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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby Scenario Thinker » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:30 am

Caitlin wrote:Must say that http://www.howstuffworks.com is MY FAVOURITE!

I really like that one, too. Years ago, my girlfriend at the time "knew how I was" and after stumbling on it, recommended it to me.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby Serendipity » Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:51 pm

I'm surprised no one has suggested www.academicearth.org. They lectures on lots of different subjects from professors at universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton. The non credit classes are free. They have some for credit classes too. You can even get a transcript of the lecture to have while you are watching the video. They have lists of reading materials that go with the lecture. It is kind of like being in class except you don't take exams, ask questions or do homework. Of course, the classes are also free which is good for the poor but nerdy like me. I've learned a lot of interesting subjects.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby Wolf Goddess » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:04 am

MagCloud is a website from Hewlett-Packard that offers very cheap and often FREE magazines to download. Some are schlocky but many are top notch. You can even preview them before you download. http://www.magcloud.com/about

Seth Godin offers free e-books on starting a business. http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/

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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby user2416 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:28 am

I absolutely LOVE Ted, stumbleUpon, and being a very visual person Pinterest which acts as a visual virtual version of my day book. I look at it any time I need inspiration for a project! Slightly off topic but on the same vein, there are a tonne of amazing podcasts to learn from out there - I learn about everything from cosmology, to psychology, to spanish while I work at my lackluster day job several days a week. The Things You Should Know podcast by How Stuff Works is my favorite!
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby An8el » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:34 pm

I totally endorse http://www.instructables.com I use them all the time. They're awesome.

Well, if you can imagine something, there's probably a group of people doing it. Of course, I ran into these folks because I needed help getting spyware off my computer, but they're fun people who like to learn too - the folks at http://www.computerhope.com. There's some awesome recommendations about how to learn stuff in the forums there too. If I were on my usual computer, I'd show the link about how to learn webpage design, etc. that I got from them. Maybe I can edit this later...

I've been learning thinking skills from this site: http://www.practisethinking.com I found out about it from this author's social networking site: http://www.debonosociety.com. Trained by Edward de Bono, this guy named Graeme runs a blog that discusses thinking skills, designed for teachers: http://newmillenniumthinking.blogspot.com/

There's another site where you can collect stuff you run into on the internet, for your friends to see. Here's mine: http://franis.enjoysthin.gs/ Another way to do that is to use a free program (I think it's only for Windoz_ called Everynote. It solves some problems for scanners everywhere.

Here's a fellow scanner/polymath who likes to collect science stuff, and brain research tidbits.http://www.litemind.com Luigi has also got a facebook page.
Speaking of that, there's another site with cool things to think about, if you like create stuff and to learn how to do that. http://www.gocreate.com/ But it's easy to get distracted there. (Like that isn't something scanners are capable of...!)
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sdo62 » Sat May 05, 2012 5:01 pm

Harvard and MIT are joining the charge led by Udacity and Coursera - both started by Stanford professors. Google "class central" to find a website with a full listing of courses at all three. They started out with a mainly Computer Science focus (I did Intro to AI and Intro to ML late last year) but Coursera in particular are now branching out into other areas including the humanities. I'd highly recommend them particularly if you find deadlines help to keep you focussed and not chasing off after every new "shiny thing" you see.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sanwoman7 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:33 pm

This looks like the closest match to post this, please move if necessary. Here is a great link to an article about an artist with the scanner outlook, even though she doesn't use the term. The article is good as well, but go to the bottom for the video link.

The video is kind of long but take heart the scanner part is near the beginning, the first 4 1/2 min. (4:35 is where they start to go further into other subjects).

http://www.jonathanfields.com/blog/arti ... ngs-badly/
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sanwoman7 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:51 am

New online class: How to Learn Almost Anything, Open MIT Online Class: http://blog.makezine.com/2013/02/01/how-to-learn-almost-anything-open-mit-online-class/ starts Feb. 11

Here's the blurb from Make (online) magazine (click the above link):

"Actually the name of the class is Learning Creative Learning and it’s offered by Mitch Resnick, the director of Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Media Lab. The ability to learn new ways to learn is more than a byproduct of a good education; it’s a basic survival skill in the 21st Century. What happens in the class?

