Free Apps: Free Course Information: Free Bird

Here’s a link to 25 FREE Web 2.0 Applications. These are all education specific tools that can help to make the online experience so much better. Is your university using any of these? If so, which ones? Do they help?

Web 2.0 Tools for Lifelong & Life Wide Learning is a site worth checking out as well. It is offered as a course, complete with modues, lesson plans and assignments. The site includes a visual document that shows all the pieces and how they interact. Very informative and chock full of easy to understand information. Check it out!

OpenCourseWare: OpenYourMindware

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a

“free and open digital publication of high-quality university level educational materials, including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams”  

according to the University of California at Irving website.  

In other words, OCW is educational material available to learners, students and teachers across the globe… for free. 

At MIT, http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm
on the MITOpenCoureseware site, free lecture notes, videos and exams are offered for free with no registration required. They currently have 1900 courses available on the web. 

Check out the Utah State University list of courses and you’ll find a wide range of academic courses as well as extension courses such as landscaping, turf management, irrigation and vegetable gardening.  

What’s the catch? 

You can learn for free. You can educate yourself on your time schedule. You can enjoy the process of learning. You can enrich your mind.  You will not receive a degree; however, you will receive an amazing education. 

To find a course from any OCW institution, go to www.ocwconsortium.org/use/use-dynamic.html and enter your selection.

It’s like eating from a buffet table; you get to pick and choose, taste a bit of this and a taste of that.  And once you find the item (or course) that you totally consume and seek out again and again, you’ll be years ahead of the other paying students who are struggling to find out what they want to do once they graduate (besides pay back a huge loan)!

Getting an education before you head off to college may be the best thing you can do. Check out a few courses from several institutions.  Are you engaged? Do you want to learn more?  You decide. At your own pace …

What fun!

Treasure Trove of links, sites, resources and mucho mas!

esources

I found some sites today with tons of links to educational resources.

This one: Support Blogging
Support blogging has list of blogs educational blogs.
Included on this page are blogs by:

· Librarians
· Teachers
· Principals
· Psychologists
· Administrators
· Professors
· Parents

Not all the links work but most of the do –time to check it out!

And All Things Web 2.0 is a comprehensive list of 2.0 choices and possibilites on the web. You’ll want to check them out and bookmark them for future reference — good luck!

The Virtual Playground: Free Admission

Today was a wonderful day.

At 9:00 am I met a dear friend for coffee. During our conversation we discussed work, job hunting and web technology.  My background involves web technology, web design, desktop publishing, instructional designing, etc.

Her current position involves working with online learning communities and education. She gave me some delicious sites to review and we discussed Web 2.0.  Her observations about the future of educational learning management systems (Blackboard, eCollege, etc) and ‘pay’ walls forced me to get back into the learning ring and get up to speed on this technology. So, here I am.
In searching for this blog, I stumbled over several others that I bookmarked so that I would remember to share with you.

Classroom 2.0
The Edublogger
The Top Education Blogs
Seven Principles for Cultivating Communities of Practice

The resouces already exist … for faculty, students, teachers, job seekers, employers, employees and everyone. The resouces are here and there and on this link and on that link. Free. Come and find them.