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6 online learning resources

Sometimes we focus so much on our children’s education that we forget learning is great for us, too! It is even better if we can learn for free, which is why we found some great online resources that don’t cost a dime. From learning to code to studying a new language, these 6 sites won’t charge you anything to teach you something new.

1) Khan Academy – From Kindergarten to beyond high school, you can learn about whatever subject you’d like — online and for free! Subjects include math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, computing, test prep and more. With a separate area for teachers, parents and students, anyone can find what they are looking for using this amazing resource.

2) Codecademy – With technology being such an integral part of our lives, coding has become a great thing to know. Codeacademy.org believes that everyone can learn coding, and they seek to teach anyone that is willing to take the first step. You can learn javascript, html, CSS, how to make an interactive website, and so much more. This will definitely keep you on track with what your kids are learning!

3) Duolingo – This fun site teaches you a new language (21 to choose from) in a fun, interactive way. There are quizzes in each lesson to see if you are grasping what you are being taught, and you can race the clock to see how quickly you understand what is being said. Each lesson is a mix of reading, quiz questions, speaking, listening and translation.

4) MIT OpenCourseWare – Have you ever wanted to go to MIT but couldn’t afford it? Well, this site allows you to do just that. MIT takes their course materials and puts them online for anyone to access.  It is called OpenCourseWare (or OCW), and it is a great way to learn new skills. Spruce up your resume, go for that promotion, or simply have fun. Topics include: engineering, energy, teaching, mathematics, science, and a LOT more. In addition, the courses are offered in multiple languages. And yes, it is free.

5) edX – Similar to MIT’s OCW, edX offers Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) from the world’s top universities, including Harvard and Berkley. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. The main difference between MIT and edX is that the topic range is larger.

6) Instructables – Think of it as a “how-to Pinterest.” Want to make a shelf out of a boat? How about a 3D Steve from Minecraft? This fun and free site gives you thousands of instructions! You can easily get lost for hours browsing through and noting all the different things you want to make.

What is your favorite free online learning resource?

 

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