You learn a whole lot about learning. And because learning (and learning about learning) is more fun with more people we’ll group you with other students, so you can share ideas, give each other feedback, and make new friends. Each week we’ll focus on a particular topic related to creative learning, such as “Interest-Based Learning” or “Powerful Ideas” or “Tinkering.”

It looks like all the infrastructure is based on Google+, hangouts, and tools like the Mechanical MOOC. Class starts February 11th; sign up on the Learning Creative Learning page: http://learn.media.mit.edu/ ."

P.S. A small part of people have trouble signing up (I didn't). Click on the FAQ link (top of page) on the MIT page for a "help me" email address.

PLEASE NOTE: It looks like you have to use Google +, so if you don't have a Gmail account I don't think there's a way to participate. (If you do have a Gmail account, make sure you sign up for Google+, G's social media component, to participate.

Looks like they assign people to groups, so if anyone wants to join with me in a group, BEFORE you sign up, PM me and I will send you an invite code MIT will use (to group us together). Each group is "self-leading" for the discussion part, they don't supply facilitators; so this looks like a scanner-friendly setup!
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sanwoman7 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:53 am

P.S. I forgot to mention the class is FREE.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby Scenario Thinker » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:27 pm

Looks like a fun class. I downloaded Scratch and played with it a little bit (made the cat go around in a 100 step square :) ).

As a continuous learner, I'm seriously thinking of signing up for one (or more) Coursera courses. I'm getting increasingly frustrated and annoyed at our institution of higher education. Not a topic for this thread, but I'll start one on deep/shallow.

Quick thing about learning in Kindergarten, I always have fond memories making those paper mache clowns :) . I can't believe they're treating Kindergarten like the rest of school now. However, I've been reading that this "orientation to taking tests" and "no child left behind" is not working, and we're neglecting our best and brightest from fostering creativity and trying to get the below average students to an equal playing field.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sanwoman7 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:41 pm

Scenario Thinker wrote:Looks like a fun class. I downloaded Scratch and played with it a little bit (made the cat go around in a 100 step square :) ).

As a continuous learner, I'm seriously thinking of signing up for one (or more) Coursera courses. I'm getting increasingly frustrated and annoyed at our institution of higher education. Not a topic for this thread, but I'll start one on deep/shallow.

Quick thing about learning in Kindergarten, I always have fond memories making those paper mache clowns :) . I can't believe they're treating Kindergarten like the rest of school now. However, I've been reading that this "orientation to taking tests" and "no child left behind" is not working, and we're neglecting our best and brightest from fostering creativity and trying to get the below average students to an equal playing field.


I'm glad you enjoyed Scratch. Your post reminded me that I had downloaded it too a while back (ooh, shiny :lol:) so I had to go back and see what I did with it. Apparently I was enamored of it, I added sound and made him change color when he changed direction walking his square. I remember losing track of a lot of time :lol: Pretty fast for "coding", though, which I was exploring a bit of at the time. Thanks for replying!

Let me know your experience with the Coursera course(s). I will do a follow up post on the Creative Learning class; I'm still planning on taking it.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby Scenario Thinker » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:53 am

I started watching a course from Udacity, and they seem pretty well designed, too.
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Re: Free Classes & Websites Scanners Love

Postby sanwoman7 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:34 pm

Scenario Thinker wrote:Looks like a fun class. I downloaded Scratch and played with it a little bit (made the cat go around in a 100 step square :) ).

As a continuous learner, I'm seriously thinking of signing up for one (or more) Coursera courses. I'm getting increasingly frustrated and annoyed at our institution of higher education. Not a topic for this thread, but I'll start one on deep/shallow.

Quick thing about learning in Kindergarten, I always have fond memories making those paper mache clowns :) . I can't believe they're treating Kindergarten like the rest of school now. However, I've been reading that this "orientation to taking tests" and "no child left behind" is not working, and we're neglecting our best and brightest from fostering creativity and trying to get the below average students to an equal playing field.


It's funny you wrote that; the main class coordinator spoke to the benefits of traditional kindergarten in his intro. BTW, one of the coolest things about this course is that everything is available to everyone whether you registered or not. You just get the benefit of being in a small group and trying out the activities, which you could organize yourself (lots of people who missed the cutoff are) by going to the website: learn.media.mit.edu . It is truly an open course!
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