Whether you are a kid who hasn’t been to school in weeks or an adult who hasn’t been to school in years, there is so much to learn online. From basic how-to videos that regular people post on YouTube to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that last a full 14-week semester, there is way more than a moderately curious person has time for in real life. Well, we are in a period unlike real life right now, so if you have the time and inclination, you might want to brush up on some skills or take a course in something you’ve always wanted to know more about. Here are some favorite sites to explore:
- Learning Express — basic grammar, math, and computer skills, high school equivalency, test prep, career prep, brought to you by the Maine State Library
- learnfree.org a.k.a GFC Global — life skills, career skills, language skills, computer skills (a great place to start for someone intimidated by computers, tablets, and smartphones), brought to you by Goodwill Community Foundation
- If you’re already pretty comfortable and confident on the computer, you can build some coding skills at w3schools, Code Academy, Udacity, or Bento.
- There is much more general education fare available from the best universities in the world on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and Iversity. A lot of this content is free and go-at-your-own-pace. Check out Yale, Harvard, and MIT.
- Khan Academy — started as a way for founder Salman Khan to tutor his cousin in math but expanded into other subjects