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636 – HR & A Pandemic

On this episode of WELSTech we wrap up our summer look at ministry across the synod during the pandemic by talking with WELS Human Resources Director Dennis Maurer. We also discuss NPH’s new “at-home Sunday School” program. Google extensions and add-ons shine in the “Picks of the week” segment, and WELSTech listeners have lots to say about social media for schools, and more!

The interview and discussion:

Pandemic protocols at the CMM – WELS Director of Human Resources Dennis Maurer talks with Martin and Sallie about the policies and procedures which are in place at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry (CMM).

Sunday School at home – New from Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) are resources for doing Sunday School from home using Christ-Light materials and free, age-appropriate video lessons by experienced WELS teachers.

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How to use Choice Eliminator add-on for Google Forms

Next time:

WELSTech goes back to the books with a kickoff discussion of Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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570 – How Private Is Your Data?

This week on WELSTech we continue our discussion of data privacy with a technical look at collecting, sharing and deleting data…as well as encrypting it wherever it may be. There is a new Facebook Group for WELS Teachers interested in tech tools. Finally, Martin shares a great grammar checking Chrome plugin that may take your writing to the next level.

The discussion:

Do you know where your data is? – Martin shares information he’s learned regarding the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect in May and how data protection and privacy just got a lot more important. Challenge #1 is actually finding all the places your data may live. Download his PowerPoint slide deck to review and share locally.

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Koine Worship Media gets us in the Reformation spirit with A Mighty Fortress is Our God with Musical Notation. Great for personal or family singalongs.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 571 – WELS Campus Ministry will be featured next week as new technical tools are available to help students get and stay connected.  Release date: Wednesday, October 17.

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569 – Getting Excited About Policies

This week on WELSTech you’ll learn about the three types of tech-related policies that are important for churches and schools in light of recent regulations. WELS Congregational Services has prepared resources to support your Christmas outreach efforts, plus the WELSTech community buzz includes free stock video.

The discussion:

Policy is job one – Martin shares information he’s learned regarding the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect in May and why churches and schools should be paying attention to their privacy and security policies. Download his PowerPoint slide deck to review and share locally.

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WELS now:

C18 Resources – The synod-wide program to reach one million souls this Christmas

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Sample Information Security Policy

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Learn more about Amazon Go and what our future cashier-less shopping experience may be like.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 570 – The information security discussion continues with a focus on notification, encryption, and forms. Release date: Wednesday, October 10.

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455 – Security Policies

This week on WELSTech we complete our month-long look at security with a discussion of security policies – not the most exciting topic…until you wish you had them! We take a quick look at some of the ones most churches and schools should have. Sallie shows off a cool new forms tool, while Martin gives a thumbs up to the Apple Watch.

The discussion:

Security PoliciesSecurity Policies – Clearly communicating and enforcing technology behavior expectations to those who work, volunteer and attend your church and school is the topic du jour.

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 456 – Two things you won’t want to miss on next week’s show – an ISTE round table recap from several who attended this summers’ conference and the announcement of three WELSTech Photo Challenge prize winners. Release date: Wednesday, August 3

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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 …

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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!

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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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