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My Guest Post on Lifelong Learning using the Internet on successismotion.com!

I love to learn, and cannot get enough new information on the internet every day!  I was thrilled when my friend Roger Hoyt asked me to be a guest author alternating weeks on his blog http://successismotion.com, and posting on Education and Inspiration.  This was my first Educational post.  I hope you like it!

People are “hard wired” to learn, and to explore ideas.  Most of us were glad when our formal  school days were over.  We were tired of the tight schedules, tests, grades, deadlines, and rigid class options.  You have to admit, there were a few things that you enjoyed learning, right?

Research has shown that learning is good for us to keep growing healthy connections in our brains.  This helps to prevent dementia as we age.  Learning another language is a great option that is often quoted.  There are other activities that are really effective.  Explore a new hobby, interest, or career.  See what has been discovered since the last time you took a class in Astronomy, for example!!  Teaching or sharing something that you learn adds a great dimension to the experience.

The key is learning to use one of the search engines to use for research.  I prefer google.com.  Experiment with the best terms to use for your topics.

A lot of people enjoy writing blogs, or sharing on the internet in other ways.  Many times people will join an interest group, or start one based on a desire to learn something new.  Blog writers often learn as they go, and have fun with the research.    You don’t have to be a professional expert in the subject, you just have to honor your sources of detailed information.  In the past, you would have had to physically go to a library to research a topic.  So much is at our fingertips now with the internet.

If you would like to start a free blog, there are a lot of options.  Tumblr.comwordpress.comblogger.com and so many others.  There are “blogger communities: that you can join on numerous platforms based on topics, or categories of your audience.  I am a member of a number of groups oriented towards Women Bloggers, Social Media Bloggers, and Christian groups.  There is always someone else interested in you or your subject, you just have to find them!

Youtube.com allows you to publish videos about your interests for free.  There are also many options to do live video or “radio” podcasts for free.  Ustream.com let’s you do a free “live video stream” show and there are a lot of options for radio, like Blogtalkradio.com.

There are great free courses available for lifelong learning.  You might want to learn for a lot of different reasons, or just for the pleasure of it.

Some impressive universities share free classes online:

MIT  http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Stanford http://itunes.stanford.edu/

Univ CA Irvine http://ocw.uci.edu/Welcome.aspx

Tufts http://ocw.tufts.edu/

A resource to find other free classes is http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.  Just be careful as you look into some of these portal sites that you know what you are signing up for – email lists, ads, etc.

Learn something that you have always found interesting, or develop new interests.  Use that newfound knowledge to share through blogging, videos, or even doing something with a scout troop.  Your community might just be online, or you can meet people in your local area as well. Often people start a study group with people at the local library, for example.   Use meetup.com or craigslist.com to find other adults near you that like to learn or have a passion for your topic!

The possibilities online and in your neighborhood are limitless!


Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry
sallykwitt@gmail.com
bruceandsallywitt.wordpress.com
http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/

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  1. June 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Sally, I love what I learn from your blog. Thank you for all this info.

    • June 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Donna. That means a lot to me.

  2. June 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Awesome list of resources. Thanks!

    • June 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Martha. Hope some of this is useful.

  3. June 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Some great information here Sally. Thank you!

    • June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Carolyn. I love the internet!

  4. Anita Fiander
    June 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Exceptional list of resources Sally…I have shared your post 🙂

  5. June 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Well this past 18 months has certainly been a pHD level crash course in online media for me! Great Post!

  6. June 12, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This is a great list – useful for homeschoolers too!

  7. June 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Congrats on your first education guest post Sally. I know you have a lot of great information to share.

  8. June 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Sally, what a fabulous list of resources! My dad always says that you need to learn until you leave this earth…and that is what he has done! I love being curious about life and learning!

  9. June 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Great resources, Sally> I think I am an eternal student and love to learn. Got to keep stimulating those brain cells!

  10. June 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    My daughter uses YouTube to learn how to braid her hair, do her nails, groom animals etc. She’s a self learner and she’s only 11. Your suggestions will come in handy as she explores more options.

    • June 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

      How much fun she must have!! Thanks Dorien.

  11. June 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

    i book marked nearly everything… loved the info (food for thought…)
    thought i should share my favorite online education resource as well…
    https://www.coursera.org/

    • June 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks! I appreciate that you added another one, too. Have a great day.

  12. June 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Great post! There are a lot of ressources that need to be brought to the light… 🙂

    • June 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Norma! Glad you liked it.,

  13. June 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    WOW…universities sharing classes online…and free. Thanks so much

    • June 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      So glad it was helpful for you, Elaine

  14. Mandy Edwards
    June 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I am one of the few who miss school! I love learning new things and continue to do that for my business!

  15. June 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Sally, I am glad that you mentioned the open education movement, I am hopeful that this movement will transform the way we learn and make education affordable for all.

    • June 14, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Sherry, it is so sad how expensive education has become. Wouldn’t it be nice for education to be more accessible and acceptable to help people learn and get better jobs?

  16. June 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  17. June 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Great resources Sally! It’s never too late to learn something new. When I got my degree, there was a man who was 84 yrs. old getting his B.A. at the same time. 🙂

  18. June 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks Helena! That is a great story.

  19. June 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Keep working ,impressive job!

  20. June 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ooh! I really enjoyed this post. I love learning and finding new free learning places is great.

    • June 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Donna!

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