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706 – Tech Like a Pirate Pt 4

Welcome back to WELSTech! Today’s segment of summer reading from Tech Like a PIRATE focuses on exploration and global communication in the classroom. Plus, we learn that even Martin breaks a sweat sometimes, and that’s ok! Sallie plays the hardware pick “ultimate trump card” while Martin does some star gazing. All this, and more, awaits!

The discussion

eBallot.com – Synod Convention electronic voting

Exploration and Global Communication – WELSTech lite summer reading continues with an overview of 7 & 8 of Matt Miller’s Tech Like a PIRATE: Using Classroom Technology to Create an Experience and Make Learning Memorable.

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We wrap up Tech Like a Pirate with Chapter 9 and an interview with a pirate.

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610 – The Word And Your Photos

This cat-friendly WELSTech school-year season opener marks the return of our extended format, including news in tech, WELS now, and ministry resources. We’re talking about apps for creating verse images, updates to the Google Lectionary Calendar, and church video connections. Plus, we are happy to welcome Dr. Tom Kuster to the conversation as he shares details on an extended-reality-in-ministry project!

The discussion:

Sample Bible Lens verse image featuring Mia Draper – Click to view larger

Create verse images – A smartphone can fill a key role in church, school, and personal communication efforts. Martin and Sallie discuss the many apps that make it easy to create images with Bible text overlaid, perfect for sharing on social media.

The interview:

How can XR technology be used to serve the Lord? – Dr. Tom Kuster from the Christ in Media Institute shares details on their current XR (extended reality) Project and Festival and how schools can get involved. The first 10 schools to sign up will receive a $200 Oculus-GO VR headset to further their research.

News in tech:

The Google Lectionary Calendar has been updated with the next three church years! Learn more on the WELSTech Wiki.

WELS now:

WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership – Register now for early bird pricing

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WELSTech Challenge Album – Search flickr using WELSTechPhotoChallenge

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  • 14 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Drive could do
  • Chrombook end of life discussion – WELS Google Schools on Group.io

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This week we feature a double-header of congregation “Connection” video examples. First up is the Fall 2019 Good Shepherd Connect from Good Shepherd, Sioux Falls, SD.

And second is the September 2019 Pilgrim Connection from Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls, WI.

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530 – 10 Years of WELSTech

2018 begins with another celebration – 10 years of WELSTech! We look back at episode one and ahead to a new year of exciting new tech and ministry ideas. Sallie has a “magic” cube that you have to see to believe, and Martin has his sights set on better mobile applications for our WELS audience.

The discussion:

New in 2018 – Martin and Sallie celebrate 10 years of WELSTech podcasting and talk about the year ahead. From bullet journals to grand kids to full-time RVing, the year promises to be an exciting one on the personal level.

And of course, there’s lots of exciting new technology to look forward to this year as well. Sallie shares her experience with the Merge Cube, while Martin explains PWAs (installable web sites). And the biggest news is a brand new tech skills clearing house called WELSTech Skills (skills.welstech.net). Add a listing to showcase your tech skill set and search the listings to find skilled workers.

News in tech:

The Verge 2017 tech report cards

WELS now:

Interactive Faith online Bible Study – Isaiah: God confronts and comforts his people – Missionary Daniel Habben from St. John, Antigua leads the study on Wednesday’s beginning January 10 through February 7 at 6 pm and 8 pm CST.

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Learn about the latest mission developments in Latin America in the December 2017 Update, a new addition on the WELSTech Vimeo Like’s list.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 531 – Tune in for the start of our January WELSTech focus – Sharpen Your Skills. Release date: Wednesday, January 10.

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