Assume each youth class (YM, YW, SS) wants to use a video in their lesson in all the buildings. How should we make this possible? Keep an eye to the future when, at some unknown time, every class may want to show a video. We may not be able to afford the future now but it is nice to think this way.
We meet with the Bishops on November 15th. It would be nice to have an idea of how we could do this by then. Not the full plan but an idea.”
I note this from lds.org:(https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/train/faq?lang=eng )“How can I show videos in class?
Most of the videos suggested in the outlines are available for download (some are not, because of copyright restrictions). A downloaded video can be shown on a portable electronic device. If a video is not downloadable, you can show it over the Internet using your meetinghouse’s wireless Internet connection, if available.”
In our stake we have 5 buildings. One building has 7 Megabit internet download speed, the rest have 15 Megabit speeds or higher. All have pretty good wireless internet coverage throughout the building.
While some instructors have a laptop or tablet and are technologically savvy enough to stream/download and play videos in the classroom, others would require equipment and technical assistance to do this.
Approaches that come to my mind include:
- Purchase equipment like tablets (expensive, and difficult to manage)
- Purchase Rokus and connect them to TV’s (more TV’s may be needed?)
- Stream the videos on Roku (Is there a plan to ensure the “Come, Follow Me” referenced videos, will be available on the Mormon Channel or another church channel?)
- Use the Roku to play videos using the Roku USB Channel. Train teachers to download videos on a USB Thumb drive.
- Newer high end HD TV’s will play videos from a USB thumb drive, and I suspect this will migrate to cheaper smaller TV’s soon, but that does not seem common in the market today.
- Every couple of months have one person download all videos referenced in Come, Follow Me, author a DVD with a menu for each lesson topic, and burn about 8 copies for each ward in the stake. (Still might need more TV’s, but could be played on laptops in small classes.)
- Mount a WIFI streaming TV on the wall in all youth classrooms (Just trying to think out of the box, but theft, vandalism, and cost would be a problem)
I really appreciate this forum and am interested in your suggestions and thoughts.