3 Free and Incredibly Useful Educational Websites You Should Know About

This week we explore 3 free useful educational websites were you can get tons of resources on many subject areas including learning a  new language.

DUOLINGO – https://www.duolingo.com/

Do you want to learn a second language like French, Spanish, Italian or German? Then Duolingo is a great application to try! “Duolingo is a free language education platform that has organically become the most popular way to learn languages online.”

It is easy to sign up. Choose the language you want to learn sign-up with email or your social media profiles (Facebook or Google).  Set your goals and begin your lessons. Duolingo’s adaptive experience has video game design elements to make language learning more fun and effective.

If you are accessing Duolingo via the web,   you need to be connected to the internet.   Duolingo has an offline mode for their Android and iOS apps. This allows you to access a handful of lessons without Internet or Wi-Fi connectivity. Not all lessons are however, available in offline mode. You will need to connect to the Internet for those lessons to be recorded and count towards your daily progress.  You can choose to learn multiple languages at the same time.

Duolingo is social. You can follow anyone you like on Duolingo. You can also invite friends to join. When you follow someone, they will show up on your leaderboard, and you can compete against them.

The Duolingo Test Center offers an English Proficiency Certification Exam in English, which is accepted by leading institutions around the globe forward-thinking academic programs at Harvard, the Max Planck Institute, and others.  Duolingo gives you the ability to add your score from this exam to your LinkedIn profile with a single click.

“A Case Study in East Africa

We were excited to learn that Carnegie Mellon University in Kigali, Rwanda has been using Duolingo Certificates as part of the admissions process. Even though they still officially required TOEFL or IELTS scores from their 2015 applicants, East Africa is a region where those tests can literally cost four months’ income for the average person (not to mention travel costs and limited test center availability). CMU’s admissions team used the more accessible Duolingo Test Center at the beginning of the application process, and then required only the most likely candidates to spend their hard-earned money on more expensive assessments. ” Source: http://making.duolingo.com/duolingo-test-center-africa-ielts-and-cefr

 

The Duolingo English Test for Business is another component Duolingo offers to businesses being used by global organizations like Uber, Upwork, LinkedIn, Novell and Crowdsite. With this feature, businesses can test your employees and applicants within minutes. According to the Verge (www.verge.com), “Uber users in Colombia are able to request a driver certified as an English speaker. The service is made possible by a partnership between Uber and Duolingo.”So for businesses which need to prove their English proficiency to International Clients and Partners, you can try the Duolingo English Test for business for the following reasons:

  • It is Accurate and affordable: The Duolingo English Test costs US $49 and results are highly correlated with other English tests such as the TOEFL and the IELTS, which cost US $250.
  • It provides Verified scores: Our test is remotely reviewed by a real human to ensure the validity of the test.
  • You get quick results: The test takes 20 minutes to complete and everyone’s scores can be monitored via our dashboard within 48 hours.

Source: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/business

It is available for download on Google Playstore, Apple and Windows.

Duolingo has been awarded

TED TALKS – http://www.ted.com/

TED Talks are a great resource to learn about a range of topics from an elite array of global speakers. TED is a non-partisan non-profit organization. It is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.  On the TED website, you can sort to view videos based on category, popularity, or date filmed. The following are the 20 most popular talks of all time:

  1. Do schools kill creativity?” Delivered by Ken Robinson. .
  2. Your body language shapes who you are”. Delivered by Amy Cuddy

In her talk, Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

  1. How great leaders inspire action” – Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers

  1. The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

  1. 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm by Mary Roach. This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.
  2. My stroke of insight by Jill Bolte Taylor.
  3. Why we do what we do by Tony Robbins.
  4. The puzzle of motivation by Dan Pink
  5. The thrilling potential of Sixth Sense technology by Pranav Mistry.
  6. Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model. Delivered by Cameron Russell.
  7. The power of introverts by Susan Cain.
  8. How to spot a liar by Pamela Meyer.
  9. The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor
  10. Underwater astonishments by David Gallo
  11. The surprising science of happiness by Dan Gilbert
  12. How to speak so that people want to listen by Julian Treasure
  13. Your elusive creative genius by Elizabeth Gilbert
  14. How I held my breath for 17 minutes by David Blaine
  15. Brain magic by Keith Barry
  16. How to make stress your friend by Kelly McGonigal

In Ghana, the biggest TEDx Event is TEDxAccra. The next event dubbed TEDxAccraWomen on the theme ‘It’s About Time’ is slated for October 28th. Visit http://tedxaccra.org/  and find out more about this event. You can also find the free video talks, lectures, and ideas by famous, influential, and riveting people on the TEDxAccra stage on YouTube.

INSTRUCTABLES- http://www.instructables.com/

This website contains instructions for making almost anything! You will find do-it-yourself projects under the following headings:

You can find resources by simply typing the topic you need instructions about! Other users can comment on and rate for quality. Content on the website is user-created and user-uploaded. Instructables was created in August 2005 by Eric Wilhelm and Saul Griffith.

The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects, connect with others, and make an impact on the world. One of these early places was a blog Zeroprestige, which was an open source hardware experiment for kitesurfing. Here they documented their hand-sewn kites, plywood boards, and other general mayhem that happens when PhDs and high winds collide.

As a result of freely sharing our work, we met a ton of great people, received great opportunities, and were smacked in the face with the need for a web-based documentation system.

Instructables became that documentation system in 2005, as an in-house project of Squid Labs. When they weren’t solving interesting problems like solar panels for driveways, efficiently harnessing human power, or strain sensing ropes, you could find them sharing Instructables from the workshop. From cooking to 3d printing, to making just about anything fly, Instructables became the recipient of countless hours of tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and fun, making just about anything.

The community that now calls the site home, is an amazing mix of wonder from around the world. Every day we continue to be amazed by the imagination, curiosity, and simple awesomeness of everyone who shares their creations with us on Instructables.”  

WRAPPING UP

I hope you find these websites useful. I will be grateful if you could take a minute to and leave your thoughts on this blog post!

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