Tips for teachers from Apple are transferable for Ministers!
No you don’t want a drill bit you want a hole…
No you don’t want a hole, you want a shelf…
Why do you want a shelf? To put books on it. Why do you want to put books on a shelf? To declutter office! Why do you want to declutter office? To create space, order and happiness – now we are getting to the real desired outcome!
Never confuse output with outcome. An output is a report, a meeting, a hole!
On an iPhone 6S or higher running iOS13 or higher you can use the keypad as a trackpad to move the cursor. Press and hold the space bar, or over the text area you want to edit and you can move up down left and right to position the cursor.
Article at: www.macrumors.com/how-to/use-text-editing-gestures-iphone-ipad/ describes this and more…
Works on iPad too…
You’ll have heard of SMART goals – but what of SMARTER ones!
T Time Bound
I have just spent ages trying various solutions, restarts, button pressing, and thinking my iPad had died. Then tried charging with the original Apple Charger and cable. All sorted! Other cables and chargers may work well most of the time but just don’t have the oomph to start up from a completely drained battery. Sometimes the simplest solutions are worth trying first!
Music – Audio and Video Files
Various sites from where songs and hymn resources are available – especially during Covid19 restrictions.
Please ensure that appropriate licensing permission is in place when using these resources.
St Chads, York
Evangelical Movement of Wales
Songs for Sunday
RCL based Suggestions from Trinity College, Glasgow
Craigsbank Parish Church
‘performance permission’ granted, for these to be used alongside CCLi or appropriate Streaming Licence.
Scottish Psalter, Hymns etc
🟪 – Advent and Christmas Music
- Comfort and Joy https://youtu.be/uJsE63PIWjU
Ferryhill Church Virtual Choir 🟪
Engage Worship 🟪
- youtu.be/LEORRN_3avU – a Song for Christmas 🟪 – can be freely streamed and shared.
Small Church Music
- Public domain music – freely usable
Home for Christmas 🟪
Rev Craig Downes
- YouTube Channel with permission to use.
- Traditional Carols, with BSL
- Virtual-Organist.com – public domain tunes downloadable as MP3s – favourite hymn tunes from Mike Whitton.
Premier Christian Radio 🟪
- Downloadable Resources inc Carols
Emu Music 🟪
Small Church Music
Public domain mp3s available for download
Carolyn says, “Some pastors and church music leaders have asked for permission to use my hymns in worship services that they are streaming live, or in other ways they are reaching out to their congregations from a distance. During these challenging times, you have my permission to go ahead and use my copyrighted hymns in these ways for free.”
Resound Worship 🟪
During the Covid-19 crisis, we give permission for all churches worldwide to stream Resound Worship songs. This includes our videos, our recordings, our lyrics and your own performances.
If you have a streaming licence (eg CCLI, OneLicense), we’d appreciate it if you would report your usage. If you don’t, we would like you to use our material anyway.
RCL based suggestions
Sunday 21 February
Genesis 9:8-17 – Where Are You in the Storm
New Scottish Hymns
- Video Recordings available for use for a small fee.
Salvation Army 🟪
Worship Lyric Videos 🟪
- Small payment required – good quality videos.
Earlier today I sent an email to over 30 colleagues and had omitted to attach the attachments! Then came the flurry of phone calls and emails… “I think you forgot the attachments!” Some email apps do clever things and remind you if you have used the word “attached” but not attached any files. I’m usually quite careful and take a moment to check emails, posts, messages and tweets before zapping them out to others… Thinking about how to be more thorough – I came up with the mnemonic TRACKS to remind me to check:
Always check emails for typos. Autocorrect is very clever but sometimes gets it embarrasingly wrong – and it’s you that will be embarrassed. Take a moment to read over the email, post, tweet before you send it into the ether.
Think about who will read your post. If it’s an email use the To, CC and BCC carefully. If your email is to more than one person a good style is to use ‘To’ for the people from whom you expect action, CC is for information. BCC use carefully! Remember GDPR and dont share email addresses without permission.
Have you included all attachments referred to?Is there a better way to share the info – perhaps a link, or sharing to DROPBOX, TEAMS, SLACK or another collaboration tool?
If you refer to a meeting on Wednesday, have you also mentioned the time and venue… think ‘complete information’ – even if it’s repeated and was in an earlier communication?
Kind of Conversation
Emails should be kind! Also think of the kind of conversation. A letter, phone call or face to face talk might be a better approach for that difficult conversation.
The subject line is so important. How many emails do you delete on the basis of the subject line? Simply being there is a good start as many spam filters will make assumptions about emails without a subject. It should be clear and concise and relate to the actual subject matter rather than an earlier thread! It’s okay to change the Subject line when replying to an email if the subject has changed!
Before sending an email, post, message or tweet, think TRACKS – Typos, Recipients, Attachments, Complete, Kind, Subject – and then click SEND.