LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Memrise.com has foreign language instruction as well as lessons in science and literature. The repetitive nature of its quizzes makes learning easier.

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THE PROGRAMMERS WAY

CourseReport.com programmers headclaims that schools and camps teaching programming, often called “coding,” will bring in $60 million in tuition for the year and graduate 5,987 coders, a 175 percent increase over last year. Tuition can cost up to $20,000, with the average around $10,000 for courses ranging from nine to 12 weeks. All in all, this seems expensive to us.

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STUFF YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT COLLEGES

Back in the dark days before Google, our favorite search engine was Vivisimo. The founder sold it to IBM and now has a new site, OnlyBoth.com

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BRAIN TRAINING

Joy and a couple of her lady friends are hooked on the Lumosity brain training games; she plays them on her computer every day for 15-30 minutes. Bob prefers playing bridge and trying to figure out why politicians never answer a question directly.

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GEOGRAPHY QUIZZES

LizardPoint.com has free geography quizzes. For example it was easy to find continents on the map and we did well at state capitols, but finding the regions of the Ukraine was much tougher.

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FREE COURSES FROM YALE AND OXFORD

AcademicEarth.org has free video lectures on a huge range of topics, everything from literature to video game design and systems engineering, from colleges such as Yale and Oxford.

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PARENTS GET SUPER VISION

PBS Kids Super Vision, free for iPhone and iPod Touch, tells parents what PBS games their children are playing and what they’re learning at PBSkids.org.

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BASIC TURNS 50

One of the first and most popular programming languages, “BASIC,” turned 50 this month. The acronym stands for “Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code,” it started as a student math project at Dartmouth College and from this small town in New Hampshire it conquered the world. Even Bill Gates used it.

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TALK TO ME

You know those science fiction movies where the Earth crew lands on a planet populated by green furry creatures? They start talking to each other.

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BOOK: IPAD AND IPHONE KUNG FU

A new book, “iPad and iPhone Kung Fu,” by Keir Thomas, $19 from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, promises to turn you into an Apple ninja.

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