Undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes of the coronavirus pandemic has been technology and the role it has played in keeping us connected, allowing us to work and helping us learn. If this virus had struck 20 years ago, it’s difficult to imagine just how much more disruption it would have caused. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at five different ways tech can be used during the outbreak and long after to empower our learning and make us smarter.
Brush up on your knowledge
There’s no limit to what you can learn online. One particularly pertinent example given the rise in homeschooling during the pandemic is the Khan Academy. It’s a free resource that students can use to study at their own pace at home. However, perhaps more importantly, it’s also a great way for parents to brush up on the things they learnt at school but have long since forgotten. You can then be confident when helping the kids with a maths problem or answering any impromptu questions that they fire at you.
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Stay in shape
Technology can not only help you get mentally smart; in 2020, it has been used around the world as a tool to get in shape physically. With people being forced inside, many fitness companies have responded with the introduction of free videos, apps and trials that can be used to keep fit, practice yoga, stretch, perform high-intensity interval training and more. PEAR Personal Fitness Coach and the Nike Training Club are just two you can try. Here are a few more free fitness apps to look out for.
Get a free education
Whether you want to improve yourself or learn new skills that could help you to progress in your career, there are numerous free courses you can access from prestigious universities online. OpenCulture gives you access to free on-demand audio and video courses from universities including Harvard, Stanford, MIT and Yale. Here are a few other ways that you can empower yourself with a free education, as compiled by Wonga.
The online world has taken group collaboration to a whole new level. It has allowed people to get together to study and collaborate even while coronavirus restrictions have prevented us from meeting physically. Students can get together to discuss and chat about topics but also to share documents and notes in a quick and seamless way.
How have you used technology to make yourself smarter during the pandemic? Please share your tips with our readers in the comments below.