LDSTech Conference Postponed Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Thursday, 21 March 2013
The LDSTech Conference, previously planned for April, is being rescheduled. April will instead feature an LDSTech Broadcast of guest speaker Clayton Christensen. More details about that broadcast and the next LDSTech Conference will be shared as they become available.
 
LDSTech Broadcast: New LDS.org Search Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Friday, 22 February 2013

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Topic: New LDS.org Search

*Click this button to watch the broadcast live at 12 p.m. MST on Mar. 1, 2013

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.

 
Directory 2013 Beta Testing Delayed Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Friday, 11 January 2013

Beta testing for Directory 2013 has been delayed. Thank you for your interest in assisting with this project. More information on directory updates and testing will be available at a future date.

 
RootsTech 2013 Family History and Technology Conference Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The third annual RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference will be held March 21–23 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

 
LDSTech Broadcast: Satellite Broadcasts and Meetinghouse Audio Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Brutsch   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Date: Friday, February 1, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Topic: Satellite Broadcasts & Meetinghouse Audio

*Click this button to watch the broadcast live at 12 p.m. MST on Feb. 1, 2013

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.

Asking Questions

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.

 
Help Resources for Downloading LDS.org Video to Mobile Devices Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 04 January 2013

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.

As a follow-up to the broadcast, we would like to include a few help resources. Showing Video in Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices is an online help site that explains how to do the following:

  • Download video to Gospel Library Android
  • Download video to Gospel Library iOS
  • Download video to a laptop
  • Connect a mobile device to a meetinghouse TV
The help material includes online help, a printable PDF, and several screencasts.

Showing Video in Meetinghouses

For the sake of convenience, the screencasts are embedded below.

 
LDSTech Broadcast: Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses Through Mobile Devices Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013

Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
Time: 12:00pm Mountain Time
Topic: Getting Digital Media into Meetinghouses

The Church produces an abundant amount of video content. For example, the new Youth curriculum, Come, Follow Me, has numerous videos as resource options for lessons; the Leadership Training Library, the Mormon Channel, the Video, Audio, and Images section of LDS.org, and other sites all have abundant video resources as well.

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 Released — Includes New Youth Curriculum Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

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.

Selecting a lesson

You can learn more about the new curriculum from the Church News & Events article, Church Announces New Youth Curriculum for 2013.

 
New Updates to the LDSTech Forum Software Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

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.

LDSTech Forum

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.
 
Gospel Library for Android Screencasts: Getting Started, Annotating Content, and Studying by Topic Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 07 December 2012

Gospel Library for Android allows you to study the scriptures, general conference, magazines, manuals, and other publications on your Android smartphone or tablet device.

The following three screencasts will help you become more familiar with the Gospel Library app.

Getting Started

 
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