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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Personal Growth - Medium

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.


There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2015 2:43 PM

Are you a lifelong learner? Here are some great ideas for learning.

Angela Brown-Parker, MBA's curator insight, July 13, 2015 12:54 PM

I recently enrolled back in college to learn a new skill for a career change.   I wish that I knew about these websites.  Would have save me thousands of dollars.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, July 15, 2015 6:11 AM

This one looks worth tucking away until I have one of those rainy days I'm always dreaming about!

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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It shoudl be our Mantra to teach Cretive Thinking skills to our students everyday.

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Christa Wojo's curator insight, July 7, 2014 12:00 PM

My favorite tent is "creative thinking is work." Being creative doesn't mean you have frequent moments of genius or insight out of the blue. It's a process of learning constantly, being resourceful with your knowledge, and being open to using it in novel ways.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, July 7, 2014 3:24 PM

Very down-to-earth approach: I like that in today's edu-buzzword cacophony.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 7, 2014 11:10 PM

Interesting comments by

Marshall BarnesFounder, Director of SuperScience for High School PhysicsSome of these I agree with in regard Edison and 1000 failures before finging a light filament and worthy of a read in his Paranovation blog~Especialy his claims to producing Video Rock early on~
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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:33 PM

What would happen if you encouraged students "to think in pictures" as well as words? This post explores what happened in one classroom where the teacher decided to have students write in Lifebook Journals daily. Learn more about this activity by clicking through to the post.

Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Open Doors's curator insight, January 12, 2014 5:59 PM

Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Skype

 


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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence

How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO "How might be inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?" That was the challenge posed by OpenIDEO several months ago:

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This seems like it would work in any program  on any subject.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:32 AM

Great visual of inspiring creative confidence.

Audrey's curator insight, January 28, 2014 5:21 PM

Excellent ways to encourage learning and all of this can be accomplished from home, curated by Audrey for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 2014 4:05 PM

want to try this with my class, thanks for sharing :)