Our lives are becoming more intertwined with technology every day. Our communications, social groups, shopping, and entertainment are now primarily online. Like almost everything around us, education is transitioning to online sources. Students can now complete most, if not all, high school subjects online. College credit is also available from various institutions via online courses.
Utilizing the internet is one of the core elements of my education. I use it to study everything from math to history to science. Without the internet, my education, and disruptive education in general, would be near to impossible.
Below are my top five online resources. I use these websites everyday and they are crucial to my educational plan.
5. Google Drive
Google Drive isn’t necessarily a learning tool, but I use it to store all of my work. It’s very user friendly and you can create spreadsheets, documents, presentations, and more. It is free and all you need to set it up is a Google account.
Duolingo is a program that allows the user to learn multiple languages for free. In the past, I have struggled to learn a language and retain vocabulary. Although I am still a beginner, I have found more success through Duolingo’s mix of speaking, listening, and writing. You can set daily goals and learn on the go using the app.
Coursera provides great online courses from a large variety of institutions. Many of the courses are free to join and offer premium options. You can use Coursera to study almost every subject.
EdX is similar to Coursera, offering online courses from colleges and other institutions. I have more experience with EdX than I do with Coursera, and I have been happy with what they provide. You can join courses for free and upgrade to premium options, some that even offer college credit. For example, I am taking a Western Civilization course from Arizona State with the intention of earning three hours of college credit.
1. Khan Academy
A student can learn all of math using Khan Academy. Now, Khan has added content for other subjects, including the sciences and some of the humanities. Khan’s system makes sure students master the content, instead of just learning enough to pass. Because Khan requires complete mastery, it’s more intensive than a traditional course, but the results are worth it.
Online educational resources are becoming better as technology improves. The programs above are the future of education and provide students, as well as adults, the opportunity to learn and grow.