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How to learn anything on the web

How to learn anything on the web

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Published by Stack A. Brown
Definitivamente todo está en la RED. Cualquiera que sinceramente quiera aprender algo lo puede encontrar en la red. Sólo es cuestión de colocar la spalabras claves en cualquier "buscador" de internet y resultarán cientos de alternativas para aprender aquello que quieras aprender. Incluso, si no se tiene cuidado, aprender a cargar virus y otras cucacrachas directamente a tu disco duro. Así que mucho ojo !!
Definitivamente todo está en la RED. Cualquiera que sinceramente quiera aprender algo lo puede encontrar en la red. Sólo es cuestión de colocar la spalabras claves en cualquier "buscador" de internet y resultarán cientos de alternativas para aprender aquello que quieras aprender. Incluso, si no se tiene cuidado, aprender a cargar virus y otras cucacrachas directamente a tu disco duro. Así que mucho ojo !!

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How to Learn Anything on the WebBy Yardena Arar, PC WorldLooking to start a business, get a degree or learn Michael Jackson's "Thriller"dance? The Web has a class, video or tutorial to help you do it. Here's where toget started.How to Learn Anything on the Web // Doris Day in the movie "Teacher's Pet" (Imagecourtesy of PC World)A tutorial or class for almost everything and anything is available online thesedays. Whether you're looking to beef up your résumé with some new skills, to get adegree while waiting for the job market to pick up, or simply to have a little funlearning something new, the Web has a wealth of educational resources -- many ofthem free.To give you some ideas, we've put together a list of sites in several categories,from skills for budding entrepreneurs and learning foreign languages to gourmetcooking and the choreography for Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" dance.You can always Google for anything you don't see here, but be careful as youclick. In researching this story, I ran into many sites that either tried to sellme classes (with little or no real free instruction) or were infested with pop-upsand adware. Anti-malware software is a must. (See PC World's free downloads ofanti-malware programs.)Get a business up and runningHow to Learn Anything on the Web // B-Plans.com (Image courtesy of PC World)So you have a business in mind? Start with a business plan that outlines thespecifics of how you intend to make money -- essential for attracting investorsand useful for your own reality checks. BPlans.com, run by PaloAlto Software(creators of Business Plan Pro software) offers dozens of articles, sample plansand templates to help you get going. This is one of the few sites that, while itdoes market a product (you need its software to edit a sample plan and use it foryour own enterprise), delivers a slew of genuinely useful content for free. (Andyou can always simply re-create the sample plan using Word and Excel.)Once you've launched your business, you'll have to keep financial records. Buteven if you use software such as Quickbooks, it's a good idea to understand howbasic accounting works. Small-business consultant Dave Marshall's Bean Countersite features free tutorials on basic business accounting and bookkeeping.And because so many aspects of business require presentation skills, it's usefulto have a working knowledge of Microsoft's PowerPoint. About.com's PresentationSoftware site provides a Beginner's Guide to PowerPoint that gathers 11 tutorialsto get you going.How to Learn Anything on the Web // LearnWebDesignOnline.com (Image courtesy of PCWorld)Your business will need a Web site, too. You can pay someone a lot of money tocreate it, but if you would like to dig into the complexities of modern Webdesign, LearnWebDesignOnline.com is a good place to start, with links totutorials, videos and books on all aspects of site creation. Another resource isSiteGround, a Web hosting company that provides an impressive tutorials page forlearning about both Web hosting in general and a wide array of specificapplications for content management and site creation (WordPress, Dreamweaver andthe like).If you're interested in putting together a news site, J-Learning.org providesguidance on everything from blogging tools and multimedia creation to search-engine optimization (SEO) and legal issues -- all for free.To help bring visitors to your site, you'll need to learn the basics of SEO.Search consultants SEOmoz's free Beginner's Guide is a good place to start.Improve your tech skillsOK, time out for a little self-promotion. For general hardware upgrades, setupinstruction and software tips, look no farther than PC World's own How-To page.
Organized by category, there's an amazing wealth of guidance (in print, video andslide shows) for everything from swapping out a PC's processor to gettingMicrosoft Office to work better.How to Learn Anything on the Web // Lynda.com (Image courtesy of PC World)However, for professional in-depth training in specific applications, Lynda.comhas established itself as the go-to place, with thousands of videos and tutorialfiles for hundreds of applications. It's not free, but if you're serious aboutlearning a complicated application, its subscription-based fees are a good value.