ShopWELS

369 – Shop Smart

Thanksgiving week on WELSTech brings many reasons to pause and give thanks, plus an interview with the good fellows at ShopWELS vendor Troxell, shopping online stewardship ideas, shopping apps to making your Black Friday (and every shopping day) a breeze, gift ideas and the best Black Friday deals. We’ve got everything but the pumpkin pie!

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The interview:

troxellLogo145x125White Glove Treatment – Bob Berry and Chris Hunt from ShopWELS vendor, Troxell, joined Martin and Sallie to talk about their company and product line (including Chomebooks and Google licensing) and their commitment of support as schools transition to various degrees of device assisted learning.

The discussion:

Black Friday and Beyond – Martin and Sallie continue the shopping theme with a look at more of the ShopWELS.net site features as well as several ways to shop online and benefit the work of WELS. There are even some cool shopping-centric mobile apps that get a mention.

News in tech:

Ministry resources:

Tips & picks of the week:

WELS insider:

iPhone 4 Donations for Malawi

Need to know:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 370 – Edtech guest host, Gail Potratz, joins Martin and Sallie to share thoughts on her implementation of a badge system for digital assessment. (Broadcast date – 12/02/14)

Featured videos:

This week’s featured video was added to a brand new YouTube playlist, WELSTech Promo – Thanksgiving from Water of Life Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV

 

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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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The discussion:

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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206 – VoIP For Beginners

This week the WELSTech Podcast is all about Internet-based telephone solutions, and we a look at the offerings from one of ShopWELS newest partners, Digium.

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The discussion:

Internet phones – Using Voice over Internet Protocol (or VoIP) to make long distance calls at an affordable or sometimes free rate is the topic of the day.  Martin and Sallie attempt to sort out the various options and share pros and cons of each solution.

The interview:

(20:05) The next level – Mark Robinson from DVI Consulting and principal contact for the ShopWELS program talks with Martin and Sallie about the cost and productivity benefits of IP telephony systems.  Get a glimpse of the future as Mark describes WELS partner Digium and their reliable and effective means of supporting phone system needs for small to medium churches and schools.

Ministry resources:

(39:24) The Christ in Media Institute – Promoting production and distribution of Christian media

News in tech:

(40:05) Google Docs Updates Presentations With Real-Time Collaboration, New Themes, Transitions and More

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(58:54) Episode 207 – Tune in to learn the identity of our brand new semi-regular classroom technology correspondent as Martin and Sallie share the mic and talk all things Chromebook! (Release date – 10/26/11)

The featured artist:

(1:00:20) We close the podcast with the music of The Branches Band (www.branchesband.com|Facebook) – I Rejoiced from their “Sing, My Tongue” CD

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186 – "Anonymous" Feedback

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we tour the new and improved ShopWELS site and talk with Tim Plath about distance ed for high schoolers.

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The discussion:

ShopWELS relaunch – The ShopWELS group-purchasing program for WELS organizations and members is getting a face-lift today.  Join Martin and Sallie as we tour the re-designed web site and discuss the exciting deals which are available through the program.  Everything from copiers to office supplies and church organs the cell phone carriers is discounted!

The interview:

Tim Plath(16:21) ALHSO – Here’s another acronym to add to your list.  ALHSO stands for Area Lutheran High Schools Online.  Tim Plath, principal of Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School in New Ulm, MN and Chairman of the ALHSO Administrative Committee talks with Martin and Sallie about the new distance ed program which will begin this fall.

  • Contact Tim for more details or to enroll a student in ALHSO

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:19) Episode 187 – We kick off our summer WELS Hacker series, featuring a discussion of tips and “how-to” blog posts from Martin and Sallie. (Release date – 06/08/11)

The featured artist:

(55:25) We close the podcast with the music of Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com and on Facebook)- A Witness from his CD with the same title

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123 – The Sound of Green

This week on the WELSTech podcast green technology is the discussion topic and we hear from Office Depot representatives about available ShopWELS.net discounts.

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The discussion:

An Eco-Friendly St. Pat’s Day – What better day to “go green” than St. Patrick’s Day.  Martin and Sallie talk green technology (with a bit on green rivers and green cake as well) and share ideas to make your life and your church and school environmentally friendly.

The interview:

Office Depot(23:35) Save on Office Supplies – Joining Martin and Sallie today are Kathleen Wondolkowski and Julie Camp to talk about the many discounted services available to WELS groups and individuals through WELS partnership with Office Depot.

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Of interest:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:04:36) Episode 124 – Next week is book discussion week.  Read along as we talk through Chapter 5 of Shane Hipps’ The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. (Release date 03/24/10)

The featured artist:

(1:05:01) We close the podcast with the music of Koine (www.koinemusic.com) – Crown Him With Many Crowns from their CD “Koine”

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059 – Tough Times…No Problem

This week on WELSTech the conversation focuses on tech tips for effective ministry in a challenging economy and Martin and Sallie talk with Pastor Daron Lindemann about the new Message from the Master web site.

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The discussion:

  • Technology in Tough Economic Times – Martin and Sallie share a host of ideas for wise use of technology in the church and school setting to save money. From reducing paper printing and distribution costs to prolonging the life of hardware, there are many ways to carry out effective ministry in times of economic challenge.

The interview:

  • Pastor Daron LindemannMessage from the Master (20:14) – Martin and Sallie talk with Pastor Daron Lindemann from Grace in Milwaukee, WI about his work on the Message from the Master project and their brand new web site.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College, performs You are the God from their CD Led By The Light – www.revelationwlc.com (57:06)

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Episode 022 – Jun 4 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss the importance of web site statistics and how they can be used to make your site a more effective communication tool. We also hear about the recent redesign of the ShopWELS web site from program administrator Mark Robinson.

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The interview:

  • shopwels.jpgShopWELS (17:43) – Martin and Sallie talk with Mark Robinson, administrator of the ShopWELS program, about the redesign of the ShopWELS web site and the many cost-saving options that make up the program.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • This week we close with the music of Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com) – I Will Sing from his Climb the Mountain CD (52:30)

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Episode 008 – Feb 27 2008

This week Martin and Sallie are joined by ShopWELS administrator Mark Robinson and discuss cost saving ideas in the area of telecommunications.

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The discussion:

The interview:

  • Mark RobinsonTelecommunication – Mark Robinson, WELS member and administrator of the ShopWELS program, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss cost saving ideas for congregations and schools in the area of telecommunications, both telephone and Internet.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • WELS pianist Dawn Gehlhar plays Christ Be My Leader from her CD Inspirations

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