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468 – Coding Literacy with Jason

Tune in for a coding in education discussion on this week’s WELSTech. Jason Schmidt guest hosts with Martin and Sallie as we look at the trends detailed in the NMC K-12 Horizon Report 2016, and how the adoption of computational thinking across the curriculum might look in our WELS classrooms.

The discussion:

Coding as a Literacy – Jason Schmidt makes his 2016-17 season debut on WELSTech, bringing his own brand of sunshine to the edtech discussion space. Today we look at the New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2016 and specifically the short-term trend of coding as a literacy.

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There’s still time to participate, but these events are ending this week:

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Ministry resources:

Free Bible Images for Advent and Christmas

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We celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation with this week’s music video, A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Koine, from the WELSTech Music YouTube playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 469 – Staff Minister Dan Schoeffel joins the conversation to share information on Internet addictions. Release date: Wednesday, November 2.

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446 – Rainy Days with the SRCTC

Tune in to WELSTech this week for edtech sunshine in the form of SRCTC Jason Schmidt. The discussion topic covers a variety of outdoor and rainy day tech ideas for educators including geocaching, astronomy and coding. This show also includes excited news for Chromebook users, summer training opportunities and a site for purchasing low-priced smartphones and tablets.

The discussion:

Rainy dayEeekk, a rat! – Martin and Sallie are joined by WELSTech’s SRCTC (Semi-Regular Classroom Technology Correspondent) Jason Schmidt, Tech Coordinator in the Bennington Public School District in the Omaha, NE area, for a discussion of outdoor and rainy day tech projects for the classroom.

News in tech:

Android apps, coming to a Chromebook near you

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Enjoy this fun MLC Day video from Lakeside Lutheran High School, a new addition to the WELSTech Promo playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 447 – Martin and Sallie broadcast from the CMM with a preview of several upcoming summer series. Release date: Wednesday, June 1

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438 – Robotics in Education

This week on WELSTech Martin is away, but the show must go on! Sallie and guest host Jason Schmidt discuss robotics in education. The show also includes news of Latin American mission tech-enhanced outreach, a review of the best smartphone, and audio books for your listening pleasure.

The discussion:

First TeamStorming the castle – Sallie is joined by guest host Jason Schmidt, Tech Coordinator in the Bennington Public School District in the Omaha, NE area and the edtech discussion centers on a popular STEM topic, robotics. Jason recently returned from the Iowa Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (Team 5906), one of many regional high school robotics competitions sponsored by FIRST.

News in tech:

Samsung Galaxy S7 named top smartphone by Consumer Reports

WELS now:

Gospel Outreach With Media online conference

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Watch the March 2016 Update from WELSTech friend, Missionary Mike Hartman, regarding online outreach efforts via Academia Cristo.

Featured video:

Learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in this new WELSTech Promo playlist video.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 439 – Always in need of tweaking, tune in for tips to sharpen your personal productivity skills. Release date: Wednesday, April 6

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430 – eRate, Grants, and Freebies

The snow is flying sideways, but WELSTech is on the air! Jason Schmidt brings his brand of sunshine to enlighten listeners on financial options for implementing technology in schools. This episode also includes info on a safer internet, an upcoming online conference, and free Bible maps.

The discussion:

We deliverWe deliver despite the blizzard – Jason Schmidt from Bennington Public Schools joins Martin and Sallie to share a variety of methods to assist schools with funding educational technology.

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Free Bible Images has free Bible maps

Featured video:

Check out Lucidpress in 60 seconds on the WELSTech Product Demo YouTube Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 431 – WELSTech hosts, Martin and Sallie, reveal the tech that makes them tick. Release date: Wednesday, February 10

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416 – Classroom Management

On WELSTech this week we tackle classroom management from all angles – using technology, monitoring technology, and even good, old-fashioned teacher awareness tips. The discussion features our very own edtech guru, Jason Schmidt, who always delivers some lively conversation. Martin and Jason share their smartphone choices, and there’s a brand-new WELSTech Photo Challenge for November!

The discussion:

Classroom2Eyes & 2Feet – Jason Schmidt from Bennington Public Schools is back for his 5th season of guest hosting on WELSTech, and, as usual, he’s brought his own sunshine along for the classroom management discussion. Listen for tech and non-tech ideas for effectively overseeing today’s “digital native” students.

News in tech:

YouTube launching ad-free $10-a-month subscription service

WELS now:

Be part of the WELSTech Photo Challenge – Already 241 royalty-free photos strong!

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Ministry resources:

Visit the Time of Grace blog

Featured video:

Celebrate Reformation with Koine’s A Mighty Fortress is Our God, the newest addition to the WELSTech Music YouTube Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 417 – Fresh from presenting at the Wisconsin State Teachers’ Conference, Martin shares tips for building the technology behind flipped learning. Join us Tuesday, November 3 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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386 – Science and Social Studies

On this week’s WELSTech Jason Schmidt brings his enthusiasm and great science and social studies apps for all ages. In our community feedback section we also enjoy a Kickstarter project that will make pancakes in any shape you can draw.

The discussion:

GrasshopperBack to School – Semi-regular classroom technology correspondent Jason Schmidt, from Bennington ISD, joins Martin and Sallie as we share edTech resources for the science and social studies classrooms, part of the WELSTech Goes to School series.

News in tech:

World Back Up Day!

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Easter Resource Roundup from Church Tech Today

Featured videos:

The newest addition to the WELSTech Instructional playlist on YouTube is Social Animals, Solitary Creatures, just one of the 100+ videos on the Kids Animal Channel

 

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 387 – Martin and Sallie share their carry-along tech that they can’t do without. Watch and participate on 04/07/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net.

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377 – Putting The O In Gooroo

Is WELSTech real or simply virtual reality? This week’s education focused episode includes a series kick-off, out of this world picks and the final countdown to WELSTech Conference 2015 registration.

The discussion:

WELSTech Goes To SchoolMath and Technology for the Classroom – Martin and Sallie are joined by Jason Schmidt, Technology Coordinator from Bennington ISD, and they kick off the new WELSTech Goes To School series with a look at Math and Technology web sites, apps and extensions for all grade levels.

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WELS insider:

Check out the WELS Annual Report in your favorite format …

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 378 – Martin and Sallie walk viewers through the exciting lineup of speakers at this summer’s WELSTech Conference. (02/03/15)

Featured videos:

This week we’ve add a new video to the WELSTech Instructional playlist on YouTube – Khan Academy exercise software, part of the Khan Academy Teacher Workshop playlist

 

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365 – STEM on a Shoestring

This week on WELSTech we’re happy to welcome back Martin to the podcast host chair and also welcome Jason Schmidt to our edtech focused discussion. Learn how to introduce STEM in your school, even without a high dollar investment and keep listening for the latest tech invite-only buzz.

The discussion:

rubiks cube 145x125Kids LOVE it! – The WELSTech virtual studio is bursting at the seams this week as we welcome back Martin and are also joined by Jason Schmidt, Technology Coordinator for Bennington ISD. The discussion topic is STEM, a popular acronym in education for the integrated study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with emphasis on creative problem solving. Often considered an expensive pond to dive into, there are many resources available to get started with a limited budget and students can’t get enough

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 366 – Tune in next for a discussion of pastor tech tools and the giveaway of HymnSoft Player 3.0. Carl Nolte from Northwestern Publishing House joins the conversation.  (Broadcast date – 11/04/14)

Featured videos:

This week we’ve added three STEM focused videos to the WELSTech Instruction YouTube channel –

STEM Education Overview

 

STEM Integration in K-12 Education

 

STEM Education – Developing 21st century problem solvers

 

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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.

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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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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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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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