593 – Seesaw

WELSTech is back with a preview of this summer’s #EdTechLead19 event. Teachers Stephanie Krahn and Kurt Gosdeck talk about their sectional covering the use of SeeSaw for student portfolios. WELS has Lent and Easter music for your listening pleasure, and there’s an exciting ministry resource that may be just what your church or school needs to go mobile!

The interview:

Student portfolios – WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit co-presenters Stephanie Krahn, 3rd grade teacher at West De Pere school district, and Kurt Gosdeck, 4th grade teacher and tech coordinator at St. Mark, Green Bay, share a preview of their sectional topic, SeeSaw: Student-Driven Portfolios Made Easy featuring the SeeSaw app.

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News in tech:

Facebook struggles to deal with epic outage

WELS now:

WELS Lenten and Easter Radio

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Glide App – Create mobile apps from a Google Sheet

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Create your first app with Glide

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 594 – Jason and Sallie co-host while Martin takes a much-deserved vacation.  We continue our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected, looking at chapters 6 and 7 – Digital Law and Digital Rights & Responsibilities.  Release date: Wednesday, March 27.

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592 – Church Intranets by Trello

WELSTech returns with a look at the possibilities for developing church Intranets on the Trello platform. We say “Happy Birthday” to the World Wide Web and take a look at WELS Missions Journeys. Plus, we have picks and ministry resources and community feedback that you won’t want to miss. Turn it up!

The discussion:

Build a Church Intranet with Trello – Martin and Sallie continue the Let’s Build an Intranet series with a sample Trello setup that will do the job.

News in tech:

Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web

WELS now:

WELS Mission Journeys

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Jitsi video conferencing

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Get up to speed on Trello with 7 Things You Should Do with Every Trello Board (Setup Guide) from Simpletivity

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 593 – Get a preview of “Seesaw: Student-Driven Portfolios Made Easy” with #EdTechLead19 presenters Stephanie Krahn and Kurt Gosdeck.  Release date: Wednesday, March 20.

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591 – Digital Side Doors

WELSTech is opening doors – digital side doors to church – this week. Listen for ideas about digital places and ways for people to get acquainted with your church before walking through the front door. Martin taught Alexa to read the Bible in three years, your sci-fi phone of the future is coming soon, and Koiné Worship Media has resources for Lent and Easter. All this, and more on today’s show!

The interview:

Making connections – Pastor Peter Hagen, from Resurrection in Maumee, OH and the podcast Raised With Jesus, shares his ideas regarding “digital side doors” to church, connecting physical and digital church activities with the ultimate goal of connecting people to God’s Word.

News in tech:

Foldable Phones from Samsung and Huawei

WELS now:

Listen to WELS Through My Bible in Three Years on Alexa

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Koiné Worship Media

Community feedback:

Featured video:

We begin the season of Lent with Koiné Worship Media’s He Stood Before the Court – with musical notation. Register for a free account and download Lent and Easter worship resources.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 592 – Learn how to build a church intranet with Trello.  Release date: Wednesday, March 13.

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590 – Digital Etiquette

It’s edtech week on WELSTech, and Professor Rachel Feld is on hand to discuss the next chapter of our season-long book discussion, Faithfully Connected. Martin has new wearable tech, and Rachel shares pins for Lent. Plus, find out who’s up for celebrating the National Day of Unplugging.

The interview:

Mind your manners –  Martin Luther College Professor Rachel Feld joins our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected, chapter 5 – Digital Etiquette.

News in tech:

National Day of Unplugging

WELS now:

Serving those who serve

Picks of the week:

Ministry Pinterest resource:

Check out Rachel’s Bible Lessons for Lent board

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Pastor Jeremy Mattek talks about how Grow in Grace has touched his ministry.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 591 – Pastor Peter Hagen shares his ideas regarding digital side doors to church.  Release date: Wednesday, March 6.

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589 – Google Certification

This week on WELSTech we welcome Rachel Pierson to the conversation. She shares details on her Google Level 1 Certification Bootcamp, happening during pre-conference at WELS EdTechLead this summer. Sallie’s taking notes while Martin is listening to WELSTech in a brand-new location. Plus, we strategize about church online communication.

The interview:

Flex your Google muscles – Rachel Pierson, Personalized Learning Coach at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Public Schools discusses her Google Level 1 Certification Bootcamp, happening on June 24 as part of the pre-conference event at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit.

News in tech:

Anchor is joining Spotify

WELS now:

Register for the #EdTechLead19 giveaway, and you could win a free night at the Kalahari (restrictions & black-out dates apply) or a $25 Amazon gift card! Share with friends for extra entries in the drawing!!

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

A Checklist for Your Ministry’s Online Strategy in 2019

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Consider joining us at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit. Learn more & register.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 590 – Professor Rachel Feld joins our edtech discussion of Faithfully Connected, chapter 5 – Digital Etiquette.  Release date: Wednesday, February 27.

