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Teaching Digital Citizenship

Google recently announced a free online resource geared toward middle- to upper-elementary aged children called Be Internet Awesome. The online game, Interland, as well as supporting curriculum resources, are intended to teach kids to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online.

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Application/audience

The resources available on the Be Internet Awesome are suitable for use in both the elementary classroom as well as at home. Teachers may want to spend some of their summer prep time reviewing the Be Internet Awesome Curriculum which has been given the ISTE Seal of Alignment. The materials center around five fundamental topics:

  • Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)
  • Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)
  • Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)
  • It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)
  • When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave)

Additional resources for schools allow easy integration of Interland on school Chromebooks as well as in Google Classroom. There are posters and certificates and badges available as well.

Parents may want to download the Be Internet Awesome Pledge and make a family commitment to practicing safe digital citizenship.

Related resources

Check out these short video introductions to Be Internet Awesome and Interlands.

Overview

Interland Tour

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Bible Keyboard

More and more communication is happening from our mobile devices – text, e-mail and social media posts. The YouVersion Bible app team recently added features which allow iOS users to easily incorporate God’s Word in their mobile communication via a new Bible Keyboard.

Application/audience

The Bible Keyboard takes advantage of Apple’s third-party keyboards function which is built into iOS version 8 and higher. iPhone and iPad users may activate the keyboard in Settings. With the Bible Keyboard activated, Christians can easily inject the truths of God’s Word into their mobile communications. The video embedded below walks through the activation process, and demonstrates how to use the Bible Keyboard functionality.

Related resources

In addition to the Bible Keyboard, you can also easily add verse images in the iMessage texting app which is built into iOS. The minimum requirement is iOS 10 for this functionality.

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451 – Getting Ready for Mobile

The month-long WELSTech series on “mobile ministry” concludes this week with some considerations for your growing digital audience of mobile device users. Are you serving up a great web experience for those smartphone and tablet users? We discuss a number of tools and templates that will help you to do just that.

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The discussion:

Responsive DesignResponsive design – Martin and Sallie finish up the June focus on mobile ministry with a discussion of web design that looks good on every screen size.

WELS now:

Read about Naomi Green’s contributions to the WELSTech Photo Challenge in the July issue of Forward in Christ magazine, page 22 (sneak peek).

  • There’s still time to participate in the June challenge. Share your photos of travel and vacation, VBS and Matthew 11:29.
  • The July challenge will be summer, outreach and Isaiah 52:7.
  • Visit the challenge album!

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 452 – In July we’ll be talking about all aspects of online security, and we plan to start the conversation next week with a discussion on a topic we all know and love, passwords. Release date: Wednesday, July 6

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449 – Fur the Love of Photos

The WELSTech summer series on “mobile ministry” continues as Martin and Sallie explore photography. The cameras we carry on our smartphones can be powerful tools for ministry. Listen in for good camera apps, tips and accessories. Plus, Sallie shares some TechSmith love, and Martin has a square jellyfish for his phone.

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The discussion:

Martins iPhone PhotoMobile photography – As the old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. And your smartphone camera may be just the thing you need to accomplish more ministry goals than you realized.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 450 – Mobile hardware, operating systems (iOS vs. Android) and peripherals will be the topic of next week’s podcast. Release date: Wednesday, June 22

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448 – Mobile Ministry Apps

WELSTech kicks off our first summer series on “mobile” with a show all about apps…especially those apps useful for ministry. Pastors, teachers, and anyone interested in what a smartphone can do for them will find plenty of ideas. There are also mobile-friendly picks of the week and a review of an adventure-ready Bluetooth speaker.

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The discussion:

Mobile phoneThere’s an app for that – After answering the Miss America question of the day, Martin and Sallie share loads of useful apps for public and personal ministry.

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Community feedback:

Pastor Emile Burgess from Trinity in Caledonia, WI shares his experience with a rugged, adventure-ready Bluetooth speaker, the ECOXGEAR EcoCarbon from REI

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 449 – The focus on mobile ministry continues with a look at all things about mobile photography. Release date: Wednesday, June 15

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447 – Mobile, Security, Publishing

It’s summer, and WELSTech kicks off three months of lighter shows focused on three very practical topics sure to help some aspect of your ministry: mobile, security and publishing. Sallie finds a tool that will help you analyze your word choice habits, while Martin resurrects one of his favorite pieces of tech that anybody who does presentations might want to take a look at. Plus, there’s a brand new photo challenge with a summer “R&R” focus.

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The discussion:

Here he is folksHere he is folks – Side by side at the Center for Mission and Ministry, Martin and Sallie look ahead to not one but three exciting how-to summer series planned for WELSTech.

WELS now:

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 448 – Martin and Sallie share an abundance of helpful mobile apps in week 1 of our summer Mobile series. Release date: Wednesday, June 8

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435 – Digital Devotions

On this week’s WELSTech we spotlight digital tools to enhance our daily walk with the Lord, and we talk with the creator of a free Lutheran memory work system. Plus, listeners learn how to join the new WELSTech Google Group for e-mail-based discussion of all things tech-in-ministry!

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The discussion:

Daily! Deep! Devoted! – Martin shares a Digital Devotions Bible study he wrote, and it guides the discussion of ways to grow your faith digitally.

The interview:

On My HeartOn My Heart – Amanda Moldstad talks with Martin and Sallie about the Lutheran memory work program she and others developed and share at on-my-heart.com.

News in tech:

First live ransomware targeting Macs

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Featured video:

New on the WELSTech Product Demos Playlist is this short introduction to Making Music Online from the Soundtrap Youtube channel.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 436 – Communication plays a key role in project management done With All Your Heart, and Martin and Sallie discuss just that in the latest chapter of the WELSTech book project. Professor Tom Kuster joins the conversation with news of an upcoming online conference. Release date: Wednesday, March 16

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406 – Monkeying Around With Your Photos

This week on WELSTech the all-things-imagery series, Imagine That, focuses on image editing techniques using cloud-based and mobile tools. And the image discussion doesn’t stop there as Sallie and Martin both share image related picks of the week. There’s also a full mailbag of listener comments.

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The discussion:

Monkey GrinBig Monkey Grins – In installment 3 of WELSTech’s summer series, Imagine That, Martin and Sallie share image editing basics including image resolution, color codes, cloud and mobile image editors and browser plugins to make image editing easier.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 407 – Tune in and take your images to the next level with the graphic design techniques shared in next week’s Imagine That installment. Join us Tuesday, August 25 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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372 – Home Sweet Home

WELSTech goes mobile as Martin and Sallie share their smartphone home screen favorite apps. Plus there’s “Best of 2014” app selections from Google and Apple and mobile app academy resources to help teachers bring STEM to their classrooms.

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The discussion:

Home Sweet Home ScreenWithin Thumbs Reach – Martin and Sallie reveal their most used smartphone apps as well as polar opposite strategies for organizing their prime real estate home screens. A few WELSTech-ers share their favorite apps as well.

Check out the master list of must-have smartphone apps on our new Mobile App Recommendations resource page!

Ministry resources:

A new series in WELS online Interactive Faith Bible Study begins Wednesday, January 7 with sessions offered at 6:00 and 8:00 pm Central weekly through February 11. Rev. David Scharf from Greenville, WI will lead the study of the book of Judges titled “Breaking the Cycle with Grace.” Learn more.

News in tech:

Best apps of 2014 from

WELS insider:

Christians Under Construction stewardship series

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 373a – Martin and Sallie celebrate Christmas around the world with a special two-part episode featuring several tech-in-global-ministry friends. (Broadcast date – 12/23/14)

Featured videos:

Enjoy another new addition to our Music playlist on YouTube – Mary, Did You Know? by Pentatonix

 

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369 – Shop Smart

Thanksgiving week on WELSTech brings many reasons to pause and give thanks, plus an interview with the good fellows at ShopWELS vendor Troxell, shopping online stewardship ideas, shopping apps to making your Black Friday (and every shopping day) a breeze, gift ideas and the best Black Friday deals. We’ve got everything but the pumpkin pie!

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The interview:

troxellLogo145x125White Glove Treatment – Bob Berry and Chris Hunt from ShopWELS vendor, Troxell, joined Martin and Sallie to talk about their company and product line (including Chomebooks and Google licensing) and their commitment of support as schools transition to various degrees of device assisted learning.

The discussion:

Black Friday and Beyond – Martin and Sallie continue the shopping theme with a look at more of the ShopWELS.net site features as well as several ways to shop online and benefit the work of WELS. There are even some cool shopping-centric mobile apps that get a mention.

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WELS insider:

iPhone 4 Donations for Malawi

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 370 – Edtech guest host, Gail Potratz, joins Martin and Sallie to share thoughts on her implementation of a badge system for digital assessment. (Broadcast date – 12/02/14)

Featured videos:

This week’s featured video was added to a brand new YouTube playlist, WELSTech Promo – Thanksgiving from Water of Life Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV

 

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