Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time Topic: New LDS.org Search
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This month’s LDSTech broadcast will feature a presentation on a beta version of LDS.org search. Stewart Shelline, LDS.org solutions manager, will demonstrate this prototype search experience and answer questions.
“Our current search has done an adequate job at helping people find things, but there were a number of areas in which we could improve,” Shelline said. “Through feedback and research, we discovered that people usually come to LDS.org with a goal in mind. For example, they come to prepare a talk or lesson, answer a question, or complete a task.”
The new search offers a smarter search experience that is designed to meet the user’s goals. Among its new features are increased precision in locating specific content and clustering search results in categories familiar to Church members, such as scriptures, magazines, manuals, hymns, or General Conference.
According to its website, RootsTech “is a conference with a unique emphasis on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to find, organize, preserve, and share their family’s connections and history.”
Attendees can learn new skills from more than 250 classes, hands-on workshops, and interactive presentations at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
New to RootsTech 2013 is Developer Day, a collaborative environment where developers can discover resources and trends within the family history industry. It will also include information on app building and marketing as well as tools and services from sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors.
RootsTech 2013 also features the Developer Challenge, a competition to create an application or service that helps accomplish genealogical goals. The entry deadline is February 28.
Pricing for a 3-day pass is $149 through February 22, then $179 through March 16. Beginning March 17, a 3-day pass will cost $219. A day pass costs $89, and a 3-day student pass is $39.
More information and registration for RootsTech 2013 are available at rootstech.org.
Date: Friday, February 1, 2013 Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time Topic: Satellite Broadcasts & Meetinghouse Audio
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This month’s LDSTech broadcast will focus on satellite broadcasts and meetinghouse audio. Scott Poulsen, senior technical support engineer, will discuss how to set up a meetinghouse for a satellite broadcast as well as prepare backup plans and strategies in the event that problems arise.
Glen Meyer, senior engineer for meetinghouse audio solutions, will also provide an overview of the meetinghouse sound systems, how to use audio inputs and outputs, the different equipment that is or should be available, how and where to store the equipment, and how to obtain replacement or additional pieces as needed.
As time permits, the broadcast will also cover wireless microphones, assistive listening systems for the hearing impaired, basic choir miking, and microphone positioning.
How to Attend the Broadcast
To attend the LDSTech broadcast, click the Watch Now link at the time of the broadcast. If you live or work near Riverton, Utah, you can also come to the Riverton Office Building (ground floor, Zion room) to watch the broadcast in person.
Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you arrive late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.
Remote viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.
Thank you to everyone who attended the LDSTech Broadcast today on "Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices." The broadcast was well attended, with a lively question and answer session.
However, getting video into meetinghouses poses a challenge. Many meetinghouses have wireless Internet, but the bandwidth is too low to support streams from multiple users, especially during peak hours. Teachers who rely on the Internet to stream videos during lessons will find that the videos pause, buffer, and stop — leading to a poor classroom experience.
Lesson Schedules 2.0 was released today. The 2.0 release includes content for all 2013 classes, including the new 2013 youth curriculum, Come Follow Me.
The 2013 youth curriculum has a more flexible, question-based format. When you set up a lesson schedule in the 2013 Come Follow Me curriculum, you can select a question you want to discuss. The question links to resources online for that topic.
The LDSTech Forum software has upgraded to phpBB instead of vBulletin. This is the first major forum software update since the forums were first implemented in 2007.
To view the LDSTech Forum, click Forum on the top navigation bar. The new forum software has a number of advantages:
Better forum filters
You can select four main filters to view the latest forum activity: View Unanswered Posts, View Unread Posts, View New Posts, and View Active Topics. These options appear near the top, above the list of subforums. Especially helpful for forum moderators, these filters help you better monitor forum activity.
The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for Friday, December 7 at 12:00pm MDT, will cover Technology Manager, a web-based tool designed to help stake and district technology specialists manage Meetinghouse Firewalls and Internet connectivity.
Technology Manager helps improve self-service options and increases the ability of technology specialists to effectively manage meetinghouse networks.
The 881W Firewall is required to take advantage of most features being added to this tool.