Thursday, April 24, 2014

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014 Syllabus Material Available

I posted News for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014 in Burbank yesterday, and mentioned that the Jamboree 2014 app was now available.

I downloaded the app, registered my email and password, and now can access it on all of my devices.  The Jamboree blog post had a link to access the app content on the Internet at  The screens on the mobile App look pretty much the same as those on the website, so I'll use the website to find the syllabus materials.

1)  Here is the screen for the SCGS 2014 app on the Internet:

2)  The syllabus materials are available in the "Classes" page:

The user has the choice between "Browse by Day" or "Browse by Topic" (shown above).

3)  I clicked on the "Browse by Day" link and saw:

The user can click on one of the conference days - June 5th is shown on the screen above.

Each "class" is shown with the class time, class code, speaker's last name and title of the presentation.  If there is a "PDF" icon next to the class time, it indicates that there is a handout in PDF format available.  Those talks without a PDF icon don't have a handout available at the present time.

4)  I clicked on the TH008 class and saw the class description:

There are three tabs at the top of the description, for "Actions," "About" and "Resources."

5)  The syllabus material is in the "Resources" tab.  When the screen below first opens, you have to click on the blue "Handouts" button to see the link to the handout in PDF format:

6)  I clicked on the title of the talk under the blue "Handouts" button on the screen above to see the PDF of the handout:

I can use the menu strip in the lower right-hand corner to see the full page, go full screen width, zoom in, zoom out, save to a file, or print the handout.

6)  The mobile app uses the same process as the website, except the menu choices are to:

*  Open the Handout In-App
*  Open the Handout in Books, Evernote or Dropbox (on my iOS device).
*  Email the Handout (you have to type in the email address, title and message)

7)  I love being able to access the handout (when available) in the app, although I know that Internet access in the classrooms at Jamboree may not be reliable.  It will probably be best to download them to my laptop computer and be able to access them there if the Internet access is poor or my mobile runs out of battery.  

Another neat thing is that the handouts can be colorful.  But the links are not active, but you can copy/paste from the PDF.

8)  There are other very useful functions in the mobile app, and i'll keep exploring them.

Note that you don't have to be registered for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree to access the syllabus material on the Internet or on the mobile app.

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