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Gospel Library for Windows 8.1: Improving Personal Study and Lesson Preparation - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Thursday, 07 May 2015

Many members use Gospel Library for Windows (GLW) for reading, reference, and multimedia activities, hesitating to do more because they have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, and because Windows apps formerly did not have all the features of iOS and Android. With the recent release of GLW, the gap is closing. GLW now shares the same iconography and navigation features as other platforms, and makes use of some very helpful tools native only to Windows environments.

According to Jim Byer, one of the coders for the project, “Gospel Library is meant to be used every day for deep gospel study, inspiration, reference, and teaching.” He is one of over 300 volunteers who are part of a global effort to develop Gospel Library for Windows. He and others do coding, testing, debugging, and building of user interfaces, capitalizing on developments that are bringing Windows mobile and desktop applications closer together.

 
Create Memorable Impressions with the Media Library Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Media can be a wonderful enhancement to a gospel lesson. It can bring a spiritual tone that leaves memorable and lasting impressions. The LDS Media Library at LDS.org offers many resources for teaching, learning, and sharing gospel media. Instructions for accessing and using technology tools that support media use are also available in the media library.

If you have been reluctant to use audio and visual components in your teaching due to the potential for unforeseen technical difficulties, the following suggestions will help you avoid technical glitches.

 
2015 LDSTech Conference: Get Set for a Day of Information and Sharing Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Plans are underway for the 2015 LDSTech Conference on for October 15 in Salt Lake City at the Institute of Religion Building on the University of Utah campus.   Get set for a day of information packed sessions about Church technology with opportunities to interact with other technology minded members.

This year the conference will also feature an “Idea Share” session designed to give onsite access to discuss your software and technology project ideas.  You will also have opportunities to experience the newest gospel related software from the 2015 App & Game Contest.

Visit LDSTech Conference 2015 for more details.  Save the date on your calendar. Session and registration information will be coming in July!

 
LDSTech Broadcast April 17: Recap on LDS.org, LDS Tools, and Gospel Library Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Judging from the range of questions submitted, presenters for the new LDS.org, LDS Tools, and the Gospel Library for Windows apps captivated both an onsite audience at the Church’s Riverton Office Building and over a hundred online viewers who participated in the LDSTech broadcast on April 17. The following recaps a concentrated hour of inspiration and insight:

Jeff Isom explained the background and rationale behind recent and proposed changes to LDS.org, emphasizing evolutionary improvements over less frequent revolutionary changes. A guiding mantra has been to make resources easier to find online through better search capabilities and better navigation. Based on research and user feedback, test results demonstrated an improvement overall from 57% to 75% in ease of access performing 96 common navigation tasks. Several new navigation pages are planned and will be shared with Church departments and stakeholders before becoming final. New training and awareness materials are also planned and will be integrated to ease transitions. Look for the next upgrade in mid-May.

 
A Website Devoted to President Thomas S. Monson Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Did you know there is an official website devoted entirely to President Thomas S. Monson? Recent news has emphasized how Church leaders have taken to social media and the Internet without mentioning the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an official Church information website. A visit to the site will both inform and inspire you regarding this remarkable prophet, leader, humanitarian, and role-model. To get started go to http://www.thomassmonson.org.

 
2015 Gospel App and Game Contest: Help Getting Started Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 24 April 2015

Now that the 2015 Gospel App & Game contest is underway, you may be thinking about creating an app, polishing a submission that is in progress, or finding someone to help you develop an idea that has been stewing in the back of your mind into a really awesome app. Good sources for information to get you started, and collaboration tools with like-minded creative people are available at LDSTech in the Wiki and on the Forum.

To get started, follow this link to the Registration Form. Use search fields in the wiki and forum and the links below. Help is on the way!

 
People Helping People at LDSJobs Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

In today’s competitive world, few things are more discouraging than being out of work. If you are looking for a job, wanting a better job, or know someone seeking employment or education, the Internet home for LDS Employment Resource Services (ERS) at http://jobs.lds.org is more than a website for job leads and job information. It is a resource powered by people helping people who are making a difference in lives of individuals and families.

 
LDSTech 2015 Gospel App and Game Contest is Off and Running! Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Friday, 17 April 2015

After a successful contest last year, the 2015 Gospel App and Game contest promises to be bigger and better than ever! Get your creative juices flowing and plan to participate! The registration deadline for participating in the 2015 LDSTech App & Game contest is July 18, 2015, and submissions will be accepted up through September 18, 2015.

The theme “Create Something Worthy” continues from last year, with the same contest rules. Developers of all levels and abilities, including those who missed last year’s deadline or who have revamped their apps with significant improvements, are encouraged to participate in 2015.

The call is for something new, distinctive, and different in any of four categories: (Children, Youth, Families, Other). Ideal entries should help members and their families teach or learn the gospel, feel the spirit, or serve one another better. Games should be fun, free of graphic violence, and connect with gospel-oriented themes.

 
LDSTech Live Broadcast April 17th Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Monday, 13 April 2015

LDSTech 2015The next LDSTech Broadcast, scheduled for 12:00 noon to 1 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 17, 2015, will bring three exceptional presenters together to discuss three fascinating and timely topics.

1) Jeff Isom will discuss the new LDS.org including current and future plans for the new web design.

2) Justin Krebs will present an update overview of LDSTools. (Replacing John Edwards’ presentation on Gospel Media.)

3) Tony Spencer from ICS will demo features of the most recent release of the Windows 8 Gospel Library and planned upgrades

Come in person to the Riverton Office Building (ROB) at 3740 West Market Center Drive in Riverton, Utah. Arrive a few minutes early to get registered at the reception desk and locate Zion Room A on the ground floor.

If you prefer, connect remotely from the Internet to a live stream...WATCH IT HERE

 
Technology and Conference Messages: How will you change? Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Howell   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, concluded the 185th General Conference with a stirring call to action. He said: “The question for each of us is: because of what I have heard or felt during this conference, how will I change?” Elder Nelson enumerated many technology resources provided by the Church that help with parenting, keeping the Sabbath, and strengthening family ties.

Resources furnished by the Church are meaningful only if members use them to teach, learn, serve, and live the gospel better each day. As you reflect on your own conference experience, how will you use LDS.org, FamilySearch.org, Mormon.org, Bible Videos, the Media Library, Church magazines, and other technology tools to set or re-align priorities for yourself and your family in the coming months?

As you ponder, recall how on Sunday morning, Elder Jose A. Teixeira of the Seventy also referenced how immersed our lives are in technology.

 
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