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ALISON – over 60 million lessons and records 1.2 million unique visitors per month
COURSERA – Educational website that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. Learn from over 542 courses.
CREATIVE LIVE – Live creative classes from the world’s top experts.
EdX – Free online courses from the world’s best universities.
HubSpot Academy – Free certification program offers courses on inbound marketing, including website optimization, landing pages and lead nurturing.
UDACITY – Advance your education and career through project-based online classes, mainly focused around computer, data science and mathematics.
LearnVest – Some free and some paid classes on money and business
MIT Open CourseWare – Free access to quite a few MIT courses that are on par with what you’d expect from MIT.
MOZ – Learn SEO
My Own Business – Free business courses
Open Culture – Compendium of free learning resources, including courses, textbooks, and videos/films.
Saylor Academy – tuition-free courses and also works with accredited colleges and universities to offer affordable credentials. Its course offerings are similar to what you’d see when working toward a bachelor’s degree.
No Excuse List – Huge list of websites to learn from.
HowStuffWorks Science – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
Open YALE Courses – Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats. Registration is not required
Johns Hopkins OpenCourseWare – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s OpenCourseWare project provides access to content of the School’s most popular courses. As challenges to the world’s health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public’s health and their potential solutions.
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative – No instructors, no credits, no charge. Use these self-guiding Carnegie Mellon materials and activities to learn at your own pace.
Utah State OpenCourseWare – Utah State OpenCourseWare is a collection of educational material used in our formal campus courses, and seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities.
AMSER – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
Wolfram Demonstrations Project – Wolfram brings computational exploration to the widest possible audience, open-code resource that uses dynamic computation to illuminate concepts. Free player runs all demos and videos.
The Science Forum – A very active scientific discussion and debate forum.
Free Science and Video Lectures Online! – A nice collection of video lectures and lessons on science and philosophy.
Science.gov – Science.gov searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
EnviroLink Network– A non-profit organization, grassroots online community uniting organizations and volunteers around the world. Up-to-date environmental information and news.
Geology.com – Information about geology and earth science to visitors without charge: Articles, News, Maps, Satellite Images, Dictionary, etc.
Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education.
LearningScience.org – A free open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.
webcast.berkeley – Every semester, UC Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for on-demand viewing via the Internet. webcast.berkeley course lectures are provided as a study resource for both students and the public.
Khan Academy – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.
MIT Sloan School of Management – MIT Sloan is a world-class business school long renowned for thought leadership and the ability to successfully partner theory and practice. This is a subsection of the larger MIT OpenCourseWare site.
Investopedia Financial Investing Tutorials – A plethora of detailed lessons on money management and investing.
U.S. Small Business Administration Training Network – The Small Business Administration has one of the best selections of business courses on the web. Topics include everything from starting a business and business management to government contracting and international trade. Most courses take only 30 minutes to complete.
VideoLectures.NET (Business) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
My Own Business, Inc. – Offers a free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business. This comprehensive course is split up into 16 sessions covering topics like business plans, accounting, marketing, insurance, e-commerce and international trade.
UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Business) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business courses online. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
Boston College Front Row (Business) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
Financial Management Training Center – The Financial Management Training Center provides several free downloadable business courses for people who need to learn the finer points of financial management. All courses offered can be taken online; courses include full exams as well as evaluation forms for people seeking Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA – Free Management Library’s Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA Program is an especially great resource for students wishing to learn more about nonprofit management, but most of the lessons also apply to general business management. Completion of this program will not result in an MBA degree, but enrollment is free and the material is well structured.
Bookboon Free Business e-books – Hundreds of free business books online in PDF format.
The Street University – If you’re just starting out as a stock and bond investor or need a refresher’s course, this is the place to learn what you need to know.
Project Vox – Project Vox seeks to recover the lost voices of women who have been ignored in standard narratives of the history of modern philosophy. We aim to change those narratives, thereby changing what students around the world learn about philosophy’s history.
Entrepreneur of Fire – a great way to learn the most up-to-date information and strategies possible.
Think Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship podcasts
Zinn Education Project – A people’s history.
University of Washington’s OpenUW – Explore a variety of learning in several free history-centric online courses from the University of Washington.
Notre Dame Open CourseWare – Notre Dame OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
Bio’s Best – Biography.com’s most popular biographies on notable historical figures.
UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Social Science) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
Boston College Front Row (History) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
MIT OpenCourseWare (History) – The MIT History Faculty offers about 70 subjects in the areas of Ancient, North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern history.
Wikiversity School of Social Sciences – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
OpenLearn (Arts and Humanities) – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
A Biography of America – A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative of America’s story.
Have Fun with History – A resource for students, educators and all lovers of American History.
The USGenWeb Project – Free genealogy and family history resources online.
MacroHistory and World Report – Tell without illusions or ideological restraints the story of our ancestors, our parents and us.
World History HyperHistory – Navigates through 3000 years of World History with links to important persons and events of world historical importance.
American Digital History – Online American history textbook. An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present.
Zooniverse – Take part in a huge variety of interesting studies of nature, science, and culture.
TUFTS Open Course Ware – Tufts Open Course Ware is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
Harvard Medical School Open Courseware The mission of the Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative is to exchange knowledge from the Harvard community of scholars to other academic institutions, prospective students, and the general public.
Harvard Open Courseware – Open learning initiative
Duke Law Center for the Public Domain – Duke University is counted amongst the best schools in the South. If you’re interested in law, Duke’s open courseware in that subject area can go a long way towards helping you learn more about the justice system.
Intute Law – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Boston College Front Row (Law) – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
American University – Offers a selection of podcasts on a number of different law-related subjects. There is even a very interesting podcast on debt relief and the law.
Lewis & Clark Law School – Provides a number of podcast from the law school. Subjects include tax law, business law, environmental law and other areas of law. Interesting and insightful lectures on the law.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Offers a number of interesting lectures on different law subjects. These lectures are both podcasts and Web casts. You can look ahead to the coming school year, which already has a number of interesting subjects lined up.
Harvard Law School – Provides a number of Web casts of law lectures, symposia, panels and conferences. A great collection of relevant information and insights on how the law interacts with current events.
Stanford Law – Provides open courseware via iTunes on a variety of law subjects, including the theory of justice, mobile content distribution, gay marriage, judicial review and privacy protection. The tracks are available for free, but you’ll need iTunes. Put the lectures on your iPod or iPhone and listen them anywhere.
Money Instructor Business Law – From MoneyInstructor.com provides a look at a number of basics in business law. Learn how to define crimes under business law. Worksheets and curriculums are available for teachers. Ordinary folks will find them useful as well.
Wesleyan College Constitutional Law – From North Carolina Wesleyan College offers an overview of the U.S. Constitution and the laws springing from it. Online lectures and class notes are included, which can help you develop a strong understanding of the Constitution and how it forms the basis of our laws.
VideoLectures.NET – the title says it all – amazing video lectures on many topics.
VideoLectures.NET (Computer Science) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
Wikiversity School of Computer Science and Technology – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
New York State University (US), Computer Science – Hundreds of lectures, tutorials and links to educational material.
Dream.In.Code Tutorials – Lots of computer programming tutorials.
MIT OpenCourseWare (Engineering and Computer Science) – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
Maine University (US), Fogler Guide to Computer Science – An insanely detailed list of computer science resources.
FreeComputerBooks.com – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies – A massive collection of bibliographies of scientific literature in computer science, updated weekly from original locations, more than 3 millions of references (mostly to journal articles, conference papers and technical reports), clustered in about 2000 bibliographies.
W3Schools – Web-building tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.
FreeTechBooks.com – This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.
Free computer Tutorials – Free computer courses and tutorials site. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.
Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How to Code – Several helpful resources for computer programming beginners.
Google Code University – Provides sample course content and tutorials for Computer Science (CS) students and educators on current computing technologies and paradigms.
TEDed – Motivational and educational lectures from noteworthy professionals around the world. Lessons available
Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically trough the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.
Udemy FREE Courses – hundreds of experts teach on Udemy every month including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, Ivy League professionals and celebrity instructors. Courses include video, live lectures and tools to help teachers interact with students and track their progress. There are many free courses that can teach you business online, law, programming, design, mathematics, science, photography, yoga and many more.
edX.org – Free courses designed specifically for interactive study via the web, provided by MIT, Harvard, Barkley, Georgetown, Boston University, University of Washington, Karolinska Institute, Kyoto University and many more.
Liberty Classroom – Owned by bestselling author Tom Woods. Offers some free courses in history and economics, but at the price of one movie ticket a month you can gain access to a lot of useful information. Not completely free, but totally worth it…
Drawspace – Hundreds of free drawing lessons.
Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.
Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetic, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.
My own business – Offers free online business administration course that would be beneficial to new managers and to anyone who is interested in starting a business.
Kutztown University’s free courses – The Kutztown University of Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Center offers more than 80 free business online learning. Kutztown’s courses are individualized and self-paced. Many of the courses feature high-end graphics, interactive case studies and audio streams.
UC San Diego Podcast Lectures – UCSD’s podcasting service was established for instructional use to benefit our students. Podcasts are taken down at the end of every quarter (10 weeks Fall-Spring and 5 weeks in the summer). If you’re enjoying a podcast, be sure to subscribe and download the lectures. Once the podcast has been taken offline, faculty rarely approve their reposting.
Open Learn – Gives you free access to Open University course materials.
Free Computer Books – Free computer, mathematics, technical books and lecture notes.
Academic Earth – Free video lectures from the world’s top scholars.31. American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online
BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
unplugthetv – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch.
Lifehacker – Learn to hack life! Tips and tricks for improving all areas of your life.
JustinGuitar – Hundreds of free guitar lessons as well as some basic music theory.
DuoLingo – Learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web.
Layers Magazine – Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, In Design and After Effects tutorials.
Creative Flow – list of OVER 950 Photoshop tutorials to keep your skillset up to date.
Open2study – Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.
OEDb – Choose from over 10,000 free online classes
SAS Curriculum Pathways – Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in the core disciplines for traditional, virtual, and home schools.
Math Lessons for a Living Education – Unschooling math, anatomy and art curriculum
Oxford University Mathematics OpenCourseWare – Various online mathematics classes provided free by Oxford University.
UMass Boston Mathematics – Various online mathematics classes provided free by UMass Boston.
Whatcom Online Math Center – Various math lessons provided free by Whatcom Community College.
VideoLectures.NET (Mathematics) – A free and open access educational video lectures repository. The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.
Wikiversity School of Mathematics – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
AMSER Mathematics – AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
Math.com – Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math.
Intute Mathematics – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorized by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Free-Ed College Mathematics – Offers a wide range of free online math courses and study programs.
Online Courses.com – You can find more than 500 accredited free online college classes that provide you with the opportunity to make use of research-based academic resources from some of the world’s best universities
Open Yale Courses (English) – Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet.
Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students – These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work.
MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies – The MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication and digital media.
Merriam-Webster Online – In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill. And M-W.com is the perfect resource to improve your English now.
National Novel Writing Month – Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Lifewriting – A complete text of the 9-week writing class a professor taught for years at UCLA.
Guide to Grammar and Writing – Grammar and writing techniques, lessons and quizzes.
Purdue Online Writing Lab – Over 200 free resources including lessons on: writing, research, grammar, and style guides.
Paragraph Punch – a useful tool to help product punchier paragraphs.
Bid 4 Papers – a simple tutorial to help students grab readers instantly with a strong essay opening.
Writing Resources – an excellent resource to quickly find superb writing resources.
Essay Writing – a detailed tutorial covering various aspects of essay writing.
BBC Languages – Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
American Sign Language Browser – Teach yourself sign language online.
Livemocha – Start learning a new language online for free.
Learn10 – Gives you a language learning habit that’s hard to kick. 10 new words; everywhere, every day.
One Minute Languages – Learn a new language via podcasts that are updated regularly.
Mango Languages – Over 100 lessons, shown to you in PowerPoint style with interstitial quizzes, to move you through any language without cracking a book.
Capilano University OpenCourseWare – The Capilano University OpenCourseWare site is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
University of Southern Queensland’s OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
YouTube EDU – Educational videos on YouTube organized by subject matter.
LearnHub Test Prep – Raise your test scores with free practice tests & counseling on various subjects.
iTunes U – Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audio books through iTunes U. The Science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geography.
United Nations University OpenCourseWare – Showcases the training and educational programs implemented by the University in a wide range of areas relevant to the work of the United Nations.
Brigham Young Independent Study – BYU Independent Study now offers free courses in different areas of study. These areas include Family History, Family Life, and Religious Scripture Study, Personal Dev elopement, etc. Use these courses as a starting point for your personal studies or just to add insight to an area of interest.
University of Utah OpenCourseWare – Provides access to free and open educational resources for faculty members, students, and self-learners throughout the world.
United States Nation Archives – The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
Wikiversity – Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare – Various online classes provided free by UMass Boston.
