Switching up our home life is essential to keeping our minds and bodies engaged while we hunker down for a little while. Luckily, there are many online learning opportunities that give us the chance to learn new skills, engage in fresh perspectives, and deep dive into new projects.
Here are some great (and free!) learning opportunities for you and the kiddos:
For A Career Boost
Now is the perfect time to learn about different facets of your career. Whether you’re moving up the ladder or starting out in a new field, being on top of current technology or market trends helps you maneuver your job easier and engage with clients with ease.
Harvard University (yes, you heard that right) is offering free courses
in anything from video game development to bioethics that lasts from four weeks to an entire semester. If you’re looking for something a little less time-intensive, Coursera, a platform that showcases several university’s offerings, has free classes that last only a day
. Other resources include Class Central
which has an ever-changing free list of courses.
Build Your Creative Skillset
Ready to finally write that novel or decoupage your kitchen drawers with vintage paper? If you want to nurture your creative life, there are several offerings available. Creative Live offers free live workshops
on their website regularly and CreativeBug
has a free trial to get creative with thousands of classes. Top of the line skill-building websites like Masterclass
also have free trial periods for up to two months.
However, if you’re looking for a one-off video to teach you the basics without signing up, Youtube will always have a multitude of options to spark your creativity.
For the Kiddos
Kids want in on the learning action too! There are amazing resources online for parents to help engage kids into learning, without feeling like school. Funbrain
has a variety of games and books geared towards different grade levels, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
is putting out new free content every day to help kids feel engaged and challenged creatively.
If you need proactive learning tools beyond the computer, Scholastic
(yes, from our childhoods!) offers printable materials, and for older kids who are very bored, an experimental and fun website Bored of Boredom
helps take interactions to a whole new level.
While we spend our time indoors, giving ourselves the boost to feel engaged and excited about new possibilities may be just what we’ve been looking for.