A New Curated Directory of Free Educational Resources
Learning English is the gateway to all of the free world-class educational materials on the internet. Top20English.com is a new curated (hand-selected) directory of the best free videos and websites for learning English as a second language (ESL). There is also a program for learning one’s first 200 words of English using Google Translate in 103 different languages. There are separate directories for phonics, vocabulary, grammar, listening, conversation, free online courses, and testing options. There is a very large need for these free materials and Top20English on Facebook now has over 500,000 followers.
Top20Education.com has also hand-selected and aggregated the best free videos and websites for over 50 high school and college topics. There are separate Top 20 directories for British literature, philosophy, chemistry, calculus, computer science, art history, and more than 50 other courses. Most of the major universities in the United States have video lectures of some of their courses free online. Khan Academy, Crash Course, YouTube, TED lectures, many other private and government websites offer free educational videos and websites. A curated directory is usually a better guide to these resources than the search engines. At the graduate level, materials for the first two years of medical school have been selected and aggregated free online at Top20MedicalSchool.com. These are all great free educational resources for both teachers and students.
One of the best ways to do well in school is to do some preparation before one takes a course. Like Clint Eastwood in a gunfight, you want an edge. You want to have the sun at your back. These free resources can be used to prepare for a course and as helpful supplemental material when taking a course. One’s first semester in college, for example, is by far the most important. It is thus prudent to take courses that one can do well in and to prepare ahead of time for those courses. Spending thirty minutes a day in the summer before college with these free resources would give one the edge of good preparation.
It is also possible at over 2000 colleges in the United States to get college credit by passing a CLEP or AP exam. A featured resource in the directory, ModernStates.org, even offers free courses for self-study to pass the CLEP exams. Students can study for and take these exams to receive college credit and thus save time and money. That is particularly important for many international students.
Top20education.com has a global perspective and thus all of the resources in these directories are open access or free. There are no paid inclusions. There is no tracking and selling of one’s information. The design is for a touch screen and requires no typing. There is an attempt to be family-friendly. There is a metasearch option provided as an alternative. These curated directories in education, however, are a response to information overload on the internet. They were designed to be a guide by choosing just the best free resources for students, teachers, and adult learners. There is a separate educational website, Top20Kids.com, for children.