Dixie Darr

Favorite Online Learning Resources

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite online learning resources. For most of them, the topics covered are gloriously wide-ranging.
TED.com
TED stands for technology, entertainment and design, but those words are much too restrictive to describe the topics covered here. Experts in any field you can think of give talks limited to 20 minutes. My favorites, just to get you started, are Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, and Dr. Jill Bolte on dealing with stroke from a brain scientist’s perspective.
If the talks tickle your fancy, you can move on to their books:
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Sir Ken Robinson.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte. If I ever have a stroke, I want all my caregivers to read this book.
By the way, if you are an audio learner, each of these books is available as an audio download from the Denver Public Library and probably from your library, too.

RadioLab.org
“Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. This fascinating and quirky show, produced by New York’s public radio outlet WNYC, can be heard on 200 stations around the country, but I always listen online. It covers topics from marshmallows to biblical physics.
Wikihow.com
This online learning site features almost 100,000 short how-to articles from how to fix a running toilet to how to develop common sense. If you want simple instructions on just about anything, try this site.
YouTube.com
Okay, everybody knows to look here for the next singing sensation, flash mob, or celebrity stumble, but it is also a great place for how-to videos on any subject you can imagine. I’ve watched many videos on art journaling and bookbinding. Don McMillan on Life After Death by PowerPoint is one of my favorites. You can also find college lectures and commencement speeches (check out this one by Steve Jobs).

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