From GeneaPress: SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Announces Free Live Streaming Sessions. “Thanks to Jamboree 2017 Diamond Sponsor Ancestry, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Genealogy Jamboree are able to offer 14 hours of high-quality family history education to registrants absolutely free. Handouts will be provided with each session.”
New York Times: How Google Took Over the Classroom. “In the space of just five years, Google has helped upend the sales methods companies use to place their products in classrooms. It has enlisted teachers and administrators to promote Google’s products to other schools. It has directly reached out to educators to test its products — effectively bypassing senior district officials. And it has outmaneuvered Apple and Microsoft with a powerful combination of low-cost laptops, called Chromebooks, and free classroom apps.” This is a long read, but worth it.
Mashable: I learned more from YouTube than my professors in college. “As I get ready to walk at my college graduation next week, I have more gratitude for one thing above all: YouTube. YouTube was my go to while doing homework, prepping for exams or just when I needed to refresh what a term meant.” I have certainly learned more than I ever knew before about geography, languages, and WWI thanks to some great YouTube series.
Jordan News Agency: Google.org provides grant to Queen Rania Foundation to create K-12 Arab online Arabic learning platform. “The Queen Rania Foundation and Google.org agreed to create an online learning platform for Arabic Open Educational Resources (OERs) targeting K-12 students and their educators across the Middle East and North Africa region. Announced in London, the initiative comes at a crucial time to help make sure millions of children across the region have access to quality education. Today, an estimated 13 million MENA children, equivalent to 40% of the school age population, are missing out on an education because of conflict and displacement. The refugee crisis has also strained existing education systems in host countries, like Jordan and Lebanon that have taken in large numbers of refugee students, compromising the quality of education offered to both local and refugee children.”
Engadget: Twitch’s workshops will teach streamers how to be better hosts. “Streaming on Twitch might look easy, but it really isn’t. Between the various technical hoops you have to jump through (oh hi, OBS) and the pressure of people watching your every move — or, on the flip-side, streaming to an audience of zero people — you also need to be entertaining. In that spirit, the next way Twitch is investing in its community is with workshops that aim to help folks get better at hosting and interviewing.”
MakeUseOf: How to Save (and Share) Everything You Learn With These 11 Apps. “…before you wade into the tides of information out there, arm yourself with a system to keep the knowledge and also share it around. Sharing new insights is one way to remember what you learn. It also pays off with better interpersonal productivity and collaboration.” oooh, I need that P2K.
The Next Web: Minecraft Code Builder introduces programming to block-stacking students. “Code Builder introduces the Agent, a tiny sidekick, who executes coding instructions given via programs like Tynker, MakeCode, or ScratchX. Students learn how to use code to get the Agent to build things, solve problems, or even dance.”