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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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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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525 – Student Privacy

Rachel Feld guest hosts this week’s WELSTech as we take a deep dive into student privacy and FERPA. There are concerts and Apple/Microsoft news and rolling robots along with a good dose of common sense in this week’s episode as well. Plus we learn about “Mobiles in Ministry” from the One Latin America mission field.

The discussion:

Protecting Students – As our month-long focus on digital security wraps up, Martin Luther College Professor and WELSTech semi-regular classroom technology correspondent Rachel Feld shares information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its impact on schools.

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Learn about Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students on the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching Videos playlist.

 Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 526 – Tune in as Martin and Sallie talk about planning for the new year using awesome tech tools. Release date: Wednesday, December 6.

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465 – Private

WELSTech is back, and Martin and Sallie are talking about simple steps to guard against security breaches of personal information and avoid identity theft on all fronts. Google Apps has a new name, it’s Pastor Appreciation Month, and we’ve got lots of coffee!

The discussion:

12 of 66 – Martin and Sallie share a preview of Consumer Report’s 66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now. These simple, common-sense tips are worth review and could save you a lot of heartache!

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month

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Enjoy the Christian Worship hymn Lord, You I Love With All My Heart (text) on the WELSTech Music Playlist.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 466 – Martin is in the spotlight as he schools us on using Pinterest for Ministry! Release date: Wednesday, October 12.

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183 – Security and Privacy and Fair Use, Oh My!

This week on the WELSTech Podcast we finish our current book discussion and chat with Greg Boggs about school privacy solutions.

The discussion:

It’s a wrap! – Martin and Sallie finish up their discussion of the current book selection, Leading 21st Century Schools by Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin, with a look at chapters 8 and 9 of the book.  Topics include privacy, acceptable use policies, web site evaluation and the digital divide.

The interview:

Greg Boggs(21:45) Ask the expert – Greg Boggs, a member of St. Mark in Lincoln, NE, joins Martin and Sallie to share his experience with school network content filtering as well as wireless security concerns.

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Of interest:

  • (54:36) Check out WELS live streaming schedule for the upcoming graduation and call season
  • FinalWeb Training in New Ulm, MN and Milwaukee, WI
    • FinalWeb for Teachers in New Ulm on June 27 and Milwaukee on August 1 – bit.ly/fw4teachers
    • FinalWeb for Dummies in New Ulm June 28-30 and Milwaukee August 2-4 – bit.ly/fw4dummies

Community feedback:

  • (57:00) Joanne Nemmers, school secretary at Calvary in Dallas, TX, is looking for After-School Care management software.  We suggested the open source solution, PHP Timeclock.  Do you have a recommendation?
  • Jonathan Favorite, staff minister at Crosswalk in Phoenix, AZ, suggested WELSTech model LifeHacker’s content delivery approach.
  • Martin shared a promo video for the new CPH graphic novel, Echoes of the Hammer.
  • Jason Schmidt, teacher at Gethsemane in Omaha, NE, shared a link to Haiku LMS (Learning Management System).
  • Sallie shared several links for ministry usage:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:06:45) Episode 184 – On the menu is “All Things Apple” as Martin and Sallie are joined by Apple Geniuses, Bob and Aaron, to talk about ministry uses of Apple products. (Release date – 05/18/11)

The featured artist:

(1:07:59) We close the podcast with the music of Kevin Loersch – Children of the Heavenly Father from his CD titled “Abide With Me”

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