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286 – Learning To Look Back

On this edition of WELSTech, we take a look back at some tech achievements in the 2012-13 school year, and we learn about a new resource web site for Lutheran teachers and administrators. Listen for a special discount on the upcoming Google Education Summit and a recap of the recent crowd-writing event sponsored by the Christ In Media Institute.

The discussion:

Year End Assessment – Gail Potratz, one of our semi-regular classroom technology correspondents from Emanuel in New London, WI shares highlights of the 2012-13 school year in terms of tech accomplishments. It’s no surprise that she has good things to say about her Google Apps and Chromebooks pilot program that was implemented this year. She also shares a flipped classroom method using the Explain everything iPad app which she says has become the standard production method in her school.

  • Google Education Summit will take place June 16-21 at Wisconsin Lutheran College
    • Use promo code “WELSTech” and receive a $200 discount on your registration!

The interview:

(23:39) Lutheran Schools Resources – Director of Lutheran Schools, Greg Schmill, and teacher Matt Groth from St. Paul’s in Saginaw, MI debut the recently redesigned Lutheran Schools web site which is loaded with great resources to address all types of teacher and administrator needs. The site also supports the ability for users to share files with others, so look for the site to grow as more WELS teachers begin to use it and share their own resources.

  • Help us spread the word by sharing the link – connect.wels.net/lutheranschools

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(52:47) Christ In Media Institute (CIMI) sponsored a crowd-writing event on April 29 to kick off the Bethany Lutheran College Media Week events. WELSTech friend, Jas Lonnquist, moderated the discussion. The Christian sci-fi premise was released in advance of the event and the discussion continues on the CIMI forums. You can still be part of the development of a future TV or Web broadcast.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:01:22) Episode 287 – Confirmation season is upon us so our WELSTech discussion turns to keeping teens connected to God’s Word, including ways technology can help. Staff minister Brandon Steenbock joins Martin and Sallie to share his experience. (Release date – 05/07/13)

The featured artist:

(1:02:10) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com or stephenbautista on Twitter) – Flowers Are Dancing

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177 – A Tech and Learning Goldmine

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we review Tech & Learning magazine and talk with Rachel Malkuch about using tech tools for student evaluation.

The discussion:

A magazine for today’s teachers – Teacher Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI makes her once-a-month guest appearance on WELSTech and joins Martin and Sallie in a discussion of the online and print magazine Tech & Learning.

  • Tech & Learning subscriptions
    • Print magazine
    • Digital magazine
    • K-12 Education e-news
  • Top 10 Sites for Educational Resources
  • A-Z Web Tools: C & D
  • A Personal Learning Network for Parents – As PTO interest and involvement declines, these new ideas may be useful for making parent connections
  • Going Digital … Ten Points To Consider When Transforming Towards Digital Curriculum – Covering such topics as the necessary infrastructure needed to support cloud-based computing and the importance of professional development for teachers

The interview:

Rachel Malkuch(19:55) Alternative assessment with technology – Teacher Rachel Malkuch (aleixa on Twitter and blogger at Learn for a Lifetime) from Trinity in Waukesha, WI chats with Sallie about her recent presentation to the Milwaukee-Metro Teachers’ Conference on the use of Technology as means of Alternate Assessment.

Ministry resources:

(34:16) Release of the Glo Bible for Mac and iPad – Watch the iPad demo

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(45:21) FinalWeb Training in New Ulm, MN and Milwaukee, WI

  • FinalWeb for Teachers in New Ulm on June 27 and Milwaukee on August 1 – bit.ly/fw4teachers
  • FinalWeb for Dummies in New Ulm June 28-30 and Milwaukee August 2-4 – bit.ly/fw4dummies

Community feedback:

  • (47:21) Following up on our Office 2010 podcast, Martin found an additional set of training videos.
  • David Schumann from Peace in Janesville, WI is looking for help addressing the needs of band-width impaired members and visitors who cannot access many of the resources on today’s web sites.  How does your church meet those needs?
  • Mark Blauert, a Staff Minister from Trinity in Crete, IL, is looking for all types of church web site policy examples.  Check out this growing list of resources:
  • WELS Webmaster, Julie Duran, shared two helpful links:
  • In the WELSTech Diigo Group Jason Schmidt, Martin, and Nancy Marks linked us to …
    • Adventure Learning from the University of Minnesota
    • Google Upgrades AdWords for Non-Profits
    • Password Safe
  • Tom Hausmann and John Shoosmith sent in praise for the WELSTech audio quality, expertly produced each week by our audio engineer extraordinaire, Martin Spriggs.

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:43) Episode 178 – A month of “April Showers” await WELSTech listeners, and first up is a shower of webmaster resources.  (Release date – 04/06/11)

The featured artist:

(56:51) We close the podcast with the music of Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com and mikewestendorf on Twitter) – Blessed is The One from his CD titled “Undefined”

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