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588 – Intranets – Google Style

This week on WELSTech the discussion and how-to resources focus on building a church Intranet or private web site using G Suite. Along with news and picks of the week, the WELSTech mailbag is overflowing with great community discussion on ministry podcasts, transcribing and captioning video, education hardware for early elementary, a tropical job opportunity.

The discussion:

Build a Church Intranet with Google – Martin and Sallie continue the Let’s Build an Intranet series with a discussion of the Google tools to do the job.

News in tech:

Google releases Chrome extension to check for leaked usernames and passwords

WELS now:

Consider presenting at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit IGNITE event

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

How to Leverage Podcasting to Reach New People

Community feedback:

Featured video:

More Google tutorials for learning the basics needed to set up and maintain your church intranet – Google Drive Tutorial 2018

and How to Share Files and Folders in Google Drive

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 589 – Rachel Pierson shares details about her “Google Level 1 Certification Bootcamp happening during pre-conference at #EdTechLead19.  Release date: Wednesday, February 20.

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587 – Streaming

It’s WELSTech time, so get ready for your weekly dose of tech-in-ministry goodness. This week we share tips for setting up live streaming, and we celebrate the Chinese New Year with prayer. We also visit the Free Bible Images web site and share community feedback related to optimizing Facebook posts. Wait no longer for WELSTech!

The interview and discussion:

Get started streaming – Philip Wels, lay member of Peace in North Mankato, MN joins Martin and Sallie to share his expertise in live streaming worship.

News in tech:

Plans to integrate Facebook Messenger, What’s App and Instagram messages

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Free Bible Images

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check out the live streaming and sermon video archive from Peace Lutheran Church (ELS) in North Mankato, MN, mentioned during the interview today as a congregation using Philip’s recommended setup. Watch the sermon video from Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 588 – Our “Let’s Build an Intranet” series continues with a practical look at how to build a church intranet using Google Sites.  Release date: Wednesday, February 13.

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586 – Minus 23

It’s cold outside, but we’re warm on WELSTech! Thaw out while you listen to our edtech discussion of digital literacy. We’ll also share the latest from Apple regarding the Facetime bug that may allow others to spy on you, a Chrome extension that solves memory issues, and the first-ever commercial on WELSTech!

The discussion:

Stay warm – The post office may have suspended operation on this record setting cold day, but WELSTech must go on! Join Martin, Sallie, and guest host Jason Schmidt, our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, for a discussion around teaching digital literacy from chapter four in our Faithfully Connected (available from Concordia Publishing House and Amazon) book discussion.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Grow in Grace Notes Devotions

Picks of the week:

Ministry Pinterest resource:

Digital Literacy board

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Check out Common Sense Media’s Educator’s Professional Development Library for a host of great resources. Many of the videos link to lesson plans. A free account is required. Sample: Private and Personal Information.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 587 – Martin and Sallie chat with Philip Wels about live streaming and archiving worship video.  Release date: Wednesday, February 6.

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585 – So You Feel Like Google Can Do More For You?

This week on WELSTech we’re talking Google in so many ways! Professor James Carlovsky joins Martin and Sallie to preview his Google-centric presentation at the upcoming #EdTechLead19 Summit. Plus, there’s Google news and a Google ministry resource that every church and school should make use of.

The interview:

Do more with Google – Professor James Carlovsky from Martin Luther College shares details about his upcoming presentation at WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit. Tune in to hear why James thinks the Google platform is a good fit for churches and schools.

News in tech:

Google Hangouts retirement timeline

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Google My BusinessHelp

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Learn How To Setup Google My Business For Maximum Results.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 586 – Jason Schmidt joins our edtech discussion of Faithfully Connected, chapter 4 – Digital Literacy.  Release date: Wednesday, January 30.

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584 – Intranets 101

WELSTech is back with the first big project of the new year, building an Intranet, as Martin and Sallie kick off this multi-month topic. In addition, they bring you the news from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), share Christian Giving and Worship resources, and more. All this, if Sallie can just push the right button!

The discussion:

Let’s build an Intranet – Martin and Sallie kick off a new series focused on the ins and outs of Intranets for ministry. The goal is to build sample church and school Intranets over the next several months, and listeners are invited to build along with us. Today’s discussion lays the ground work for the effort by answering the important what, why, where, and who questions.

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News in tech:

CES 2019: Our 10 favorite products of the show from c|net

WELS now:

WELSTech Skills Directory

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Christian Giving resources

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Get a jump start on building your Intranet by learning Google Sites basics in New Google Sites for Beginners Tutorial from TeacherCast.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 585 – “Do more with Google” is the topic of Prof. James Carlovsky’s presentation at #EdTechLead19. Tune in for a preview of what he will be sharing.  Release date: Wednesday, January 23.

Get involved: