687 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: Mobile

This week’s WELSTech discussion is all about Mobile and the apps that support ministry, the latest installment of our Tech-Enhanced Ministry series. We also explore some lesser-known iPhone settings, a slick power strip replacement, and a collection of education app tutorial links.

 

The discussion

Mobile – The convenience, versatility, and plethora of ever improving applications available on mobile devices, both phones and tablets, make them an obvious choice for many day-to-day ministry-related activities. Martin and Sallie share ministry ideas for mobile Bible-related apps, productivity tools, curriculum resources, photos, podcasts, security apps, social media, and communication tools.

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Jam packed spreadsheets of tutorial links for Google apps and other education centric apps

Coming up next on WELSTech

The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series wraps up with a discussion of the Google Ecosystem.

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686 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: Personal Productivity

The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with today’s episode of WELSTech, and Martin and Sallie share their favorite tech for being productive. Today’s show also includes discussion of photo albums for events or projects, smart bulbs, video production training, and media resources to support Bible lessons.

 

The discussion

Personal Productivity – A common thread throughout WELSTech history is the discussion of personal productivity and the technology that supports it. Martin and Sallie tackle the topic again on this episode, breaking productivity down in terms of capture techniques and tools, storage, calendar and tasks, hardware, and consistent review practices.

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The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with a discussion of all things mobile.

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685 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: PLN

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) are the topic of this week’s WELSTech as we march through our summer series on Tech-Enhanced Ministry. Listen for familiar and new tools for managing your network and curating information. Martin made one of the newest his pick of the week because he was so smitten. Sallie’s got you covered for summer reading, and the WELSTech community pitches in to round out this episode.

The discussion

Personal Learning Networks – Martin and Sallie discuss a powerful tool for ongoing learning and professional growth, the Personal Learning Network (PLN). Actively seeking resources on interests and responsibilities can lead to engaging in thoughtful reflection and ultimately to curating your own resources on the topic.

Check out the Building Your PLN Teacher Challenge from EduBlogs to learn more, and start or grown your PLN.

Helpful videos

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Our thanks to teacher Michael Vlieger from Risen Savior in Mankato, MN for sharing more professional development resources:

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The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with a discussion of personal productivity.

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684 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: PKM

July kicks off with a continuation of the WELSTech summer series, Tech-Enhanced Ministry. In this episode we concentrate on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Plus, there’s lots to recap from last week’s WELS Education Conference including a slick conference app, digital citizenship resources for faculty, parents, and students, and a Ditch That Textbook inspired digital escape room. Martin even throws in some vocab and emojis to keep things interesting!

The discussion

Cruft-free zone – Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is the latest topic in the WELSTech summer series, Tech-Enhanced Ministry. Martin and Sallie discuss our “second brain,” tech tools which assist in capturing our knowledge, and the consistency and intentionality that goes into doing it well.

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The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with a discussion of personal learning networks.

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683 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: Data Management

The WELSTech summer series Tech-Enhanced Ministry continues this week with a discussion of data management for the church and school office. Google drive rolls out keyboard shortcuts, Martin’s watching YouTube ad-free, and you can learn how to build a digital escape room. Sounds like a fun summer!

The discussion

Data management – Martin and Sallie continue the WELSTech summer series Tech-Enhanced Ministry with a discussion of the data managed in a church and school office and how best to handle privacy, security, organization, collaboration, and searchability.

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The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with a discussion of personal knowledge management

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682 – Tech-Enhanced Ministry: Project Management

Summer has arrived on WELSTech as we begin a new series titled Tech-Enhanced Ministry. This week we talk all angles of project management including portfolios, cloud tools, and frameworks. Martin has a shortcut pick, and we field questions regarding the new Christian Worship hymnal.

The discussion

Project management – Martin and Sallie kick off the WELSTech summer series Tech-Enhanced Ministry with the why and how of project management in church and school.

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The Tech-Enhanced Ministry series continues with a discussion of data management

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681 – Multi-Age Teaching

You’re in for a treat – a WELSTech like no other! Martin and Sallie are joined by Jason Schmidt for a mashup discussion of open learning, project management, WiFi access, and summer enrichment. And, for the first time, we close the show with an interview of Dr. Cindy Whaley, icing on the cake of our season-long look at the WELS Education Conference 2022 lineup.

The discussion

Jason Schmidt joins Martin and Sallie to wrap up our school year series of edtech podcasts. (We missed you, Rachel Feld! Safe travels!!)

Ministry Resource

OpenLearning@MLC free virtual conference under the theme Ministering in an Age of Diversity

  • June 14-15 + recordings for a limited time
  • Register now
  • Clock hours available

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The interview

The icing on the cake – Dr. Cindy Whaley from Martin Luther College joins the conversation to share details from her upcoming presentation at the WELS Education Conference. Her topic is Multi-age Teaching and Learning: What it is, how it is different, and why it matters!. The conference will take place June 20-22, 2022, at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI.

  • Conference details and registration – Registration closes June 1

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We kick off WELSTech’s summer focus – Enhancing Ministry with Technology

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680 – Screens & Video Games

Spring has finally arrived on WELSTech, and with that comes graduation season. We are excited to hear from two soon to be assigned seminary seniors about their tech in ministry research projects. We also have outreach ideas, technology curriculum, event updates, security hardware, and library software recommendations to share.

The discussion

Seminary Senior Theses – Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Seniors Eric Zabell and David Ticks join Martin and Sallie to discuss their tech-in-ministry related senior thesis topics.

Ministry Resource

12 Great Church Outreach Ideas for Summer from Outreach.com

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Community news & feedback

  • Taste of Missions – June 11 – Sign up for the in-person or virtual event
  • Graduation events are coming soon!
    • Martin Luther College
      • Commencement Concert – May 13 @ 7 pm
      • Graduation – May 14 @ 10 am
      • Graduate Assignment – May 14 @ 2:30 pm
    • Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
      • Vicar Assignment – May 25 @ 7 pm
      • Graduate Assignment – May 26 @ 10 am
      • Commencement Concert – May 26 @ 7 pm
      • Graduation – May 27 @ 10 am
  • Library software solution

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679 – Prison Ministry Tech

Tune in to this week’s WELSTech for an update on the work of WELS Special Ministries including new technology advances for reaching out to those in prison and the need for volunteers to assist with the effort. Martin is upping his keyboard ante with a gamer model that isn’t very quiet. Details on the upcoming Women’s Ministry conference as well as a helpful new Google Calendar feature are also in the mix.

The discussion

Pastor James Behringer, Administrator for WELS Special Ministries, shares updates on prison ministry technology plus other news from the many avenues of Special Ministries with Martin and Sallie.

Ministry Resource

WELS Women’s Ministry Conference

  • Won to be One – Ephesians
  • July21-23, 2022
  • Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, WI

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Image by Werner Moser from Pixabay

678 – Web Excellence

We’re talking web sites on this week’s WELSTech, and we’re joined by WELS Web Developer, Tim Sinclair. This episode also includes information security guidelines for congregations, book recommendations, and a recap of the recent XR Festival sponsored by Christ in Media. Geeks will be especially excited by Martin’s incremental backup pick!

The discussion

Congregation Web Development – Tim Sinclair, WELS Web Developer, talks with Martin and Sallie about best practices and resources for congregation web development.

Ministry Resource

WELS General Information Security Guidelines

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Community news & feedback

Sallie shares highlights from the Christ in Media XR Festival, held recently at Bethany Lutheran College

Next time on WELSTech

Pastor James Behringer, Administrator for WELS Special Ministries, shares updates on prison ministry tech

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