Back To School For Parents

by Amanda Keefer

New Years isn’t the only time for resolution, especially for learning! If you’re like me, the beginning of the school year always brings on a nostalgic urge to learn. There are so many inexpensive and easy ways to embark on a new learning adventure right along side your kiddos. Time to go back to school!

Get Your Ivy League On!

Select an online class from over 16 categories including business management, life sciences, education and more. These online classes are taught by staff from universities and colleges like Rice, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Duke and others.

About Coursera:

“We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions.

Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”

New Languages

There are tons of smartphone and tablet apps that offer fun and easy ways to learn a new language. After a year of doctor waiting room visits, you’ll be speaking fluent French.

Examples of Free Language Apps:

Babbel‘s free iPhone and iPad apps come in seven languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Swedish, and English. These apps are aimed to boost your vocabulary, giving you access to 3000 words all used in sample sentences and pronounced by a native speaker. Babbel’s apps compliment its web-based course offerings, and although you can synchronize your progress with the website, you needn’t be a course subscriber to use the apps.

Mindsnacks offers apps in multiple languages. MindSnacks builds delightful educational games for learners of all ages. We believe that education is unnecessarily associated with blandness and we’re here to change that with our products.

Easy Does It

If you’re not quite ready to jump into a new language or a college course, look to your local public library, museum or neighborhood art center for classes in everything from urban gardening, healthy cooking, photography and computer programs that might be stifling you.

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