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:

  • Canva & Canva Mobile

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.

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583 – Year of the Multi-Colored Llama

Kick off a new year of WELSTech with a look back at 11 years of shows and look ahead at our plans for 2019. Martin and Sallie share a bit of their Christmas technology along with the first ever WELSTech anti-pick from Martin. The WELSTech community buzz is about a sample Chromebook Program Handbook from Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

The discussion:

Happy anniversary – Martin and Sallie kick off year twelve of podcasting and make no promises about keeping the show under 30 minutes! They also talk about their Christmas technology.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Give+ Mobile App from Vanco

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Learn more about this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest with this behind the scenes look.

And hear the new contest announced by 2019 honorary judges Jimmy Fallon and Kermit the Frog.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 584 – Join us for the kickoff of a new series focused on church and school intranets.  Release date: Wednesday, January 16.

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582 – The Best of 2018

A new year has arrived, but before we dive into our tech-in-ministry future, Martin and Sallie take a look back at the ministry resources, interviews, and picks that stood out in 2018.

2018 was the year WELSTech returned to its roots as an audio-only podcast. It was also the year Martin’s phone bought us donuts. Besides those memorable events, these were the standouts for Martin and Sallie …

Favorite ministry resources:

All 2018 Ministry Resources

Favorite interviews:

All 2018 Interviews

Picks of the year:

All 2018 Picks

Featured video:

The celebration of Christmas continues with the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Christmas Concert.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 583 – Join us for a celebration of WELSTech’s 11th anniversary. Release date: Wednesday, January 9.

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