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429 – Free eBooks For Everyone!

This week’s WELSTech features an expansive list of resources from the WELSTech Community, including a fair number of free eBooks to read at your leisure. Martin proves to be a verb rebel, we give a special shout out to a talented WELS Photo Challenge contributor, and WELS launches a new teen devotion.

The discussion:

Free eBooksFree eBooks and so much more – WELTech’s mailbag and social channels are bursting at the seams with all kinds of tools and utilities and eBooks to read! Martin and Sallie are sure to share something of interest for everyone.

News in tech:

iOS 9.3 – What features are in the new iPhone and iPad update

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Alive in Christ Music

Featured video:

New to the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo is a Community Feedback pick by Gail Potratz, Wanna Work Together?, a 3 minute overview on copyright and Creative Commons from the CC About the Licenses page.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 430 – Jason Schmidt is back with his brand of edtech sunshine! Release date: Wednesday, February 3

Get involved:

319 – eBooks For All … Even Ding-A-Lings

On WELSTech today we look at how ebooks are changing the way we read as we return to our current book discussion of The Shallows by Nicholar Carr. HymnSoft Version 3 was recently released so we talk with folks behind the project and take a look at the software in action. Also there is much to share in the Community Feedback mailbag including a fantastic video that was recently released by Lakeside Lutheran High School. Sallie is dingy, and Martin does something never before done on WELSTech. Don’t miss it!

The discussion:

The great eBook debate – Chapter 6 of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, titled “The Very Image of a Book”, is the topic of this month’s book discussion. Martin and Sallie explore the subtle and not so subtle changes that have occurred with the progressive use of eBooks. Which do you prefer – print or eBook format?

The interview:

(23:06) HymnSoft Version 3 – Carl Nolte, Editor of Sacred Music and Worship at Northwestern Publishing House and Pastor Mike Schultz, Director of the WELS Hymnal Project, share a behind-the-scenes look at the newest version of HymnSoft which includes hymns and worship settings from Christian Worship, Christian Worship Supplement and Occasional Services.

Ministry resources:

  • (46:15) Ryan Rosenthal from Faith in Fond du Lac, WI shared ideas for using Dropbox.com cloud-based file storage to provide resources for students and parents
  • Share a helpful resource that makes a difference in your ministry, and you will ll be entered to win an Apple TV. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2014.

Tech tips:

Of interest:

Upcoming streamed Koine Christmas concert via WELS Streams – December 19 at 7:00 pm

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

 

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:15:50) Episode 320 – Martin and Sallie talk mobile apps for ministry and more and Prof. Tom Kuster joins the discussion to share details on this year’s Christ In Media Institute worldwide mobile outreach project. (Release date – 12/17/13)

Music download:

(1:16:20) Enjoy a free music download from WELS flutist Jeannine Dennis (jeanninedennis.com) – Silent Night

Get involved:

315 – Looking At Our Screens

Tune in to this episode of WELSTech for a discussion of chapter 5 of the current WELSTech book selection, The Shallows, an interview with Pastor Jared Oldenburg, author of the Who Is Jesus? iBook and details on a Christmas video contest being held on the Bread for Beggars website.

The discussion:

New media via the Net – Martin and Sallie discuss chapter 5 of Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, focusing on the changes that have taken place in media as it is webified as well as the results on our ways of thinking.

The interview:

(13:36) The Author Speaks – Pastor Jared Oldenburg from Eternal Rock in Castle Rock, CO talks with Martin and Sallie about his role in authoring the Who Is Jesus? book for iPad.

Listener Reviews:

(27:03) Share your review of software, hardware or web sites which assist with your personal or professional ministry efforts, and you will be entered to win a Nexus 7 tablet. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2014.

Ministry Resources:

  • (28:15) Free Bible Images of Christmas
  • Share a helpful resource that makes a difference in your ministry, and you will ll be entered to win an Apple TV. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2014.

Tech tips:

  • (30:23) Keyboard shortcuts for new tabs and windows
    • New tab – Control+T
    • Reopened the last tab closed – Control+Shift+T
    • New Window – Control+N
  • The joys of tethering – iOS requirements

Picks of the week:

WELS.net feature:

(43:01) Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary will celebrate their 150th anniversary with festival worship on November 17 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tune in for live streaming of the 3 p.m. service.

Of interest:

(44:21) Bread for Beggars Christmas Video Contest

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(55:03) Episode 316 – Martin and Sallie square off as they debate the pros and cons of their favorite platforms – Mac vs. PC and Android vs. iOS. (Release date – 11/19/13)

Music download:

(55:44) This week only, download a free music single from WELS musician Patrick Watson (www.reverbnation.com/#!/patwatsonproject) – Joy

Get involved:

278 – Author! Author!

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we talk with Pastor Rob Guenther, a long time WELSTech contributor, about his gospel outreach publishing efforts and Martin has a geeky RSS-to-bookmark-bar solution to share.

The interview & discussion:

(2:54) Hall of Fame – Pastor Rob Guenther from Grace in Kenai, AK talked with Martin and Sallie about his recent self-publishing efforts which resulted in both an Amazon paperback and e-book listing of a collection of his sermons titled In Their Sandals. Penning your own book isn’t as hard as it sounds thanks to some amazing (and free) web 2.0 tools.

Ministry resources:

(29:55) Study guides and reviews of The Bible miniseries created by Pastor Jon Schroeder from Faith in Sharpsburg, GA

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:49) Episode 279 – Next week on WELSTech Martin and Sallie talk with Pastor and MLC Communications Professor Mark Paustian and look at chapter 7 of Presentation Zen. (Release date – 03/12/13)

The featured artist:

(54:40) We close the podcast with music and video from Koine’s new Footsteps to the Cross concert DVD (koinemusic.com | DVD info) – Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing

Get involved:

187 – WELS Hacker: Libraries and Books

This week the WELSTech Podcast summer WELS Hacker series kicks off with a discussion of Windows 7 Libraries and free eBooks.

The discussion:

Wearing a White Hat – Today marks the beginning of the summer WELS Hacker series.  Martin and Sallie share tips, tricks and helpful hacks on their blogs and discuss them on these abbreviated podcasts.  The inaugural topics include

WELS Hacker

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(19:55) Episode 188 – The summer WELS Hacker series continues as we look at Google Reader and photo organization. (Release date – 06/15/11)

The featured artist:

(20:29) We close the podcast with the music of Corban Creek – Psalm 46 from their CD titled “Could It Be Me”

Get involved: