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445 – Something For Everyone

WELSTech has something for everyone on this community feedback episode. Topics include social media strategy, mobile photography, Google Apps for Education, church bulletins and more! Martin and Sallie also share the latest news from TechSmith and Google, helpful tips on Excel and the Chrome browser and worship/bulletin artwork from WELS artists.

The discussion:

BuffetThe listeners speak – Martin and Sallie share recent WELSTech community feedback.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Women’s Ministry Conference – July 21-23 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Featured video:

Learn more about the upcoming Women’s Ministry Conference in this Together video update, saved on the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 446 – Jason Schmidt joins Martin and Sallie for the last edtech discussion of the school year focusing on outdoor and rainy day tech for schools (and beyond). Release date: Wednesday, May 25

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418 – With All Your Heart: Ch 3

This week on WELSTech we roll up our sleeves and start project planning as we discuss the latest chapter of With All Your Heart, the WELSTech book on project management. Pastor Caleb Bassett gives us insight into the work of the WELS Hymnal Project, and we share a resource for reaching out to new residents of your community.

The interview:

calebBassett145x125Hymnal Project Planning – Pastor Caleb Bassett from St. Stephen in Fallbrook, CA serves as the chairman of the WELS Hymnal Project Technology Committee. He recently talked with Martin and Sallie about the tech tools adopted to support the work of the large, geo-graphically diverse committee membership.

The discussion:

Project Planning – This week Martin and Sallie discuss chapter 3 of With All Your Heart, the WELSTech book on project management for churches, Christian schools and other faith-based organizations. We examine a great Biblical example of project planning from the book of Nehemiah and share tips and tools for starting a project with that example in mind.

News in tech:

OneDrive Storage Plans Change

WELS now:

WELS Worship Helps

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

New Mover Church PostcardsSample from Grace, Kenai, AK

Featured video:

Long time WELSTech listener and contributor Perry Lund pointed us to our latest addition to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching Playlist, Office 365 Admin Updates. Check out more on the Microsoft Mechanics YouTube Channel.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 419 – Tune in for a show full of all your great community feedback! Join us Tuesday, November 17 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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344 – Resources and Reviews

WELSTech is on the road, broadcasting from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High school with coverage of the Tech and Teach event held today. And we select winners of the shiny tech giveaways for Ministry Resources and Listener Reviews.

The interviews:

MandS200x140190 techie teachers – Martin and Sallie, along with Kurt Gosdeck from St. Lucas in Kewaskum, WI and Rachel Pierson from Trinity in Waukesha, WI, share their experiences at the Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School Tech and Teach event.

Ministry resources:

  • Lesley Bergemann shared instructions for using Vimeo Channel RSS
  • Pastor Steve Daley recommends BulletJournal.com
  • The winner of the Apple TV giveaway is … Brent Nemmers

Listener reviews:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 345 – The summer WELSTech Wiki reboot kicks off. (Broadcast date – 06/10/14)

Featured video:

From the WELS Schools Playlist, watch this overview of the new Performing Arts Center at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School, site of this week’s WELSTech recording.

 

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343 – Sunny Day for Google Play

This week on WELSTech we welcome sunshine in the form of semi-regular classroom technology correspondent Jason Schmidt who shares his knowledge of Google Play for Education and Google tablet management. We also hit the jackpot in terms of listener reviews and share several solutions to assist with learning a new language.

The interview and discussion:

Jason "Sunshine" SchmidtManaging Google Tablets – Martin and Sallie are joined by WELSTech edtech guest host, Jason Schmidt (a.k.a. Mr. Sunshine), Technology Coordinator for Bennington ISD. Jason gives us a behind the scenes tour of the Google Play for Education store and answers questions from viewers about managing Google tablets through the Google Apps for Education administration panel.

Listener reviews:

  • Staying Fit With Tech by Tim Gielbelhaus
  • Evernote for Ministry by Pastor Emile Burgess
  • Lubuntu by Jimmy Pautz
  • Share a helpful resource that makes a difference in your ministry, and you will be entered to win a Nexus 7. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2014.

Tech tips:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 344 – WELSTech goes on the road to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI as Martin and Sallie bring you live coverage of the Tech & Teach event. (Broadcast date – 06/03/14)

Featured video:

From the WELS Musicians Playlist, here is WELS artist Michael Schroeder singing Paradise

 

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336 – Building Better Forms

On this week’s WELSTech we welcome someone new – Grandpa Martin! The discussion takes a deep dive into Google Forms for gathering data for churches and schools. We share our first ever video listener review and announce a “Tech and Teach” event coming up soon on the WELSTech event calendar.

The discussion:

Gathering information – Martin and Sallie demonstrate the capabilities of Google Forms (plus discuss various Forms add-ons and scripts), and share examples of several forms for churches and schools.

Listener reviews:

  • Jason Winget, member of Faith in River Falls, WI reviews Create.ly
  • 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:

  • Pick your ecosystem carefully
  • Clean your screen

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

  • Registration is officially open for summer FinalWeb training with Martin and Sallie at the Center for Mission and Ministry, July 29 – August 1. Learn more and sign up at bit.ly/fwtraininginfo.
  • Join Martin and Sallie on June 3 at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School for the “Tech and Teach” teacher in-service event

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 337 – Martin and Sallie square off in a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) challenge. Who can build the best smart phone stand? Plus Laura Harstad from Kingdom Workers will share her experience with coordinating mission volunteer opportunities. (Broadcast date – 04/15/14)

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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.

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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255 – Are Chromebooks In Your Future?

WELSTech’s monthly education episode is back, featuring our periodic co-host Gail Potratz as well as an interview of Chad Kafka. The edtech flavor of the day is Google as we talk about Chromebooks and Google Apps in middle school settings.  We’re also looking for beta testers of the new WELS Mobile app. Cap off the WELSTech goodness with instructions for creating your very own digital signage page!

The discussion:

Back to School with Gail – Martin and Sallie are joined once again by Gail Potratz, Tech Coordinator at Emanuel in New London, WI and WELSTech’s semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, as we discuss the in’s and out’s of Gail’s recent Chromebook implementation in Emanuel’s 7th grade. Start up speed, battery life and a price point that can’t be beat seem to be reasons to give the Chromebook a serious look if you are considering a 1:1 initiative in your school.

The interview:

(23:50) There’s an app for that – Chad Kafka (www.chadkafka.com), Technology Coach in the Franklin, WI public school district and Google Certified Teacher, talks with Martin and Sallie about his school district adoption of Google Apps, including success stories and tips for making the most of the solution.

Ministry resources:

(44:44) Be a beta tester of the new WELS Mobile app!  Surf over to m.wels.net in your smartphone or tablet web browser, and kick the tires.  E-mail Martin your feedback.

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:12:06) Episode 256 – We’re back with our latest 7 Best countdown, this time of Member, Prospect & Student Management Tools including software, tools, and tips for managing data in the church and school office. (Release date – 10/02/12)

The featured artist:

(1:13:03) This week we close with the instrumental music of flutist Jeannine Dennis – Celebration Medley

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