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Winner: Open Culture
Where can you find a reliable guide to sites offering free Arabic lessons? What if you want a collection of the best educational science videos on topics ranging from the moon landing to the miraculous ingenuity of ants? How about links to Oscar-winning films that are available for free on the Internet?
Open Culture is your source for all of these and more. You know that the Internet is full of high quality, educational and enriching media and content. But it's not always easy to find. Since 2006, Open Culture editor Dan Colman has been dedicated to taking the hard work out of the search, offering a single site for the best free educational tools from across the Internet.
Voters said they 'fell in love with it' and praised the site's 'great content.' They commended its straightforward, easy-to-use platform and were particularly amazed by its massive list of free textbooks. Plus, how can you not love a site that found 25 free online John Wayne movies?
Finalist: Bridge to Success
Sometimes, the hardest part of returning to school is remembering how to learn. That's where Bridge to Success comes in. This site provides tools for developing study skills and getting your mind back into student mode. The site has a heavy emphasis on mathematics. Do you remember all of those concepts you learned in high school and never thought you'd need again? Hello, mean, median and range, we're looking at you. If it's time to relearn those concepts, Bridge to Success is your source. Voters praised the site's usefulness in moving out of developmental math more quickly, labeling it the 'best program ever!'
Finalist: Tufts OCW
Would you like to go to Tufts University without enrolling or even traveling to Boston? If so, then Tufts OpenCourseWare is your source. With users from Brazil to Baghdad, this is where you can listen to real lectures by Tufts professors, read through course materials and further develop your casual interest in histology, zoology or endocrinology. Our voters commended the site for its simplicity and referred to it as 'comprehensive.' An OCW site that can teach you dentistry? That's definitely comprehensive.