If you are away from the formal classroom, you must accept the challenge of making this an opportunity to create your own classroom, as well as attending your school’s virtual teaching space. Here are some suggestions of free online content, including courses, that you can access. Take bullet point notes as relevant. We have also included some films we believe are ‘classic must-see’ experiences, both to educate and indeed entertain you.
TED Talks allow you to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ to see what they see, as they share their findings in short, jargon-free talks.
|1. Science Talks||
Science talks can supplement the scientific theory you learn in the classroom. Choose from the most popular Science talks.
AI could be the future of technology and innovation. Choose from Artificial Intelligence (AI) talks.
Soft skills, such as creativity, are invaluable in the workplace. Choose from talks to kickstart your creativity.
We can learn much about the present, and the future, from the past. Choose from talks on ideas about History.
Mathematics is not just ones and zeros – it very much applies to the real world. Choose from Maths talks to blow your mind.
Online courses, offered on platforms such as edX, are a fantastic way to learn something new from world-leading subject experts, all without spending a penny. Some alternatives to edX are listed in the Other Online Resources section (below).
For those interested in Entrepreneurship:
Learn how to conquer Wall Street:
Try your hand at some programming:
See how the environment influences our lives:
Understand the basics of aerospace engineering:
Become a budding clinician:
Improve your English (native speaker or not):
Study what is just and what is ethical:
Listen to how great orators, from Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King, addressed the public throughout history.
|1. Winston Churchill||
Prime Minister Winston Churchill's famous wartime We Shall Fight On the Beaches speech, delivered on 4th June 1940 helped rally Britain in its fight against the Axis powers.
|2. Martin Luther King||
Dr Martin Luther King Jr's I Have a Dream address is undoubtedly one of the most influential American speeches of all time.
|3. Ronald Reagan||
President Ronald Reagan's Mr Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall plea called for the reunification of Germany.
|4. Neville Chamberlain||
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's 1939 declaration of war marked the start of the Second World War following Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland.
|5. John F Kennedy||
President John F Kennedy's Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You remarks were delivered in his 1961 inaugural address.
|Franklin D Roosevelt||
The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself, declared by President Franklin D Roosevelt at his inaugural address in 1933, became the rallying cry of the American recovery from the Great Depression.
Keep up with current affairs by reading a reputable publication: these broadsheets* have non-paywall websites.
*The i newspaper is technically not a broadsheet, but is a reliable source of news; the BBC does not produce a physical newspaper.
|1. BBC News||
The BBC is an impartial, government-funded news and media organisation.
|2. The Telegraph||
The Telegraph is a British broadsheet newspaper, which delivers reliable and accurate news.
The i is a daily tabloid newspaper.
|4. The Guardian||
The Guardian, or The Observer, its Sunday analogue, is a left-leaning international newspaper.
|5. The Independent||
The Independent was a former British newspaper which now exclusively publishes online articles.
Browse YouTube’s collection of educational content, including documentaries and analysis. Some of these channels have an associated website or magazine which you can access, although it may require payment.
|1. National Geographic||
|5. New Scientist|
|6. The Economist|
|7. Financial Times|
|8. Wall Street Journal|
|9. The Times and The Sunday Times|
|10. The New Yorker|
|11. Smithsonian Channel|
|12. Oxford Union|
|14. Cambridge University|
|15. Harvard University|
|16. Princeton University|
Other Online Resources
Here is a list of other free resources which you can peruse at your leisure.
|1. Khan Academy||
Khan Academy is an online learning platform for students of all levels.
Similar to edX, Udemy allows you to take online courses (some of which are free).
Duolingo offers free online language learning, presented in a game-like format.
Babbel is an online language learning tool, which offers some free lessons.
Codecademy allows you to learn programming for free, although some features require payment.
|6. Google Scholar||
Google Scholar is a database of free-to-access scholarly articles, which allows you to get a taste of university-level reading.
Classic 'Must-See' Films
Delve into the classical movie literature to see how Hollywood* approaches key societal issues.
*La Dolce Vita is not an American film (it is Italian).
|1. Citizen Kane||
Year of release: 1941
Running time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
|2. La Dolce Vita||
Year of release: 1960
Running time: 3 hours
IMDb rating: 8/10
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