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219 – You, Others, The Word, Online

This week the WELSTech Podcast focuses on how to do online Bible study and Pastor Tom Koch shares details about a new digital Bible study opportunity.

The discussion:

Online Bible Study – Martin and Sallie look at the many forms and tools which can be used to facilitate online Bible study.  From live events to extended discussions following traditional face-to-face studies, “going digital” opens up many new opportunities for Bible study.

The interview:

(13:53) Sit at the digital feet – Pastor Tom Koch from Living Word in Johnson City, TN shares details about an online Bible study opportunity which was developed with the goal of allowing more people the opportunity to study God’s Word with some of our synod’s wisest professors and pastors.

News in tech:

(31:35) Victorinox squeezes 1 TB of high-speed storage into a Swiss Army Knife

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(42:34) Be sure to grab the WELS ONLINE app for your newest mobile devices!

7 Best:

(44:06) Coming up on February 1st we’ll unveil the very first WELSTech 7 Best list, and listeners can be part of the list creation.  Simply let us know your favorite

Digital Bible Study Tools

You can tweet us using #WELSTech, write on our Facebook or Google+ wall, leave a voicemail (405-FOR-WELS), send an e-mail, mail it in on a carrier pigeon or whatever method you want to use.  Just let us know what you think is best!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:35) Episode 220 – Next week we welcome guest host Jason Schmidt, and we interview WLC’s Joe DuFore as we dive into the topic of Google Apps for Education. (Release date – 01/25/12)

The featured artist:

(54:20) We close the podcast with the instrumental music of In His Service (www.adagioconcepts.com) – Soul, Adorn Yourself With Gladness from their CD titled “In His Time””

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189 – WELS Hacker: PDFs and YouVersion

This week the WELSTech Podcast summer WELS Hacker series continues as we discuss merging PDF documents and taking notes in the YouVersion electronic Bible.

The discussion:

Polar Opposites – The summer WELS Hacker series marches on as Martin and Sallie discuss their most recent tips and tricks blog post.  This week’s topics are

PDFs and YouVersion

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(28:11) Episode 190 – We continue the WELS Hacker dialog with a discussion of Sallie’s iPad-only experience  and Martin’s mouseless browsing.  (Release date – 06/29/11)

The featured artist:

(28:33) We close the podcast with the music of Cross To Glory – My Grace Will Do from their CD titled “Life’s Song”

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179 – April Showers: Bible Teacher Resources

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we share a mega-list of Bible teaching and study resources.

WELSTech Bible Resources Shower

The discussion:

Raining resources for teaching and studying the Bible – Continuing the “April Showers” series, today Martin and Sallie share a master list of the many electronic Bible teaching and studying aids.

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

  • (26:40) Bible+ mobile Bible app by Just1Word
  • BibleGlo for iPad
    • Don’t miss the BibleGlo Premium GIVEAWAYS!  We’re giving away two copies of BibleGlo Premium (each valued at $69.99).  Visit Martin and Sallie’s blogs for details.  Tune in to next Wednesday’s WELSTech Podcast to find out if you’ve won!

Of interest:

(33:00) 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:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(42:54) Episode 180 – The “April Showers” continue as we rain down all sorts of goodies for church and school office workers.  (Release date – 04/20/11)

The featured artist:

(43:40) We close the podcast with the music of  Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) – Roll the Stone Away from their “We Walk By Faith” CD

 

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165 – Has It Really Been Three Years?

Join the WELSTech Podcast as we celebrate three years of tech-in-ministry weekly podcast and review Bible apps for smartphones.

The discussion:

Bible AppsBible Apps – Celebrating the anniversary of three years of weekly WELSTech podcasting, Martin and Sallie kick off year four with a review of Bible apps for Android and Apple smart phones and handhelds.

The Best:

Bible Software Companions:

  • Accordance (iOS)
  • Logos Bible Software (iOS)

The Rest:

Ministry resources:

(22:22) LWMS on Facebook

Picks of the week:

WELS.net Feature:

(29:11) Through My Bible in Three Years – Read and share!

