Family Tree Magazine has added a calendar page listing upcoming genealogy conferences to their web site. It includes the upcoming Family Tree University’s Fall Virtual Conference scheduled for September 14th thru 16th.
There is a lot of buzz this week about several new platforms which are expected to transform web publishing in much the same way that Twitter has. Pinterest, one of those platforms included in the discussion, now has apps for both iOS and Android devices.
Next there’s a new platform called Medium which looks very interesting – sort of a long-form Twitter but with more style. I want to see more but I’m betting it will be a hit.
Then there’s Branch, which looks like something the genealogy community will love – conversations. I’ve asked for an invite. Has anyone else?
Here’s a conversation on the topic of web publishing currently being discussed on Branch - http://on.branch.com/OYXxP2
A more established publishing platform – Scribd – has updated their site to provide a better reading experience. The new site design has been optimized for viewing via tablets and other mobile devices.
Publishing isn’t the only field being transformed by technology. Education is seeing some significant technological opportunities also. First there’s news that Khan Academy has expanded their catalog of online courseware to include a computer science section. Sounds like its been given Khan’s trademark treatment.
The Saylor Foundation is also shaking up the education world by creating a collection of online, self-paced courses meeting the educational requirements for several undergraduate disciplines. That’s just part of the story. The courses in this collection are all free. Right now students can take the courses and receive a certificate of completion, but recent agreements with Excelsior College will put these courses to work providing affordable education opportunities.
Until these new educational platforms see the light and begin offering genealogy programs, here’s what’s new in self-paced education at Moultrie Creek Books . . .
That’s it for this week. See you next week with the latest in tech.