605 – Prison Ministry

This week the WELSTech summer series on WELS Congregational Services focuses on Prison Ministry, part of Special Ministries. Plus, there’s afterglow to enjoy related to the recent Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit, including presenter resources and photos. Community feedback covers social media ideas, QR codes, and multiple monitors for worship.

The discussion:

Prison Ministry – Dave Hochmuth, WELS Prison Ministry Administrator, shares some of the history of the group and the current blessings and challenges of ministry to prisoners in the digital age.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check out the EdTechLead19 photo album and this slideshow video of the event.

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604 – WELS Ed Tech Lead 2019

Recorded in front of a live audience at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit, WELSTech hosts Martin and Sallie talk with four of the attendees about their conference experience.

The discussion:

Reaching the Summit – Attendees, presenters, vendors, and planning committee members who were a part of #EdTechLead19 each walk away with unique experiences. Hear from four people who played a variety of roles at the conference.

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603 – Conquerors through Christ

Tune in to WELSTech for a discussion about the gospel response to Internet pornography offered by Conquerors through Christ. The community feedback buzz includes sign up for a taste of missions, classroom speaker recommendations, and a variety of ways people are offering catechism lessons online.

The discussion:

Pastor Mike NovotnyFrom Dirty to Dancing – Pastor Mike Novotny from The CORE in Appleton, WI serves as the chairman of Conquerors through Christ, a WELS Special Ministries taskforce to help Christians deal with the temptations and devastation caused by Internet pornography. He chats with Martin and Sallie about the work of the taskforce.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check out a sample Catechism lesson with companion video on The Seventh Commandment which are featured in this blog post from Northwestern Publishing House.

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Digging Technology - Israel archaeology dig

602 – Digging Technology

Summer arrives on WELSTech this week as we begin a series on the various areas of WELS Congregational Services, with Special Ministries in the lead-off position. Martin and Sallie share hardware picks with mom in mind, and the community feedback bag includes media content, brave browsing, and STEM career options in agriculture!

The discussion:

Digging Technology - Israel archaeology digAll the hats – Pastor Jim Behringer, Administrator for WELS Special Ministries, joins Martin and Sallie to kick off our summer series on Congregational Services. We learn about the many and varied audiences Special Ministries serves and the army of behind-the-scenes volunteers who assist with the ministry efforts.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Here’s a sample video from WELS Special Ministries – Luther’s Seal (Captioned) for deaf and hard of hearing.

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Faithfully Connected authors

601 – Don’t Give Jason Your Password!

Spring has arrived on WELSTech as we wrap up our season-long book discussion of Faithfully Connected with guest host Jason Schmidt and an interview with the authors. Jason shares a “life changing” Google tool and a great book recommendation for summer. Plus, there’s news from Last Pass, a recommendation for Pear Deck, and the debut of the BORAM. Listen now!

The discussion and interview:

Faithfully Connected authors

Dr. Ben Boche and Dr. Jake Hollatz

Finding balance –  Jason Schmidt, edtech co-host extraordinaire, joins Martin and Sallie to wrap up our book discussion of Faithfully Connected. We cover chapter 9, Digital Security, and the conclusion.

And, as a special bonus, Martin and Sallie talk with the authors of Faithfully Connected, Dr. Ben Boche and Dr. Jake Hollatz, to learn more about the motivation and message of the book.

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Learn more about Pear Deck for Google Slides in this introductory video.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 602 – Pastor Jim Behringer, administrator for Special Ministries, kicks off our summer focus on WELS Congregational Services.  Release date: Wednesday, June 5.

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Idea

600 – Fixin’ To Launch A School Intranet?

Welcome to WELSTech 600! In this milestone episode we wrap up our series on church and school intranets, discover some interesting new podcasts and video channels, and gear up for graduation and call day.

The discussion:

Idea

School Intranets with Trello – This Spring we’ve focused on building church and school intranets, or private web sites. Today we share a sample school Intranet design using Trello (reference the how-to video on Episode 592 for Trello tips) and recap intranet best practices.

