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355 – eGiving

This week’s WELSTech topic, electronic giving, is a popular one as more congregations and schools consider this giving option for members. Besides the main event, there’s news and links of all flavors including Gmail tips, photo sharing platforms, free educator accounts, Android apps and the “Teacher Chart of Doom.”

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The discussion:

churchCC1 145x125Office Resources II – Martin and Sallie wrap up review of the WELSTech Wiki Office resources with a look at the topics of productivity, hardware and software. Lastly they spend some time discussing a variety of methods and examples of electronic giving, from online giving to text-to-give to mobile giving to card reading equipment. Please request a wiki account and add your experience!

Tech tips:

  • Filters and “Folders” in Gmail
  • Control + Shift + L to select the browser URL

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

Did you know … Presenters at WELSTech Conference 2015 (wels.net/welstechconf), July 9-11, 2015 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI attend for FREE?!! We’re currently looking for presenters and tech topics of interest for our breakout sessions. Give it some thought and submit your ideas!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 355 – On next week’s WELSTech we do a bit of housekeeping as we focus on the always important planning and policies resources for churches and school. (Broadcast date – 08/26/14)

Featured video:

This week we have an addition to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching YouTube playlist from this summer’s WELS International Youth Rally, Rev. Jon Enter’s Keynote Presentation.

 

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354 – A Smarter Office

Join WELSTech this week for a conversation about data management software for the church and school office. Martin shares his experience with remote control software, and listeners share comments and questions.

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The discussion:

box 145x125Managing Church and School Data - In the dog days of Summer 2014, the WELSTech Wiki Migration series continues as Martin and Sallie discuss church, school and childcare management software.

Tech tips:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

Did you know … Presenters at WELSTech Conference 2015 (wels.net/welstechconf), July 9-11, 2015 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI attend for FREE?!! We’re currently looking for presenters and tech topics of interest for our breakout sessions. Give it some thought and submit your ideas!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 355 – We continue our tour of the church and school office with a look at hardware and software, productivity techniques and electronic giving on our next summer wiki migration special episode. (Broadcast date – 08/19/14)

Featured video:

This week we introduce the new WELSTech Product Demos YouTube playlist, and we’re seeding it with not one, but two, useful demo videos:

 

 

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341 – DIY Cable Management

This week on WELSTech we’re celebrating a birthday Google-style and repeating our DIY (do-it-yourself) focus. There’s an overview of new church financial online solutions plus lots of great community feedback. We also kick off a new featured video segment of the show.

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The discussion:

Dealing with cables – Martin and Sallie share do-it-yourself solutions for dealing with electronic cables to keep workspaces neat and possibly stylish.

The interview:

Peter FrankManaging your church finances – Peter Frank, Manager of Concordia Technology Solutions, shares updates on their latest web-based software solutions for church financial accounting and online giving.

Ministry resources:

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 342 – Get in shape to live for Jesus with techie fitness tracking tools. Martin and Sallie talk with MLC Professor for Physical Education Dan Gawrisch about fitness tips and tricks. (Broadcast date – 05/20/14)

Featured video:

Enjoy Koine’s Lord Jesus, You Have Come in Love video and check out WELSTech ‘s new WELS Musicians playlist

 

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254 – Ministry In A YouTube Generation

Video in ministry can serve many purposes and reach a variety of audiences.  On this week’s WELSTech, we explore ideas for congregational video use, creation and hosting as well as talk with Jeff Hendrix about his use of video to explain the pitfalls of virtual church.  We share a bit of news, our weekly picks and lots of community feedback as well.

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The discussion:

Video creation – Martin and Sallie answer the Why, Who, What, How and Where questions of video in ministry. Video is rapidly becoming the preferred tool for communication in this “YouTube Generation,” so it serves us well to consider the possibilities of using video to spread the Gospel message.

The interview:

(22:50) Big topics in video format – Bethany seminary student, Jeff Hendrix, talks with Martin and Sallie about his recent master’s thesis, Material Beliefs in a Virtual World [PDF], and the process of crafting the content for video delivery.  Jeff also shares information on another project he is involved in, developing a catechism app.

News in tech:

(40:42) Coming soon … iPhone5 and the new iPod Touch

Picks of the week:

7 Best:

(46:56) Coming up in October … 7 Best Member, Prospect & Student Management ToolsShareyour favorite software, tools, and tips for managing data in the church and school office.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:02:07) Episode 255 – Teacher and tech coordinator Gail Potratz is back to share her edtech wisdom including her recent Chromebook deployment, plus Martin and Sallie interview another edtech leader, Chad Kafka. (Release date – 09/25/12)

The featured artist:

(1:03:53) This week we close with the music of Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries - You Are My World

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240 – Summer Software Showcase: Jing

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we take an in-depth look at Jing screencasting software.

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The discussion:

Let me count the ways – Martin and Sallie kick off the 2012 Summer Software Showcase series with a look at free screencasting software Jing from TechSmith.

Ministry Uses

  1. Web site tour
  2. Internal software demonstrations
  3. Flip your classroom
  4. Have students produce video projects
  5. Tech support

More ideas for using Jing

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Of interest:

  • (25:36) Our next 7 Best list will be revealed on the 4th of July (how patriotic of us!), and listeners can be part of the list creation.  Simply let us know your favorite Webmaster Resources.
  • FinalWeb training – This summer we’re offering online training on web site creation and maintenance using the FinalWeb system.   And, for the first time, we’ll be using Google Hangouts.  Hurry, registration closes July 24th!!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 241 – Oops!  We may not have announced it on the show, but next week the WELSTech Summer Software Showcase topic is Google Calendars. (Release date – 06/20/12)

The featured artist:

(50:30)  This week we close with the instrumental music of flutist Jeannine Dennis - Sheep May Safely Graze 

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234 – Smile

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we countdown the 7 best photo organizing and editing tools.

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The discussion:

Take my picture! – The 7 Best series is back and this month Martin and Sallie share their top picks for working with photos.

Photo Organizing and Editing Tools

  1. Aviary -Phoenix image editor and Raven vector editor
  2. Picasa
  3. Instagram
  4. Irfanview
  5. Flickr
  6. GIMP - Tutorials
  7. PicMonkey

Kudos to the WELSTech community for lots more great recommendations:

Coming up in June … 7 Best Bookmarking Tools and Tips

News in tech:

(24:44) Google Drive is live

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(44:25) Episode 235 – Martin and Sallie conclude their discussion of the online e-book How to Transform Your Small Business With Social Media, looking at Chapter 5 to the end. (Release date – 05/09/12)

The featured artist:

(45:38) We close the podcast with the music of Cross to Glory - One Name from their CD titled “Life’s Song

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175 – Office 2010

This week on the WELSTech Podcast Microsoft Office and Staff Minister Dan Schoeffel share center stage.

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The discussion:

Is your office a Microsoft Office? – Martin and Sallie discuss the “mature” Microsoft Office suite and share links to a robust list of support resources.

The interview:

Dan Schoeffel(16:08) Tech Solutions – Staff Minister Dan Schoeffel from St. Paul’s in Onalaska, WI talks with Martin and Sallie about the various hardware and software solutions that have been implemented in his congregation and school.  From scrolling announcements in the church narthex to innovative time keeping to wise stewardship of hardware, St. Paul’s has their tech bases covered.

Ministry resources:

(32:22) Free introductory online course from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

News in tech:

(34:10) iPad 2 Reviews from Cnet

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Of interest:

(40:35) FinalWeb Training in New Ulm, MN and Milwaukee, WI

  • FinalWeb for Teachers in New Ulm on June 27 and Milwaukee on August 1 – bit.ly/fw4teachers
  • FinalWeb for Dummies in New Ulm June 28-30 and Milwaukee August 2-4 - bit.ly/fw4dummies

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(50:38) Episode 176 – Alan Nolte from Fox Valley Lutheran High School shares news of their upcoming STEM Academy, and we review techie aids for memorization. (Release date – 03/23/11)

The featured artist:

(51:21) We close the podcast with the instrumental music of In His Service (www.adagioconcepts.com) - I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say from their CD titled “In His Time”

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146 – WELSTech Road Trip: MI, PA and FL

This week the WELSTech Podcast summer Road Trip wraps up with a round table discussion of three leading Bible software packages.

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Road trip:

roadtrip02c(5:16) Bible software – On this week’s final virtual road trip, Martin and Sallie travel via the magic of technology to three destinations at once!  Pastor Steve Bauer from Faith in West Newton, PA, Pastor Dan Witte from Risen Savior in Lakewood Ranch, FL and Pastor Aaron Frey, President of Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, participate in a lively discussion about their favorite Bible software tools, Accordance, BibleWorks and Logos respectively.

  • Visit the WELSTech Wiki Bible Software resource page for helpful links, reviews, screen shots and more. While you are there, create an account and add your Bible software experience to the page!

    

Pastors Bauer, Witte and Frey

    

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The WELSTech Road Trip Tracker

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(54:59) Episode 147 – Our travelin’ days are over so we pause to reflect on the summer “Road Trip” series and get back into the swing of things with our normal features.  (Release date 09/01/10)

The featured artist:

(56:20) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch - When Love Is Found from his CD titled ”Abide With Me”

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132 – Spriggs Squared

This week the WELSTech podcast welcomes two Mac-friendly guests as we explore the use of Macs in ministry.

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The discussion:

Inside Apple - The Spriggs boys are taking over!  Listen as Martin’s son, Aaron Spriggs, our WELSTech resident Apple store guy, shares his insight into the popularity of Mac products.

The interview:

Pastor Steve Bauer(14:25) Macs in Ministry – Pastor Steve Bauer from Faith in West Newton, PA joins Martin and Sallie to discuss his use of Mac-based Bible software, Accordance, as well as some other Mac favorites of his.

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Of interest:

  • (54:25) Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Graduation and Call Day – If you can’t be there in person, plan to tune in to the special services via live video stream – wels.net/streams/live.
    • Graduate Assignments – Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Graduation Concert – Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Graduation – Friday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • FinalWeb Training in Milwaukee, WI and New Ulm, MN

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:04:52) Episode 133 - What belongs on a great classroom web site?  Gail Potratz joins us for this education-focused discussion. (Release date 05/26/10)

The featured artist:

(1:06:16) We close the podcast with the music of Dawn Gehlhar - Amazing Grace from her CD titled “Inspirations”

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105 – Learning – Long Distance Style

This week on the WELSTech podcast we celebrate National Distance Learning Week and talk with teacher Karl Henselin about free computer management software.

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The discussion:

Online learning - It’s time again for our annual celebration of National Distance Learning Week.  Martin and Sallie define distance learning in terms of student experience and needed skills, and they explore the possibilities for distance learning in a ministry setting.  Visit our distance learning web page where we showcase all of the WELS distance learning resources.

The interview:

henselin1s(17:15) Managing your school computers - Teacher Karl Henselin from St. Mark in Green Bay, WI was a presenter at the recent Wisconsin State Teacher’s Conference and spent a few minutes with Martin to discuss free software tools for maintaining computers.

Ministry resources:

(28:55) Logos for iPhone/iTouch

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Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:35) Episode 106 - We’re kicking off a new book discussion, Chapter 1 of Shane Hipps’ The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. (Release date 11/18/09)

The featured artist:

(54:54) This week we close with the music of Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com) - The Beatitudes from his CD titled “A Witness”

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