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Streaming Church Media - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Many members stream LDS content to their mobile devices, laptops, and computers, but are at a loss when asked to use audio-visual equipment at Church or select add-on hardware to bring Church media to their HDTVs. If you need help, this begins a two-part article on media streaming. The first part will cover basic streaming options at home and in meetinghouses, and the second will focus on add-on products for Internet TV and how well they perform with LDS media.

 
Ministering with Leader and Clerk Resources Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 09 February 2015

You might be surprised to learn that priesthood and auxiliary leaders, clerks, and secretaries do not need to travel to the meetinghouse to perform administrative tasks in the Member and Leader Services (MLS) software on the ward’s computer. Instead, they can use the Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) tool anywhere the Internet is available. This leaves more time for leaders to minister to members while having the information to do so close at hand.

 
Introducing the LDSTech Social Media Correspondent Print E-mail
Written by Anna Butler   
Friday, 30 January 2015

Katie Bradshaw is serving a Church service mission as the LDSTech Social Media Correspondent.

Sister Bradshaw has always been passionately creative. After obtaining a foundation in the graphic design field, she pursued a career as a User Experience Designer. Sister Bradshaw sought the opportunity to get involved in LDSTech because along with her innate desire to design, she also aspires to help people. She wants to use her technological skills to share the gospel with others and help them come closer to Christ.

LDSTech is excited to have Sister Bradshaw on the team where she can share her talents, skills, and enthusiasm!

 
Design Improvements are Underway at LDS.org Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015

You will soon notice a striking new visual design in the header and background of LDS.org. The new look does not end with color changes and first impressions. A series of incremental improvements are planned which will culminate in a new navigation and menu structure similar to Gospel Library mobile.

 

Research, user feedback, and direction from Church leaders led developers to make changes to keep pace with current technology and to meet the needs of the Church. The end-product will be more personal for users and easier to navigate, search, and use.

 
Improving Internet Access Following Meetinghouse Firewall Upgrade - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon HowellI   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Because the Internet is a shared resource, last year’s changes to meetinghouse firewall configurations affect everyone who signs in to the meetinghouse network on their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Becoming better informed about the changes will help you improve the experience for yourself and others.

This begins a two-part article on the new configuration. A second article will cover best practices.

The newest version of the firewall increases data throughput to better utilize the speed of local Internet Service Providers (ISP). The reconfiguration applies to Cisco firewalls furnished by the Church and sets up separate zones using dedicated ports. One zone is for the public network, another for facilities management, and where authorized, a special purpose or reserved zone for Family History Centers (FHC).

 
Improving Internet Access Following Meetinghouse Firewall Upgrade - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Observing best practices when using the meetinghouse Internet will reduce network traffic, improve overall performance, and promote successful network connectivity for everyone. If you use the Internet in your meetinghouse, the suggestions below will provide valuable help.

Connecting your mobile devices to the public network

To use your device successfully, plan ahead. Perform Internet-intensive tasks, such as downloading content, installing apps, and performing software upgrades at home. If you are planning to use web content, download and save content to your device and then use meetinghouse audio visual equipment to project from your device rather than stream directly from the Internet. Where possible, disable wireless on the device and use mobile broadband (cellular connection), but be aware of the provisions of your provider’s data plan and the potential costs.

 
"Relative Finder" Makes Connections Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Are you curious to know how you are related to historical figures? A website developed by the BYU Family History Technology Lab uses the power of computer algorithms combined with data from FamilySearch.org to make connections. Providing you have some family history information already entered, you can use the site to test how closely you are related to some interesting and prominent people.

The website is called “Relative Finder.” It uses information in your family tree at FamilySearch.org to connect you with past and present Church leaders, royalty and national leaders, or other groups of individuals including custom groups.

 
LDSTech Conference 2014 Session Streams Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Did you know that the video streams of 2014 LDSTech Conference sessions are available to everyone? This is a welcome extension of the conference experience for members of the LDSTech community who could not participate live, or who missed exceptional sessions due to scheduling conflicts.

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From the LDSTech Conference home page at http://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_Conference, click on the link for LDSTech Conference session streams. Select what interests you from the list of class sessions available.

 
Mormon Channel Has Something for Everyone Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A brief recap of the first LDSTech broadcast for 2015 on the Mormon Channel hardly does justice to the presentation. The Friday, January 9 presentation is a credit to media experts and LDSTech developers, who, in partnership, have brought phenomenal changes to the way broadcast technologies reach people. Presenters Rob Boshard (General Manager for the Mormon Channel) and Heidi Green (Content Strategist) likened that partnership to building a house’s infrastructure, furnishing it with content, and “turning on the lights.”

For example, the Mormon Channel provides resources for families, messages of inspiration and hope, and uplifting content in real time through many different channels and on many different platforms.

 
Needed: Senior Technology Missionaries Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 16 January 2015

Several key areas around the world need full-time senior technology missionaries. If you have a desire, are technically inclined, and able to serve outside the US, your skills would bless the work of the Church as an Area Technology Specialist (ATS) in Europe, Korea (Korean speaking), South Africa, or the Pacific at this time.

ATS missionaries provide training and technical support to stake technology specialists (STS) where they serve. ATS assignments also include supporting area leadership, facilities management groups, or missions with help for their technology needs.

 
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