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.

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

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

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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185 – Summer Vacations

This week on the WELSTech Podcast Gail Potratz joins the discussion as we look at summer professional development opportunities.

The discussion:

VacationMake a Plan – As the school year wraps up Gail Potratz, the WELSTech semi-regular classroom technology correspondent from Emanuel in New London, WI, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss ideas for summer enrichment, professional growth and even a little relaxation.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

  • (31:49) We basked in the Apple Day afterglow this week:
    • Maren McPeak from St. Mark in Citrus Heights, CA tweeted her favorite iPad app – Air Sketch
    • Philip Wels from St. Paul in New Ulm, MN is an AppleCare fan with experience
    • We made a Apple-WELS Connection with Amanda Voss, senior programmer for Apple, from Apostles in San Jose, CA
  • Via the WELSTech Diigo group we learned about
  • Adam Valleskey from Christ in Juneau, AK has an approved location-based facebook deal –  “Free gift of hearing God’s Word with every visit”
  • Debbie Spriggs from Peace in Hartford, WI recommended SnackTools website widgets
  • Kevin Smith from Christ in Zumbrota, MN pointed us to info on Microsoft Multipoint Server.  He learned of this from the Windows Weekly TWiT Podcast.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(47:05) Episode 186 – Martin and Sallie unveil the updated ShopWELS site as well as a chat with Tim Plath about the Area Lutheran High School Online pilot project. (Release date – 06/01/11)

The featured artist:

(48:22) We close the podcast with the music of Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com and mikewestendorf on Twitter) – Coming Soon from his CD titled “Undefined”

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184 – Apple Day

This week the WELSTech Podcast round table welcomes Apple “Geniuses” Bob Martens and Aaron Spriggs.

The discussion:

A bite of the Apple – Bob Martens and Aaron Spriggs, true Apple fan-boys, cozy up to the podcast microphone to chat with Martin and Sallie about the variety of products available from Apple and the many uses Apple products have in schools and churches.

Apple fans

Picks of the week (Apple-style):

News in tech:

(39:35) Google announces Chromebook

Community feedback:

  • (43:35) Pastor Phil Huebner from Christ the King in Palm Coast, FL gave us a tech update.  In just their 4th year of existence, Christ the King is an all Mac campus (anticipating 200 students next year) using Snap Grades for online grade management, posting sermon archives on Vimeo and considering adding live streaming of their services soon.
  • Join the WELSTech-er efforts to promote the hashtag “callday” on Twitter this week as WELS live streams graduation events from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(48:28) Episode 185 – Gail Potratz, our classroom technology diva, joins Martin and Sallie, and we talk about our summer plans for professional development and geeky fun. (Release date – 05/25/11)

The featured artist:

(49:01) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) – Suddenly from his CD titled “Abandon”

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183 – Security and Privacy and Fair Use, Oh My!

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we finish our current book discussion and chat with Greg Boggs about school privacy solutions.

The discussion:

It’s a wrap! – Martin and Sallie finish up their discussion of the current book selection, Leading 21st Century Schools by Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin, with a look at chapters 8 and 9 of the book.  Topics include privacy, acceptable use policies, web site evaluation and the digital divide.

The interview:

Greg Boggs(21:45) Ask the expert – Greg Boggs, a member of St. Mark in Lincoln, NE, joins Martin and Sallie to share his experience with school network content filtering as well as wireless security concerns.

  • SmoothWall Guardian for Education

Ministry resources:

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

  • (50:32) Khan Academy
  • Kensington ComboSaver Master Coded Combination Notebook Lock

Of interest:

  • (54:36) Check out WELS live streaming schedule for the upcoming graduation and call season
  • 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:

  • (57:00) Joanne Nemmers, school secretary at Calvary in Dallas, TX, is looking for After-School Care management software.  We suggested the open source solution, PHP Timeclock.  Do you have a recommendation?
  • Jonathan Favorite, staff minister at Crosswalk in Phoenix, AZ, suggested WELSTech model LifeHacker’s content delivery approach.
  • Martin shared a promo video for the new CPH graphic novel, Echoes of the Hammer.
  • Jason Schmidt, teacher at Gethsemane in Omaha, NE, shared a link to Haiku LMS (Learning Management System).
  • Sallie shared several links for ministry usage:
    • Sharing Stuff from The Table Project
    • InfoGraphic-a-Day by David Warlick
    • G.O.S.P.E.L. video

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:06:45) Episode 184 – On the menu is “All Things Apple” as Martin and Sallie are joined by Apple Geniuses, Bob and Aaron, to talk about ministry uses of Apple products. (Release date – 05/18/11)

The featured artist:

(1:07:59) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch – Children of the Heavenly Father from his CD titled “Abide With Me”

Get involved:

182 – Staff Ministry Recap

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we share the tech talk from last week’s 2011 WELS Conference of Staff Ministers.

The discussion:

Martin at the 2011 Staff Ministry ConferenceLots of intersections – Martin and Sallie recap the recent Staff Minister Conference and the various discussions they led for the multi-talented, multi-vocational audience.  It’s neat to see how technology is a thread which crosses the variety of ministry paths in which Staff Ministers are involved.

