Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summertime and the learnin' is easy (and free!)

A few websites that readers may find of interest...

Life-Long Learning, Homeschooling
With Back-to-School season starting, consider trying Saylor.org's free and open courses. Along with university-level and professional development courses, homeschoolers might appreciate that the non-profit recently started rolling out free K-12 courses, developed by a team of experienced educators and staff and fully aligned to the US Common Core State Standards. The first to launch are for grades 6-12 in English language arts and mathematics.

Watch fast-paced introductions to U.S. History (with John Green) and Chemistry (with Hank Green) on the Crash Course YouTube channel. There are also past lectures on World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology. Note to homeschoolers/parents - while the lectures are often funny and geared at engaging a teen/young adult audience, some of the Greens' remarks could be considered PG-13 material, and John inserts his opinion in a number of instances in the history videos (so theys are not unbiased). Probably best for a more mature middle school or high school student.

Genealogy and Local History
The Federation of Genealogical Societies has a new free webinar (presentation + video) Discovering State and Local Militia Records. The webinar, which runs about an hour, allows you to take a closer look at the wide variety of records documenting local militia companies. From annual muster to supplies and appointment of officers, learn how these records may be used in your family research. Learn more about the military organization of citizens called for the purpose of local defense, who served this country from the Revolution through 1812 and on to the development of the National Guard.

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~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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