About U – A collection of free online educational courses from About.com.
Academic Earth – Online degrees and video courses from leading universities.
Free-Ed – Clusters of courses that support your preparation for today’s fastest-growing careers and critical academic disciplines.
Connexions – A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute.
Intute – Provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
Boston College Front Row – Boston College Front Row is a Web site that offers free access through streaming media to tapes of cultural and scholarly events at Boston College.
LibraryThing – LibraryThing connects you to other people who are reading what you’re reading and allows you to see which books are popular in various categories of reading.
Textbook Revolution – Links to free online textbooks and other educational materials.
Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
Bookboon – Bookboon provides online textbooks for students in PDF format. The free ebooks can be downloaded without registration. Our books are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads.
Scribd – Scribd, the online document sharing site which supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and other popular formats. You can download a document or embed it in your blog or web page.
BookYards – BookYards is a web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content will be freely to anyone who has an internet connection.
Planet eBook – Free classic literature to download and share.
E-Books Directory – Thousands of ebooks on various subjects to download and share.
Read Print Library – Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.
GoodReads – Get great book recommendations and keep track of what you want to read.
The Online Books Page – University of Pennsylvania database with over 30,000 books.
Public Literature – Thousands of familiar classics, children’s books, plays and poems, as well as books by new authors.
Full Books – Thousands of full-text nonfiction and fiction books.
Many Books – Free fiction and nonfiction ebooks for your PDA, iPod or ebook reader.
Get Free Books – Thousands of free ebooks to download.
Project Gutenberg – More than 20,000 free books from the first producer of free e-books.
Bibliomania – Thousands of classic books, poems, short stories and plays.
Classic Reader – Large collection of free classic books, plays, and short stories from more than 300 authors.
Bartleby Fiction – Classic anthologies and volumes.
The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List – MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work. The Personal MBA features the very best business books available, based on thousands of hours of research.
Books Should Be Free – Free audio books from the public domain.
BBC Learning – Online learning, support, and advice. This site offers internal and offsite links to a vast amount of materials.
Biography – The site holds videos to past interviews and biographies on people in topics that range from Black history to women’s history.
Book TV – This is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2. The site holds some current interviews with authors, many past interviews, opinions, reviews, and featured programs through online video.
CBC Archives — Relive Canadian history through thousands of available radio and television clips.
Discovery — This channel is home to several different networks that focus on the military, animals, travel, etc. The Discovery site offers a “Video of the Day” from its home page, a separate online video section, and a Discover Education center where teachers can accumulate materials for K-12 teaching. It’s impossible to list all their offerings here, so go discover!
History Channel – Visit the Video Gallery for a selection on historical topics. Like the Discovery Channel, this network provides many opportunities for you to gain access to information and reference materials.
NOVA — Watch current science shows or browse by category. PBS sponsors this channel.
Research Channel — Speakers, researchers and professors present revolutionary thoughts and discoveries. Use their Webstreams and an extensive video-on-demand library for research.
Weather Channel – You can learn about weather all over the world, but the Weather Channel also offers dynamic content based upon seasons and special conditions and a special multimedia and education section.
American Memory – The Library of Congress provides extensive multimedia offerings on various topics through their American Memory Collection, including their outstanding Built in America project that showcases historical buildings through photographs.
Fathom – This archive, provided by Columbia University, offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions. The archives include online learning resources including lectures, articles, interviews, exhibits and seminars.
Internet Archive Open Educational Resources – A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
National Archives – Provides primary source materials from NARA along with lesson plans for teaching with those sources.
National Climatic Data Center – The NCDC, a division of NOAA, maintains climatic archives, including lists of storms in given counties, and records about global extremes, etc.
The Rosetta Project – A global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages.
September 11 Digital Archive – This site uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the 9/11 attacks.
U.S. Census Bureau – If you think the Census Bureau is all about numbers, you might be surprised to learn about their archived photographs, daily radio features, and more available through their Newsroom.
Google Scholar – Provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
OpenCourseWare Consortium – This site provides a portal to search through hundreds of free courses or to add new courses you know about to the database.
iBerry – Check out this site for a huge directory of open courseware organized by school and subject matter that can point you in the right direction for any type of learning.
Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.
Google Earth Pro (now free!)
NHERI – National Home Education Research Institute
HSLDA – Home School Advocacy
Open Passionate Curiosity – Free Homeschool Links
Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects. Completely free & made available by Pond5.
Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom –Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is an excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion
by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Marshall Rosenberg has rediscovered the lost language of humankind, the language of a people who care about one another and long to live in harmony. He guides us in reframing the way we express ourselves and listen to others by focusing our consciousness on four areas: what we are observing, feeling, and needing and what we are requesting to enrich our lives. The skill he teaches fosters deep listening, respect, and empathy and engenders a mutual desire to give from the heart.
Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children
by Thomas Gordon
P.E.T., or Parent Effectiveness Training, began almost forty years ago as the first national parent-training program to teach parents how to communicate more effectively with kids and offer step-by-step advice to resolving family conflicts so everybody wins. Using the timeless methods of P.E.T. will have immediate results: less fighting, fewer tantrums and lies, no need for punishment. Whether you have a toddler striking out for independence or a teenager who has already started rebelling, you’ll find P.E.T. a compassionate, effective way to instill responsibility and create a nurturing family environment in which your child will thrive.
DEMOCRATIC & HUMANISTIC TEACHING
A Free Range Childhood: Self-Regulation at Summerhill School
by Matthew Appleton
Summerhill is probably Britain’s most Famous school. Its radical philosophy of education has led to constant conflict with the educational establishment. Matthew Appleton was a houseparent at Surnmerhill for nine years. He has lectured and written extensively on his experiences, and now has written this book. He works as a psychotherapist and craniosacral therapist in England. He is also a follower of the work of Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), whose friendship with Summerhill founder A.S. Neill’s formed an important aspect of the lives and work of both men.
Tools of the trade: Open Source and Free
Lives of Children
by George Dennison
The Lives of Children is George Dennison’s story of The First Street School and how he succeeded in helping kids no one had been able to help. Of all the books written on education in the sixties and seventies, The Lives of Children was one of the most significant. When it was first published, Herbert Kohl wrote, “There is no book I know of that shows so well what a free and humane education can be like, nor is they’re a more eloquent description of its philosophy.” John Holt, reviewing the book for The New York Review of Books, wrote, “If anyone felt he had time to read only one book on education,The Lives of Children should be the one.”
Deschooling Our Lives
edited by Matt Hern
Challenges our assumptions about the nature of education by illustrating many learner-centered options that people are doing (successfully!) in place of traditional schooling.
Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood
by A.S. Neill
Portrays the development of Play Mountain’s “ideological match,” a well-known free school in England. Summerhill is based on Neill’s firm belief in self-regulation and allowing children to make their own rules and determine for themselves how much to study.
Making It Up As We Go Along
by Chris Mercogliano
Tells of the real life experiences of The Albany Free School where the guiding principles of educating are “love, emotional honesty, peer-level leadership, and cooperation.”
Freedom To Learn
by Carl Rogers
This is the text that championed a revolutionary approach to education that changed the way we teach our children. Now, in the Third Edition, it’s challenging the status quo with twenty years of evidence that defies current thinking. Five exciting new chapters focus on issues of importance now and in the future–learning from children who love school; researching person- centered issues in education; developing the administrator’s role as a facilitator; building discipline and classroom management with the learner; and person-centered views of transforming schools. Freedom to Learn, Third Edition is written in the first person, with two goals in mind–to aid the development of the minds of children and young persons, and to encourage the kinds of adventurous enterprises being carried out daily by dedicated, caring teachers in creative classrooms and supportive schools throughout the nation.
On Becoming a Person
by Carl Rogers
The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of “client-centered therapy.” His influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. A new introduction by Peter Kramer sheds light on the significance of Dr. Rogers’s work today. New discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant Prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. As the pendulum slowly swings back toward an appreciation of the therapeutic encounter, Dr. Rogers’s “client-centered therapy” becomes particularly timely and important.
EDUCATION FOR JUSTICE
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
by Paulo Friere
An absolute must for educators who wish to understand the implications of the choice of educational methodology, particularly in literacy learning. Friere’s understanding of the inherent liberation or oppression of various methods is a clarifying underpinning for an educator who wants to foster equal opportunity for every child. His passion keeps the reader inspired through this theoretical book, which is sometimes a slow read.
Pedagogy of Hope
by Paulo Friere
Published years after Pedagogy of Oppression, this is a reflection upon the early work and upon his lifetime of applying his methodology in a multitude of countries and settings. The most important figure in literacy campaigns in our century.
