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25 Free Lifelong Learning Resources

25 Free Lifelong Learning Resources
The Internet has made the lifelong pursuit of knowledge easier for nearly everyone in the world. There are tons of websites dedicated to providing free courses, reference books, education apps, and other learning materials. Here are 25 stand-out sites that would be useful to almost any lifelong learner. Clusty – This unique search engine sorts results into clusters of related information so that it is easier to sort out the relevant from the irrelevant. Schoolr – Schoolr is a fully-customizable search engine that can be used to search Google, Wikipedia, and other popular sites. MyStickies – This site offers an alternative to bookmarking. Diigo is a handy research tool that can be used to highlight and annotate pages on the web. Hooey – Hooey is a unique tool for people who like to surf the web. Internet Public Library – The IPL is a free public library for the Internet community. RefDesk – This award-winning, family-friendly website is a great place to find reference materials online.

FREE -- Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government FREE Features These features originally appeared on the features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics. January February March April May June July August Back to School: 7 Ways to Help Kids Transition Back to the Classroom September October November December About FREE Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) offered a way to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President. Technology has made it increasingly easier to find information from government agencies or with custom search tools, like FREE Disclaimer The U.S.

Top 5 Free Websites for Quality Copyright Free Photographs Advertisement Maybe you’re an aspiring photographer looking for inspiration. Perhaps an up-and-coming entrepreneur trying to find stock photography to add to your website. We’ve even included three bonus sites – read all the way to the end to check them out! How Free Is Free? There’s a question of how free “free” is. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. — The following websites either support, or are fully composed of, CC0 images available in the public domain. Two things concerning common courtesy when using CC0 images. 1. Once you register for a free membership at Freerange, thousands of high-resolution stock photos will be at your fingertips at no cost. 2. 3. Pexels is a website that wants to help. 4. 5. BONUS 1: StockSnap BONUS 2: Pixabay BONUS 3: Wikimedia

100 Amazing How-To Sites to Teach Yourself Anything | Rated Colleges Posted by Site Administrator in Online Learning May 7th, 2009 Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are loads of free resources on the Web that can help you find instructional videos, tutorials and classes to learn a wide variety of skills from fixing basic car problems to speaking another language. General Tutorials These sites offer a wide range of tutorials and videos. Around the House Want to know how to fix that broken cabinet or hang up some great wallpaper? Business and Management If you feel like you’re seriously lacking on business and management skills at work, no need to worry. KnowThis? Language and Writing Those who want to learn a new language, improve their writing skills or just learn more about literature will be well-served by these instructional sites. Technology These tech-focused sites offer help to both technophiles and beginners alike. actDEN: Never learned how to use Microsoft Excel? Math S.O.S. Science Creativity

Collaborative Learning – for the people, by the people by Josh L Should training organizations cancel their LMS subscriptions, take a hammer to their laser pointers, and bury their Webcams? By all means, NO! Formal learning is needed in most organizations. What we must do is redefine ourselves as learning construction experts. Traditional approaches to training are facing disruption. When I say “traditional,” I mean more than instructor-led training located in classrooms. The basic reason is simple. Traditional training programs will not be able to supply the large pipeline of knowledge, skills, and information that your workers will need. Figure 1: Traditional hierarchical structures are a bottleneck between learners and the knowledge pool. Any astute training manager will tell you that they can feel this in their bones. “Josh, I need to create about 15 new programs this year. I can empathize with this. Even doing all of this, I still felt like I was only scratching the surface. So what is this all about? Learn or die – It’s the truth.

Rolesia - Virtual Economy Simulation 2011 100 Intro Open Courses on Everything You've Ever Wanted to Learn Posted on Wednesday May 12, 2010 by Staff Writers While the classes you take through an online college are a great resource, you can augment your learning by taking some time to see what entirely free courses are out there offered by universities. Taking these courses can be a great way to get a foundation of knowledge or expand on what you already know. Business and Finance These courses will help you learn a little bit more about the business and financial worlds. Introductory Economics: Take this course to learn the basics of economics. Math Improve your understanding of math with these courses. Introduction to Probability and Statistics: Learn how to better use statistics and probability in real life through this course. Science Through these courses you can gain some valuable scientific knowledge. Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering: Take this course to learn about the relationship between engineering and the functions of the ocean. Literature Social Sciences History and Politics

My Learning Tools « ID and Other Reflections I just finished reading Harold Jarche’s post: Seek, Sense, Share In the post, he talks about how seeking information, then applying our personal sense-making filters to it, and finally sharing it helps us to see the interconnections, patterns and the larger whole. This is why the process of “seek, sense, share” becomes so important in one’s personal learning and knowledge management. This set me thinking about how I manage my personal knowledge and from there it led to the tools I use to do in this networked world. Lately, I have started using a number of Web tools actively. I have listed the tools in their order of frequency of usage (at least now and this is liable to change)… What do I receive (tangible and intangible)/how do I use each of the tools… Twitter: Amplify: 1. 5. Blog: As Harold Jarche has said, my blog is where I hammer out my ideas. Posterous: A place for my half formed ideas—those that are too big for Twitter and too scrappy to be a post. Readernaut: Evernote: Xmind and Freemind:

Free Technology for Teachers 100 Free Online Books Everyone Should Read Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2009 by Staff Writers By Caitlin Smith Whether you want to learn more about business or read some the great works of literature, you’ll find more than enough material to keep you busy for months in collections of free ebooks. Some books are released free of charge by their authors, while others have been around for so long that copyright laws no longer apply and they can be freely exchanged. We’ve pulled together 100 of these free online books that are well worth your time to read, though this is by no means a comprehensive list of the great, free literature out there. Classics The Internet can be a great place to find some of the most important works of literature from the past few hundred years. Philosophy and Religion These famous works will help you get a better understanding of religious and philosophical theories from around the world and through many different periods of time. Politics, Economics and History Plays and Poems Ancient Writings Finances

Learning 3 – what are the key competencies for learning professi On Friday I attended the Learning 3 symposium at the British Museum in London along with Jane Hart, Laura Overton and a crowd of others, mostly from the UK Further and Higher Education sectors. Here’s a picture of me at the event producing a 30-second series of sound bites on what the future of Learning and Development needs (the picture links to a video on the Learning 3 Ning site). What our hosts LLUK (and particularly Briony Taylor) wanted to stimulate was a dialog around this question: What are the skills and competencies needed by the lifelong learning sector now? During the day I put out a quick Twitter poll on this, as it seemed odd to be discussing Learning 3 in a room without pulling in the wider learning community. Jane Hart did the same. The learning Twittersphere was engaged: we generated quite a few replies…. Here are some suggestions of key competencies needed for today’s L&D professional: For more on the continuing conversation, visit the debate on the Learning3 Ning community. - Collaborative mind mapping in your browser