Marcia Hansen

Online Educational Resources: 6 Choices for Curious Online Learners

My family knows that my most frequent question as a child was, “why?” Truth be told, I’m still really curious about how stuff works and learning about a wide range of topics. I bet there are others out there reading this post who are a lot like me. Or, maybe you have children who fit in this category.

I am continually amazed by all of the educational resources available at the click of a search button, or with a little more digging, tons of educational resources to keep learners occupied to their heart’s content.

Below is a list of six online resources for students or anyone who is interested in learning:

  • WatchKnow: This site has thousands of videos for K-12 students (and the adults in their lives). I found one of the videos on geocaching particularly interesting — it’s a good introduction to how geocaching could be used in educational settings. I love how this activity combines adventure, being out in nature with learning geography and technology. I can just imagine how curious types and kinesthetic learners will love activities like this one. Watching it made me want to learn more about geocaching opportunities for adults.
  • Academic Earth: Online courses from the world’s top scholars. Scoop readers might be interested to know that Benjamin Polak has a course online on game theory. Plus, there are many more courses from a wide range of disciplines from computer science to literary theory.
  • MIT Open Courseware: A web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Technology buffs can approach technology from a number of perspectives. There are courses in Science, Technology, & Society as well as Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Lynda.com: Online software training. Learn at your own pace. One of the most popular and affordable options on the internet. Home computing, web, and photography classes are included among the selection of courses.
  • Science World at Wolfram.net: A fantastic resource for students of Math and Science.Try the random entry link under any section to get a taste of the content available.

Let me turn it over to you with this discussion question: What are your favorite subjects to learn about online? Why does a particular site or sites inspire you to spend hours exploring?

Marcia Hansen

About Marcia Hansen

Marcia works as a digital storytelling marketing strategist for iQ and the Intel digital newsroom. She joined Intel in July 2010 after her pioneering work in social media at Allstate Insurance. She loves words, movies, photos, and world travel. Marcia holds an M.A. from the University of Missouri where she completed a thesis on digital literacies.

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