Freedom and Beyond
by John Holt
A critique of society and the place of traditional education in it. Some wonderful thoughts on uses of freedom, tensions of freedom, authority, choice, deschooling.
Education and Ecstasy
by George B. Leonard
Believing that learning changes the learner, learning involved interaction with the environment, and that education, at best, is ecstatic, the author in 1968 explored what schools could be. Much is still relevant today.
Looking for Home
by Carollyne Sinclaire
A book that explores the potential for using the classroom as a place for “becoming at home in the world,” not merely a place of instruction. It contains more inclusive educational goals.
Peaceful Parenting Information & Support
Attachment Parenting International
Center for Nonviolent Communication
Echo Parenting & Education
Hand In Hand Parenting
RIE (Educaring™ Approach)
Taming Your Anger – Steve Wolf
Touch The Future
Well Baby Center
Alternative Education Resources & Organizations
Alternative Education Resource Organization
American Institute For the Child’s Right to Play
Born to Learn
Freedom to Learn A Blog on Psychology Today by Peter Gray
Great Ideas In Education
Growing Without Schooling Magazine
International Democratic Education Network
Institute for Democratic Education in America
Life Learning Magazine
National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Institute For Play
The Natural Child Project
Hand in Hand Parenting
TED Talk – Sir Ken Robinson Learning Revolution
Free to Learn Albany Free School Documentary
Summerhill BBC Documentary/Drama
Euronews – Summerhill?
RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilization
Joseph Chilton Pearce – Play is Learning
Marshall Rosenberg on Nonviolent Communication
TED Talk – Daniel Siegel The Power of Mindsight
August to June A wonderful 88 minute documentary film that invites you inside a public school happily and purposefully going against current trends. Amy Valens, who is the teacher followed in this documentary was a teacher at Play Mountain Place in 1969-70. She says, “Even though it follows a public school, with some of the limits that creates, much of who I became as a teacher was informed by my time at Play Mountain and my contact with Phyllis, and I think it shows in the film.”
Other Helpful Websites
Information About Carl Rogers:
Carl Rogers Information, more on Rogers here, and on Wikipedia
Center For Studies Of The Person
Passages from Freedom to Learn
Passages from On Becoming A Person
Information about Natalie Rogers, Carl Rogers’ Daughter
Information About A.S. Neill
Other Alternative Schools & Community Centers
Albany Free School (Albany, NY)
The Brooklyn Free School (Brooklyn, NY)
Clonlara (Ann Arbor, MI)
Full Circle School (Bernardston, MA)
The Harriet Tubman Free School (Albany, NY)
Kinma School (Terrey Hills NSW, Australia)
Manhattan Beach Nursery School (Manhattan Beach, CA)
The Manhattan Free School (New York City, NY)
NorthStar: Self-directed Learning for Teens (Hadley, MA)
Open Connections (Newtown Square, PA)
The Open School (Orange County, CA)
The Patchwork School (Louisville, CO)
Puget Sound Community School (Seattle, WA)
The Purple Thistle Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
Raw Learning Center (Staunton, VA)
Roseville Community Preschool (Roseville, CA)
The Sudbury Valley School (Framingham, MA)
Summerhill School (Leiston, England)
Upattinas School and Resource Center (Chester County, PA)
The Village Free School (Portland, OR)
Voyagers (Acton, MA)
Village Home Education Resource Center (NE Portland and Beaverton, OR)
Windsor House (Vancouver, Canada)
Yes! World (Santa Cruz, CA)
For a full listing of alternative schools and colleges please see the AERO website Education Alternatives Section.
Educators for Social Responsibility: Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) works directly with educators to implement systemic practices that create safe, caring, and equitable schools so that all young people succeed in school and life, and help shape a safe, democratic and just world. Founded in 1982, ESR is a national leader in school reform and provides professional development, consultation, and educational resources to adults who teach young people in preschool through high school.
Your Child’s Self Esteem
by Dorothy Corkille-Briggs
Step-by step guidelines for raising responsible, productive, happy children. Self-image is your child’s most important characteristic. How to help create strong feelings of self-worth is the central challenge for every parent and teacher. The formula for how is spelled out in Your Child’s Self-Esteem.
