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Registration Open for LDSTech Conference! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Registration opens July 1 for the 2015 LDSTech Conference which will be held Thursday, October 15, at the Institute of Religion Building, 1780 E. South Campus Drive, on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The day-long conference is free and everyone is invited regardless of technical skills.

If you are planning to be onsite the day of the conference, you need to register. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for onsite participants. If you will be viewing remotely, video streaming of conference sessions will be available online after the event.

Conference organizers promise an immersion experience in Church technology, and in-person attendees will have an opportunity to participate in discussions, product demos, and Q&A with developers and Church employees.

 
Area Technology Specialist Missionaries Have Unique Opportunities Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 03 July 2015

Ask an Area Technology Specialist (ATS) missionary what a typical day is like and you won’t get the same answer twice. The ATS mission experience differs for each couple and the area where they serve. Ask about where technology missionaries find their greatest rewards, and most will say working with people, being ambassadors for the use of technology, and training leaders are their most successful activities.

According to Elder and Sister Bentley, who are serving in the Caribbean, “We are planting seeds and growing the process. It has been wonderful working with members who are happy to lend us people from a resource perspective, and we are working on creative ways to share equipment resources. No situation has been anything other than 100% positive!”

 
Mark Your Calendars: Next LDSTech Broadcast July 10th Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 29 June 2015

The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for noon MDT on July 10, will feature the following topics:

~ Matt Robinson will discuss rich and rewarding content now available on Country Communication Pages.

~ Brian Fromm will review some of the new functionality in Leader and Clerk Resources, including the ability to manage callings and Home and Visiting Teaching.

These timely topics invite your attention and participation. You may join the onsite group in the Church Office Building (COB) Main Floor Auditorium at 50 East North Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, or watch it streamed in the ROB Zion Room A of the Riverton Office Building, or connect remotely from the Internet to the live stream from LDSTech broadcasts page a few minutes before the broadcast is scheduled to begin.

 
Android Users Now Have an LDS Music App Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 25 June 2015

The free LDS Music app for Android recently moved from beta to general release on the Google Play store. Android users can now have the same great experience with LDS music as iOS users. They will find many of the familiar features of other LDS-sponsored mobile apps as they explore LDS Music for Android.

The Android version contains all the music found in Hymns (the LDS hymnbook) and the Children’s Songbook, as well as other selected songs. Content for the Android version is available in 20 languages, available from “Settings” in the upper right corner where you see the three stacked dots.

 
Technology on a Mission: a "Sacred Opportunity" Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

When Hermana (Sister Alyssa) Pearson was handed an iPad six weeks into her mission she was humbled by the sense of trust that accompanied the ”sacred opportunity to hasten the work of salvation” with technology. She was among the first in a Spanish speaking mission that covers a large urban area to use iPads for direct proselytizing, social media contacting, planning, and personal gospel study. If you were to talk to Alyssa about using technology to do missionary work, you’ll sense that the missionary spirit is still present two months after coming home, and warm thoughts and tender feelings permeate her experiences with people and technology.

 
Deadlines Noted for 2015 LDSTech App & Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 11 June 2015

If you are planning to enter the 2015 LDSTech App and Game Contest, you will need to register by July 18, 2015 to participate, and submit your app or game for judging any time from July 18 through September 18.

Contest submission rules are found at Gospel App & Game Contest and the Contest FAQs. This is a good place to see that you are on track for creating “Something Worthy” that will meet the contest requirements.

Registration is a quick online process: follow the link to Register Here which will ask you for some brief particulars about your app, intended audience, platform for judging, and how to contact you. This also gets you on the list to receive any communication from contest organizers.

 
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Now Has an Android App! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 04 June 2015

The Tabernacle Choir now has an Android version of the popular mobile app which is running on tens of thousands of iOS devices. The Android app is a free download from the Google Play store. It is gaining followers who want the same portability and accessibility as iOS users to all things related to the Choir. If you’ve not tried the app, you’ll find it an enjoyable way to integrate sacred music into your life.

 
LDSTech has a New Look Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015

LDSTech’s web presence at http://tech.lds.org has a new look! Do you recognize the similarity with LDS.org? As an official Church channel for sharing technology news, LDSTech likes to maintain the same feel as LDS.org pages. Notice the way web elements make better use of your screen area, making it easier to see and click or tap on objects and menu items as you navigate around the new interface.

 
Check Out "Something Worthy" from 2014 App & Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 28 May 2015

Are you waiting anxiously to get your hands on some creative new apps with gospel-centered themes? Are you looking for something worthy to occupy your children and teens? While the 2015 App & Game Contest is gearing up, take a moment to check out the many creative apps from the 2014 contest. You will find all the 2014 contest entries in the LDSTech Wiki. Use the descriptions to guide your selections and follow active links to the respective app stores and sponsor websites. Here are a few winning entries that invite exploration:

Quiet Games for LDS Kids (Primary, First place – Android)

Five quiet, fun, and ad-free games for children from Clint at C & R Mobile are bundled into one mobile app for a nominal fee. The “Memory” game matches each picture with its matching counterpart. “Word Search” is a fun way to find Church terms that will keep children engaged while developing visual perceptual skills. “Bingo” follows a conference-related theme with randomized selections. “Prophet Matching” connects pictures with corresponding names in a challenging and fun way. “Hangman” is a guessing game that uses LDS words built letter by letter as a classic stick figure is drawn. For a mobile app that has variety and interest, you will find this entertaining for preschoolers up through elementary age children.

 
Improving Member Communications Online Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 22 May 2015

With the Church’s recent statements on ways digital media can be used to spread gospel messages online, and encouragement for members to use the Internet to flood the earth with truth and righteousness, many have questions about sharing beliefs without appearing to be “preachy” or “pushy.” This concern is understandable. In an era of crowded and confusing voices online, it can be difficult to tell if communications will be heard and understood.

With this in mind, the following questions will help you assess whether your online content will convey your meaning and intent:

~  Have I considered the audience’s perspective or frame of reference?

Messages intended for Church audiences often reach those outside the Church as well. When you share what you believe, select wording that is simple and straightforward. Starting with “I feel…,” “I believe…,” or “I have come to learn…” adds personal context to what follows. It leaves the door open for other opinions and questions from your readers.

 
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LDSTech 2015 App and Game Contest Registration due: July 18, 2015