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Start. “Let me Google that for you”. Step 1 to learning anything about anything on the internet. The Internet as a Learning Tool.

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let me google that for you
“Let me Google that for you”

Step 1 to learning anything about anything on the internet.

the internet as a learning tool
The Internet as a Learning Tool
  • “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
  • -Robert A. Heinlein, Science Fiction Writer (Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress)
why this topic
Why this topic?
  • Inspired by:
  • My pet peeve about questions
  • Independent learning and exposure to contemporary conversations.
  • Foster learning out of interest, finding what you like, and being able to learn it easily and at minimal financial cost.
how this works
How this works
  • This post will contain lots of URLs to resources I mention. You don't have to write them down. I will post this presentation online at
  • Presentation will last about 20 minutes.
  • The rest is Q&A
safe internet usage
Safe Internet Usage

They don't steal your bank passwords, they steal your account.

  • Use different passwords, remember one.
  • If you're using a wireless network, consider a VPN service. (not free)
smarter searching
Smarter searching
  • Ask simple questions
  • Copy and paste what you don't understand
  • Use [keywords], like [weather] greensboro
  • Use Search Operators like “” , site: , - , $50..$100 , and *
  • Use the OR operator


no penalty for failure
No penalty for failure
  • Most of these services do not require any software install
  • Most of these services are free
  • No one judges on your achievements unless it's a social / competitive service.
  • If it's leasure learning, don't quit because it's hard. Quit because you don't enjoy it.

Khan Academy


(Part of the Wikimedia Foundation)


Blender 3D Animation

(With lots of tutorials)

Gimp Image Editing

GNU Image

Manipulation Program

Audacity Free Multi-Track Audio Editor


Anki Community Flash Cards


Internet Polygot

Language Flashcards




Web Dev Magazine


Web Dev Tutorials and articles



Learn to code

Python Programming Language

Php Programming Language

Google Dart

Ruby on Rails

Open Vi Improved


Fedora Linux

Ubuntu Linux

Oracle Virtual Box

Virtual Machine Software

CentOS Linux

Explain Shell

Stack Overflow



W3C Schools


Asana Project Management

Project Guttenbery

Free eBooks




MIT OpenCourseWare

Coursera Classes


The End

// Thank you