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507 – Three Steps to Safety

WELSTech’s summer ministry resource focus continues, this week with a discussion of tech safety practices which churches, schools, and individuals would be wise to adopt. Other chatter covers ideas for working with volunteers, coffee-table ready photo books, and a Pinterest posting suggestion which has Martin dumbfounded. All this with a side of mustard!

The discussion:

Don’t sing the blues – Martin shares important tech safety practices which organizations and individuals should adopt in Let’s Be Safe Out There…In Three Easy Steps.

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Community feedback:

Featured video:

Get a behind-the-scenes Finalweb 2 Introduction, the newest addition to the WELSTech Product Demo playlist on YouTube.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 508 – Martin and Sallie are broadcasting from WELS’ 64th Biennial Synod Convention in at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. Release date: Wednesday, August 2.

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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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395 – School’s Out

This week we’re Martin-less on WELSTech, but no worries as Jason Schmidt co-hosts with Sallie and brings his excellent edtech experience to the show. The discussion covers great web sites for Art, Typing, Research and Internet Safety plus Digital Citizenship. Jason shares a 3d printer deal for schools, and we have an awesome school promotional video to spark video promo ideas for others!

The discussion:

WELSTech Goes To SchoolSeries End – Jason Schmidt, WELSTech’s sunny semi-regular edtech guest host, joins Sallie to finish up the education resource sharing series, WELSTech Goes To School. Visit the resource page for loads of great links covering …

WELS now:

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Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 396 – Martin’s away and Sallie’s getting creative. Who knows what could happen?!? Watch and participate on 06/09/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

Featured videos:

This week we’re “happy” to add a new video to the WELSTech Promo Playlist. It’s a fun look inside St. Paul’s Lutheran School in New Ulm, MN

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338 – The Dark Side of the Internet

This week on WELSTech we get serious about a variety of tech-driven security risks that have the potential to harm churches and schools. In addition, we share ministry resources, concert announcements and a helpful infographic about creating passwords.

The interview and discussion:

Dark SideImagine the worst, and take steps to prevent it – Silicon Valley WELSTech-ers and members of Apostles in San Jose, CA, Mike Klebig and Jas Lonnquist, talk with Martin and Sallie about some of the potential dangers for churches and schools that come along with the use of technology. Who would think a copy machine could be a security risk or stored documents were in danger of being lost? Listen for recommendations in these areas and more.

Ministry resources:

Tech tips:

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Of interest:

  • This Sunday, April 27 – Watch the live stream of the WELS Handbell Festival Concert on MLC Streams – 2 p.m. Central
  • June 3 – Join Martin and Sallie  at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School for the “Tech and Teach” teacher in-service event – Learn more and register
  • July 29 to August 1 – 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 enjoy a free Easter music download from WELS artist Michael Schroeder (www.michaelschroeder.com and on Facebook) – Jesus Christ is Risen Today (right-click to save MP3) or download the music video

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 339 – Next week promises to be lively as we host a round table discussion with several school tech directors on the topic of infrastructure for 1:1 implementation. An added bonus will be an overview of the upcoming KML Tech and Teach event with James Carlovsky. (Broadcast date – 04/29/14)

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072 – e-Me’s and Virtual Integrity

This week on the WELSTech podcast Internet security expert and author Dan Lohrmann joins Martin and Sallie to share ideas on avoiding the pitfalls of integrity theft.

The interview and discussion:

Dan LohrmannHabits of Online Integrity – Dan Lohrmann, author of Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web, shares his knowledge of the traps that exist which lead Christians to sacrifice their online integrity as well as practical solutions to combat the temptations.  One option which Dan explores in his book is the use of accountability software.  Martin and Sallie share information on several programs as well as ministry applications for the software tools.

New Technology Showcase:

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Of interest:

  • (49:25) Tune in to live streaming of Seminary Call Service, Ascension Concert and Graduation
  • Check the schedule and watch the events at streams.wels.net/site/live

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:01:08) Episode 073 – Gail Potratz lends her classroom perspective to our discussion of educational video channels, and we talk with a representative from Learn360.com.

The featured artist:

(1:02:14) This week we close with the music of WELS praise band Koine (www.koinemusic.com) – Christ is our Cornerstone from their CD titled “Koine II”

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Episode 011 – Mar 19 2008

This week Martin and Sallie discuss the topic of Internet safety and finish up their interview with Christian counselor Paul Mavrogeorge on battling Internet pornography.

The discussion:

  • Internet safety – Proper use of the Internet is an area which we need to be proactive in training children so that they recognize and avoid potentially harmful situations.  Martin and Sallie share excellent resources which parents and teachers can use to learn about the dangers and educate children on safety measures they should adopt.

The interview:

  • Paul MavrogeorgeBattling Internet Pornography – Martin and Sallie are joined once again by Christian counselor Paul Mavrogeorge as he offers some practical tips for recognizing and fighting an addiction to Internet pornography

The tidbits:

  • This week’s picks
  • WELS.net feature
  • Of interest
    • Online registration now available for The National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts
  • Community feedback
    • Listener Gail Potratz of Emanuel in New London, WI requests information on creating Flash video for the web

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary Christian musician Kevin Loersch singing Amazing Grace from his CD Abide With Me – web.mac.com/kloersch

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