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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595 – Digital Law … and Gospel

WELSTech returns with a discussion of digital law and digital rights and responsibilities, covering important lessons for students (and adults) regarding ethics, copyright, our freedom of speech, and responsibilities that come with it. We’ve also got Pinterest boards with supporting resources, as well as a further discussion of copyright related to movies and music in school settings.

The interview:

Can do/Should do –  Martin and Sallie welcome our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, Jason Schmidt, and we discuss chapters 6 & 7 of Faithfully Connected – Digital Law and Digital Rights and Responsibilities.

Photo by Sebastian Pichler on Unsplash

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry Pinterest resource:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Learn more about Jason’s pick of the week – Bark for Schools Demo

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 596 – Using Google for your School Intranet.  Release date: Thursday, April 18.

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594 – Talking Design with Bri

WELSTech is back, and we’re all about design this week. We get tips and tools from WELS in-house graphic designer, talk identity/logo guidelines, and feature videos on the topic. There’s also chatter about three tech giants including news from Apple, magic for Google Drive, and new Microsoft hardware.

The interview and discussion:

Visual Communication – Briana Lambrecht, Creative Services Coordinator for Communication Services, talks with Martin and Sallie about graphic design, WELS communication resources, and favorite (sometimes FREE) tools to get creative!

News in tech:

Thoughts on Apple’s News+, Card,  Arcade, and TV+ event — something for everyone

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

WELS Identity Guidelines

Community feedback:

Featured videos:

Check out these design tutorial YouTube channels recommended by Briana:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 595 – Jason Schmidt joins the conversation as we continue our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected, looking at chapters 6 and 7 – Digital Law and Digital Rights & Responsibilities. Release date: Thursday, April 11.

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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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved:

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.

Get involved: