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Cool web services and sites we really like.

Kahn Academy – do your practice questions anywhere

We talked about the Kahn Academy app before. The website has been around for ages and is one of the most recommended free learning resources on the web. They have a variety of lesson subjects available but they are best known for their in-depth math and programming courses. Now you can work through practice questions right from the app, a real step in making this resource truly mobile.


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Quartz Model Tiny House – download these free plans for your own tiny home

Most people don’t build their own homes because it’s a very involved process that calls for specialty skills but given some good instructions to follow, most people could probably put together a playhouse. With a little more confidence and the instructions, most people could probably even put together their own tiny home. Ana White has provided some in-depth plans for the Quartz Model of her tiny house that let you do just that.


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eBook Search – don’t waste time searching for books when you could be reading

There are a lot of free books out there, ready for the reading. If you’re an avid reader, free books can really save your wallet but searching them out can be a hassle. eBook Search is the app that compiles free books from around the web into one place so you can spend less time searching and more time reading.


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Cool Web Apps & Sites September 8, 2016 posted by

Canva – the website will help you become a designer (sort of)

Design is what makes your documents, websites, and cards stand out from all the others. Some websites where you can order business things give you some stock options to choose from but then you end up with the same thing everyone else has. Canva is the website that helps you design your own PR materials for a more unique look.


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SignEasy – sign anything anywhere right from your mobile phone

A lot of the business we do is digital these days and although you can get most things done with just a few clicks of a mouse, some business still calls for you to sign on the dotted line. If you can’t always get to the documents in person, then check out SignEasy, the online service that helps lets you sign documents digitally.


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BLOKDUST – design your own music for free with this website

Making music and playing with sound is traditionally thought of as something you do in a physical space. Thanks to the wonders of technology and the slow blurring of it with art, now you can play around with sound right on your web browser. BLOKDUST is a browser based sound creation tool.


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MerlinVision – train this program to identify birds

Are you bored and looking for a way to help science? Of course, you are! If you don’t have any plans for the weekend, why not help the Merlin Photo ID engine become smarter? Help tag photos to help this particular system identify birds.


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GiveDirectly – a different way to give

Many people give to charity as a way to help people who really need it but there have also been many headlines in the news that point out that those donations don’t always go towards things that will help anyone, other than the pockets of the charity themselves. GiveDirectly is a way to send money directly to the people who need it most.


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Bread Spreads Calculator – check out this free calculator and never go hungry again

We use calculators for all sorts of things. High-level math, tips, timing, but the real struggle is figuring out how much peanut butter we need to buy. Not just peanut butter, any spread that makes life worth living. Lucky for us, Bread Spreads Calculator is there for us.


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OpenStax – free textbooks (with some stipulations)

So you’ve probably seen the meme about Bill Gates and his wife offering textbooks for free through their website, OpenStax. This is not quite, exactly true but it is close. OpenStax is a free textbook resource that anyone can access.


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NYPL Emoji Bot – revealing the archives, one tweet at a time

Bots have been online since people started crowding digital chatrooms. You’ve probably run into more than a few on Twitter and passed them by. The New York Public Library Emoji Bot is one you’ll jump at the chance to engage with. It trades pictures for emojis.


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Word or Not – how much English do your really know?

Ever wondered how well you really know English? Are you really a master or can you just generally communicate? You can test how well you really know this language with the Word or Not vocabulary test. If you have four minutes, you can help science out and see how well you know this tricky language.


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