Daily Archives: April 1, 2008

Link to 200 Free College Courses Available Online

In an article posted in January of 2008 Jessica Hupp, a writer for the Online Education Database, offered links to 200 free online courses from some excellent universities. The article, titled 200 Free Online Classes to Learn Anything, lists a wide range of subject material in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Students and educators alike are free to study at their leisure using the same quality course materials provided to university students.

Enhance your current skills or learn about a new subject today. Visit the OEDb website to view the entire article and explore the links of interest to you. http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/200-free-online-classes-to-learn-anything

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Link to 100 Free Educational Podcasts – Video and Audio Course Content

Back in January of 2008, Online Education Database writer Heather Johnson posted an excellent article listing 100 sources for free online education podcasts.  The article, titled Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World, includes audio and video course content from such schools as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. 

Whether you just want to brush up on an old subject or expand your knowlege base, these podcasts provide a free and flexible alternative to traditional courses.  All you need is an MP3 player and an internet connection for downloading the content.

Check out Heather’s post at the following URL:
http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/skip-the-tuition:-100-free-podcasts-from-the-best-colleges-in-the-world

Book Swapping Websites Offer Access to Low Cost Teaching Resources

If you like many teachers out there, are in need of low cost materials for either your classroom or your own professional development, you may want to consider online book trading. Book swap websites such at Zunafish, Paperback Swap, Book Mooch, and Frugal Reader offer members the ability to swap books with others.

Most of these websites work on a point system. Readers receive points by offering their books for trade. The points are used to find new books they really need. Most programs will allow readers to find new and relevant material for the low cost of postage.

Book Mooch is a great place to start your investigation into book swapping. Register your library or school as a non-profit and you’ll be eligible for donated credits! That means you won’t even need to offer your own book for trade.

Each of these websites also features an expansive reader community where teachers, students, and many others engage in lively discussions of the books, the ideas, and ways to use the literature in the classroom.

You may want to start your search for low cost books at the following websites.

Free membership and free trades for the cost of postage:
http://www.paperbackswap.com
http://www.bookmooch.com
http://www.frugalreader.com  (also offers an upgraded membership for a small fee)

Low per trade fees:
http://www.zunafish.com/  ($1 per trade)

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Celebrate Yuri’s Night – April 12, 2008

Yuri Gagarin embarked on the historic first manned space flight on 12 April 1961. Twenty years later on 12 April 1981, the US launched the first space shuttle flight. Every year on April 12, people around the world celebrate the first man in space and the first space shuttle flight. The celebration is called Yuri’s Night. Last year there were over 90 events or parties held in over 30 countries worldwide – and this year may be even bigger. The range of events is as diverse as the people who hold them – even the residents of the International Space Station have been known to join in the fun!

You can find an event near you or plan to host your own gathering at the official Yuri’s Night website: http://www.yurisnight.net/2008/

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