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The Hurried Child
by David Elkind
Dr. David Elkind eloquently calls our attention to the dangers of exposing our children to overwhelming pressures, pressures that can lead to a wide range of childhood and teenage crises. Internationally recognized as the voice of reason and compassion, Dr. Elkind shows that in blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting — or imposing — too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up far too fast. Dr. Elkind shows parents where hurrying occurs and why and what we can do about it.
by Daniel Goleman
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.
by Stanley I. Greenspan, MD
The playground is as important as the classroom. Elementary children’s emotional and social lives are busy with practicing and establishing the interpersonal skills that will serve them their whole lives. They need as much adult help, if not more, with interpersonal dynamics and emotional skills, as with intellectual skill building.
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
by Alfie Kohn (Book/DVD)
Alfie Kohn is as well known for his lectures— passionate, thought provoking, and funny— as he is for his writings. His knack for blending stories and studies has the effect of making complicated concepts easy to understand—and controversial ideas impossible to dismiss. In this Book or DVD, one of Alfie Kohn’s lectures is captured. In it he explores how most advice for parents begins with the question “How can we get kids to do what they’re told?”— and then proceeds to offer various techniques for controlling them. In his landmark book Unconditional Parenting—and in this talk based on that book—Kohn begins instead by asking “What are our long-term goals for our children?” It follows that we need to work with them rather than doing things to them, in order to reach those goals. Kohn argues that punishments (including time-outs) and rewards (including positive reinforcement) may sometimes produce temporary compliance, but they do nothing to help kids grow into responsible, caring, ethical, happy people. Moreover, he suggests that permissiveness is less worrisome than a fear of permissiveness that leads us to over-control our children. Kohn concludes with ten important guidelines to help viewers reconnect to their own best instincts as parents.
The Magical Child
by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Right from the instant of birth, says Joseph Chilton Pearce, the human child has only one concern — to learn all that there is to learn about the world. But in the West we tend to thwart this concern from the very start. Available once again, The Magical Childshows how to restore this amazing capacity for creative intelligence that is innate in every human.
Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive
by Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell M. Ed.
How many parents have found themselves thinking: I can’t believe I just said to my child the very thing my parents used to say to me! Am I just destined to repeat the mistakes of my parents? In Parenting from the Inside Out, child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explores the extent to which our childhood experiences actually do shape the way we parent. Drawing upon stunning new findings in neurobiology and attachment research, they explain how interpersonal relationships directly impact the development of the brain, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories, which will help them raise compassionate and resilient children. Born out of a series of parents’ workshops that combined Siegel’s cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell’s thirty years of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, Parenting from the Inside Outguides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.
by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
This book reads like a diary and includes wonderful stories of the author’s “organic teaching” of reading to Maori children in New Zealand. Her joy in life comes through in every sentence.
Dumbing Us Down
by John Taylor Gatto
A critique of traditional school structure and teaching styles which limit and harm students’ creativity, self esteem, ability to solve problems and think critically, and dramatically increase the chances that they will hate learning for the rest of their lives.
Teacher Effectiveness Training
by Thomas Gordon
Older classic on styles of teacher/child communication which keep communication channels open in the classroom.
Your Child’s Growing Mind: Brain Development and Learning From Birth to Adolescence
Dr. Healy addresses academic learning, offering countless suggestions for how parents can help without pushing. She explains the building blocks of reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics and shows how to help youngsters of all ages develop motivation, attention, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.Using the science of childhood development, she also examines today’s hot issues, including learning disabilities, ADHD, the influences of electronic media, and the hazards of forced early learning. From infancy to adolescence, this is the perfect guide to helping and enjoying a youngster’s mental, personal, and academic growth.
A modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management, which describes how creating democratic learning communities is more effective than coercing children into complying with teachers’ expectations.
