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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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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:

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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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385 – Don’t Get Too Comfortable

WELSTech is back with a discussion on congregational, school and personal data and device security. Martin admits he’s warming up to Pinterest with our first-ever Pinterest-centric Ministry Resource. Plus the “Please Open the Door” site for outreach to Mormon missionaries is highlighted.

The interview & discussion:

Pastor James WilcoxBe safe out there – Pastor James Wilcox from Good Shepherd’s in West Allis, WI shares a preview of his WELSTech Conference 2015 breakout session titled Smart Computer Security for Church, School and Life. Interestingly, we learn that security and convenience are diametrically opposed!

Ministry resources:

Pinterest Christian Easter Resources

News in tech:

Streaming music drowns out CD sales in US for the first time – Deezer

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WELS insider:

Please Open the DoorReaching Mormon missionaries

Need to know:

We’re giving away Chromebooks, including the new Chromebook Pixel, and lots more “shiny” tech at WELSTech Conference 2015! Register by April 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird price of $199.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 386 – Jason Schmidt is back to talk Science and Social Studies educational technology sites and apps. Watch and participate on 03/31/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net.

Featured videos:

Koine makes another appearance on the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube as we feature Chapter 1 of their Footsteps to the Cross playlist

 

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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.

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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.

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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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208 – What Will Google Change Next?

This week on the WELSTech Podcast shut-in ministry using technology is the discussion topic and we hear about Nebraska Lutheran High School’s firewall software experience.

The discussion:

Tech in shut-in ministry – Martin and Sallie explore ways that technology can assist and enhance ministry to members who are home bound and unable to attend traditional church services.  Listen for discussion of recorded worship, Bible class and more plus ideas for sharing photos and tips for visitation tracking and mileage calculations.

The interview:

(16:24) Safe Computing – We’ve got twice the brainpower behind this school network security discussion as both Greg Boggs, Owner of Quality Communications, and Joshua Johnson, Nebraska Lutheran High School Math Teacher and Technology Director, join Martin and Sallie to talk about SmoothWall, a firewall and filtering solution recently added to the ShopWELS program.

News in tech:

(37:13) Smaller, cheaper tablets could become a big deal

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Of interest:

(46:53) Watch live video streaming of the WELS National Choral Festival on MLC TV

  • Pops concert – Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sacred concert – Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(1:08:30) Episode 209 – The Church of Facebook author, Jesse Rice, joins Martin and Sallie to talk about the latest WELSTech book selection. (Release date – 11/09/11)

The featured artist:

(1:09:03) This week we close with the instrumental music of flutist Jeannine Dennis – Mary Did You Know? from her CD titled ”O Holy Night”

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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 003 – Jan 23 2008

This week Martin and Sallie sit down with Rob Benson, WELS Network Security Administrator, to discuss how to keep your computer, it’s information and your identity safe.

The interview:

  • Computer Security – Martin and Sallie are joined by Rob Benson, WELS Network Security Administrator, to discuss computer and e-mail security for the church office, school and home

The tidbits:

The featured artist:

  • WELS contemporary praise band Koine sings I Hear the Savior Calling from their second CD, Gesangbuch – www.koinemusic.com

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