LDSTech Broadcast: "Clerk Computers" Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 25 May 2012

Please join us for the next LDSTech Broadcast on Friday, June 1, from 1:30 - 2:30pm MDT. Product manager Brian Fromm will be presenting on the topic of clerk computers. Stake technology specialists, stake clerks, ward clerks, and anyone else interested in clerk computers will benefit from attending this broadcast.

In the broadcast, Brian will cover the following:

  • The clerk computer lifecycle (acquisition, setup, maintenance, and disposal)
  • MLS download site
    • New computer management software
    • New computer setup instructions
    • Disposal policy
    • Recommended applications
  • Software compliance
  • Remote access
  • Direct e-mail communication with stake and district technology specialists
  • Clerk content migration from the LDSTech wiki to LDS.org

 
Summary of Clark Gilbert's Keynote at the 2012 LDSTech Conference Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Friday, 25 May 2012

Clark Gilbert Keynote at LDSTech Conference

Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media, delivered the opening keynote address at the 2012 LDSTech Conference in Riverton, Utah, on March 28, 2012. Commending the pioneering efforts of LDSTech volunteers, Gilbert focused on parallel pioneering efforts of the Church, and specifically of Deseret News.

Gilbert said that as the saints were heading west in wagons, Brigham Young sent Willard Richards back to get a printing press, which he then brought out on a wagon. This was the real start of Deseret News, which is now over 150 years old. From that point to now, the Deseret News has been a pioneer in media efforts.

Citing the recently revised mission of Deseret Media Corporation, Gilbert emphasized the efforts of Deseret News to stand as “trusted voices of light and knowledge reaching hundreds of millions of people worldwide.” This mission has been the guiding light for Deseret News in their efforts to enter the digital media frontier.

 
Moving Meetinghouse Technology Content to LDS.org Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hutchins   
Friday, 18 May 2012

The Meetinghouse Technology Team has initiated a project to move related content from the Meetinghouse Technology section of the LDSTech wiki (pictured below) to LDS.org.

The following are several reasons for the change:

  • Make it easy to provide content in ten languages (99% coverage): English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.
  • Provide clear delineation from authoritative content and community-contributed content.
  • Secure sensitive content with role-based authentication.
  • Reduce the number of locations where content is published.
  • Integrate content with LDS.org personalization effort (displaying information related to your Church calling on the home page).
  • Change page layouts (design) without having to write code.
 
Lesson Schedules Now Available on LDS.org Tools Menu Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 18 May 2012

Lesson Schedules is a new LDS.org tool that allows you to schedule lessons for priesthood and auxiliary organizations – for example, to schedule your Sunday School, Relief Society, and Elders Quorum classes. Lesson Schedules is now officially released and available on the LDS.org Tools menu. You can start announcing and using Lesson Schedules in your wards.

Lesson Schedules on Tools menu of LDS.org

Lesson Schedules is now available by going to Tools > Lesson Schedules.

Viewing Lesson Schedules

To view Lesson Schedules, go to Tools > Lesson Schedules on LDS.org. When prompted, log in with your LDS Account.

 
LDS Tools Version 2.0 for iOS Released Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 16 May 2012

LDS Tools version 2.0 for iOS was recently released. Features in this release include reports and additional membership information for priesthood leaders, directory photo uploads for heads of household and ward or branch administrators, and other improvements. Each feature is described below.

Membership data and reports for priesthood leaders

If you are serving in a stake presidency, district presidency, bishopric, or branch presidency, or if you are an executive secretary or clerk, you can now view reports and membership data for your units.

When you log in you will be prompted to set up a passcode. This new passcode requirement helps prevent unauthorized access to membership data. After a 60-minute timeout period for each session, you will be prompted to re-enter your passcode.

Once signed in, you will see a new button at the bottom of the app called Reports. Two reports are now available: the Action and Interview List and the Birthday List. Both are shown below.

