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493 – Feedback and Infographics

Lots of listener feedback and some sweet infographics headline WELSTech this week! We even talk about a cool tool to create your own infographics, the rumored Microsoft “Cloudbook,” countless ways to grow in grace, a bit of Office magic, and some Ministry Resource goodness by way of Google Slides.

The discussion:

Pen, paper and microwave – Martin and Sallie dive into the WELSTech virtual mailbag and share some amazing technology for ministry and a few stunning infographics.

News in tech:

The Microsoft ‘CloudBook’ could be Chromebook’s worst nightmare

Countdown to episode 500:

Revisit year 3 (2010) of WELSTech (episodes 113 to 164), the year of the church Facebook page!

WELS now:

Opportunities for Summer study

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Desktop Publishing in the Cloud

Featured video:

New on the WELSTech Music playlist is Hallelujah featuring Dawn Michelle Williams.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 494 – Teacher Rachel Feld chimes in on the topic of the changing role of teachers. Release date: Wednesday, April 26.

Get involved:

246 – Summer Software Showcase: BatchGeo

Taking the WELSTech Summer Software Showcase stage this week is BatchGeo, a Web 2.0 map generation tool.

The discussion:

Map It! – Harnessing the power of Google Maps to map a collection of data is just what this week’s Summer Software Showcase featured web site, BatchGeo, is good for.  Listen as Martin and Sallie discuss site features and ideas for use in ministry settings.  An added mapping bonus mention is made of Google Earth. Listen for more on Google Earth in the WELSTech archives – Episode 172.

Ministry Uses

  1. Map your church membership or school families
  2. Map ministry groups – for Elder assignment, small group Bible study and more
  3. Geo-locate addresses and import into other software such as Google Earth and various church management software
  4. Use in education – great for Geography and other Social Studies subjects as well as many others
  5. Map lists of prospective church members or school families for outreach

Sample Map

View WELS & ELS FinalWeb Customer Sites in a full screen map

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(40:07) Episode 247 – Next week Martin and Sallie countdown the 7 Best Ministry Gadgets. What is your favorite shiny thing? (Release date – 08/01/12)

The featured artist:

(42:40)  We close the podcast with the music of Corban Creek – It Seems To Be The Day 

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172 – Google Earth

This week is education week on the WELSTech Podcast, and Gail Potratz joins us to take a look at Google Earth.

The discussion:

Tour the world – Google Earth is a powerful desktop mapping tool that has many uses in the classroom.  Martin and Sallie welcome back our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, Gail Potratz, from Emanuel in New London, WI, and we discuss the many uses of the software.

Getting started resources:

Eight uses for Google Earth in ministry:
googleEarth1. History and Literature tours

2. Historical maps

3. Bible land tours

  • Bible Geocoding – Google Earth files of every location mentioned in the Bible organized by chapter and book

4. Geography class

5. WELS locations

6. Map your members and prospects

7. Ocean exploration

8. Astronomy

Ministry resources:

(33:44) Proclaim – Cloud based worship presentations

News in tech:

(34:46) Google Docs Viewer Now Supports 12 More File Formats

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

The featured artist:

(52:55) We close the podcast with the music of Mike Westendorf (www.mikewestendorf.com and mikewestendorf on Twitter) – You Are Amazing from his CD titled ”Undefined”

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