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528 – Donn Dobberstein

Christmas week on WELSTech brings talk of new ministry efforts, planning resources and a shareable Christmas Toolkit. There’s also Christmas greetings from WELS President Mark Schroeder and a beautiful Christmas hymn from the MLC College Choir. All that goodness is wrapped in warm wishes for a blessed Christmas celebration to the WELSTech community!

The discussion:

Christmas interview – Pastor Donn Dobberstein talks with Martin and Sallie about his new role as Director of WELS Discipleship.

Community feedback:

Featured video:

This Christmas week we gift you with not one but two special videos, new on the WELSTech Vimeo Like’s ListWELS Christmas Message 2017 from President Mark Schroeder

and Martin Luther College – College Choir singing All Praise To Thee, Eternal God.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 529 – Wrap up 2017 with a look back at WELSTech’s best of 2017. Release date: Wednesday, December 27.

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527 – An Example: Planning with Trello

Friends of WELSTech should be no stranger to Trello by now. It is one of our favorite project management tools. Today Martin and Sallie walk through a likely scenario of how this powerful web application could change the way you plan and execute projects. Even if you don’t use Trello, there is plenty of great conversation about arranging meetings, versatile mice, tablets, and an impressive response from Google to a very important question!

The discussion:

Working the plan – Martin and Sallie pick up with part 2 of the discussion of sample ministry event planning Trello board by demonstrating the many features which can help you track your ministry tasks on Trello. They cover due dates, checklists, images, labels, attachments, filters and more!

News in tech:

Docs.com is going away on December 15

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

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Community feedback:

  • From Christ Our Savior in Rockford, MI, we discovered “Ok Google … How do I get to heaven?”
  • Kevin Smith from Christ in Zumbrota, MN asks about setting up transferrable Trello accounts for church council members.

Featured video:

Enjoy a Christmas addition to the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube, Koine’s Mary Did You Know.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 528 – WELSTech brings you a special episode for Christmas week featuring an interview with newly installed WELS Director of Discipleship, Rev. Donn Dobberstein. Release date: Wednesday, December 20.

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526 – Um…Let’s Plan!

It’s time to plan again on WELSTech! Does your organization have a good handle on all it’s events for the year? What tool would be best? In December, Martin and Sallie talk through, and give examples, of excellent tools and approaches that will have you feeling better prepared than ever to take on the events of 2018!

The discussion:

Proactive planning – As the new year approaches, it seems like a good time to take a broad look at the full year of activities ahead in your church or school. Martin and Sallie share a sample ministry event planning Trello board which you may copy and modify to meet your planning needs.

News in tech:

WELS now:

Christmas concert at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

The State of Chromebooks in the Office

Community feedback:

Featured video:

Relive the Martin Luther College Christmas Concert.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 527 – The big-picture planning discussion continues as Martin and Sallie demo the planning process using their master event Trello board. Release date: Wednesday, December 13.

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515 – #Meetings

WELSTech’s month of meetings continues with an interview of New Ulmer, Brian Fischer, who shares his strategic planning experiences in business and the church. Sallie schools Martin on hashtags, and, as usual, they both share some interesting internet resources you can use in your ministry today.

The interview and discussion:

Strategic planning – Brian Fischer, lay member of St. Paul’s, New Ulm, MN and owner of New Ulm’s Design Home Center, visits the WELS Technology West offices to chat with martin and Sallie about a method he uses to facilitate strategic planning, both in the church as well as in the business setting. At it’s core are three important questions:

  1. How are we doing?
  2. Where are we going?
  3. How do we get there?

News in tech:

Trello Desktop for Mac and Windows

WELS now:

Christian Aid and Relief updates on Hurricanes Harvey & IrmaVolunteer

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Ministry resources:

5 ways to let your light shine online

Featured video:

The newest addition to the WELSTech Music Playlist on YouTube is Koine’s Brothers, Sisters, Let Us Gladly.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 516 – We welcome Prof. Rachel Feld back to WELSTech to talk about meetings in the school setting. Release date: Wednesday, September 27.

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400 – WELSTech Celebrates 400!

This episode of WELSTech is a live recording from WELSTech Conference 2015 held at Country Springs Hotel and Resort in Waukesha, WI. Martin and Sallie celebrate episode 400 with a live audience and special guests from the conference talking about church branding, technology planning and church intranets.

The discussion:

400Selfie145x125Anniversary celebration – Martin and Sallie broadcast the 400th episode of WELSTech from WELSTech Conference 2015 in front of a selfie-worthy live audience! There were plenty of shiny tech giveaways throughout to keep things fun. Special guests and topics include …

  • Ian Welch – Church branding
  • Bob Albrecht – Technology planning
  • Pastor Rob Guenther – Church intranets

Picks of the week:

Featured videos:

Visit the WELS Live Stream archives for recordings of other group sessions held at WELSTech Conference:

A special giveaway:

Little Luther enhances the celebration, and Martin and Sallie commit to race Martin Luther to 500 in 2017 as we look forward to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 500th WELSTech Podcast.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 401 – Martin and Sallie share lessons learned, old and new WELSTech connections and special memories from WELSTech Conference 2015 – Tuesday, July 14 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

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356 – Policies R Us

WELSTech is back with the continuation of the summer WELSTech Wiki migration series. Listen for examples of policies for church and school, helpful mobile apps, and Martin’s how-to on Facebook, of all places.

The discussion:

planningPolicy145x125No Pillows Allowed – Planning and policy may not be the most exciting topics, but you won’t want to sleep through Martin and Sallie’s discussion of the various WELSTech Wiki Planning and Policy resources including …

Tech tips:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

Did you know … Presenters at WELSTech Conference 2015 (wels.net/welstechconf), July 9-11, 2015 at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee, WI attend for FREE?!! We’re currently looking for presenters and tech topics of interest for our breakout sessions. Give it some thought and submit your ideas!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 357 – We wrap up the WELSTech Wiki migration summer series and put a big bow on top next week with the discussion of school technology. (Broadcast date – 09/02/14)

Featured video:

In honor of the new school year we share an addition to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching YouTube playlist, Kid President’s Pep Talk toTeachers and Students!

 

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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.

Tech tips:

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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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060 – Technology Planning Maui Style

This week on WELSTech Martin, Sallie and Gail Potratz take a look at the components of a school technology plan.

The discussion:

  • School Technology PlanSchool Technology Plans – Martin and Sallie are joined by Gail Potratz, Technology Coordinator at Emanual Lutheran School in New London, WI and our semi-regular classroom technology correspondent, for a discussion of school technology plans.  Why do schools need a tech plan, who should be involved in writing it and what should go into it are a few of the questions addressed.

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • This week we close with the beautiful piano music of Dawn Gehlhar – Christ Be My Leader from her CD titled Inspirations (50:25)

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