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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581 – An Interview with Eric Roecker

Merry Christmas to the WELSTech Community! Enjoy this week’s podcast as our tech-in-ministry gift to you.

The interview:

Pastor Eric Roecker, recently called to serve as Administrator of WELS Evangelism, chats with Martin and Sallie about his new responsibilities and the evangelism resources which are being planned.

Featured video:

President Schroeder’s 2018 Christmas Message

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 582 – We welcome 2019 with a look back at the best of 2018.  Release date: Tuesday, January 1.

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580 – Your World, Organized

Winter arrives this week, but on WELSTech we are dreaming of summer because that’s when WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit is happening. This week we talk with presenter Perry Lund about his topic – tools for organization, collaboration, and communication in school and church. And Christmas videos abound as the date draws near!

The discussion and interview:

Microsoft OneNote and Teams – Teacher Perry Lund from Evergreen Lutheran High School shares details about his #EdTechLead19 presentation on Microsoft OneNote and Teams which will focus on how they can be used in school and church settings.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Watch the C18 social media video

Instructions and links to four versions of the video (on the Download tab)

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Following up on our discussion last week, the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Norfolk, NE created this fun lipdub video of O, Come All Ye Faithful. Share the Christmas joy!

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Share more Christmas joy including the Forté Handbell Quartet playing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

and the MLC College Choir singing Brightest and Best.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 581 – Our Christmas Day episode includes a very special interview with Pastor Eric Roecker, Administrator for WELS Evangelism.  Release date: Tuesday, December 25.

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579 – Christmas Communication

WELSTech is back and loaded with Christmas joy for sharing with the world. Tune in for ideas and content to post on your website and via social media. Details on texting the good news are the focus of this week’s interview. Plus, the video of the week has a story of tech-in-ministry opening amazing doors around the world.

The discussion:

‘Tis the season to share the good news – Martin and Sallie discuss ways to let your online light shine during the Christmas season.

Ministry resource:

5 Best Practices For Using Invite Cards At Your Church

News in tech:

Microsoft to Replace Edge Web Browser

The interview:

Communicate via text – Randy Brice, a member of Immanuel in Manitowoc, WI and owner of All Access Ads, talks with Martin and Sallie about how his congregation is using affordable, secure text messaging (priced at 2 cents per text) to share their message. Visit the All Access Ads web site for additional details and to reach Randy.

WELS now:

C18 Resources from Congregational Services

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Sparked by “community feedback” from Pastor Rob Guenther, watch the St. John, New Ulm, MN sermon from December 2 where WELS Director of Ministerial Education Pastor Paul Prange shared a mission story with a tech twist during his sermon. The sermon starts at about 23 minutes and the tech part starts at about 30 minutes.

Learn more about this amazing opportunity God has provided to build a training center in Vietnam

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 580 – We talk with Teacher Perry Lund about his Microsoft OneNote/Teams presentation at next summer’s WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit.  Release date: Wednesday, December 19.

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578 – Apps Worth Your Money

Buckle up for a link-palooza of paid mobile apps on WELSTech this week! Plus, there’s lots of news in tech, streaming Christmas concerts, an interesting “children in worship” article series, and a WELSTech-er in video as well.

The discussion:

The survey says – Martin and Sallie, along with several members of the WELSTech Community, share their favorite paid mobile apps.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Live streaming Christmas concerts

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

What do you do with children in worship? – a new Worship the Lord series authored by Pastor Phil Huebner

Community feedback:

Jitsi.org – free, open-source video conferencing

Featured video:

Watch the Heart to heart interview of WELSTech-er Pastor Rob Guenter and his son Josiah on the topic of Raising Godly Men.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 579 – Tune in for ideas to share the Christmas joy.  Release date: Wednesday, December 12.

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577 – Share Your Gifts

On WELSTech this week, we welcome guest host Prof. Rachel Feld and talk about letting our lights shine online, and teaching our children to do the same, in the digital communication that we share. Martin Luther College has a new devotion booklet and all the higher education schools have Christmas concerts available via live stream starting this weekend. An added bonus – we cozy up the (virtual) fireplace!

