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Education on the Internet
« on: November 23, 2011, 01:53:12 PM »








Most of us attended some sort of bricks and mortar school.  The idea of being able to sit in our own homes, dressed however was comfortable and whenever was convenient, and participate in an educational opportunity was a dream.   Now it's a reality.  

What sites have you found that offer great educational opportunites?  Let us hear from you and any links you can offer makes it even better!!

We can trade in the  for    







The best one, of course, is right here:  http://www.seniorlearn.org/classics &  http://www.seniorlearn.org/forum/


{Frybabe}        http://www.academicearth.org
{MaryPage} http://www.moems.org/zinger.htm
{MaryPage}         http://www.worldatlas.com/geoquiz/thelist.htm
{MaryPage}       http://www.enchantedlearning.com/support/index1.shtml
{MaryPage}       http://geography.about.com/library/blank/blxindex.htm
{Frybabe}         http://science.nasa.gov
{Frybabe}        http://chandra.si.edu/
{Frybabe}        www.spaceweather.com
{Frybabe}        http://fora.tv/topic/science
{maryz}        Astronomy Picture of the Day.
{mabel1015j}      www.Openculture.org
{mabel 1015j}       http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/05/10-open-education-resources-you-may-not-know-about-but-should
{mabel1015j}    http://www.learnerstv.com/Free-History-video-lecture-courses.htm
{jane}             http://www.khanacademy.org/
{MaryPage}     http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/?ar_a=1&ar_r=1
{mabel1015j}   http://www.history.com/topics/lorenzo-de-medici/videos#leonardos-deluge
{mabel1015j} Learnoutloud
{mabel1015j} ITunesU
{Frybabe}   Amazing photo
{mabel1015j}  http://www.open.edu/openlearn/about-openlearn/welcome-openlearn-the-open-university
{mabel1015j    http://www.openculture.com/2011/08/download_the_edupunks_guide_to_a_diy_credential_free.html
{mabel1015j}   Podcasts  about books and authors and other topics
{mabel1015j} Questia - a great site for free info/education
{frybabe} http://www.ted.com/talks/geoffrey_west_the_surprising_math_of_cities_and_corporations.html
{mabel1015j}  http:// www.delanceyplace.com     Puts up each day an excerpt from a book.
{mabel1015j}  http://www.alphaDictionary.com    Has a lot of fun word games and a word-of-the-day.
{kidsal} http://www.googleartproject.com        For art lovers
{kidsal}http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org   For art lovers
{kidsal}http://www.metmuseum.org/toah        For art lovers
{mabel1015}http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/harold-bloom-creates-a-massive-list-of-works-in-the-western-canon.html. Harold Bloom's Western Canon

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Re: Education on the Internet
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 03:03:26 PM »
Please come post those websites you've found that you think others here might like to know about.


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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 03:24:20 PM »
I don't know any at the moment - looking to learn about some.
"When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it.  You just learn how to go on without them. But always keep them safely tucked in your heart."

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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 04:14:53 PM »
Okay, you asked for it. Here is my contribution. http://www.academicearth.org/ I am in the middle of the Roman Architecture lecture.


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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 06:07:56 PM »
I also have this one in my Bookmarks folder. Although I haven't explored it at length, it appears to be single lectures by various experts, either academic or in various professionals. http://fora.tv/topic/science  I am not sure but I think someone pointed this one out a while back, if not then I ran across it in one of my science newsletters/websites. Speaking of science, I may as well point out these two great sites for info: www.spaceweather.com and http://chandra.si.edu/ The Chandra site especially has lots of material for teachers and students. Spaceweather.com is more concentrated on our sun, atmospheric conditions and other "local" events. Oh, and I shouldn't forget NASA. They are terrific for learning about space, our solar system, and the earth. They are not just for current science news; part of their mission directive is education.  http://science.nasa.gov/ 

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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2011, 06:20:11 PM »
More for pretty pictures than for reading, but this is the Astronomy Picture of the Day.  There's a new photograph every day.
"When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it.  You just learn how to go on without them. But always keep them safely tucked in your heart."

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011, 07:27:32 PM »
Here is the site i listed last week on "Library" that is an article w/ 10 potential sites. Some of them are for teachers, but others are for all of us. Openculture.com has links to hundreds of things including free college courses and ALL of Bach's organ works for free download and art lectures. "Radioman" Don On "Seniors and Friends" said that was way too much Bach for him, but you can download a few at a time.  You'll have to live at least 5 more years to browse it all. :D OpenCourseWare.org was started by MIT to put science and technology courses on line for free, and many other courses and colleges have been added since.

http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/05/10-open-education-resources-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/

www.Openculture.org


   I'll add more as we talk.

 I feel like the computer has finally reached it's young adulthood and gotten to the point that was being predicted in 1990 - learning, reading, listening to music, seeing sights from around
the world, learning the history of those sights, having discussions w/ people around the world!!! Yyyaaaaaaahhhhhh! ......... I love it!

Can't wait to see the sites you've found, or at least to hear about them.

