Tag Archive for: edtech

412 – Google Classroom

School is back in session, and that means the monthly WELSTech focus on educational technology is back also! Gail Potratz joins the conversation to share an overview of Google’s learning management system, Classroom. Young engineers are in the news, and Martin shares a sunny way to manage your schedule.

The interview and discussion:

Google Classroom Logo145x125Learning Google-style – Martin and Sallie welcome Gail Potratz from Emanuel in New London, WI back to the semi-regular classroom technology correspondent share for a new season of edtech knowledge sharing. This month the topic is Google Classroom as Gail walks through creating classes and sharing assignments, even using some of her favorite Google extensions, Doctopus and Goobric.

News in tech:

Congrats to the Shoreland Lutheran High School Engineering Team for winning the GE Design & Build Challenge at the Milwaukee Maker Faire!

WELS now:

Announcing the WELSTech Photo Challenge October categories … Reformation & Fall.

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Brainscape flashcards

Featured video:

This week we’ve added a video from the WELS Hymnal Committee to the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo. Enjoy a special setting of In Christ Alone, one of the 50 favorite hymns identified in their recent survey. Learn more.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 413 – Martin and Sallie welcome Missionary Mike Hartman to WELSTech as he shares an update on the tech enhanced work happening in Latin American Missions. Join us Tuesday, October 6 at 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

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361 – What’s Up With Gail?

Check your watch because it’s time again for WELSTech. This week the topic is the changing face of education technology, and guest host Gail Potratz is back to share news from her new school year. The show also includes a timely discussion of Martin’s new phone and exciting updates to Google Forms.

The discussion:

gpotratz145x125Welcome back – Gail Potratz, Tech Director at Emanuel in New London, WI and one of WELSTech’s semi-regular classroom technology correspondents (SRCTC), is back to share her edtech knowledge with Martin, Sallie and the WELSTech community. Find out what’s in, what’s out and what edtech is not so scary this school year in Gail’s world.

News in tech:

Ministry resources:

Tips & picks of the week:

WELS insider:

Need to know:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 362 – Martin and Sallie begin the review of our 5 minute Pastor’s Tech Survey (bit.ly/pastorstechsurvey). Submit your favorite tech by Saturday, October 4, and you could win a copy of HymnSoft Player 3.0 (a $249.99 value) courtesy of Northwestern Publishing House. (Broadcast date – 10/07/14)

Featured videos:

This week’s featured video was added to both out Instructional and Product Demos YouTube playlists. Enjoy friEdTechnology’s Getting Started With Google Classroom

 

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357 – Put A Bow On It

The WELSTech Wiki Migration is all wrapped up with a bow on top this week as we conclude our summer series with a look at the “School” section of the wiki. This show also includes lots of tips, picks and community feedback plus some bonus WELSTech goodness you’ll want to hang on for till the very end!

The discussion:

present145x125Finish Line – The summer WELSTEch Wiki Migration efforts draw to a close today as Martin and Sallie review the School section of the WELSTech Wiki, focusing on education apps and learning management systems. Request an account and add your favorite edtech resources.

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Of interest:

Did you know … Presenters at WELSTech Conference 2015 (wels.net/welstechconf), July 9-11, 2015 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI attend for FREE?!! We’re currently looking for presenters and tech topics of interest for our breakout sessions. Give it some thought and submit your ideas!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 358 – WELSTech gets back to normal as we kick off our newest season and introduce a new book selection, What’s Best Next? by Matt Perman. (Broadcast date – 09/09/14)

Bonus WELSTech Goodness:

Featured video:

The WELS Artist YouTube playlist has a new entry, Jason Jaspersen’s sand art drawing of Jonah

 

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339 – School Tech Planning

On a very special WELSTech Sallie is surrounded by an edtech support group who tackle the timely task of planning for infrastructure, hardware, financing and policies around technology in the classroom, be it Chromebooks, iPads or Android tablets, Macs or PCs. We also hear form James Carlovsky about the upcoming Tech & Teach in-service day at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

The discussion:

schoolTech145x125The edtech gang’s all here – Sparked by an e-mail request for assistance with technology infrastructure and hardware direction from Jennie Adelmeyer, St. John’s, Lomira, WI, an ad hoc edtech support group was formed. Find out about Jennie’s tech questions (which may sound a lot like questions many other WELS schools are considering) and hear the advice she receives from Gail Potratz, Justin Liepert and Jason Schmidt.

The interview:

Tech & Teach at KML – James Carlovsky, Curriculum Director at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, shares details about the upcoming teacher in-service day planned for June 3. The cost is $30 and additional details are posted on the event web site.

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Picks of the week:

Music recommendation:

Watch the archived WELS National Handbell Festival concert on MLC Streams. Music starts around the 13:30 time stamp.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 340 – Tune in as Martin and Sallie square off on their favorite web browsers, browser extensions and apps. Plus we’ll catch up on the great community feedback we missed on today’s show. (Broadcast date – 05/06/14)

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318 – Language Arts

Technology in education isn’t limited to math and science. Today we hear from Gail Potratz with many ideas for integrating technology into the Language Arts classroom. Manitowoc LHS Tech Director, Ryan Rathje, also chats with Sallie and Martin about edtech topics. Turn it up teachers, and let the WELSTech goodness flow!

The discussion:

Language Arts goes techie – Gail Potratz, our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent from Emmanuel in New London, MN, joins Martin and Sallie this week to share ideas for technology integration in the Language Art classroom.

The interview:

(28:36) Technology for new teachers (and seasoned veterans as well) – Ryan Rathje, Technology Director at Manitowoc Lutheran High School, shares highlights from his recent MLC Convocation presentation to education majors titled “Technology: Harder and Easier Than It Looks”.

Ministry resources:

  • (42:38) Paul Workentine shared links to Bible history sites Ferrell’s Travel Blog and BiblePlaces.com
  • 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.

Listener reviews:

  • (44:14) Ryan Rosenthal from Faith in Fond du Lac, WI reviews the Ziggi HD USB Document Camera
  • 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.

Tech tips:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

(1:06:30) Upcoming streamed Christmas concerts:

  • Via WELS Streams
    • Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – December 8 at 3:00 pm
    • Koine – December 19 at 7:00 pm
  • Via MLC TV
    • Martin Luther College – December 7 at 7:30 pm & December 8 at 4:00 pm

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:07:41) Episode 319 – Tune in for chapter 6 of our current book discussion of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows as well as the inside scoop on the new edition of HymnSoft with Carl Nolte and Michael Schultz. (Release date – 12/10/13)

Music download:

(1:09:05) Kick off your Advent with a free music download from WELS pianist Dawn Michelle Williams (www.dawnmichellewilliams.com | Twitter | Facebook) – Carol of the Bells

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