Festival on MLC TV

  • Pops concert – Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sacred concert – Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:08:30) Episode 209 – The Church of Facebook author, Jesse Rice, joins Martin and Sallie to talk about the latest WELSTech book selection. (Release date – 11/09/11)

The featured artist:

(1:09:03) This week we close with the instrumental music of flutist Jeannine Dennis - Mary Did You Know? from her CD titled ”O Holy Night”

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207 – Chromebooks

This week on the WELSTech Podcast cloud-based classroom computing with Chromebooks is the discussion topic as Martin takes a field trip to Grace in Oshkosh to observe Chromebooks in action.

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To the cloud – With much anticipation, Martin and Sallie welcome our new semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, Jason Schmidt, who will be joining WELSTech on an alternating basis for our end-of-month classroom technology focused podcasts.  Gail Potratz will be back next month!  Jason adds his insight to today’s cloud-based computing discussion of Google Chromebooks and 1-to-1 teaching initiatives.

The interview:

(21:39) Chromebooks live – Principal Peter Iles from Grace in Oshkosh, WI talks with Martin about their recent implementation of Chromebooks in his 7th and 8th grade classroom.  Martin also blogged about his visit to Peter’s classroom.

Something extra from Jason:

(43:21) iPads in Preschool

Picks of the week:

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:09:20) Episode 208 – Using technology to assist with ministry to shut-ins is the discussion topic on next week’s podcast.  We’ll also talk with folks from Nebraska Lutheran High School about their use of SmoothWall, a new ShopWELS product. (Release date – 11/02/11)

The featured artist:

(1:10:29) This week we close with the music of Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries - Dive Into God’s Word from their CD titled ”Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries”

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