Tuesday, 22 April 2014

5 Fantastic Free Online Resources

If you're the sort of person who believes you get what you pay for, be prepared to place your cynicism firmly to one side. These online resources are free and require no subscription, making them fantastic and easy to access.

British Pathe
Whether you're a teacher, a student, or someone with an interest in history, you'll be excited to learn that British Pathe has just made available their entire collection of more than 85,000 historical films on their YouTube channel They also have War Archives , Vintage Fashions, and Sporting History channels.

All parents of school aged children need to know about Topmarks (www.topmarks.co.uk.) It brings together trustworthy, quality teaching and revision resources for parents and children to use at home. The site is easy to navigate, allowing you to search either by school year or topic. The site is free, but it's possible to support it either by making a donation or buying from Amazon via their affiliate links.

Topmarks Education

Spotify and Grooveshark
If you haven't yet sampled the delights of streaming music online, you're missing out. It's a legal way to hear all your favourite tunes, as well as listen to new artists. Spotify (www.spotify.com) and Grooveshark (www.grooveshark.com) can be accessed online or via apps on your mobile or tablet.

BBC Languages
The BBC's website has a huge amount of information on it. Tucked away is an awesome "language" section where you can learn to speak 40 different languages. There are audio and video files, exercises and tests, even links to school revision information. Go to www.bbc.co.uk/languages.

Online Newspapers
Access a huge number (thousands, according to their blurb) of newspapers from around the world via Online Newspapers (www.onlinenewspapers.com). It also has a link to a fab selection of online magazines. You'll never have to spend money on a magazine subscription again.

Do you have a favourite free online resource to share? I'd love to hear about it, so please leave a link in the comments.