177 – A Tech and Learning Goldmine

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we review Tech & Learning magazine and talk with Rachel Malkuch about using tech tools for student evaluation.

The discussion:

A magazine for today’s teachers – Teacher Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI makes her once-a-month guest appearance on WELSTech and joins Martin and Sallie in a discussion of the online and print magazine Tech & Learning.

  • Tech & Learning subscriptions
    • Print magazine
    • Digital magazine
    • K-12 Education e-news
  • Top 10 Sites for Educational Resources
  • A-Z Web Tools: C & D
  • A Personal Learning Network for Parents – As PTO interest and involvement declines, these new ideas may be useful for making parent connections
  • Going Digital … Ten Points To Consider When Transforming Towards Digital Curriculum – Covering such topics as the necessary infrastructure needed to support cloud-based computing and the importance of professional development for teachers

The interview:

Rachel Malkuch(19:55) Alternative assessment with technology – Teacher Rachel Malkuch (aleixa on Twitter and blogger at Learn for a Lifetime) from Trinity in Waukesha, WI chats with Sallie about her recent presentation to the Milwaukee-Metro Teachers’ Conference on the use of Technology as means of Alternate Assessment.

Ministry resources:

(34:16) Release of the Glo Bible for Mac and iPad – Watch the iPad demo

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(45:21) 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:

  • (47:21) Following up on our Office 2010 podcast, Martin found an additional set of training videos.
  • David Schumann from Peace in Janesville, WI is looking for help addressing the needs of band-width impaired members and visitors who cannot access many of the resources on today’s web sites.  How does your church meet those needs?
  • Mark Blauert, a Staff Minister from Trinity in Crete, IL, is looking for all types of church web site policy examples.  Check out this growing list of resources:
  • WELS Webmaster, Julie Duran, shared two helpful links:
  • In the WELSTech Diigo Group Jason Schmidt, Martin, and Nancy Marks linked us to …
    • Adventure Learning from the University of Minnesota
    • Google Upgrades AdWords for Non-Profits
    • Password Safe
  • Tom Hausmann and John Shoosmith sent in praise for the WELSTech audio quality, expertly produced each week by our audio engineer extraordinaire, Martin Spriggs.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:43) Episode 178 – A month of “April Showers” await WELSTech listeners, and first up is a shower of webmaster resources.  (Release date – 04/06/11)

The featured artist:

(56:51) We close the podcast with the music of Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com and mikewestendorf on Twitter) – Blessed is The One from his CD titled “Undefined”

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2 replies
  1. Nancy marks
    Nancy marks says:

    Thanks for the lead on Glo Bible. I shred that with our pastor and Christian Ed director at Immanuel in Missoula and we are going to change our confirmation and high school youth program next year to include using the Glo Bible as well as the Nooma videos (www.Nooma.com) that focus on present day issues and how those relate to the Bible. Our goal is to engage our youth by integrating the technology and making relevant connections between their everyday life and the Bible


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