(Read PC World's recent review of Lynda.com.)Have you ever wanted to explore the mysteries of computer programming? You canfind a slew of programming tutorials online, but I like British programmer AlanGauld's Learning to Program, an online version of a book he's written. It's notparticularly slick, but he writes clearly and accessibly, and he uses Python,which experts tell me is a good programming language to start with._________________________________________________Search Bing:* Find online classes* Tech secrets* Shop for a computer_________________________________________________Formal educationHow to Learn Anything on the Web // Sloan-C Catalog (Image courtesy of PC World)The Internet has turned distance learning into a reality: Today, you can get allsorts of degrees and professional certificates through online courses. But not allonline learning institutions are created equal. To avoid scams, start your searchfor Web-based higher education at The Sloan Consortium's Sloan-C Catalog. It's alist of degree and certificate programs offered by regionally accreditedinstitutions that have become consortium members (either because they've receivedgrant support from the respected Alfred P. Sloan Foundation or through a peer-review process). You can search by discipline, type of degree or certificate,state, or institution name.If you or someone you know wants to earn a GED (General Educational Development)credential (the equivalent of a high-school diploma), learn about the process fromthe organization that administers the GDE program, The American Council onEducation. You can't take the test online, but dozens of sites offer to prep you-- and many of them look pretty sleazy, so I'd stick with the council's links topractice tests and educational resources.How to Learn Anything on the Web // YouTube EDU (Image courtesy of PC World)If you don't care about getting a degree and simply want to broaden your horizons,head over to YouTube EDU, a very cool YouTube subsite devoted to videos ofinterviews, courses and lectures from professors at top colleges and universities.Some are mostly course promos (such as Carnegie Mellon physics professor BarryLuokkala's description of his Science and Science Fiction course) but some havereal content (such as this MIT course on creating compilers).Learn a foreign languageIt's easy to find sites that sell foreign-language instruction online. But hereare some neat ones that don't charge for instruction and also offer audio clips:How to Learn Anything on the Web // Chinese-Tools.com (Image courtesy of PC World)Chinese (Mandarin): Chinese-Tools.com, the English-language version of a site runby a native French speaker who has lived in China for six years, is a fantasticresource. It not only has audio clips (crucial since Chinese depends on tone andinflection as well as simple pronunciation), but also calligraphy instruction.French: About.com's French Language site provides lessons for beginners as well asinteresting extras including sections on idiomatic expressions and typical Gallic
gestures.Italian: Oggi e Domani (which means "today and tomorrow" in Italian) focuses onconversations in its lesson-based approach.Russian: I found a couple of sites that seem to be duking it out for supremacy infree online Russian-language instruction: Russian Lessons.net and LearningRussian.net. Of the two, Learning Russian.net looks slicker, but RussianLessons.net appears to have more resources.Spanish: 123TeachMe offers Spanish lessons for beginners, advanced students andtourists (conversational Spanish)._________________________________________________Search Bing:* Find online classes* Tech secrets* Shop for a computer_________________________________________________Life skillsHow to Learn Anything on the Web // WikiHow.com (Image courtesy of PC World)Some things you just can't learn in traditional classrooms. Real Simple has tonsof how-tos for around-the house skills -- I like the Daily Quick-CleaningChecklist, which promises to get your pad presentable in less than half an hour.For the truly domestically challenged, WikiHow has a page on how to make your bed.EmilyPost.com, the Web home of the Emily Post Institute, does get a little heavy-handed on selling books by the late doyenne of good manners and her descendants,but there are lots of free articles that provide advice on specific etiquettedilemmas.And if you're looking to make dinner with whatever's in your refrigerator, simplyenter the ingredients into the search fields of FoodNetwork.com, Epicurious orRecipeSource (formerly SOAR, or the Searchable Online Archive of Recipes). Forreally great how-tos (not to mention recipes and juried product and equipmentratings), consider investing $35 a year (less if you subscribe in print, too) inthe online version of Cook's Illustrated, the ad-free Consumer Reports of cooking.Need help with your finances? Motley Fool is one of the oldest and best sites tolearn about investing and personal finance (and its discussion boards are great,too). If you're looking ahead to retirement, the Labor Department's ConsumerInformation on Retirement page answers a lot of questions on private pensions,401(k) accounts and the like.Have some funHow to Learn Anything on the Web // ChessDryad.com (Image courtesy of PC World)Learn to play a game: ChessDryad.com's How to Play Chess page will get you fromlearning the mechanics of the game to classic moves, with primers and flashanimations. Veteran bridge author Richard Pavlicek has put his Bridge Basicstextbook online for people wishing to learn the popular card game. For neophytepoker players, Charles Bloom has put up a Texas Hold'em primer.How to Learn Anything on the Web // "Eslowoski's" YouTube video on skateboarding(Image courtesy of PC World)For sports (or anything else highly physical and visual), you can't beat YouTube:For example, I found dozens of skateboarding how-tos, but the one I actuallythought I could learn from was this unpolished but accessible effort credited toone "Eswolowski" and posted by a user named tevens22.However, not all sports stuff is on YouTube. Aspiring soccer moms and pops shouldcheck out How to Play Soccer, which not only teaches the rules of the game, butoffers tips for parents who serve as coaches or spectators.Showbiz stuffAspiring musicians, dancers and filmmakers can also find instruction online.

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