News in tech:

Google Pixel 3a

WELS now:

Graduation & Call Day festivities

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Christ for Disciplers Podcast by Pastor Paul Steinberg

Community feedback:

Featured video:

What’s new in ChromeOS Version 74? from the Chromebook Classroom (Josh Sowash) YouTube channel

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 601 – The WELSTech hat trick is happening as we welcome guest host Jason Schmidt, wrap up our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected, and chat with the book authors!  Release date: Wednesday, May 22.

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599 – Yet Another Reason To Attend WELS EdTechLead

WELSTech returns with a chat about one of the most popular sectionals happening at this summer’s EDTechLead Summit. There’s also hardware and elastic picks of the week, free food for teachers, and password wisdom to share with your co-workers and friends.

The interview:

Tell your story in video – Jon Witte, Director of Bands at Luther High School, Onalaska, WI, gives listeners a sneak peek into his church and school promo video sectional happening this summer at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit.

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Where teachers can get free food and discounts for Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10

Community feedback:

Featured video:

How to pick a proper password

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 600 – Join us for our 600th tech-in-ministry conversation as we explore school intranets in Trello.  Release date: Wednesday, May 15.

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598 – Digital Health and Wellness

Tune in to this week’s WELSTech for a “healthy” discussion of the positive and negative effects of a digital lifestyle on our overall wellness plus ideas for teaching and modeling smart tech limits. We’re happy to have Martin Luther College Professor Rachel Feld on hand as we celebrate MLC Day, and Martin shares details on our current audio recording platform.

The discussion:

Finding balance –  Rachel Feld is back in the edtech guest host chair to chat with Martin and Sallie about chapter 8 of Faithfully Connected – Digital Health and Wellness.

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check out Google’s Applied Digital Skills playlist on YouTube for more free training, such as how to Create an Interactive Story.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 599 – Jonathan Witte shares a sneak peek into his Church and School Promotional Videos sectional happening this summer at #EdTechLead19.  Release date: Wednesday, May 8.

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597 – Summer STEM+

We’re gearing up for Summer on WELSTech as we talk with Kristin Knickelbein about Summer STEM+ Camp success. Also this week, get ready for MLC Day, but wait for a foldable phone; study your Bible and Catechism; plus, find out “who’s on first” pick this week!

The interview:

Reaching out with STEM – Teacher and Technology Director Kristin Knickelbein from St Mark, Eau Claire, WI organized and ran a successful summer STEM+ Camp  in 2018 (and plans to do it again this summer). She will be sharing her experience at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit. She chats with Martin and Sallie about what attendees can expect in her EdTechLead sectional.

News in tech:

Galaxy Fold screens are reportedly breaking already

WELS now:

Celebrate Martin Luther College – MLC Day is May 1

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Luther’s Small Catechism – Web | Android | iOS

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Preview the WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit fun!

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 594 – MLC Professor Rachel Feld joins the conversation as we continue our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected, looking at chapter 8 – Digital Health and Wellness.  Release date: Wednesday, May 1.

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596 – School Intranets … Google Style

It’s Holy Week on WELSTech, and the discussion centers around the why, what, and how of building school intranets. But the tech-in-ministry goodness doesn’t stop there. We have Easter images, WELS on your desktop, a projection worship discussion, a musical devotion Facebook Watch Party, and embedded audio on Google Slides to share as well. Enjoy!

The discussion:

Build a School Intranet with Google – The Let’s Build an Intranet series turns to privatizing, organizing, and collaborating on school information, and Martin and Sallie share ideas for building in the Google space. Reference the how-to video on Episode 588 for additional tips and demonstration of building these solutions.

News in tech:

Logos 8 is now available

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

We have double the Easter joy in video format this week with President Schroeder’s Easter Message

and Koiné’s Lily Mini Movie.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 597 – Kristen Knickelbein shares a preview of her #EdTechLead19 sectional titled Hack Outreach: Summer STEM+ Camp.  Release date: Wednesday, March 24.

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