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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2011, 12:06:19 PM »
This site is all lectures on history courses. I take them one video at a time and learn something new each time.

http://www.learnerstv.com/Free-History-video-lecture-courses.htm

Tom Brokow just said on Booktv that Bill Gates spends his evenings watching lectures on the internet! We are so au courant, as Ginny has said before on our book discussions, and we are in such good company!!!

This is a very good program, Brokow is talking about his new book, The Time of Our Lives: a Conversation About America. It will be followed by Condalezza Rice talking about her new book and at 6:00 a discussion about Why Read?

Jean

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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2011, 12:54:12 PM »
This is one my husband has used for math:

With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 240 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

http://www.khanacademy.org

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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2011, 02:45:00 PM »
I just recently found Khan Academy, apparently started by one guy to teach math. That first site was so good and so popular that he went on to other subjects. Isn't that great? A real initiator and entrepreneur. Again i say, this is what they told us in 1990 the internet would become.
Jean

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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2011, 02:56:39 PM »
When you mentioned Bill Gates and watching educational stuff, this triggered the thought of his supposedly favorite math teacher and website: the KhanAcademy link I gave above...according to:


Bill Gates favorite free tutor

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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2011, 11:30:38 PM »
MaryPage - my #1 grandson, age 9 is crazy about Natl Geographic's site. He has a problem focusing, staying on track, unless it's something he's very interested in. I showed him how to get to the NG videos, he's in love w/ wolves for some reason, so he saw a couple videos on wolves and was hooked.

 He's learned how to move from one video to another and is learning new spelling and no longer wants to watch Sponge Bob or those tween shows where the kids do nothing but yell at each other and put down each other. Pre-teen is a terrible age for any decent tv. So i was thrilled that he liked the ipad and could learn something while engrossed in the videos.

Jean

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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2011, 01:14:17 AM »
The history Channel, of course, has hundreds of videos and narratives about everything. I was reading thru their "America, the story of US" when i tangented (is that a word, if not it should be, it's the perfect word for getting on to another track while surfing the web!) to a series of short videos - and that's the nice thing about the History Channel, they have many, many 2, 3, 4 min videoes to watch - on the Medicis of Florence, showing their houses and art they commisioned. So, i thought i pass it on.......

http://www.history.com/topics/lorenzo-de-medici/videos#leonardos-deluge

Jean

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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2011, 02:23:16 PM »
Learnoutloud is a voluminous resource of many videos and podcasts, this subsite of TED talks - speeches from multiyear conferences, can get you started. Check the left side of the page for other subjects or link w/ the homepage by clicking on Learn Out Loud at the top of the page.

http://www.learnoutloud.com/content/blog/archives/2011/11/100_best_ted_talks.html?utm_source=FROTD&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Free%2BResource%20of%20the%20Day

Jean

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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2011, 04:29:45 PM »
I know that some Of you are/were librarians, so thought you might enjoy these Library Lab podcasts from Harvard. They come through Itunes U which has audio and video podcasts and college and university courses as well. Some if my favorites are at "Beyond Campus" on the home page. They are lectures and presentations at places like the 92nd Street Y in NYC, the Library of Congress and many programs from public radio stations, like Backstory of History from UVA.  I'm on the ipad, so i can't cut and paste the url, it doesn't give me one. But google


LibraryLab/ThePodcast

the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School
Learning Resources
                  
Or  google Itunes U





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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2011, 06:55:48 PM »
I was just up on the National Geographic site and saw a photo that just blew me away. In the jigsaw puzzle section a person named Alireza Karimpoor uploaded photo of a foot just about to trample a lone flower. Karimpoor called the photo Freedom. In another photo, Karimpoor indicated the flower is an anemone, and the photo was taken in Iran. I can't help but wonder if the photo is allegorical. Anyway, I was quite taken by it.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/jigsaw-puzzles#/recently-added/369287/1254988/

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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2011, 02:43:36 PM »
Just thought I'd note here that my Tax Accounting class in the Spring will be online.

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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2011, 02:46:41 PM »
I think a lot of classes are now online. My niece is getting her BSN online.

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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2011, 07:37:13 PM »
Marking my place to come back and explore.

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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2011, 01:50:17 PM »
Another interesting site from the BBC and the UK

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/about-openlearn/welcome-openlearn-the-open-university

This is the home page, you can go on from there to whatever interests you. All are free. Enjoy.

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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2011, 11:49:53 AM »
Stanford has given "certificates of knowledge" for their free open couses, now MIT will do the same...........

"It happens at least a few times a day. Students look through our list of 400 Free Online Courses, and ask us whether they can get a certificate for taking a class. And, unfortunately, our answer has been no — no, you can’t. But that may be about to change.

Earlier this fall, Stanford launched a highly-publicized series of free courses that offer students something novel: the ability to take tests and receive a “statement of accomplishment” from the instructor — though not the school itself — if they pass the class. (Stanford will launch 14 more courses starting in January and February. Click link for details.)

