Episode 006 – Feb 13 2008

This week Martin and Sallie share tips on how technology can make your church and school office more efficient. Martin also challenges WELSTech listeners to be the first to leave a voice-mail comment!

The discussion:

  • The efficient church (and school) office – Why is it important to have an efficient church office and what systems in the church office can be improved upon? Listen to part one of a two-part discussion as Martin and Sallie examine communication, collaboration, online calendars, and church management software in the efficient church office.

The interview:

  • Concordia Technology SolutionsShepherd’s Staff – Joining Martin and Sallie is Brad Wheeling, Marketing Manager for Concordia Technology Solutions, designers of Shepherd’s Staff church management software
    • Shepherd’s Staff – www.shepherdsstaff.org
    • WELS partnership with CTS – www.wels.net/jump/churchmanage
    • Upcoming Shepherd’s Staff Membership and More training – www.wels.net/jump/mam

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary Christian musician Mike Westendorf singing Press On from his CD Climb The Mountain – www.mikewestendorf.com

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Episode 005 – Feb 6 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss using technology to assist with ministry to seniors – a growing demographic segment of WELS congregations. They also wrap up the copyright interview with WELS lawyer Harvey Dunn.

The discussion:

  • Technology in senior ministry – How can technology assist in ministry to senior citizens? Martin and Sallie look at stats on this growing demographic and explore usability issues as well as ideas for engaging seniors through technology.
    • Jakob Nielsen article – Usability for Senior Citizens
    • Share podcast worship resources
      • Streams – Daily Devotions, Through my Bible in 3 Years, Sermons
      • Listing of WELS congregational audio video resources – www.wels.net/jump/onlineworship
    • Microsoft Photo Story – Produce photo slide shows to share on a laptop with shut ins

The interview:

  • CopyrightCopyright – In the second installment of a two part interview, Harvey Dunn, WELS member and intellectual property attorney, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss public domain and web broadcast issues

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature
  • Happenings
    • Parent’s Crosslink open chat – February, 11 @ 7 p.m. – www.wels.net/jump/chat
    • Easter radio on Streams
  • Community feedback
    • From Matt Weseloh, Great Plains Lutheran High School, Watertown, SD – Questions about configuring a school gymnasium sound system – Share your ideas and experience

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary Christian musician Kevin Loersch in a duet with Cindy Bauder singing My Savior Jesus from his CD Abide With Me – web.mac.com/kloersch

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Episode 004 – Jan 30 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss broadcasting worship services on the internet as well as interview WELS lawyer Harvey Dunn who clears the air on copyright issues.

The discussion:

  • Audio/Video Recording – As a follow up to a WELSTech listserve discussion, Martin and Sallie explore some of the considerations and options congregations have for recording worship services.

The interview:

  • dunn.jpgCopyright – In part one of a two part interview, Harvey Dunn, WELS member and intellectual property attorney, joins Martin and Sallie to discuss a variety of issues related to copyright, fair use and public domain

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature
  • Community feedback
    • From Justin Ninmann, Technology Coordinator at St. Peter Lutheran School, Appleton, WI – A great discussion thread on the WELSTech listserve about wireless computer labs for schools

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary Christian musician WendySue Fluegge sings The Instrument from her CD by the same name – www.wendysue.com

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Episode 003 – Jan 23 2008

This week Martin and Sallie sit down with Rob Benson, WELS Network Security Administrator, to discuss how to keep your computer, it’s information and your identity safe.

The interview:

  • Computer Security – Martin and Sallie are joined by Rob Benson, WELS Network Security Administrator, to discuss computer and e-mail security for the church office, school and home

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature – WELS Locator
  • Of interest
    • Witness This! podcast – www.wels.net/jump/witnessthis
  • Community feedback
    • From Gail Potratz, Emanuel, New London – Suggested adding the feed to those available for WELS FinalWeb web hosting customers
    • Pastor Rik Krahn, Martin Luther, Neenah, WI – Looking for digital audio/video equipment recommendations – Join the WELSTech listserve conversation

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary praise band Koine sings I Hear the Savior Calling from their second CD, Gesangbuch – www.koinemusic.com

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Episode 002 – Jan 16 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss mindmapping and some tools to help users apply this brainstorming concept through technology. They also interview Professor Jim Grunwald of Martin Lutheran College. Jim also serves as the synod’s Director of Distance Education.

The discussion:

The interview:

Dr. Jim Grunwald

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature – Through my Bible in 3 Years
  • Upcoming Events
    • What are you doing this summer?
      • Teen chat January 22nd @ 8 p.m. Central
      • www.wels.net/jump/chat
    • Shepherd’s Staff training – www.wels.net/jump/mam
  • Community feedback
    • This week we heard from listener Steve Mathwig with ideas and questions for upcoming episodes.

The featured artist:

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Episode 001 – Jan 9 2008

In this inagural episode of the WELSTech Podcast Martin and Sallie discuss “why a podcast”? They also interview the co-founder of FinalWeb, the synod’s web-hosting partner.

The discussion:

  • Why WELSTech? Martin and Sallie discuss the thinking behind putting on a weekly show about technology and ministry.

The interview:

FinalWeb

  • Martin and Sallie talk with Brian Shaffer of web hosting vendor, FinalWeb
  • Learn more about the FinalWeb solution – www.wels.net/jump/webhosting
  • Visit the WELS Web Hosting Community – www.wels.net/jump/wnuwebhosting

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature – Forward in Christ magazine online archive – www.wels.net/jump/ficarchive
  • Upcoming Shepherd’s Staff training – www.wels.net/jump/mam

The featured artist:

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