Classroom computers for Sunday School

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EDDIEDOW
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Classroom computers for Sunday School

Postby EDDIEDOW » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:50 am

I'm the Stake Assistant Clerk for Membership and Technology. I've searched this forum and others, and reviewed the Family History Computer policy manual and CHI, but find nothing that answers my question.
We're building a new meeting house in our stake that when finished will house two wards. The building is wired for high speed internet and the Church's satellite system.
My question is: How do we go about getting two or three computers for a Sunday School classroom to teach the Family History course?
All the instructions I find pertain to Family History Centers, which this is not. All other buildings in the Stake have two or three computers for the Family History course in a classroom. We'd like to get two or three for the new building, too, but it seems no one knows how to go about it. I've discussed it with the FM, but he can only find instructions pertaining to Family History Centers, not Sunday School classes.
Any help or guidance will be greatly appreciated.

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Postby techgy » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:33 pm

E&LDow wrote:I'm the Stake Assistant Clerk for Membership and Technology. I've searched this forum and others, and reviewed the Family History Computer policy manual and CHI, but find nothing that answers my question.
We're building a new meeting house in our stake that when finished will house two wards. The building is wired for high speed internet and the Church's satellite system.
My question is: How do we go about getting two or three computers for a Sunday School classroom to teach the Family History course?
All the instructions I find pertain to Family History Centers, which this is not. All other buildings in the Stake have two or three computers for the Family History course in a classroom. We'd like to get two or three for the new building, too, but it seems no one knows how to go about it. I've discussed it with the FM, but he can only find instructions pertaining to Family History Centers, not Sunday School classes.
Any help or guidance will be greatly appreciated.


As you mentioned your Family History center is not official. Your best option would be to contact your FM group and see if they have anything that's been turned in that you could use. When administrative computers are upgraded the older ones are usually returned to the FM group. I'd start with them.

If they cannot help, another option - aside from spending money - would be to contact members of the stake and see if anyone has any pc's they would be willing to donate to the cause. This is how we got our start - from donated pc's.

You also might contact a local college. We were blessed with a dozen used computers a few years ago that are working perfectly in our "unofficial" family history centers in four buildings in our stake.

Hope this helps.

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Postby jdlessley » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:00 pm

The Family History class resources are the responsibility of the unit and the stake. How those resources are acquired is up to the unit and stake leadership to decide. I know this does not provide you with the hoped for answer.

There is currently no program for the Church to provide computers for this class. As Techgy posted, the options are for the unit or stake to purchase the needed equipment using budget funds or donations, or for the equipment to be donated. Since it is not an official family history center the restrictions against soliciting the donations (funds or equipment) may not apply.

I doubt that the local FM Group has the authority to obtain or redirect cascaded computers. Even so I would still ask them if they would request through the Area FM Office the possibility of obtaining some cascaded computer equipment.
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Have you tried finding your answer on the LDS.org Help Center page or the LDSTech wiki?

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:02 pm

Computers other then FHC or Unit administration are not officially recognized, so you're totally on your own there. Not just for obtaining the machines, but the OS, Anti-virus, etc.

Some of the FamilySearch partners will give out free copies of their software for these unofficial machines, but you'll have to ask each vendor on how to do that.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:10 pm

jdlessley wrote:Since it is not an official family history center the restrictions against soliciting the donations (funds or equipment) may not apply.


I'd look real hard at the CHI before deciding it's OK to solicit. I'd start with looking at the guidance on budgets.
Have you searched the Wiki?

Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby EDDIEDOW » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:03 pm

RussellHltn wrote:I'd look real hard at the CHI before deciding it's OK to solicit. I'd start with looking at the guidance on budgets.

Thanks to all. The responses are pretty much waht I expected, but I was requested to find out.
As I understand the policy, it's pretty clear cut that we're NOT to solicit donations of computers. Our Stake Priesthood leaders agree.


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