Friday, February 11, 2011

Are You Watching RootsTech Live 2011?

I love online "Live" presentations. For over a year I have been taking Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat courses live online from CreativeTechs in Seattle. All of their live presentations are free with the ability to purchase the entire course for download later. Which I did.

This week at RootsTech 2011, the genealogy world is offering some of the technology presentations live. I don't have to tell you what a fantastic idea that is, it is a technology conference after all. The sound and video quality have been excellent.

Here are some screen shots from yesterday's Digitally Preserving Your Family History.

A look at the audience and the speaker.

3:00–4:00pm Digitally preserving Your Family Heritage – Berry Ewell

You see the Power Point presentation just as
if you were in the audience.

Now, while watching the presentation I was able

make tea, let the dogs out and talk to Mr. Maven on the phone
without missing much.

As a Watcher, I do have a few suggestions, and you know me, I'm sure I'll have more later.

1. I'd love to have a dedicated chat, or a dedicated Twitter page for each presentation. Not plowing through all #rootstech Tweets to find those that apply to the presentation I'm watching.

2. If there is an addition to the presentation (as with the pdf here), please have an online download site rather than send to email presenter, whose email I missed on screen.

3. Love to watch for free, but would be willing to pay for certain individual presentations.

Do you have any wishes or suggestions you'd like to share?


Anonymous abby (desperategenie) said...

I agree with your suggestions and also enjoyed the presentation on digitization yesterday. An idea I just had- what if we could nominate and/or vote for the presentations we would most like to see available online?

February 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

I don't see why it couldn't be done before the conference. Then they would know which to video.

Hopefully I will be waving from the audience next year.


February 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Gini said...

I did watch this and loved being able to join in on lectures. I think this should be done at all conferences for those who cannot attend.

February 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

From your computer to every genealogy conference promoter's screen. -fM

February 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Wanda Hunter Day said...

In case you still don't have the e-mail address for Barry J. Ewell:

February 11, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Buddy - Thank you!

Dogs had to go out at just the wrong moment.


February 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I was excited by the prospect of watching/listening to the live stream of some presentations, listening as I would be at work during that time. So imagine my disappointment when I found out that the live stream would not play on my Android phone or my iPad! Rootstech doesn't consider Android and iPad worthy? Big disappointment there!!

February 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

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