Mobile and Digital

A detailed comparison of the ConnectBox, LightStream Pocket, MicroPi and BibleBox Pi
Author: Martin Lange (2020)

How do you get digital resources into the hands of people who aren’t connected to the Internet? How do you distribute apps, videos, audio, documents, and images to people who can’t afford the data it would take to download those materials? What if those people live in remote areas where they don’t have access to a cellular network?

The key to distributing digital content is a Wi-Fi connection that acts like the Internet but isn’t. These units, generically referred to as “Wi-Fi Media Boxes,” show up on a user’s device as a Wi-Fi network. Yet the content offered is only what the owner of the unit loads into the memory of the Wi-Fi Media Box. Users cannot connect to the Internet through them.

Several options are currently available: the ConnectBox, the LightStream Pocket, the MicroPi and the BibleBox Pi. Each costs less than $100 US dollars, and has its advantages and disadvantages.

This paper is a review of each unit and a detailed comparison of the features each one offers compared to the others. The purpose is to help readers learn more about each unit so they can choose the one that best meets their particular needs.  [more...]

Online and Off-Course
Published by: OneHope (2020)

"Unfortunately, it seems that instead of turning to sources of actual truth found in God’s Word, pastors, and the Church, our youth are doing Google and YouTube searches to find the answers for who they are and what is their purpose. Their confusion is not new. In fact, I think today’s teens closely resemble doubting Thomas in John 14:5-6, when he asks a big life question, 'How do we know the way?'"

Global Youth Culture is a OneHope research study covering the trends and behaviors of today’s teenagers, the most connected generation. With these findings, we can recognize similarities between young people from different regions of the world. Do teenagers in Africa have similar views on identity as those in Asia? Are religious practices of the next generation in Eurasia and North America trending the same? Global Youth Culture provides a clear picture of these issues and additional diverse topics.

More than 8,300 teens from 20 countries completed an online survey for the Global Youth Culture project.

The report is available as a free download from the following link.  [more...]

Author: Beth Clark (2020)

In this paper, written during a Scripture Engagement course at Dallas International University, Beth Clark examines the micropublishing of Bible translations: looking at both the theoretical basis and practical applications.

 

From the conclusion:

"Planning to micropublish throughout a Bible translation project can have many positive benefits toward Scripture Engagement in the language community. It allows for the possibility of matching the translation style of specific passages of Scripture to their end use and format. It allows for the production of Scripture products in many different forms (stories, songs, literacy materials, etc.), to meet different needs in the community. It allows teams the opportunity to produce Scripture materials selected to meet current felt needs. In these ways, micropublishing can accelerate impact as Scripture portions are available sooner in the process. This may be particularly useful in difficult access contexts.

Micropublishing allows resources for reaching the last monolinguals of a community experiencing language shift. It also may provide resources for multilinguals with multiple heart languages, particularly in communities with common use of translanguaging. Finally, if thoughtfully planned, micropublishing provides the opportunity to engage the community and ministry partners from the beginning, and throughout, a translation project. This gives these vital partners a key role in the decision-making process and the ability to provide feedback to the translation team that can effectively guide further translation work and future decisions about content and format.

All in all, micropublishing can be a valuable tool in making sure that Bible translation resources are used wisely, and that produced Scripture is used to its fullest potential in the receptor communities."

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Publish early, publish small, publish often
Author: Eric Graham

Second Edition (2019)

"Publish early, publish little, publish often – enabling users to engage with the content in small quantities, hopefully on frequent occasions and with sustained interest."

This paper explores features of digital publishing and associated technology that are transforming approaches to Scripture translation and publication in minority languages. Understanding the nature and harnessing the potential of the small units of information that make up digital media products is a key theme.

The paper recommends that digital publication starts at an early stage in a translation project, making small units of Scripture available to the language community in audio and text formats as they are translated (Scripture as micro-content). It explores the idea of iterative and incremental publishing as a Scripture engagement strategy.  [more...]

A Step-By-Step guide for using Wi-Fi media boxes at your event
Author: Martin Lange (2020)

“While stacks of the newly published Scriptures awaited eager buyers, those embracing the digital age were not forgotten. Five Wi-Fi hubs had been set up at various locations around the stadium. A large vinyl banner promoted the availability of a free Bible app and other Scripture resources for those who connected to these units.”

This step-by-step guide explores how to effectively share Scripture apps, videos, audio, images, and documents through the use of Wi-Fi hubs generically referred to as “Wi-Fi media boxes.” These units show up on a user’s device as a Wi-Fi network, but there is no actual Internet connection. Instead, the content offered is only what the owner has loaded into the memory of the unit.

Learning from past mistakes and omissions, the goal of this paper is to provide practical steps and ideas for using Wi-Fi media boxes to optimize opportunities for digital Scripture distribution at large community events such as Bible dedications.

The guide is available for download in English, Spanish and French.  [more...]

Author: Cynthia Trotter (2020)

"...many of the people in the language communities in Chad do not own an Android phone. Yes, some day Android phones will be more prevalent, and their numbers are growing, albeit slowly. But we are interested in what we can do with the phones many people have right now: feature phones. Even a feature phone can be used to promote reading as well as listening to Scripture!"

Cynthia Trotter describes three different ways of promoting literacy and Scripture engagement using feature phones:

  1. Easy reader video books: created using PowerPoint slides, text in a large font size, with an image and audio recording for each slide. The presentation can be exported as a video and converted to a format viewable on feature phones.
  2. Go Bible: a Java app, usable on feature phones that support Java.
  3. PhotoBible: a set of pictures, each containing two or three verses.

Detailed instructions are provided in the article, which can be downloaded in both English and French.  [more...]

Listening to the translated Scriptures: a review of today’s digital audio players
Author: Richard Margetts

Fourth Edition - Revised for 2019

It is not hard to convince those involved in Scripture access and Scripture engagement of the value of listening to audio Scriptures. We want to assist communities in making strategic choices about how best to make them available and how best to encourage people to engage with them. One of the ways people listen to the Bible today is using a digital audio player. But since there are so many different audio players to choose from, how do we make a good choice?

This in-depth review (66 pages) compares a range of today's digital audio players including the Proclaimer (from Faith Comes By Hearing), the Envoy 2 (from MegaVoice), the Audibible K1 (from Kivah Distributors), the Papyrus and The Torch (from Renew World Outreach), the Kulumi Mini and Lost Sheep from Hope Tech Global.

The review is presented in several sections, illustrated with photos and giving a summary of the key features, prices, pros and cons of each player. Also mentioned are feature phones, smartphones and locally available MP3 players.  [more...]