Now, MIT wants to up the ante on the certification of free courses. Starting next spring, the university, already famous for its OpenCourseWare project, will launch MITx, an e-learning initiative that will offer certificates to students demonstrating mastery of free MIT courses. According to a new set of FAQs, the certificates won’t bear MIT’s name. Rather, “MIT plans to create a not-for-profit body within [MITx] that will offer certification for online learners of MIT coursework. That body will carry a distinct name to avoid confusion.” The courses will be free; the certificates will cost just a “modest” sum. It’s all a big step in the right direction.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has more on MITx. Expect a formal announcement from MIT on Monday.

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MIT Introduces Complete Courses to OpenCourseWare Project

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« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2011, 11:55:15 AM »
For some reason the links didn't show up in the copy, but if you go to the home page of

openculture.com

you can find more info, and go here to get a comprehensive "ebook" about getting DIY credentials on the web, funded by the Gates Foundation. They are calling us edupunks :) or edupreneurs, don't you love new words!?!

http://www.openculture.com/2011/08/download_the_edupunks_guide_to_a_diy_credential_free.html

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« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2012, 09:27:55 PM »
I just found this site, podcasts  about books and authors.

http://podularity.com/

Here is what it says on their home page about them

Podularity.com exists to celebrate the written word and the spoken word.

Podularity.com exists to allow authors to communicate with readers in the most immediate way possible: through the spoken word.

Podularity.com exists to allow readers to discover new writers, new books, new voices.

Podularity.com will bring you regular podcasts from the world of books: interviews with authors, author readings, reports from events and festivals .

You’ll be able to hear them talking about everything from major bestsellers to quirky gems that have captured our imagination.

Think of podularity.com as your ongoing Literary Festival on-line. A literary festival you can enjoy as you paint the kitchen, walk the dog, or drive to work.

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« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2012, 09:49:11 PM »
I haven't listened to any of the podularity podcasts yet, so i'm not sure how good they are.

Jean

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« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2012, 11:36:12 PM »
The site looks great. I hope the podcasts work here in the US. I have one in mind but won't listen until tomorrow as it is getting late.

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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2012, 08:35:01 AM »
Interesting site, Jean.  Thanks!!

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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2012, 08:59:42 PM »
 Questia - a great site for free info/education is linking to free romantic stories today. Pride &Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, etc.

http://blog.questia.com/2012/02/free-romance-novels-online-to-celebrate-valentine’s-day/

Jean

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« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2012, 03:05:08 PM »
My accounting teacher is a TED fan. So far, she has shown us two 18minute lectures and threatens to show more. Neither one addressed accounting issues. Here is one of them:
http://www.ted.com/talks/geoffrey_west_the_surprising_math_of_cities_and_corporations.html

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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2012, 12:23:39 AM »
I'm a TED fan too. That's an interesting lecture, although he made some math mistakes -- I've worked with the "growth curve" (sygmoidal curve) and new technology in my work, and seen exactly what he saw, but I like his application to cities.

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« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2012, 11:52:02 AM »
Now that I have finished watching a Yale course about Roman Architecture, I am into the Yale course on Game Theory. I am going to have to get my old Probability and Statistics text off the shelf to refresh myself of matrices and the like. Also, started the podcast on LearnOutLoud.org about Roman history.

Oh, one more thing. I am considering volunteering for Project Gutenberg's distributed proofreading. The guidelines are rather lengthy and I want to read them first. I tried the into sample and it seems easy enough. It does seem weird to leave punctuation mark errors, and not mark for bold or italics for someone else though. My inclination is to correct them right away. ManyBooks.net has something similar. I suspect the two are actually closely affiliated.

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« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2012, 12:35:33 PM »
I considered that at one point Frybabe. Thought it might be fun and i could learn about whatever the topic was. Just never signed up.

I mentioned these in the Library but will put here for anyone checking this site......

www.delanceyplace.com     Puts up each day an excerpt from a book.

www.alphaDictionary.com    Has a lot of fun word games and a word-of-the-day.

Jane - love the heading! And thanks for collecting all the suggestions in one spot.

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« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2012, 04:50:34 PM »
:)

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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2012, 10:37:52 AM »
Jane, Mabel, anyone.   I have little time this morning, but was looking over those sites and as my interest is history, I clicked on one  - lectures of American HIstory from the University of Houston. 

A thought - could we somehow all listen to these one at a time - it would a running discussion over ?????  amounts of time, and discuss them?  Perhaps one lecture a week?   For example, what is history, how should it be taught, who do you know that has written good history - American history, for example - novels, nonfiction books?

Many movies have been made from historical books.  The most recent is Spielberg's LINCOLN, and there is that old trusty - GONE WITH THE WIND.  Many, many more.

Much to discuss I would think, as winter winds blow cold.  Might warm us up?

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« Reply #35 on: November 16, 2012, 11:34:47 AM »
Interesting idea Ella.

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« Reply #36 on: November 16, 2012, 01:25:59 PM »
I like that Ella, good idea.

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« Reply #37 on: November 16, 2012, 02:54:44 PM »
The course The Americas: Identity, Culture and Power looks like it is very apropos to current events. I've just listened to his introduction, but i'm intriqued and will continue w/ the lectures.

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« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2012, 03:46:35 PM »
A note: the book we're reading in January, "Travels with Herodedeus" Talks about some of those questions.

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