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Learning today – possible or not?

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I was discussing with someone the other day about learning and access to education – the person was telling me that it is hard to get access to quality education and information.

But…is it really the case? From my point of view, not exactly. As long as you have access to school, or you can borrow a PC with an internet connection, you get access to learning.

What young people need today, is curiosity. If you are curious, learning comes by itself: you will learn from what you live, read, hear, watch, etc. And that’s the parent’s job: make you want to discover the world and to be curious.

Here’s a success story which shows that will and curiosity can take you far:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1315879/Homeless-Harvard-How-daughter-drug-addicts-defied-odds-Ivy-League-graduate.html

Another video on learning today and keeping kids’s creativity alive:

And a French professor trying to explain kids that come from tough environments they are not stupid:

As far as online learning goes, I did some online searches and here are the resources I found:

Wikipedia’s sister projects:

Wiktionary (free dictionary) 
Wikibooks (free textbooks) 
Wikiquote (quotations) 
Wikisource (free library) 
Wikiversity (free learning resources)
Commons (images and media) 
Wikivoyage (free travel guide) 
Wikinews (free news source)

Ted

Ted ed

Khan academy

Wikihow

Youtube

Le dessous des cartes

C est pas sorcier

Arte tv

BBC

Canal+ documentaries

TVR 2 (for my Romanian friends!) 🙂

Discovery channels

National geographic
Etc.

You can do other stuff too:

-Watch movies in their own language

-Read history and geography books

-Read contemporary thinkers

-Join an ngo

-Search for all the mooc’s you can find and take free classes with them

Here’s a list of some educational apps too (amongst many that I probably don’t know!)

https://www.studyblue.com/

https://www.mystudylife.com/

http://www.educationsoftware.com.au/educational-software?p=2

http://www.journeyed.com/dept/Educational+Tools/300138

http://www.hemingwayapp.com/desktop.html

Happy Learning!!

INA

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_educational_software

Credit photo:

https://www.learnboost.com/blog/ipads-for-education-interview-with-ian-wilson/

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Are you interested to improve your skills in a particular topic? To discover something completely new to you? Or simply review a topic you like by checking out a new approach?

Whether your goal is to satisfy your curiosity or get ready to take on new challenges, this article might interest you!

From prestigious (like Harvard) to less famous universities, various free courses are proposed via the web – either individually or collectively (if you are looking for more interaction with ‘classmates’ & teachers).

Teachers involved in this free skills sharing experience usually share the passion & the goodwill of explaining things, as well as exchanging with the learner. New questions & views are usually welcome to the table, because that leads to a mutual continuous improvement.

An excel table may not be the sexiest/coolest way to present it, but I thought it might help you to find quickly the topic you like. At the same time, it will allow you to enrich it quite easily with your own findings.

Your collaboration, remarks, critics & new ideas, are more than welcome!

Personally, I thought of 3 main areas:

  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Technical, Methodologies & Tools
  • Technical & Human Sciences

Happy reading!

P.S.: official name: MOOCs = Massive Open Online Courses

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The Links :

  1. https://www.class-central.com/university/harvard
  2. https://www.coursera.org/
  3. http://www.france-universite-numerique.fr/moocs.html
  4. https://www.khanacademy.org/library
  5. https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/crash-course1
  6. https://www.youtube.com/user/morninglorymedia
  7. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+oliver
  8. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=le+dessous+des+cartes
  9. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=c%27est+pas+sorcier
  10. “google advanced Search in PDF : ”DIY Mechanisms for Inventors,Hobbyists, and Artists””
  11. https://www.edx.org
  12. your ideas!

Excel Legend

  1. University
  2. Nber = Number of courses available
  3. Familly
  4. Sub-Familly
  5. Langage
  6. Level

B = Beginner

L = Learning Curve

E = Expert”

  1. The Links

Sources:

JDR