Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2015

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this summer for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started. » 5/13/15 1:12pm 5/13/15 1:12pm

More Students Refusing to Pay Loan Debts to Fraudulent Online Colleges

They call it a debt revolt. Hundreds of students who got loans to pay for degrees through online schools like Everest, owned by Corinthian Colleges, are refusing to pay them back. They argue that Corinthian lied about how many of their graduates landed jobs, and are asking the U.S. Education Department to forgive… » 5/04/15 7:40pm 5/04/15 7:40pm

Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn?

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones — 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults.… » 4/01/15 5:20am 4/01/15 5:20am

This Cute Computer Could Cultivate Children's Coding Capabilities

In the early '80s, the state-sponsored British Broadcasting Corporation decided that computers were going to be kind of a big deal, and created the BBC Micro desktop PC to promote computer literacy. Now, they're doing it again—this fall, one million UK schoolkids will receive a free Micro Bit. » 3/13/15 8:45pm 3/13/15 8:45pm

Microgravity University: Testing the Future of Spaceflight in Zero G

How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA's Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test… » 11/28/14 12:00pm 11/28/14 12:00pm

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Is Trying To Bring Wi-Fi to More Schools

Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman who's been a bit of an internet villain lately, is expected to announce a pretty good idea later today. He reportedly wants to raise federal funding for in-school Wi-Fi by a whopping $1.5 billion. That brings the annual cap on helping kids learn via Wi-Fi up from $2.4 billion to $3.9… » 11/17/14 12:14pm 11/17/14 12:14pm

5 Books For Expanding Your Photography Knowledge

There are many ways to learn about photography, not least of which are the vast depths of the internet, replete with tutorials and how-to videos. But getting past mere technical proficiency and learning valuable lessons about the art form isn't as easy as a Google search. Luckily, there are those old things called… » 10/23/14 2:56pm 10/23/14 2:56pm

Animation teaches you all that happened in World War II in 7 minutes

I really wish YouTube and the Internet as we know it today existed when I was in high school. So instead of reading textbooks and taking notes in class, I could just watch YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on any test I had coming up. Seriously, I could have dozed off in class and just watched this animation… » 5/20/14 9:04pm 5/20/14 9:04pm

This Graphic Is a Rough Guide to Bad (Or Badly Reported) Science

Science is amazing, but science reporting can be confusing at times and misleading at worst. The folks at Compound Interest put together this reference graphic that will help you pick out good articles from bad ones, and help you qualify the impact of the study you're reading. » 4/25/14 10:47am 4/25/14 10:47am