Community feedback:

  • (30:19) Wayne Kittell from Immanuel in Kewaunee, WI responded to our call for free or affordable live video streaming sites.  Wayne recommends Cincopa.
  • Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI phoned in Christmas greetings and a sign up request for Martin’s next “Mind Like Water” productivity seminar.  Join the class July 27 – July 1 during Summer Quarter at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.
    • We’d love to get a voice mail from you as well!  405-FOR-WELS (405-367-9357)
  • Maren McPeak from St. Mark’s in Citrus Heights, CA shared a link to ArtSkills.com where you can create a poster digitally

Coming up on WELSTech:

(36:02) Episode 166 – We look at “Instructional Strategies for Teaching and Learning With Technology” – Chapter 5 of Leading 21st Century Schools . (Release date 01/09/11)

The featured artist:

(36:45) We close the podcast with the music of  Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) – Such Joy from their “We Walk By Faith” CD

Get involved:

146 – WELSTech Road Trip: MI, PA and FL

This week the WELSTech Podcast summer Road Trip wraps up with a round table discussion of three leading Bible software packages.

Road trip:

roadtrip02c(5:16) Bible software – On this week’s final virtual road trip, Martin and Sallie travel via the magic of technology to three destinations at once!  Pastor Steve Bauer from Faith in West Newton, PA, Pastor Dan Witte from Risen Savior in Lakewood Ranch, FL and Pastor Aaron Frey, President of Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, participate in a lively discussion about their favorite Bible software tools, Accordance, BibleWorks and Logos respectively.

  • Visit the WELSTech Wiki Bible Software resource page for helpful links, reviews, screen shots and more. While you are there, create an account and add your Bible software experience to the page!

Pastors Bauer, Witte and Frey

Road Trip Tracker
The WELSTech Road Trip Tracker

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(54:59) Episode 147 – Our travelin’ days are over so we pause to reflect on the summer “Road Trip” series and get back into the swing of things with our normal features.  (Release date 09/01/10)

The featured artist:

(56:20) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch – When Love Is Found from his CD titled ”Abide With Me”

Get involved:

132 – Spriggs Squared

This week the WELSTech podcast welcomes two Mac-friendly guests as we explore the use of Macs in ministry.

The discussion:

Inside Apple – The Spriggs boys are taking over!  Listen as Martin’s son, Aaron Spriggs, our WELSTech resident Apple store guy, shares his insight into the popularity of Mac products.

The interview:

Pastor Steve Bauer(14:25) Macs in Ministry – Pastor Steve Bauer from Faith in West Newton, PA joins Martin and Sallie to discuss his use of Mac-based Bible software, Accordance, as well as some other Mac favorites of his.

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

  • (54:25) Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Graduation and Call Day – If you can’t be there in person, plan to tune in to the special services via live video stream – wels.net/streams/live.
    • Graduate Assignments – Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Graduation Concert – Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Graduation – Friday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • FinalWeb Training in Milwaukee, WI and New Ulm, MN

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:04:52) Episode 133 – What belongs on a great classroom web site?  Gail Potratz joins us for this education-focused discussion. (Release date 05/26/10)

The featured artist:

(1:06:16) We close the podcast with the music of Dawn Gehlhar – Amazing Grace from her CD titled “Inspirations”

Get involved:

114 – Read Your Bible

This week on the WELSTech podcast Martin and Sallie help you kick off 2010 with a Bible reading plan and talk with a missionary about using Skype to conduct a long distance mission festival.

The discussion:

Digital Bible Reading PlansGet into the Word – The start of a new year is a great time to adopt a Bible reading plan. Martin and Sallie share ideas to help you get started, stay on track and even share readings on your web site.  And the selection of reading plans couldn’t be better!!

The interview:

(17:38) Long-Distance Mission Festivals – Imagine connecting your congregation real-time with a missionary on the other side of the world.  Using Skype and a simple web camera and projection set up, this has proven to be a very effective way for state side churches and schools to talk with those serving in the mission field.  Listen and learn about the possibilities.

