One of the biggest benefits of the Internet has been its educational value. We really can learn almost anything we want to know with just a simple online search. And if we want to educate ourselves, learn and expand our minds, there are a multitude of free websites ready to help us.
The websites below are not educational websites to get a degree, nor are they educational websites for children. These are a variety of different websites that will expand your knowledge, teach you specific skills or make you think about issues.
1. Brain Training 101 – If you want to increase your brain power, this is the place for you. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about brain health while training your brain with brain games, brain teasers, optical illusions.
2. Curious – A place for learning anything (not only academics) for the sake of learning and a community for teachers and students to connect. The lessons are all short videos. Most lessons are of the “how to” variety, with some of the popular lessons right now about skiing, Pilates and photo transferring.
3. Digital Public Library of America – This online library is a portal to the resources of many of the top libraries, archives and museums of the world. You can search or browse for photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more. There is literally a treasure trove of data available free of charge for you to view on the Digital Public Library of America.
4. Grovo – Grove has one educational purpose – it was created specifically to sharpen your Internet skills with short video tutorials. When you first sign up you can check off all of the Internet websites or tools that you use and Grovo will recommend tutorials for you. However you can browse through all the tutorials and chose any you want to watch. Try a tutorial of any social media website, web browser, blogging platform or anything Internet related.
5. iTunesU – Technically not a website, you must download it into iTunes, iTunesU offers courses from Universities and Colleges, K-12 schools and a variety of other institutions such as the 92nd Street Y, the American Theater Wing, the California Academy of Sciences and many, many more. You can browse by subject, featured, whats hot, tops of charts or do a search. And if you have iTunes on your mobile devices, you can can take your classes anywhere. Right now the top course is on Developing Apps.
6. Learnist – Learnist is a very quick visual way to learn. If you like Pinterest, you will most likely enjoy learning on Learnist. You might even want to create learning boards yourself to teach others. Basically a Learnist board is a non-personal blog post in pictures. I could have made this post on Learnist and it would have consisted of a board of 10 pictures of each educational website, with the descriptions next to each picture. Great for visual learners.
7. Memrise – Remember back in school when you would use tricks such as mnemonics to memorize things. Well Memrise uses tools like that but so much more. Memrise uses brain science to help you learn better. They use mems, sort of like memes (ex. LOL cats), to help you form vivid, sensory memories of what you learn. They also make learning fun, like a game. And they are building a kind of multimedia wonderland of learning, where videos, audio, usage, mnemonics, etymologies and much more bring your learning to life.
8. MonkeySee – How-to videos created by experts in the field. All the videos are in HD and provide demonstrations in detail on topics such as Home & Garden, Personal Finance, Games & Gaming, Gadgets, Health & Fitness, Parenting and more. No registration is required to use this free website.
9. Saylor – Free open University (non-credit) courses, as well as professional development courses are offered by this non-profit institution.
10. TED: Ideas Worth Spreading – TED is a series of conferences in which amazing speakers from the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design are brought together twice a year to give talks of 18 minutes or less. Due to the success and inspiration of these talks, TEDx events have arisen, which have continued the mission of Ideas Worth Spreading in other areas. Luckily for us, these conference talks can be found on the TED website. I highly recommend you watch some of these talks. You can also download mobile apps for TED and watch on the go. These are the most educational, inspirational and entertaining talks you may ever hear.
I hope that I have inspired you to realize that learning can and should be a lifelong goal. One of the things that I love best about blogging is that I am constantly learning because I have to research and learn more about everything that I blog about. It is a wonderful feeling to learn something new.
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