Michigan State University has an American Sign Language Browser web site where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs and learn interesting things about them.
OH My GOD!
This site is amazing!
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.
They have 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.
What a genius!
At Federal Resources for Educational Excellence you’ll find a host of teaching and learning resources from federal agencies. Arts and Music, Health and Physical Education, History and Social Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science are located in the Subject Map. Some animations include a view of the night sky, a tour of a cell, a view of cancer and much more.
The videos include space, before and after the great earthquake in San Francisco and on and on.
Historical photos are available with links to the websites where they can be found.
You can review Primary Documents from the Library of Congress and other sources that includes:
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
shows the typewritten draft of the December 8, 1941, speech in which Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan. The draft shows Roosevelt’s hand-written edits, including his change of the phrase “a date which will live in world history …
The Zimmermann Telegram
is lesson plan aims to help students understand the causes of World War I and why the U.S. intervened. In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering …
The Homestead Act of 1862
recounts efforts to improve homesteading laws and make land ownership possible for more settlers. The distribution of government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War. “Preemption” — settling the land first and paying for it later — became national policy; however, supporting legislation…
George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
consists of three lessons examining George Washington’s leadership in the French and Indian War, at the Federal Convention, and as chief executive. They are based on primary source documents from the George Washington Papers, 1741-1799. The lessons are intended for secondary students, grades 8-12. The documents from Washington’s Letterbooks include focus questions that may be used in Socratic seminars and in cooperative learning groups. (Library of Congress).
Have you visited TedTalks.com yet? This site is chock full of ‘ideas worth spreading’ according to the tag line.
And it’s right. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design or my version which is True Enrichment Daily.
TED is a private nonprofit foundation that disseminates information on the internet.
Speakers, Talks and Themes are related to technology, entertainment, design, business, science, culture, arts, global issues and more.
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world… and best of all … each talk is 18 minutes or less. What a way to start the day!
Take a few minutes to learn about Open Source learning and why it’s so important.
Richard Baraniuk believes it’s the wave of the future because it cuts out the middleman which keeps costs low.
The video shows how teachers have embraced open source learning as a tool that allows them to connect with other educators across the city, nation and world.
You can get online peer-reviewed books for free. They can be also be purchased in softcover, audio, and self-print versions. They are open-source so you can modify them to fit your course. Faculty receives great books and control over their content. THEY get to decide when to move to a new version, not the publisher and the student wins.
Check to see if your university is listed (there are 100’s of them here!) and then sort alphabetically by school name and use the alpha links to jump to your school.
If you are learning a language or want to learn a language or just want to brush up on a language, there is a list of Beginners’ Courses available in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Check out the BBC website.
The website has weekly email tips to help you along as you learn.
The website has a Phrases of the Day, Tips and Stories, Foreign Language TV and more.
It has a list of essential phrases in 36 languages. It is the language friend you’ve been looking for to practice, practice, practice!
What a gift from the BBC…
Or perhaps BBC isn’t what you need? In The Web Way to Learn a Language, you learn about some websites that charge you money but what they offer might work better than the BBC/Language website. Or maybe not!
Let me know what works best for you so I can let others know too!
Ever wonder how to do something? Well, there’s a site called WonderHowTo.com (of course there is) which will show you a wide range of videos to answer any question you might have. Ever wonder how to whisper kiss, flirt, load a dishwasher or change a tire.
If so, someone has already asked and the topic is in full color for your viewing pleasure. This site is sure to give you the nudge you need to get your files organized, your windows washed and your towels folded like a pro.
Tie a necktie? Write a business letter? Get a library card? If you are wondering, there is probably an answer … this is truly your lucky day!
I found this information on LearnOutLoud.com about these streaming videos from the University of California-Berkeley. In 2006 they became the first university to podcast a significant number of their courses on audio, making lectures available as downloadable MP3s put up on RSS feeds that you can subscribe to.
Their podcasted courses cover science, psychology, engineering, and many other subjects. Podcasts of lectures are released throughout the semester and they also have an archive of all their previous courses which they’ve made available on podcast and streaming video. Check this link to see a list of courses available for download right now.
Here’s another hidden gem tucked away in the maze of websites: HP Learning Center: www.hp.com/go/learningcenter
Sign up for a wide range of classes that you can use immediately. These helpful resources include lessons on digital photography, PhotoShop tips, MS Excel 2007, Word 2007, Windows, printing basics, Adobe Acrobat, Windows Vista, OneNote and more.
The lessons are quick and in a step by step format. You want it? You got it. Check it out!