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577 – Share Your Gifts

On WELSTech this week, we welcome guest host Prof. Rachel Feld and talk about letting our lights shine online, and teaching our children to do the same, in the digital communication that we share. Martin Luther College has a new devotion booklet and all the higher education schools have Christmas concerts available via live stream starting this weekend. An added bonus – we cozy up the (virtual) fireplace!

The discussion:

Digital footprints – We welcome back Martin Luther College’s Rachel Feld, Director of Academic Computing and Online Learning, to discuss the third installment of our edtech book discussion of Faithfully Connected: Integrating Biblical Principles in a Digital World by Ben Boche and Jake Hollatz (available from Concordia Publishing House and Amazon). The chapter is titled “Digital Communication” and addresses the guidance we can give young people to understand the permanency of posting on the Internet and how our digital footprints can and should reflect our Christian beliefs.

News in tech:

Share Your Gifts – Apple Commercial

WELS now:

Live streaming Christmas concerts

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Martin Luther College devotion booklet – The Names of Jesus

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What’s better than a cozy fire and Koiné Christmas music? Enjoy both in this Christmas Song Playlist of 2 Hours of Christmas Hymns from Koiné.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 578 – Next week we’ll share the mobile apps we were willing to pay for, and whether we think it was money well spent. Release date: Wednesday, December 5.

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573 – Kids and Commerce

This week WELSTech is all about edtech as Martin and Sallie are joined by Jason Schmidt, and we continue the discussion of Faithfully Connected. Add to that a long list of news, picks, Pinterest ideas, and community feedback, and this episode is brimming with ideas for tech-in-ministry.

The discussion:

Digital commerce – Jason Schmidt, Technology Coordinator for Bennington Public Schools, joins Martin and Sallie to continue our edtech discussion of Faithfully Connected: Integrating Biblical Principles in a Digital World by Ben Boche and Jake Hollatz (available from Concordia Publishing House and Amazon). Chapter two of the book focuses on teaching children a Christian worldview of self-control and contentment in our marketing-driven society.

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WELS now:

5 to Thrive podcast

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Ministry Pinterest resource:

32 Practical Ways to Use Pinterest as an Educator

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A bit of history you may not be aware of …. The History Behind Cntl+Alt+Del, a new addition to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching Videos Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 574 – “Harnessing the Power of Technology – Before it Harnesses You” was the topic of a recent presentation Martin shared at the Men of His Word Conference in Rochester, MN. Tune in for the highlights of this interesting talk. Release date: Wednesday, November 7.

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568 – Faithfully Connected

Martin Luther College Professor Rachel Feld is back in the guest host chair on WELSTech, bringing her thoughts on education technology to the discussion. We kick off a new book for the school year, Faithfully Connected, and we shake up our Ministry Resource for the week with STEM resources Pinterest-style!

The discussion:

New book discussion – Kicking off a new season of edtech talk, MLC’s Rachel Feld, Director of Academic Computing and Online Learning, is back as one of WELSTech’s semi-regular classroom technology correspondents, and she brought a book along to share. Read along with us as we discuss Faithfully Connected: Integrating Biblical Principles in a Digital World by Ben Boche and Jake Hollatz (available from Concordia Publishing House and Amazon). This week we learn why Rachel is using the book to train future teachers at MLC plus why she recommends it for teachers, pastors, parents and beyond, and we explore the first chapter of the book, Digital Access.

News in tech:

iOS 12 is now available: How to update, its best new iPhone features and more

WELS now:

Announcing our first #EdTechLead19 presenter … Rachel Feld! Rachel will be presenting “Using Technology in Bible Lessons” and “Using Google Apps in WELSSA.”

  • Learn more and plan to attend June 25-27, 2019 at Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

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Check out Pinterest for great STEM activities for elementary, including these boards:

Community feedback:

Thayer Birding Software free offer for students

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Learn more about digital access from the PBS Frontline special, Digital Nation. Here’s a sneak peak trailer for the special.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 569 – Martin shares his research on digital security, including encryption and database management, in light of new regulations, both in the U.S. and abroad. Release date: Wednesday, October 3.

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564 – Eat That Frog Finale

This week the WELSTech discussion happens from the same location as Martin and Sallie talk tech-in-ministry from WELS headquarters, the Center for Mission and Ministry. Tune in for the last installment of the Eat That Frog! book discussion as well as tech for starry nights.

The discussion:

That’s all, folks – We’ve arrived at summer’s end and also the end of the WELSTech book discussion of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. Martin and Sallie discuss Chapter 21 – Single Handle every Task – and recap their favorite takeaways from the book.

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Tune in to the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary live stream archive of opening service for the 2018-19 school year.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 565 – WELSTech returns to regular programming as Martin and Sallie discuss their bullet journals plus bring you lots more WELSTech goodness! Release date: Wednesday, September 4.

