March 2015 Article

Education At Our Fingertips

 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Mr. Mandela wasn’t just talking about the world in its broadest aspect. He was talking about each of our own individual worlds. Education is the doorway outside of the homes, neighborhoods, and schools in which we live, work, and play. The more we know, the better decisions we can make for ourselves and our families. The more we know, the more we can grow. Thanks to technology and the internet, Education has never been more accessible.

 

Everything

GCF LearnFree.org

Offering Free tutorials on reading, math, technology, and much more. http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers education opportunities accessible from laptops, tablets, and even phones. Courses include math, sciences, finance, arts, computing, and even test prep and college admissions help. https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

Coursera

Many colleges and universities, such as Duke and Rice, have made their classes available for free online. Coursera currently hosts 957 courses from 118 educational facilities. https://www.coursera.org/

 

 

Math

PurpleMath.com is a great resource for developing and improving Algebra and World Problem solving skills. The website also has links to other math services beginning with 5 grade level math and continuing on through College Algebra. http://www.purplemath.com/

 

 

Art

Art is a mirror that reflects lives, thoughts, dreams, and even fears. It is a link to other cultures, to our past, and sometimes foretells of our futures. Many of the great museums of the world now offer online exploration of their facilities, as well as learning opportunities for every age group.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York

Explore: http://www.moma.org/

Learn: http://www.moma.org/learn/kids_families/index

 

The Louvre in Paris

Explore: http://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Learn: http://www.louvre.fr/en/oal

 

The Smithsonian has a zoo, museum, research center, cultural center, and many more projects. http://www.si.edu/

 

 

These are just a few examples of the many resources available online to us all to educate ourselves and our families. Remember that knowledge is power—the power to change the world, even if it’s just our own little one.

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