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433 – Feedback and Skinny Snowmen

On WELSTech this week the community is front and center as we share feedback and explore new tech finds that can have a positive impact on church, school and personal ministry. Tech news includes a controversial customer letter from Apple, and this week’s picks leads to an “official” name for a new design element from Google.

The discussion:

skinnySnowman2 145x125From all the channels – Martin and Sallie share tips and tricks from the WELSTech audience via all our social channels. From printing the moon to church websites to digital media, there’s WELSTech goodness of all flavors represented!

News in tech:

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

On My Heart Lutheran Memory Work Program

Featured video:

New to the WELSTech “Like’s” list on Vimeo is a promotional video tour of Divine Savior Lutheran Academy in Doral, FL.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 434 – Gail Potratz is in the {virtual} house for what promises to be a lively discussion of the edtech horizon. Don’t miss it! Release date: Wednesday, March 2

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417 – Flipping

You’ll flip over this week’s WELSTech topic – creating video for flipped instruction in the traditional classroom as well as any setting learning takes place. Sallie shares what she learned from her new friend, The Copyright Coach, and Martin demos an impressive follow-me tool for recording classroom instruction. Plus we take a tour of the Bible.com site.

The discussion:

FlippedThe technology behind flipping learning – Martin shares his recent Wisconsin Lutheran State Teachers’ Conference presentation about flipping instruction with tips on software for creating videos on your computer, tablet or Chromebook plus hardware recommendations on microphones and other devices.

News in tech:

Google gets back into podcast distribution with Google Play Music Podcasts

WELS now:

Luther Preparatory School celebrates their 150th Anniversary with a special service featuring choirs for all four synod schools – Sunday, November 15 @ 3:00 pm Central

Picks of the week:

Ministry resources:

Bible.comMobile apps

Featured video:

This week’s we’ve added a new video to the WELSTech Presentation/Teaching YouTube Playlist featuring Pastor Kevin Hundley’s (Bethany, Kenosha, WI) WELSTech Conference IGNITE presentation about On Demand Virtual Confirmation Instruction (slide deck).

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 418 – Tune in for a discussion of project planning as Martin and Sallie share chapter 3 of WELSTech’s DIY book discussion project, With All Your Heart: Project Management for Churches, Christian Schools & Other Faith-Based Organizations. Join us Tuesday, November 10 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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411 – Worship Tech

This week on WELSTech we talk about a creative way to involve members in your ministry efforts, share some security tips for your social media accounts and even throw in some cool (and educational) websites for kids.

The interview & discussion:

core145x125Creative team – Tom Plamann, Technology & Creative Arts Coordinator at The CORE in Appleton, WI, joins Martin and Sallie with a look behind the scenes at the planning, creativity and cutting edge technology (minus a fear of failure) which goes into each worship service.

News in tech:

iOS 9 available for iPhone and iPad

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Ministry resources:

Websites for Kids – A list of great kids sites including …

Featured video:

This week we’ve added not one, but two, projection mapping introductory videos to the WELSTech Product Demos YouTube Playlist – 3D Projection Mapping and Projection Mapping: The Future is Here. Learn more at Projection Mapping Central.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 412 – Martin and Sallie welcome back Gail Potratz to the semi-regular classroom correspondent chair to talk “making” with tech in the classroom.  Join us Tuesday, September 29 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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410 – What You Can Do With A Pixel

This week WELSTech heads north to Wisconsin Rapids, WI to talk with Allan Bundt about his many uses for the Chromebook Pixel. Plus the show is jam-packed with news and feedback from WELSTech listeners. We tie it all up with a challenge from St. Paul’s in New Ulm, MN to “Do Something.”

The interview & discussion:

Good Shepherd Wisconsin Rapids Video CrewPixelated – Layman Allan Bundt wears many hats at Good Shepherd in Wisconsin Rapids, WI including webmaster, audio/video technician and techy organist and pianist. He’s also a WELSTech Conference presenter who was blessed to walk away with the “grand prize” Chromebook Pixel giveaway. Allan joins Martin and Sallie to talk about his use of the Pixel and his multi-ministry-tech experience.

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News in tech:

WELS now:

Community feedback:

Ministry resources:

New at FreeBibleImages.org are early childhood friendly Bible story images of the stories of Zacchaeus and Daniel in the lions’ den.

Featured video:

Enjoy Do Something a new YouTube Promo playlist addition from St. Paul’s in New Ulm, MN.

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 411 – The topic of the day will be worship technology as Tom Plamann from The CORE in Appleton, WI joins Martin and Sallie.  Join us Tuesday, September 22 at 4 pm Central. welstechlive.wels.net

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397 – Documentation Fun

This week’s WELSTech focus is documentation, and Martin and Sallie demonstrate the ease of screen capture and video editing using TechSmith’s Snagit and Camtasia software. Martin shares a timely tip on keeping your passwords doubly secure, plus resources covering image sizing for social media and considerations for use of stock photography are highlighted.

The discussion:

techsmithDon’t reinvent the wheel – Documentation of church and school technical processes can increase quality and consistency of repeated tasks. Martin and Sallie share thoughts on processes which could benefit from documentation and tools for creating annotated images or videos to enhance documentation.

News in tech:

WELS now:

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Community feedback:

Ministry resources:

Featured videos:

This week we’ve added another video to the WELSTech Product Demo playlist – What can Snagit 12.0 do? Features Overview

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 398 – It’s Martin’s turn to be a solo act, and he plans to share tips for managing social media with Hootsuite. Watch and participate on 06/23/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

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394 – Touring the Backlot!

It’s WELSTech time again, and this week viewers are in for a treat as Martin and Sallie are together in the WELS studio for a professional multi-camera production. The discussion topic is live streaming, Sallie’s got a new gadget grid, and Martin shares great plugins for church webmasters.

The discussion:

LiveFromTheCMM145x125Tune in to Channel 6 – Martin and Sallie are broadcasting from the new WELS studio at the Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI. They share a quick studio tour and not one, not two, but three lists related to live streaming!

5 Questions To Ask
  1. Who is your audience?
  2. Why will they watch?
  3. What is the content?
  4. When? – Live and/or archived
  5. Who will “own” it?
5 Things You Must Do
  1. Nail the audio
  2. Get smart about lighting
  3. Have a workable budget
  4. Learn basic production techniques
  5. Promote
5 Ways To Live Stream
  1. Livestream – $1,000 per year on the WELS account
  2. YouTube – Free
  3. Google Hangouts – Free
  4. Streamingchurch.tv – $1,200 per year
  5. FinalWeb – $400 per year
  • Join us in person for WELSTech’s 400th, live at WELSTech Conference 2015, July 9 – 11 in Waukesha, WI
    • Register by June 1
    • Congrats to our $25 Amazon gift card raffle winner, Pastor Nate Wagenknecht – He’ll be at the conference presenting on “Creating Christian Community”

News in tech:

WELS now:

Picks of the week:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 395 – While Martin is away, Jason Schmidt guest hosts with Sallie for the last installment of the WELSTech Goes to School series. Watch and participate on 06/02/15 @ 4 pm Central – welstechlive.wels.net

Featured videos:

For your listening pleasure, we’re featuring The Vine Brother’s Sing, Sing, Sing video, the newest addition to the WELSTech Music playlist on YouTube (Special shout out to Sallie’s nephew, Garrett Jones, on bass!)

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375 – Architecting Your Life

This week on WELSTech we return to this season’s productivity book discussion and consider the merits of setting our alarms a bit earlier. We also hear the story behind a new outreach-focused video short, learn about a major update of the WELS Mobile app, discover a new platform for ebooks and get motivated by the three greatest words ever spoken.

The discussion:

timeMapWake Up! – Part 4 of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman introduces ideas for blocking out your daily schedule for focused time on tasks and projects. Martin shares his new (early) morning schedule inspired by Matt’s suggestions in this section.