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563 – Wisdom and Folly

WELSTech is back with our summer book discussion of Eat That Frog! plus a couple of “ultimate guides” to organize your Chrome bookmarks and your Apple iCloud storage. The WELS Google Schools Community has also been active with talk about bring your own device, classroom current events resources, and explaining MAP test results.

The discussion:

Creating time and urgency – The WELSTech summer book discussion – Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy – has reached chapters 19 and 20. Eating frogs, or getting difficult tasks done, involves opposing forces at times – scheduling time for tasks AND discipling yourself to keep the appointments, as well as getting important work done quickly AND well.

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Enjoy a musical treat from the MLC College Choir, Uncloudy Day, to celebrate the beginning of a new school year at Martin Luther College.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 564 – Summer is officially over as WELSTech wraps up our summer book discussion with chapter 21 of Eat That Frog! Release date: Wednesday, August 29.

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562 – Salami & Swiss

This week’s WELSTech discussion is best consumed on a full stomach! We cover methods for slicing and dicing tasks to divide large tasks into manageable pieces. Sallie shares a new Bible app that gets smart about your photos and Koiné has a new worship media web site.

The discussion:

Hungry for productivity – As the title of WELSTech’s summer book choice (Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy) suggests, there are some tasty topics to be explored. This week we talk about focusing attention (chapter 17) and slicing and dicing tasks (chapter 18), and there is food involved!

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We’ve added the YouVersion Bible Lens mobile app overview to the WELSTech Product Demos playlist on YouTube.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 563 – Learn the secrets of creating large chunks of time during next week’s discussion of chapters 19 & 20 of Eat That Frog! Release date: Tuesday, August 21.

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561 – Terrible Master, Wonderful Servant

WELSTech is back with the continued discussion of Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog! This week the discussion focus is on technology, one of our favorite topics. We’ll also hear how Martin’s knowledge of photography landed him a major league gig and equips him to take great photos with his camera phone.

The discussion:

The wait is over – The summer book discussion of Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog! has arrived at chapters 15 & 16, where technology takes center stage! Martin and Sallie share their thoughts on technology as a terrible master and a wonderful servant.

Plus, Theodore Kufahl responds to last week’s discussion of optimism with some thoughts on how a bit of pessimism might spur innovation. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? You decide.

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Apple Photos Overview is the newest addition to the WELSTech Instruction playlist on YouTube.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 562 – The book discussion continues with Chapters 17 & 18 of Eat That Frog! We’ll be focusing our attention and slicing and dicing tasks! Release date: Wednesday, August 15.

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560 – Yank Away

Join the WELSTech conversation as we continue our journey through Brian Tracy’s Eat that Frog!, a book about eliminating procrastination and tackling the challenges we face on a daily basis. Martin has a new camera in his bag, and we hear from a WELSTech-er who took our discussion topic to the next level by offering a community outreach event. Plus, Sallie solves an age-old question about USB drives!

The discussion:

Positive motivation – Chapters 13 & 14 of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy are the subject of this week’s WELSTech discussion. Adopting an optimist mindset can enhance productivity as you see every “frog” as an opportunity for learning and identify lessons learned in every setback.

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Experience the excitement of the recent WELS International Youth Rally with this recap video.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 561 – We’ve arrived at the chapters we’ve been waiting for in Eat That Frog! Chapters 15 & 16 are all about technology as servant not master. Release date: Wednesday, August 8.

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559 – Upgrading…Yourself

WELSTech is back, this week with a look at ways to improve yourself and eliminate roadblocks that slow down your progress toward goals, straight from the pen of author Brian Tracy in Eat that Frog! The community mailbag overflows with WELSTech goodness, and Martin is “in sync” in a variety of ways.

The discussion:

Improve the process – The WELSTech summer book review of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy passes the half-way point as Martin and Sallie discuss chapters 11 & 12. Topics include investing in enhancing key skills and removing “choke points” that get in the way of progress.

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Watch My 3 favorite Chrome extensions for Trello for a demo of Sallie’s picks of the week.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 560- Self-motivation takes center stage in the discussion of Eat That Frog! chapters 13 & 14. Release date: Wednesday, August 1.

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558 – One Barrel At A Time

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the big, little and in-between things of life. This week’s WELSTech discusses taking things one step, or barrel, at a time. That is the metaphor Brian Tracy uses when trying to determine where you’re heading and staying on course. We received good feedback on audio quality from “listeners” and take a look at some education/summer learning Tweets.

The discussion:

Prep & Direction – Martin and Sallie return to our summer book discussion of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. Chapters 9 & 10 deal with getting ready to work so that no distractions or obstacles discourage you, and taking one step at a time to avoid being overwhelmed.

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Featured videos:

Sallie tries her hand at Adobe Spark and produces a short video of her “Ark Encounter and Creation Museum” visits.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 559 – Chapters 11 and 12 of Eat That Frog! have Martin and Sallie talking about upgrading key skills and identifying key constraints. Release date: Wednesday, July 25.

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