Written by Z
For this week’s Online Groove, I want to introduce you to some of my favourite educational websites out there. The Internet is not all that bad, you know, and it’s good to make sure you’re still using your brain over the summer.
1. Duolingo. This is by far the most useful website for learning new languages I’ve seen. By first introducing simple vocabulary, and then going further into grammar and sentence structure, you easily become conversational in a language if you work a little every day.
2. Khan Academy. This is my lord and savior when it comes to math. Sal Khan started setting videos up to teach his cousin some basic math, but has then shared his videos on Youtube. Soon enough, the entire world was learning from him alongside his cousin.
3. Coursera. Coursera offers free online courses presented by universities to the general public. Their coursers are usually on a weekly basis, with lectures and quizzes. There are courses on everything from politics, to law, to robotic engineering.
4. Cooking For Engineers. Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read! Cooking For Engineers is a website for people who sometimes need a little extra help when it comes to cooking. For someone like me, who likes to burn the house down, this site is absolutely amazing!
5. Wolframalpha. Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine. Perhaps it will one day become one, but currently it’s exactly what its tagline says: a computational knowledge engine. It does not care at all how many arguments you give it; just like a calculator, it couldn’t care less if you’re adding up two or fifty numbers. Beautiful for every math student out there!
6. How Stuff Works. HowStuffWorks explains thousands of topics, from engines to lock-picking to ESP, with video and illustrations so you can learn how everything works.
8. TED. Although TED may not exactly straight-up teach you anything, it can still open your eyes to concepts and ideas you had never thought of before. TED is a conference where the world’s most influential people speak about the newest ideas in everything from the first 3D printed food to the proper way to tie your shoelaces.
9. Top Documentary Films. Watch free, streaming, online documentary films and movies. Collection of stunning, eyeopening, interesting, controversial, full-length documentaries.
10. Crash Course. Crash Course is techincally a Youtube channel, but Hank and John Green are both educators in every sense of the word. Between them, the brothers cover everything from World History, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, and even Psychology. They’re definitely worth checking out for a chuckload of information before your exams.