Featured videos:

We’re excited to share Ben Champion’s Blessed video short. Ben is a member of Beautiful Savior in Marietta, GA. He tells us that this zero budget film is the first of what he hopes will be a series of outreach focused messages. Consider sharing it and perhaps making your own video short. Find the video on the WELSTech’s Presentation/Teaching playlist on YouTube.

 

Ministry resources:

WELS Mobile Upgrade

News in tech:

Meet Diigo Outliner

Picks of the week:

WELS insider:

Need to know:

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 376 – WELSTech is LIVE from MLC as Martin and Sallie enjoy a rare opportunity to podcast from the same location and talk with student Jonathan Witte about MLC’s Quadcopter, GoPro camera and Instagram presence.  (SPECIAL date & time – 01/22/15 at 4:30 pm)

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351 – Smile

WELSTech is a podcast about how technology can be used to aid the work of the church. Video hardware for congregations is the wiki migration topic du jour. Plus Sallie demonstrates a “desktop” publisher in the cloud.

The discussion:

Video Hardware – As we continue our summer trek through the WELSTech Wiki migration project, we explore the video hardware topic. There’s much to learn about cameras, projectors, image magnification and more!

Tech tips:

Canva

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 352 – Martin and Sallie are together again – live from the Center for Mission and Ministry – and talking all about network infrastructure. (Broadcast date – 07/29/14)

Featured video:

Today’s video, from the WELSTech Presentation and Teaching YouTube playlist, is a parody for the digital age – Goodnight iPad

 

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333 – Lights, Camera, Live Stream

Today on WELSTech Martin and Sallie, along with special guest, Steve Zambo, share the tech side of live video streaming and some helpful tips (enhanced with visual aids) to take your video production to the next level. Find out about the electronic version of NPH’s Meditations, and be amazed as Sallie shares not 2 but 7 tips and picks! Jackpot!

The discussion:

Go Live – Martin and Sallie share the technical side of live video streaming with a behind the scenes look at YouTube’s streaming video service, and an overview of FinalWeb and LiveStream options plus information on encoders, bandwidth, and more.

The interview:

Steve ZamboTips from a pro – Steve Zambo, President of Salty Earth Pictures and Instructor of Digital Cinema & Media at Wisconsin Lutheran College, shares tips to improve video quality including framing the shot, lighting, audio and more.

Ministry resources:

Meditations from Northwestern Publishing House is now available for iOS and in Kindle and Nook eBook format.

Tech tips:

Picks of the week:

Of interest:

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:

Coming up on WELSTech:

Episode 334 – Jason Schmidt from Omaha, NE joins Sallie for a MineCraft EDU discussion. (Broadcast date – 3/25/14)

Music download:

This week enjoy a free music download from WELS musician Pat Watson (www.reverbnation.com/#!/patwatsonproject) – Borrowed Time

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299 – EBook Ch 6: Embeddables

This week on WELSTech we return to our summer series on church and school website content and share ideas for enhancing your web site easily by embedding great photo, calendar and video content from across the web. And if you are in the market for cabling, you won’t want to miss Martin’s pick this week!

The discussion:

Photos, videos, calendars and more – You don’t have to re-invent the wheel to have great Church & School Website Content. Take advantage of many embeddable web resources to enhance your web site with multi-media content, calendars and even automatic links to Bible verses.

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Of interest:

(26:55) WELSTech Camp is coming up on September 14 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Register and attend the free event to be in the drawings for a Mimio Teach Bar ($800 value) and 16GB iPad ($500 value)!!

Community feedback:

Coming up on WELSTech:

(36:05) Episode 300 – Join Martin and Sallie as we celebrate WELSTech’s 300th episode, live from Synod Convention in New Ulm, MN at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Watch live at livestream.com/welslive. (Release date – 07/30/13)

The featured artist:

(37:20) We close this week’s WELSTech with the music of The Branches Band (www.branchesband.com|Facebook) – The Mountain

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