[Surfnetkids: 11 May 2011] Free Online Classes

[Surfnetkids Free Newsletter] Free Online Classes


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#1. May 11, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Did you read the book or see the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” written by Elizabeth Gilbert? I have a few friends who simply hated it, saying that Gilbert has to be the most self-possessed creature ever, but I loved both the book and the movie. And so began this small seed of an idea for my bucket list: to live in Italy for a month.

You can read the rest of the story here: My Italian Getaway: Eat, Eat, Eat!

Or you can cut to the chase, and jump on over to “like” me on the Facebook Surfnetkids fan page to be updated with photo snapshots of my dream trip to Italy. I leave in just 48 hours!

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Free Online Classes

by Barbara J. Feldman

Free Online Classes Printable (** for premium members only)

What’s happening in online education is earth-shattering. If you have the motivation and desire to learn, you can now audit free classes taught by distinguished professors at many of the world’s most prestigious universities. In addition to the fly-on-the-wall experience of watching a lecture on video, many of these courses include exercises, reading assignments, and online discussions with other students. And today’s selections are not limited to college-level material, as some of these sites also provide middle-school and high-school classes.

Academic Earth
AcademicEarth is dedicated to breaking down the barriers to a “world class education.” College-level video classes and supplemental materials (such as exercises and reading assignments) are available from universities such as Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard and Yale. They are listed by subject, university, or instructor, and are also available as Playlists. Playlists are themetic collections of lectures (usually from a variety of colleges) picked by the AcademicEarth editors. Recent playlists included The Sound of Music, Money Makes the World Go Round and You Are What You Eat, with about a half-dozen lectures in each list.

Apple: iTunes U
More than 400 universities (including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley) distribute classes and lectures through the Apple iTunes Store. Additionally, you’ll also find content from organizations such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, Public Radio International, and PBS stations. And it’s not just MP3 audio files, either. Classes can include PDFs, ebooks, slideshows, and movies. To get started, download the free iTunes software (for Mac or PC) or to learn about mobile access, watch the video “Learn how to access iTunes U on your iPhone or iPod Touch.”

Khan Academy
Kahn Academy is a non-profit educational organization that began simply enough in 2004 when founder Sal Khan was remote tutoring his cousins in middle-school and high-school math, and found that making YouTube videos to explain the concepts was the best use of his time. Now, seven years and 2100 videos later, Khan Academy has delivered more than five million lessons all around the world. Topics include all levels of math and science, although they are working to expand into other subjects such as history.

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#4. Surfing the Calendar

Richard Feynman’s Birthday
May 11, 1918

Edward Lear’s Birthday (Celebrated as Limerick Day)
May 12, 1812

Edward Lear’s Limericks
May 12, 1812

Start of California Gold Rush
May 12, 1848

National Windmill Day (Holland)
May 14, 2011

First permanent British colony Established in Jamestown, Virginia
May 14, 1607

Lewis & Clark Leave St. Louis
May 14, 1804

Major Lassen Peak Volcanic Eruption
May 14, 1915

L. Frank Baum’s Birthday
May 15, 1856

Discovery of Largest Prime Number Known to Man
May 15, 2004

Sue Debuts at Field Museum
May 17, 2000

Karol Wojtyla Birthday (Pope John Paul II)
May 18, 1920

Major Mount St. Helens Volcanic Eruption
May 18, 1980

#5. Quote of the Week

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” ~~ George Santayana ~~ (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952) Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Click here for more education quotes.

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