Ministry resources:

News in tech:

(32:30) Delicious lives

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

  • (40:20) Check out WELS live streaming schedule for the upcoming graduation and call season
  • 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:

  • (42:10) Teacher Ryan Rosenthal from Faith in Fond du Lac, WI reviewed Meet Me At Midnight from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Teacher Jason Schmidt from Gethsemane in Omaha, NE shared a link to Edutopia resources on assessment

Coming up on WELSTech:

(43:57) Episode 183 – We wrap up the current book discussion with a focus on privacy, reviewing chapters 8 & 9 of Leading 21st Century Schools. (Release date – 05/11/11)

The featured artist:

(44:40) We close the podcast with the music of Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries – You Are My World from their CD titled “Crosswalk Lutheran Ministries”

Get involved:

181 – April Showers: Teacher Resources

This week the WELSTech Podcast “April Shower” series concludes as Gail Potratz from New London, WI assists with the extensive list of teacher resources.


April Showers of Teacher Resources

The discussion:

Raining resources for teachers – We had to call in reinforcements in order to share the many teacher resources that are available!  Gail Potratz, teacher and technology coordinator from Emanuel in New London, WI, joins Martin and Sallie to share some of the many teacher (and student) oriented tech tools.

For teachers:

For students:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:05) Episode 182 – Join Martin and Sallie as they recap their experience at the 2011 WELS Conference of Staff Ministers being held April 28-30 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.  (Release date – 05/04/11)

The featured artist:

(51:43) We close the podcast with music from praise band Koine (www.koinemusic.comFacebook) – Behold a Host Arrayed in White from their CD titled “Koine II”

 

Get involved:

180 – April Showers: Office Worker Resources

This week the WELSTech Podcast “April Shower” rains down all types of resources to make the church and school office run smoothly.

Our apologies for the audio quality during the last 10 minutes of today’s podcast.  We experienced technical difficulties with the recording.

Office Worker Resources

The discussion:

Raining resources for office workers – For this week’s “April Shower”, Martin and Sallie cover a long list of tools to assist the “nerve center” of the congregation and school, the office.

Ministry resources:

(35:55) Walther’s Law and Gospel is now available for Kindle

News in tech:

Contest winners:

(39:36) Concluding the Glo Bible giveaways on our personal blogs (martinspriggs.com and salliedraper.com), Martin and Sallie use random.org to pick winners.  Listen to find out if you are one of the newest Glo Bible owners.

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(47:41) 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:

  • (48:11) A great list of links were shared via the WELSTech Diigo group:
  • WELSTech lives, but our redirects are misbehaving.  If you can’t reach WELSTech at our standard address – welstech.wels.net – find us at – blogs.wels.net/welstech.  We expect the redirect link will be working again very soon. Thanks for your patience!

Coming up on WELSTech:

(50:41) Episode 181 – The “April Showers” conclusion may turn into an April storm as Gail Potratz joins the discussion and we share a [gigantic] compilation list of teacher resources.  (Release date – 04/27/11)

The featured artist:

(51:30) We close the podcast with the music of  Branches Band (www.branchesband.com |Facebook) – Hosanna, Loud Hosanna from their “Sing, My Tongue” CD

 

Get involved:

179 – April Showers: Bible Teacher Resources

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we share a mega-list of Bible teaching and study resources.

WELSTech Bible Resources Shower

The discussion:

Raining resources for teaching and studying the Bible – Continuing the “April Showers” series, today Martin and Sallie share a master list of the many electronic Bible teaching and studying aids.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

  • (26:40) Bible+ mobile Bible app by Just1Word
  • BibleGlo for iPad
    • Don’t miss the BibleGlo Premium GIVEAWAYS!  We’re giving away two copies of BibleGlo Premium (each valued at $69.99).  Visit Martin and Sallie’s blogs for details.  Tune in to next Wednesday’s WELSTech Podcast to find out if you’ve won!

Of interest:

(33:00) 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:

(42:54) Episode 180 – The “April Showers” continue as we rain down all sorts of goodies for church and school office workers.  (Release date – 04/20/11)

The featured artist:

(43:40) We close the podcast with the music of  Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) – Roll the Stone Away from their “We Walk By Faith” CD

 

Get involved:

178 – April Showers: Webmaster Resources

This week on the WELSTech Podcast the “April Showers” series kick-off focuses on all aspects of web site creation.

WELSTech Webmaster Shower

The discussion:

Raining Resources for your Web Site – Across the 3.5 years of WELSTech archives you will find discussion of a plethora of webmaster tools.  Today Martin and Sallie share all you need to set up and maintain your church or school web site in one (long) list!  Enjoy the rain!!

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(48:22) 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:

  • (49:10) On the LinkedIn In the WELS group discussion boards, the topic of video production was raised.   WELS video designers include
  • The WELSTech listserve had lots of chatter related to the legalities of using member and student photos on congregation and school web sites.  Check out the archived conversation on the WELSTech Wiki.  Thanks to Mike Plocher, Director of Technology, from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in New Ulm, MN for sharing their Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act document.
  • Following up on our Office 2010 podcast, Martin is researching further Microsoft pricing for the Office Suite.  Watch for updates at ShopWELS.net.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:30) Episode 179 – Get ready for an “April Shower” of Bible teaching resources.  (Release date – 04/13/11)

The featured artist:

(56:50) We close the podcast with the music of Dawn Michelle Williams (www.dawnmichellewilliams.com | TwitterFacebookMy Space) – Beautiful Savior from her CD titled ”Inspirations”

Get involved:

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”

Get involved: