Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 25 – 2/27/15
Bea’s Buzz for Friday:
How did we ever live without the Internet? It’s a giant treasure trove of fun, cool, and interesting stuff!
Recently, Bea was stumbling around on the StumbleUpon website, a place that collects this information, pages, websites, etc. from the Internet and puts it all in one place. When you sign up (free) you can pick categories of topics and stumble through them, picking out stuff that you like. She found a list that included a variety of educational websites. Since she’s on a lifelong learning journey, so she explored some of these sites to see if they were worth sharing with you.
Check ‘em out!
Open Culture – The Open Culture editorial staff finds educational content on the Internet and brings it all to one website. At the Open Culture website, you can find: 630 audiobooks, 1100 online courses from leading worldwide universities, 300 language courses, 150 business courses, and tons more. All free. There’s even educational resources for your kids! Bea was amazed at the variety of awesome learning options.
Want to learn a new language? Check out the LiveMocha website. This site’s goal is to teach lifelong learners conversational fluency in the language they are learning. LiveMocha explains the method it uses here. The site offers offer 35 language options.
Unplug the TV – This site suggests that Instead of TV you should watch, and introduces a topic you can immediately click on to watch (such as, Why is the heart associated with love? or An Astronaut’s View of Earth). If you don’t want to watch the one that’s being shown on the screen, you just click “I want to watch something else.” Bea loves this concept, so she bookmarked this site.
If you can’t get to your local library, check out:
Bartleby – This site offers reference books, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, by classic authors. Love quotes? Bartleby offers a collection of books and dictionaries of quotations.
Read Any Book Bea registered (free) and started reading Catcher in the Rye online. (She hasn’t read that one in years!) The home page of this website included “Top books” and “New books.” When you scroll down to the bottom of the home page, each genre is listed, with the number of books included in each one.
There’s so many more options out there – the sites listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can learn about almost anything you imagine!
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. (Henry Ford)
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. (Gandhi)
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect. (Samuel Johnson)