The discussion:

Digital footprints – We welcome back Martin Luther College’s Rachel Feld, Director of Academic Computing and Online Learning, to discuss the third installment of our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected: Integrating Biblical Principles in a Digital World by Ben Boche and Jake Hollatz (available from Concordia Publishing House and Amazon). The chapter is titled “Digital Communication” and addresses the guidance we can give young people to understand the permanency of posting on the Internet and how our digital footprints can and should reflect our Christian beliefs.

News in tech:

Share Your Gifts – Apple Commercial

WELS now:

Live streaming Christmas concerts

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Martin Luther College devotion booklet – The Names of Jesus

Community feedback:

Featured videos and more:

What’s better than a cozy fire and Koiné Christmas music? Enjoy both in this Christmas Song Playlist of 2 Hours of Christmas Hymns from Koiné.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 578 – Next week we’ll share the mobile apps we were willing to pay for, and whether we think it was money well spent. Release date: Wednesday, December 5.

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576 – Et tu, Brute?

Tune in to WELSTech for a special interview with Northern Wisconsin District President Joel Zank about the newly rebooted Call System used to prepare candidate lists for open called positions. Martin has night vision and Sallie is driving through early church history. All that while giving thanks with a smile.

 

The interview and discussion:

Technology and the COP – WELS Conference of Presidents (COP) is made up of Presidents from each of WELS 12 districts. Pastor Joel Zank from Mt. Olive in Appleton, WI serves as the President of the Northern Wisconsin District. Recently he and others worked closely with our Technology team to implement a major rewrite of the Call System used by the COP to search for candidates to fill called positions.

News in tech:

Google Gives the Pixel Camera Superhuman Night Vision

WELS now:

364 Days of Thanksgiving resources

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Amazon Smile

Community feedback:

From Tech Tools for WELS Teachers

Featured videos and more:

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Now Thank We All Our God, a video with music notation from Koiné Worship Media, added to the WELSTech Music Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 577 – Professor Rachel Feld returns to the guest host chair, and we return to this season’s edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected. We’ll look at chapter 3 – Digital Communication.  Release date: Wednesday, November 28.

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575 – Encouraging Emails

On WELSTech we’re excited about next summer’s EdTechLead Summit, and today listeners will hear from a sectional speaker and learn more about what to expect at the event, so they can get excited too. There’s news from Flickr that may be concerning to some, plus Martin offers Amazon support for a much-desired feature.

The interview and discussion:

EdTechLead19 Speaker – Jon Ruddat shares a preview of his WELS Education, Technology, and Leadership Summit presentation titled “How to use MailChimp to Send Automated Encouraging Emails.”

News in Tech:

WELS now:

Interactive Faith Online Bible Study

  • To the Ends of the Earth: Beginning in Your Backyard – Led by Pastor Eric Roecker
  • November 14 & 28 – 6 & 8 pm Central

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

Community feedback:

Featured videos and more:

Get excited for #EdTechLead19! We are!!

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 576 – Northern Wisconsin District President Pastor Joel Zank discusses the work of district presidents and the technology that assists with call list generation. Release date: Wednesday, November 21.

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574 – Harnessing Technology

Martin leads the WELSTech discussion this week with a look the Christian’s two-sided use of technology. Image-centric picks of the week are made just in time, the WELSTech Community has been a busy place, and Apple is stepping up to raise awareness about screen time.

The discussion:

Harnessing the Power of Technology … Before it Harnesses You – Martin shares highlights of his recent presentation at the Men of His Word event in Rochester, MN.

WELS now:

Interactive Faith Online Bible Study

  • To the Ends of the Earth: Beginning in Your Backyard – Led by Pastor Eric Roecker
  • November 7, 14 & 28 – 6 & 8 pm Central

Picks of the week:

Ministry resource:

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman

Community feedback:

Featured video:

With Version 12 of the iOS operating system, Apple introduced Screen Time for tracking (and limiting, if desired) your mobile device usage. Learn more in How to start using Screen Time from Apple Support.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 575 – Jon Ruddat joins us to preview his WELS EdTechLead Summit presentation titled “How to use MailChimp to Send Automated Encouraging Emails.”  Release date: Wednesday, November 14.

Get involved: