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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.

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.

Picks of the week:

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.

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.

Picks of the week:

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.

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:

Picks of the week:

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!

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.

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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Community feedback:

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.

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

Need to know:

Community feedback:

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!

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.

News in tech:

Ministry resources:

Tips & picks of the week:

WELS insider:

iPhone 4 Donations for Malawi

Need to know:

Community feedback:

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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366 – Pastor Tech Part Two

It’s a happy day on WELSTech as we select the winner of our HymnSoft giveaway. Plus listen for mobile app, gadget and more recommendations courtesy of our Pastor’s Tech Survey.

The interview:

HymnSoft_logo2145x125HymnSoft – Carl Nolte, Editor of Sacred Music and Worship at Northwestern Publishing House (NPH), returns to WELSTech to share an update on HymnSoft including new features that will be released with the free update in Spring 2015.

As promised, we select the winner of a copy of HymSoft Player 3.0 (a $249 value) courtesy of NPH. Congrats to Pastor Emile Burgess!!

The discussion:

The survey says … – Last month Martin and Sallie shared some of the results from the recent WELSTech Survey. Today they share the remaining survey recommendations.

Ministry resources:

News in tech:

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WELS insider:

Need to know:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 367 – Having trouble determining What’s Best Next? Join Martin and Sallie for a discussion of part 2 of Matt Perman’s book on that topic focusing on Gospel Driven Productivity.  (Broadcast date – 11/11/14)

Featured videos:

Thanks to our Pastor Tech survey we learned about MuseScore and found an new video for the WELSTech Product Demos YouTube channel – Part 1 of MuseScore in 10 Easy Steps

 

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360 – Digital Note Taking

Are the days of paper and pencil note taking over? On WELSTech this week we talk about a plethora of digital note taking options. Plus we share the inside scoop on the ShopWELS Insider newsletter and a recommended Greek and Hebrew flashcard app. We cap off the show with not one, but three featured videos.

The discussion:

notepad 145x125Take Note – Martin and Sallie review the advantages of using digital tools to store and organize notes and project “commodities” in one place including search-ability, collaboration and one-stop cloud storage.

News in tech:

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WELS insider:

Need to know:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 361 – Martin and Sallie welcome Gail Potratz back to the edtech guest host chair and catch up the technology in her new school year. (Broadcast date – 09/30/14)

Featured videos:

To complement the digital note taking discussion, we’ve added not one but THREE featured videos to the  WELSTech’s Product Demos YouTube playlist –

Google Keep

 

Evernote 6 for Android

 

OneNote for iOS 8

 

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335 – Global Mobile Ministry

There’s no foolin’ around on this week’s WELSTech Podcast, as Martin and Sallie share the events of the recent Christ In Media Institute Conference on Mobile Phone Outreach. Sallie’s practicing karate, and Martin has a surprising (controversial?) tip of the week. There’s even a little document camera demo to round out the fun.

The interviews and discussion:

christInMedia145x125Cheerleading for Mobile Missions – Sallie was on-hand for the recent Christ In Media Institute Christian Mobile-Phone Project Conference which brought together high school and college-aged students and a “rock star” cast of missionaries from all corners of the world to present ideas for using the now ubiquitous technology of mobile phones to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We share multiple interviews to give WELSTech-ers a flavor of the excitement that the conference generated.

Ministry resources:

  • Granny’s Bible Dojo – iOS app for memorizing the books of the Bible
  • Share a helpful resource that makes a difference in your ministry, and you will be entered to win an Apple TV. Deadline for entry is May 31, 2014.

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Of interest:

Registration is officially open for summer FinalWeb training with Martin and Sallie at the Center for Mission and Ministry. Learn more and sign up at bit.ly/fwtraininginfo.

Community feedback:

Music download:

This week only, download a free music single from the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir – Softly and Tenderly

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 336 – Join Martin and Sallie for a discussion of creative uses of Google Forms for gathering school and church data. (Broadcast date – 04/08/14)

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