안녕하세요, family and friends. Today, education is not confined to a building or a system anymore. In fact, there are lots of different platforms other than textbooks and a curriculum. In this post, we will talk about those platforms. As always as, figure out the importance of education. If there’s any at all?
Why do we need education?
Other than to acquire knowledge for specific professions we’re aspiring to. Education can help us in situations as dire as the world’s current state. Additionally, it gives us sufficient understanding of what should be done and what could be said.
Education is also the one treasure that no one can steal from us. It doesn’t only open doors to a variety of opportunities but it can also open our minds into becoming more responsible and equitable human beings.
Following on the topic I’ve started on the first long-read blog of the month – Invest in Yourself. Education is also an investment for our intellectual health which aids in making us a well-rounded person. One that is not just knowledgeable on one specific subject but can also make their own opinions and analysis on other issues in our world today.
I acknowledged that the following platforms I’m about to mention would require a working internet connection and thus some may be unable to access them. However, for those who can, I hope you utilise these platforms as best you can.
> TED talks
(Technology, Entertainment, Design)
They have a website, an app and a youtube channel. So, you can watch a variety of different topics be explained or discussed by an expert. This platform was originally only available to people who can physically attend the event. However, with the development of technology, these talks are not limited anymore to the number of people we can fit in an auditorium.
The subjects discussed in TED talks are also not limited within the technology, entertainment and design industry. Many talks are also related to culture, medicine, politics, business, personal growth and social change. I’ll list down a few of my favourite TED talks below so you can use it as starter video or videos for your future TED talks adventure.
Although most of us use YouTube for entertainment like watching vlogs, music videos and 먹방, there are also a lot of channels and videos that are educational. These channels can help us in widening our knowledge of different subjects and specific topics.
- Osmosis channel – is a health and medical channel which has actually helped me personally as a medical student. Their explanations on bodily functions, as well as pathological processes – such as the pandemic we’re in right now – are very well demonstrated.
- TED-ed channel – this is actually an extension of TED talks which has lessons that are worth sharing. It uses cartoons and other demonstrations to make each video/lesson a lot more interesting and easier to understand. Just like TED talks they have a variety of topics you can choose from: science, medicine, history, literacy, mythologies.
- MedCircle channel – this channel is all about mental health which is discussed by world-class psychologist and psychiatrists. They also discuss interventions such as CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I have briefly discussed here – Investing in yourself.
Here’s some more not so mainstream channels
- Mama Knows Best channel – is a food channel, fairly new to world of YouTube but one that does not disappoint. It shows us the how to and measurements each dish and it surely will make you want to try it out for yourself.
- Signed With Heart channel – is all about the American sign language. If you have a friend or family member who is deaf, or you just want to learn to provide better service and communication skills in your workplace. This is a channel you should check out.
It’s a website and an app that has allows you to quiz yourself in any topics that are in your specific profession. Although, at the moment they mostly have medical subjects I’m sure that in the years to come they would also offer this to other subjects.