Using the unique communication strategies, down-to-earth dialogues, and delightful cartoons that are the hallmark of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish show parents and teachers how to help children handle the everyday problems that interfere with learning. This breakthrough book demonstrates how parents and teachers can join forces to inspire kids to be self-directed, self-disciplined, and responsive to the wonders of learning. ANTI-BIAS / MULTI-CULTURALFiltering People: Understanding and Confronting Our Prejudicesby Jim Cole
A simply written, but highly intelligent book which shows how prejudices develop and can be overcome. Facing History and Ourselves
Combating racism, antisemitism, and prejudice and nurtures democracy through education programs worldwide. http://www.facinghistory.org/Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Childrenby Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force
An influential best-seller full of suggestions for helping staff and children respect each other as individuals and confronting, transcending, and eliminating barriers based on race, culture, gender, or ability. Chapters include: why an anti-bias curriculum; creating an anti-bias environment; learning about racial differences and similarities; learning about disabilities; learning about gender identity; learning about cultural differences and similarities; learning to resist stereotyping and discriminatory behavior; and working with parents.Everyday Acts Against Racismby Maureen T. Reddy, ed. This book looks at practical ways teachers and parents have acted against overt and subtle racism. BOOKS FOR CHILDRENBooks, suitable for 2 to 4 year olds:The Chocolate-Covered-Cookie Tantrum
by Deborah Blumenthal & Harvey Stevenson
This is a story about Sophie, who goes to the park with her mother and sees another child eating a cookie. Sophie wants one too but her mother didn’t bring one for her. Sophie gets very upset and angry about not getting a cookie and her mother waits while she has her feelings before going home. This is a well-written book with bright, colorful pictures. I particularly like the message of the book, which is that adults don’t have to give children whatever they want or try and reason with them. They simply need to let children have their feelings about not getting what they want.
Proud Of Our Feelings
by Lindsay Leghorn
Corny title but great book. In this story, Priscilla introduces her friends, each of whom is feeling and expressing a different emotion. The book is designed to encourage discussion about feelings between children and their caregivers with the goal being that children can know and trust their own feelings. There are questions on each page of the story, allowing children to relate times when they have felt these different feelings. I like the examples given for the friends’ different feelings because they are ones that most children can identify with, such as feeling shy when meeting new people, feeling sad when friends don’t listen, feeling happy about getting a puppy, etc. Great multi-cultural pictures too!
Who’s In A Family?
by Robert Skutch & Laura Nienhaus
This is a beautiful book showing a wide variety of different kinds of families–nuclear family with siblings, family with one child, single parent family, gay and lesbian families, family with a mother and grandmother, divorced family, biracial family, even a family with no children, but two pets. I like this book because it helps young children identify their own particular family and develop a tolerance and appreciation for different family structures. It is also a good anti-bias book, since the pictures represent a wide range of races and cultures.
Your Body Belongs To You
by Cornelia Spelman & Teri Wiedner
This book, in very simple, straight-forward language, teaches children that being touched is their own choice, not another’s. With clear illustrations, the book seeks to empower children by teaching them that their own response to touch counts, and by giving examples of how to let someone know if you don’t want to be touched. Your Body Belongs To You is an excellent and well-written book with an important message.
by Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson
A wonderful book about separation. Three baby owls wake up one night and find that their mother is gone. They decide to wait for her. The two older ones know she’ll come back and figure she just went to get food for them, but all the youngest one can say is “I want my mommy.” The pictures and words in this book so clearly and simply express the feelings inherent in the separation process. I’ve found that young children love this book ask for it again and again.
4-6 year olds
Nobody’s Perfect, Not Even My Mother
by Norma Simon and Dora Leder
Children discover that nobody is perfect, but that it’s okay.
I Was So Mad!
by Norma Simon and Dora Leder
”Lots of things make me mad — when somebody breaks my best toy, when it rains and I can’t go swimming, when the kids tease me… But my mother says it’s not so bad to get mad — sometimes.”
I Am Not a Crybaby
by Norma Simon and Helen Cogancherry
Why Am I Different?
by Nomra Simon and Dora Leder
These Nora Simon titles are just a few from a vast series that deal with difficult feelings.
Dinofours; I’m Not Your Friend!
by Steve Metzger and Hans Wilhelm
They’re dinosaurs. They’re four years old. They’re having fun until Tracy tells Danielle, “You’re not my friend!” Join the Dinofours as they learn what it means to be good friends.
I Have to Go!
by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
A little boy waits too long to go pee.
Death and LossThe Tenth Good Thing About Barney
by Judith Viorst, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
Barney was a cat. He died last Friday. And everyone was sad. They did what most people do when a cat they like dies. They had a funeral. And then they tried to think of good things about him. They wanted to remember him as he was; and they thought about some other things, too. Whenever a cat dies, or a dog, or a bird, or any friend, it can be a little like this story about Barney.
The Dead Bird
by Margaret Wise Brown, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
Finding a still warm but dead bird, a group of children give it a fitting burial and every day, until they forget, come again to the woods to sing to the dead bird and place fresh flowers on its grave. This book has an excellent handling of the subject of death.
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