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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: http://lmgtfy.com/
  • 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 richardbarcus.com.
  • 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 Iheartpetfrisbees.com account.

  • Use different passwords, remember one.
    • http://keepass.info/
    • https://lastpass.com/
  • If you're using a wireless network, consider a VPN service. (not free)
    • https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/
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

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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.
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Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Wikiversity

https://en.wikiversity.org

(Part of the Wikimedia Foundation)

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Blender 3D Animation

http://www.blender.org/

(With lots of tutorials)

Gimp Image Editing

http://www.gimp.org/

GNU Image

Manipulation Program

Audacity Free Multi-Track Audio Editor

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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Anki Community Flash Cards

http://ankisrs.net/

Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com/

Internet Polygot

http://www.internetpolyglot.com/

Language Flashcards

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YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/

Sitepoint

http://www.sitepoint.com/

Web Dev Magazine

Nettuts+

http://hub.tutsplus.com/

Web Dev Tutorials and articles

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Codeacademy

http://www.codecademy.com/

Learn to code

Python Programming Language

https://www.python.org/

http://learnpythonthehardway.org/

Php Programming Language

http://www.php.net/

Google Dart

https://www.dartlang.org/

Ruby on Rails

Open Vi Improved

http://www.openvim.com/tutorial.html

https://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/quickstart/

http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/

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Fedora Linux

https://fedoraproject.org/

Ubuntu Linux

http://www.ubuntu.com/

Oracle Virtual Box

https://www.virtualbox.org/

Virtual Machine Software

CentOS Linux

http://www.centos.org/

Explain Shell

http://explainshell.com/

Stack Overflow

http://stackoverflow.com/

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Allrecipies

http://allrecipes.com/

W3C Schools

http://www.w3schools.com/

Meetup

http://www.meetup.com/

Asana Project Management

https://asana.com/

Project Guttenbery

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Free eBooks

Cheese

http://www.cheese.com/

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Stellarium

http://www.stellarium.org/

MIT OpenCourseWare

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Coursera Classes

https://www.coursera.org/

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The End

// Thank you