Tag Archive for: leadership

724 – Getting Started with AI

On this episode of WELSTech we finish our book discussion of The AI Classroom with a focus on school leadership’s role in shaping AI policy, curriculum, and usage. Along with edtech gurus Rachel and Jason, we share oodles of AI tools, events, and news, plus some non-AI tech topics including cybersecurity, end of school-year activities, and iPads.

The discussion

Leading School AI – We wrap up this season’s WELSTech book discussion of The AI Classroom: The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Education, looking at Part 4 of the book – The AI Horizon. Rachel Feld and Jason Schmidt join the conversation and agree on way more than normal!

Ministry resource

Picks of the week

Community feedback & events

Recent AI in Education headlines

Next time

We’ll celebrate Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Assignment Day with Senior Seminarian Silas Dose discussing his thesis topic – Here Be Dragons: Fantasy, Escapism, and a Christian Response.

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647 – Rachel and Jason EdTech Favorites

WELSTech welcomes guest hosts Rachel and Jason for a discussion of our favorite edtech resources. Plus we share picks, events, discussions, and reports to supplement your tech-in-ministry efforts!

The discussion

The best in edtech – Our WELSTech edtech gurus extraordinaire – Prof. Rachel Feld from Martin Luther College and Jason Schmidt from the Oconto Falls School District – are back, and the discussion centers on our favorite edtech content.

Picks of the week

Ministry resource

Sign up for the Learning with Google event – February 17 from 2 to 3:30 pm Central

Community feedback

WELS now

WELS annual report

Next time

Coming up in two weeks, teacher Justin Liepert is in the interview chair and Martin and Sallie talk about the post-quarantine church.

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170 – The Proclaimer

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we return to our school technology book discussion and interview Mexico Missionary Mike Hartmann.

The discussion:

Inspire and Assess Technology Integration – Martin and Sallie discuss chapter 6 of Leading 21st Century Schools which focuses on school leaders motivating technology changes in education.  Practical guidelines for assessing tech enhanced lessons are shared as well.

  • Martin Luther College Certificate of Education Technology and Masters with Educational Technology Emphasis.
  • School Technology Plans on the WELSTech Wiki

The interview:

Missionary Mike Hartmann(14:13) The Proclaimer – Missionary Mike Hartman from Leon, Mexico joins Martin and Sallie to share a story of outreach using a solar-powered, wind-up MP3 player in remote Mexico.

  • Using technology to Proclaim the Word from WELS Missions blog
  • The Proclaimer from Faith Comes by Hearing
  • Lutherans in Mexico, the Hartmann’s blog

Ministry Resources:

  • (28:50) We asked for online donation options, and our WELSTech listeners responded with several:
    • Jared Mahnke from Luther High School in Onalaska, WI uses Just Give.org – Visit their donation page
    • Joshua Johnson from Nebraska Lutheran High School in Omaha, NE shared that they use Vanco powered by e.services for donations, tuition payments, and other giving needs – Visit their donation page
    • Martin shared links to EasyTithe.com and MinistryGive.org
  • Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly (1990-2010) is available from Logos
  • CreationSwap.com shares images and multi-media for congregational usage

Picks of the week:

  • (35:53) Compelling Facebook Fan Pages by Chris Brogan
    • How to Build a Facebook Page from Mashable
      • More on FBML (Facebook Markup Language)
      • Check out the FBML-enabled WELSTech tab – set to be the landing page for “non-fans”
  • Flickr

Community feedback:

  • (43:08) Are you considering Google Apps for your congregation or school?  If so, you’ll want to read the recent WELSTech Listserve discussion thread on the topic.  We’ve created a Google Apps page on the WELSTech Wiki.
  • Michael Luce from Abiding Faith in Ft. Worth, TX wrote to let us know he’s participated in online worship with all of the congregations on the online worship listing on the WELSTech Wiki.  Do you stream your services live?  Add your church to the list!
  • Helpful links shared via the WELSTech Group on Diigo:
    • Web 2.0 Bloom’s Taxonomy
    • MakeUseOf’s PDF Guides
    • Extreme Planet Makeover
    • Backup Alternatives

Coming up on WELSTech:

(53:18) Episode 171 – We’ll answer the question “What should I blog about?” and talk with Pastor/blogger Dan Waters about his motivation and topics for blogging. (Release date 02/16/11)

The featured artist:

(54:01) This week we close with the music of Kevin Loersch – Amazing Grace from his CD titled ”Abide With Me”

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