Trying to learn something new isn’t always easy. Because of various learning types, educators aren’t always able to reach every student which can be frustrating at times for both parties. However, the internet has helped bring the gap between teacher and student so that every student can find the resources needed to supplement their education.
Over the last two years, e-learning sites have become incredibly popular and helpful to thousands of individuals interested in learning new skills. So whether you are attending of the various community colleges in Miami, a student at one of the numerous public schools in New York City, or simply interested in learning something new, consider using one of the following free e-learning resources:
The Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is perhaps one of the best online learning resources available to students. The site offers hundreds of short videos ranging in content from Art History to Biochemistry to Trigonometry fully equipped with quizzes and reviews after the tutorial ends. Even Bill Gates actively supports the Khan Academy, and with an endorsement like that, you know the site will be a good one for anyone interested in adding to their current knowledge base.
TED is a collection of talks given by some of the most innovative minds in today’s world. Individuals on TED range from the foremost tech minds, such as Amazon and Google founders, to those advocating for social change to those currently developing the most advanced scientific practices today. For students, TED teaches them to always think outside the box, and that pursuing something you highly believe in is well worth it. The thought provoking site is also a great way to get thoughts and ideas flowing for a major project or presentation.
The media has made movies, TV shows, books, and other forms of entertainment part of our everyday lives. By using OpenCulture, learners have access to behind the scenes looks into film, literature, theatre, and music, and are also able to learn a bit more about the creation process. Like TED, the site is highly thought provoking, and allows learners to see how the arts are heavily integrated into every aspect of our lives whether we realize it or not.
Although YouTube is often seen as a place to watch the latest funny videos or Super Bowl commercials, it has recently dedicated an entire channel, YouTube Edu, to education. Here those interested in learning more can use YouTube much like they would the Khan Academy, using online tutorials to supplement their education. The new channel is quite extensive, and has videos on everything from Astrology to Organic Chemistry.
Although Wikipedia has long been shunned as being an unreliable source due to its open source nature, there is no denying the wide use the site gets. For anyone looking up information, Wikipedia is almost immediately and always turned to. However, with the site’s development of Wikiversity, students can now use the site to supplement their own education with reliable information, lessons, and quizzes given from some of the world’s foremost education centers, researchers, and educators. This is great for students who are looking for resources to write reports or give presentations.
While the aforementioned sites are definitely some of the most popular and over a vast collections of information, they aren’t the only ones. There are dozens of others that offer free lessons and are great resources to anyone interested in learning – whether they be in elementary school or in a PhD program. So if you, or someone you know is interested in learning a new thing or two, consider giving a few online learning resources a try.
By Samantha Peters
Samantha Peters is an avid blogger and manager of theeducationupdate.com, where she passionately writes her love for education and tech innovation news in the world of education.