Ministry resources:

(34:58) VolunteerSpot.com (Video Tour)

News in tech:

(36:45) Best of CES 2010 Awards

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

  • (44:12) WELSTech listeners save $10 on Glo Bible software
  • Use coupon code: WELS
  • Use the WELSTech coupon code and buy online for just $49.99, a 45% savings!
  • Offer valid until January 20, 2010
  • Watch Martin’s Glo Bible demo

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:55) Episode 115 – We’ll talk through the concepts in Chapter 3 of Shane Hipps’ book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture. (Release date 01/20/10)

The featured artist:

(54:40) We close the podcast with the music of Stephen Bautista (www.stephenbautistamusic.com – Follow stephenbautista on Twitter) – Grace Beyond My Need from his “Abandon” CD

Get involved:

113 – Celebrating Our Second Anniversary

This week on the WELSTech podcast Martin and Sallie celebrate two years of weekly podcasts and interview Nelson Saba from Bible Glo.

The discussion:

WELSTech Turns 2! – Martin and Sallie reflect on two-years of weekly podcasting and answer the questions …

  • Why WELSTech,
  • What we’ve learned,
  • How it’s changed in two years, and
  • What the future holds

The interview:

Nelson Saba(11:50) Glo Talk – Nelson Saba, co-founder and CEO of Immersion Digital and creator of the Glo Bible, talks with Martin and Sallie about his vision of an immersive Bible experience and about Glo’s future in terms of a multi-device architecture, social components and multi-language translations.

  • WELSTech listeners save $10 on Glo Bible software
  • Use coupon code: WELS
  • Retail price is $89.99
  • Current online sale price is $59.99
  • Use the WELSTech coupon code and buy online for just $49.99, a 45% savings!
  • Offer valid until January 20, 2010

Ministry resources:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:03:32) Episode 114 – We’ll look at a variety of Bible reading plans and talk with a missionary about his creative use of Skype. (Release date 01/13/10)

The featured artist:

(1:04:56) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch – Welcome to our World from his “O Holy Night” CD

Get involved:

108 – Tech-Enabled Religion Class

This week on the WELSTech podcast we share ministry resource examples of technology in religious education.

The discussion:

Wordle Luke 2 Ministry Resources galore – Rather than one short segment on Ministry Resources, today’s WELSTech episode discussion is dedicated to practical examples of technology for religion classes.  Martin and Sallie share links to video and image projects, Bible games, online quizzes and more.  Special thanks go out to Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI, who couldn’t participate in the recording but shared many links and much research for this episode!

News in tech:

(27:53) Google Chrome Operating System

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(42:15) Tune in to WELS Streams on December 6th @ 3 p.m. for the live audio stream of the Martin Luther College Christmas Concert

Community feedback:

  • (43:07) Steve Mathwig reported problems with WELSTech updates on the iPod Touch and Martin explains the cause
  • David Schumann from Peace in Janesville, WI suggested Audacity users try the “Normalize” function to even out sound levels in audio recordings
  • This week Jason Schmidt of Gethsemane in Omaha, NE tweeted #WELSTech to share links to 5 Elements of a Successful Facebook Fan Page and IKnowThat.com

Coming up on WELSTech:

(51:25) Episode 109 – Tune in to WELSTech next week for a discussion of technology for tech-challenged areas and people plus an interview with Missionary Paul Nitz from Malawi, Africa.   (Release date 12/09/09)

The featured artist:

(52:50) This week we close with the Advent music of Revelation, a music ministry of Wisconsin Lutheran College (www.revelationwlc.com) – A Voice Cries Out from their CD titled ”Led by the Light”

Get involved:

104 – Glowing About The Bible

This week on the WELSTech Podcast Martin and Sallie discuss online and personal Bible study with a digital flavor.

The discussion:

onlinebiblestudysDigital Bible Study – Martin shares a recap of his recent presentation at the WI State Teacher’s Conference. We learn about the many types of digital Bible study and about many free and affordable tools for online study.

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(56:10) We celebrate National Distance Learning Week by highlighting all of the online learning opportunities offered by WELS. (Release date 11/11/09)

The featured artist:

(57:05) This week we close with the music of WELS artist Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com – Follow mikewestendorf on Twitter) – Come from his CD titled ”Color Through The Gray”

Get involved: