On this edition of the WELSTech Podcast we share many web-based (and often free) tools which assist with all types of collaboration including sharing documents and calendars, creating mind maps and wikis, and holding private conversations and video conference calls.
Working together online – Martin and Sallie share scenarios for online collaboration in church and school ministry and a list of web-based tools that can assist with that process.
- The Google platform includes …
- The Microsoft platform includes …
- Social sharing options …
- Project management options …
- Mind Mapping options …
- Wiki options …
- Web Conferencing options …
(21:24) Global collaboration – Pastor Brad Wordell, who serves our synod as Missionary to Japan as well as Coordinator of Asia Publications for Multi-Language Publications, sat down with Martin recently to talk about the management tasks involved in translating gospel resources into many new languages. That work is made easier with the use of online collaborative tools.
Picks of the week:
Coming up on WELSTech:
(45:08) Episode 277 – You’ll flip over next weeks edtech discussion of flipped classrooms, featuring Gail Potratz in the guest host chair. (Release date – 02/26/13)
The featured artist:
(45:45) We close the podcast with the debut of a new WELS artist, pianist Kirk Meyer (www.kirkmeyer.com) - Chief of Sinners Though I Be
This week the tech talk on the WELSTech podcast centers around group collaboration, the world of the independent Christian artist, and a geeky kitchen dream come true.
Group Effort Web 2.0 Style - Martin and Sallie revisit Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody and focus on chapter 5, “Personal Motivation Meets Collaborative Production”, as they explore the power of one of the core Web 2.0 tools, the wiki. Listen for ideas on how you can use a wiki in your congregation or school.
Independent Christian Artist (18:22) – WELS musician Mike Westendorf joins Martin and Sallie to talk about getitng started in the music business, the recent CIA Summit for independent Christian artist and the role technology plays in music today.
New technology showcase (38:30)
Picks of the week (42:25)
Contest – Top 5 Desert Island Software Picks (47:47)
- Send us the five software titles you wouldn’t want to live without – free or fee, desktop or Web 2.0, anything goes
- Get us your list via your favorite WELSTech communication channel – e-mail us, leave us a voice mail (414-375-2334), send us a message on facebook or twitter – just get us your top 5 picks!
- One random entry will receive a $25 gift certificate to the WELSTech store (cafepress.com/welstech)
- Deadline for entry is Sunday April 26, 2009 @ 11:59 p.m.
- Listen to WELSTech Episode 069 on April 29th to find out if you are the winner and to experience a virtual desert island of software picks
Community feedback (49:17)
- Check out the WELSTech listserve archive for a balanced discussion of fee vs. open-source software for school computer usage
- David Schumann from Peace in Janesville, WI shared his success with recycling old hardware with Linux
- The #WELSTech Twitter conversation this week included
- John Simonson from Good Shepherd in West Bend, WI suggested incorporating a call to action link on church sites – “Why join?” or “Why attend?”
- Dan Schoeffel from St. Paul’s in Onalaska, WI shared a link to their Drupal members only site – members.stpaulsonalaska.org
- We discussed Drupal in a episode 047 and have a page on the WELSTech wiki dedicated to Drupal
- Take a sneak peek at the new Drupal-based WELS.net – beta.wels.net
- David Savatski from WELS Missions added a presentation tips section to the WELSTech wiki
- Greg Letiecq shared a “He Is Risen” video clip. Find it on the WELSTech wiki, posted using drop.io/welstech.
Coming up on WELSTech (1:04:32)
- Episode 068 - It’s time to make plans for a summer of learning. Gail Potratz will join us to discuss a multitude of opportunities for personal enrichment. And we’ll wrap up our interview with Mike Westendorf.
The featured artist:
This week we close with WELS artist Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com) - Prelude to Praise from his newest CD titled Color Through the Gray (1:06:20)
This week on WELSTech Martin, Sallie and our semi-regular classroom correspondent, Gail Potratz, discuss congregation and school uses for wikis. Also, we are joined by Maria Andersen as she shares how Web 2.0 leveled the playing field when it comes to teaching online.
- Wikis - Martin, Sallie and Gail give listeners a crash course on wikis, a very popular Web 2.0 tool which can be used for web-based collaboration in churches and schools. Featuring easy set-up and update functions that anyone can do without HTML or other programming knowledge, wikis also allow for inclusion of all forms of multi-media content.
- Leveling the online education playing field (20:10) - Maria Andersen, who serves on the Math Faculty at Muskegon Community College, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss her experiences as an online calculus teacher and share how Web 2.0 tools allow all her students to communicate with her regardless of their software and hardware set-up. You’ll even hear the story behind the purple calculus teacher avatar that Maria uses on her blog.
- Picks of the week (39:05)
- WELS.net feature (50:00)
- Through My Bible in 3 Years – a variety of flavors to suit every taste
- Of interest (53:41)
- Community feedback (54:40)
The featured artist:
- We close with the music WELS contemporary praise band, Koine (www.koinemusic.com) – Chief of Sinners Though I Be from their CD title Koine (59:42)
Our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, Gail Potratz, is back with Martin and Sallie to continue the discussion of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. This week we focus on wiki and blog tools for education enhancement.
- Wikis and Blogs in the Classroom - Gail Potratz, Technology Coordinator at Emanual in New London, WI, joins Martin and Sallie to share her experience and ideas for bringing Web 2.0 tools into the classroom. As we continue our discussion of this topic with Gail (previous installments during Episode 021 and Episode 025), we zero in on uses for wiki and blog tools, both for teachers and for students.
- Picks of the week (25:40)
- WELS.net feature (37:29)
- Of interest (39:30)
- Planning is under way for WELS International Youth Rally 2009
- Community feedback (42:11)
- David Scharrer of Hemlock, MI shared an idea for involving youth in loading MP3 players for shuts-ins to listen to Streams devotional podcasts
- Cindy Krueger, member of Shepherd of the Hills in Lansing, MI, shared links to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) online training from EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) easi.cc and an ADA training listserve
- Julie Duran, WELS.net webmaster, shared a link to a Lynx browser add-on that will allow users to view text versions of their links and check for accessibility
The featured artist:
- We close with music of WELS musician, Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com) - Look Out from his CD titled Climb the Mountain (46:20)