Digital Learning Resources
- Coursera - Coursera is a for-profit educational company that offers access to a huge variety of "massive open online coursers", or MOOCs. MOOCs are free and have no admission requirements. Coursera is the largest of the "MOOC" sites and offers classes that are created in partnership with major universities around the world. Classes in science, technology, social sciences, the humanities, and professional development for educators are available. Although access to these classes is free of charge, Coursera charges for "verified certificates" that can be used as proof of successful completion of a course.
- edX - Like Coursera, EDX offers free access to university-level courses. The company is a nonprofit that provides courses developed by top universities in the U.S. and abroad in a wide range of disciplines, but specializing in the sciences. "Verified certificates" may be offered for a fee.
- Udacity - This is a for-profit company offering free access to MOOCs. Unlike edX and Coursera, these are self-paced, with no start or end date. Access to courses are free, but for a fee edX provides a “course experience” version of classes, which includes coaching, personal evaluation of special projects, and a verified certificate of completion. Udacity focuses on vocational and professional development courses, as opposed to university classes.
- Open Education Consortium - This is an organization that brings together educational institutions that have made resources like syllabi, lectures, learning tools, and tests available for many courses in all types of disciplines. U.S. universities like MIT, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins, as well as institutions all over the world make course materials and resources available online for free. Students can search these materials using this website by institution, by course, or by language and may follow along with the materials and assignments as though they were taking the course at a university.
- LiveMocha - This is an online language learning community that offers instructional materials and practice activities for approximately 40 different languages. In addition, users can connect with native speakers of the language they are learning as well as help others learn their own native language. It is free to use this site, but there are additional paid services offered.
- Code Academy - This is a interactive educational platform designed to teach beginners to code. Courses in seven programming languages are offered as well as forums where coders of all skill levels ask and answer questions. Motivational tools like badges, feedback, and streak counters are used to keep track of users' progress.
- Khan Academy - A nonprofit a la carte educational resource providing "micro-lectures" via YouTube videos. Khan Academy began as a resource for school children who needed help with mathematics. Since its start in 2004, it has expanded to include many other disciplines, as well as resources for teachers, parents, older learners, and those studying for specific tests, like the SATs or the MCATs.
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- National Geographic Education Portal - Aimed at K-12 teachers and students, National Geographic Education Portal provides free resources for a variety of subjects including science and social studies.
- Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an a la carte educational resource providing "micro-lectures" via YouTube videos. This began as a resource for school children who needed help with mathematics, it has since expanded to include many other disciplines, as well as providing resources for teachers, parents, and those studying for specific tests, like the SATs or the MCATs.
- PBS Learning Media - PBS Learning Media provides access to thousands of free digital resources as well as in-depth lesson plans.
- Power My Learning - This site offers thousands of videos, games, and activities.
- Spark 101 - This site provides interactive videos and educator resources for STEM students and teachers.
- Graphite - Graphite offers recommendations for educational apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
- Newseum Digital Classroom - The Newseum Digital Classroom includes timelines, achival videos, historical documents, and more related to civics and media.