Action and Interview list -- LDS Tools

Action and Interview list (iPad view)

 
Ensign App Updated Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camillo   
Friday, 11 May 2012

The iPad Ensign prototype app has been updated, adding the magazine to the Newsstand and including two additional issues of the magazine, October 2011 and May 2012. The tablet-friendly app is available for iOS and Android devices. A Liahona app, with the English, Spanish and Portuguese versions of the October 2011, November 2011 and May 2012 issues will be available in the following weeks.


 
New Addiction Recovery Website Print E-mail
Written by Fernando Camillo   
Friday, 11 May 2012

A new Addiction Recovery website has been released by the Church, providing a new resource to help individuals burdened with addictions with alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex and other addictions. The new site provides information about local support groups, recovery help materials, and more. Visit the new site at arp.lds.org.

Addiction Recovery Website

 
New Technology Program on the Mormon Channel: "Tech Savvy" Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 11 May 2012

The Mormon Channel recently released a new program series on technology called Tech Savvy. Tech Savvy provides a fresh look on the latest technology available, how to use it, what the Church is doing with it, and ways to use it for good. Currently two Tech Savvy episodes are available:

  • All Things Apps - Episode 1: Elisa Scharton, Jay McFarland, and Veronica Johnson discuss the mobile apps they find most helpful. The discussion covers LDS Tools, Gospel Library, and many third-party apps as well.
  • Parenting in the Tech Age - Episode 2: Elisa Scharton, Richard and Linda Eyre, and Ken and Katie Craig discuss helpful tips that parents can use to keep up with their kids and teach them good ways to use technology.

You can watch the program online or download the video or audio to your mobile device and listen on the go. Each episode is about 30 minutes long. Elisa Scharton, an LDS mommy blogger, is the host of the show. The series will extend throughout the year and most likely continue after that.


Tech Savvy Program

 
From Local Unit Websites to a Suite of Tools Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Thursday, 10 May 2012

If you’re in the bishopric or stake presidency, you recently received a letter highlighting the new resources available on the Tools menu on LDS.org. The Tools menu provides a suite of applications, fully replacing the old “Local Unit Website” interface.

LDS.org Tools

The tools available on the Tools menu of LDS.org replaces the old Local Unit Websites. 

You may be familiar with many of these tools -- the replacement of Local Unit Websites has been taking place gradually, tool by tool over the past several years.

Previously, all tools were listed at stakes.lds.org. On that Local Unit Website, the tools were listed on the left: News and Information, Lesson Schedules, Ward Calendar, Membership Directory, Leadership Directory, Missionary, and Resources.  You can still access Local Unit Websites at stakes.lds.org, but there’s little reason to go there. (The site will officially be sunset later this year.)

The new version of LDS.org has a suite of tools. Think of the suite somewhat like Microsoft Office’s suite of applications – each is an individual application, whole in its own right, but with a lot of integration points between the tools.

Rather than listing the applications on the left, the applications are available from the Tools menu anywhere on LDS.org.

Going to one of the tools does not remove you from the LDS.org experience. You can still access all the other content on LDS.org, regardless of the tool you’re using.

 
"Hasten the Work" -- Summary of Blaine Maxfield's LDSTech 2012 Conference Keynote Print E-mail
Written by Guy Alder   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Blaine MaxfieldBlaine Maxfield is the chief information officer (CIO) for the LDS Church. As CIO, he manages the Church’s ICS department (Information and Communication Services).

In his keynote at the LDSTech Conference, Blaine focused on the challenges created by the rapid growth of the Church. For example, from 2009 to 2010:

  • Every two minutes someone was baptized.
  • Every 24 hours, a new chapel was constructed.

How can we accommodate such a rapid growth in the Church without hiring a commensurate number of employees?

Blaine stressed that technology plays a role in our effort to “hasten the work,” a theme used in ICS to guide the department’s purpose. Blaine illustrated this theme with several examples. One LDSTech project involved creating a mobile application that allows senior missionary couples working in developing countries to pinpoint the location of clean water projects and update their water status. The end result of this app is that thousands of individuals can have cleaner water. This is just one example of how technology is helping build the kingdom.

 
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