201 – Take Two

This week the next WELSTech Podcast book discussion kicks off and we hear about new digital products from Northwestern Publishing.

The discussion:

Grab your reading glasses – Martin and Sallie kick off the latest WELSTech book selection, The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice.  The book, subtitled “How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community”, looks at the effect social media has had on our lives and on the connections we make.  Listen to a discussion of the book introduction, including a look at the strange occurrence at the opening of the Millennium Bridge in London, and grab a copy to read along with us.

The interview:

(12:22) NPH goes digital – Kurt Adams and Mark Buske from Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) join Martin and Sallie to talk about the recent addition of a variety of digital items to their product line.

Ministry resources:

News in tech:

  • (33:05) GameStop To Stock iOS Devices and Accept Your Old Devices For Store Credit

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

  • (39:50) Check out the latest issue of the ShopWELS Insider for information on great deals available to congregations, schools and individuals from a variety of vendors including Apple, Verizon and InfoCor.  Subscribe to receive the newsletter via e-mail each quarter. Sign up at ShopWELS.net to take advantage of the special pricing.

Community feedback:

  • (41:13) WELSTech 200th podcast contest winner Jason Petoskey shared his appreciation for the Flip camera.
  • Pastor Clint Rogas from St. Paul in South Haven, MI is looking for an audio solution to replace cassette ministry for shut-ins.  The “catch” is it has to be easy to operate, which rules out most small MP3 players.  Does anyone have ideas?
  • Via the WELSTech Diigo group, we learned about …
    • Molecular Expressions
    • Atlas Interactive Map from Discovery Education Streaming
    • Projects from Wikispaces
    • Resources on Digital Citizenship from Edutopia
    • Zim Wiki
    • NASA @ Home and City

Coming up on WELSTech:

(50:48) Episode 202 – Key to church office success is managing the ever-changing calendar of events. Tune in as Martin and Sallie share tips on effective calendaring. (Release date – 09/21/11)

The featured artist:

(51:50) We close the podcast with the instrumental music of In His Service (www.adagioconcepts.com) – Send Me from their CD titled “In His Time”

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