Are you old enough to remember encyclopedias? Back in the day, most homes had bookshelves dedicated to a collection of these books of reference. It was common at that time, during family meals, to send a youngin’ to fetch a volume to settle a dispute about one subject or another. I distinctly recall reaching for heavy Britannicad that alphabetically corresponded to specific topics of discussion.
Perhaps you also remember when you disposed of this portion of your library. You may have placed these relics in paper cartons on the curb or sold them at flea markets. Whatever the case, these sources of history became history with the introduction of the digital age. Smartphones, tablets, and computers now serve as our portals to almost anything we want to know.
And so, we turn to our screens and we get smarter. Sitting in front of a desktop or propped on pillows in bed or standing on store lines, we look to cyberspace for a myriad of facts and thoughts.
Here are some fantastic apps to help you make the most of our current information revolution.
Exploring Points of View with Ted Talks
If you have never listened to a TED Talk, put it on your to-do list. TED Conferences is a nonprofit, American media organization that posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Titles of these short, powerful, 18 minutes-or-less presentations range from “A Day in the Life of a Teenage Samurai” to “Making Kindness Viral.”
Online Learning with Udemy
Never finished college or still berating yourself for not getting a master’s? Udemy is an American online learning platform aimed at professional adults and students. They have over 100,000 courses and approximately 57,000 instructors teaching in more than 65 languages. It’s truly something to check out.
Learn with Lynda
Lynda.com is a similar platform with hundreds of courses in web and graphic design, photography, software development, and business. A friend of mine became proficient in graphic arts by taking their classes.
Khan Academy You
I find reading kids’ textbooks really satisfying as I can finally understand what teachers were trying to convey to my immature, third-grade mind. Why not download Khan Academy and experience this for yourself? Khan Academy is an American non-profit, educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan for young students. Salman formed a completely free online library of trusted, standards-aligned videos, articles, practice questions, and lessons. It’s really spectacular. Share with your kids.
Adios, Au revoir, Ciao Bella!
Does the latest political chaos have you thinking about leaving the country? If so, prepare by learning a new language! One of the greatest ways to conveniently become proficient in Italian, French, Spanish, or another tongue is to check out Dualingo. This app and website are accessible for free with a premium upgrade for a fee.
Protecting Your Devices
Once you’ve downloaded some or all of these apps, visit CYA to warranty your devices. CYA is staffed with a full customer service department. Each operator will politely and patiently facilitate the repair of your item with a tech authorized by the manufacturer. He or she will use OEM, that is, Original Equipment Manufacturer parts, to fix your phone, tablet, or computer.
Now go learn something new. It could change your life!
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