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Nikon is offering free online photography classes

for all of April

Free until April 30th

By Taylor Lyles


Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April.

Now through April 30th, all 10 classes available at the Nikon School can be streamed for free. The classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each.

Each class is taught by a professional photographer and provides in-depth lessons to help you get better at taking photos. Some courses cover Nikon-specific products, but many of them teach you the fundamentals of photography, such as a course that teaches you how to photograph your children or pets or the basics of making a music video. So even if you don’t own a Nikon camera, many of these classes might still be worth a watch.

If you’re interested in streaming the courses, you can do so by going to Nikon’s official website. You will need to sign up by entering your name and email address before you can view the classes, but you can opt out of receiving marketing emails.

Free online classes to beat your COVID-19 loneliness


Amidst the global outbreak of Coronavirus, many are staying at home. This probably wouldn’t sound like a big problem to you a few months ago. But as it turns out, a forced lockdown is no fun. You can’t accept guests, enjoy your Sunday breakfast in a cafe, or go to the movies. The great news, there’s as much space for learning as you’ve always wanted — but probably lacked. 

To support those forced to join the office exodus, many universities and distance learning organizations are offering free access to their courses. Stars are aligned — you have free time and access to the world’s best knowledge bases. Let’s make it productive for you. 


Who’s giving away free online courses 

Varsity Tutors launched Virtual School Day, giving away 30 hours of tutoring every week for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Literature, science, math — including interactive quizzes and practice problems — it’s the best of modern curriculums condensed into one. 

Due to forced quarantines, Coursera for Campus opened the digital door to every edu establishment. 3800 courses and 400 specializations became accessible for free through September 30. The library is pretty impressive and covers anything from business studies to healthcare to information technology. 

And if you’re an individual learner, note that Coursera offers many of its top-notch courses for free — if you choose not to get the certificate. Simply filter the library by “free” and pick what suits you best. 


For those who’re rather interested in remote work tools, there are a few lucrative offers for you, too. Google announced they are giving away free access to the advanced Hangout Meets functionality. 250 participants per call, live streaming for 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record online meetings are covered. Plus, Zoho made its premium Zoho Remotely package with 11 apps for remote work free to use. Both offers are available through June 1.


freeCodeCamp 

Free access: visit site

freeCodeCamp is, basically, an open source community that helps you learn how to code. Start with the basic HTML and CSS, and proceed learning the programming language of your choice. The platform covers practical tasks and small challenges that you can process at your own pace. Earn certifications for every milestone you hit, and get inspired by a supportive community.

What’s more, freeCodeCamp has recently released the so-called Coronavirus Academy, it’s own collection of distance learning programs for coders. You can check it out here.  


CS50’s introduction to Computer Science 

Free access: visit site

The all-time top 100 on Class Central, CS50’s computer science course is classics. And it’s pretty reasonable. First, the course has been developed by Harvard University. Second, it covers the basics of all major programming languages. Last but not least, it works for both majors and non-majors. So if you want to use the quarantine to make your first step into Computer Science, start with this course. 

Learn a new language online for free 

You can do this — you can finally take your French to the new level. It’s a realistic goal if you have these learning websites and apps at your fingertips. 

HelloTalk

Free access: visit site

With this platform, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Learn the language by chatting with native speakers. Talking to a human being is a luxury during the Coronavirus outbreak — so why not make use of it. Apart from the web platform, HelloTalk is also available on iOS and Android for your cozy mobile lessons. 


Wokabulary 

Free access for Setapp members: visit site

If you want to focus on the vocabulary, this is for you. Get one space for all the words you learn and ingrain them into your memory with Wokabulary. Digital flashcards, interactive quizzes, 100+ languages — it’s all available inside a single app interface. Wokabulary is a paid Mac app, but it’s free for you if you own a Setapp membership.

Cooking, yoga, or art: Online classes for quarantine fun  

Your online Spanish classes didn’t go very well last year? Well, that could be because you had too many alternatives as to how you should spend your leisure time. Or, maybe you’ve been postponing your yoga classes for months. It’s about time to start practicing. 


Yoga with Adriene 

Free access: visit site

When it comes to online yoga classes, over 6 million people trust Adriene. I’ve personally ditched the couch and went through a few videos. And they are great. In the playlists, you’ll find 30-day challenges for regular yoga practice, which work equally well for complete beginners and people who love sweating at gyms. Plus, Adriene and her doggie are super cute — so you’ll definitely enjoy their company. 


Online art classes 

Free access: visit site

Another distance learning platform, Khan Academy, gives away access to its courses due to COVID-19 quarantine. It’s aimed at school students, but we’ve discovered some hidden gems in the curriculum, which everyone will enjoy. For instance, you can access excellent Art History classes and specialized content from the Museum of Modern Art. Best opportunity to get prepared for your next Louvre visit! 


Online cooking classes from Michelin-starred chef 

Free access: visit site

Even if you hate cooking, when else will you have the chance to learn from a Michelin chef? Massimo Bottura, whose name is associated with one of Italy’s finest restaurants, Osteria Francescana, recently announced the launch of his Instagram cooking course. It’s called Kitchen Quarantine and it’s a fun video guide to cooking basic stuff at home. 

COVID-19 free course about COVID-19 

And if you can’t make the coronavirus anxiousness go away, fight fire with fire. Psychologists say hushing your negative thoughts is not the best idea. To overcome a fear, you have to talk about it — even better, explore it. 

So here’s great news. The UK education platform, Future Learn, has recently launched an online course on Coronavirus and its worldwide implications. The course is aimed at people who work in healthcare, or anyone interested. Typically, it takes 3 weeks 4 hours per week to complete the course — but you can as well binge-study the whole thing. No problem at all. 

If you have any questions, concerns, feedback or information you would like to share please contact your team at Co. 


Si tiene alguna pregunta, preocupación, sugerencia o información que desea compartir, por favor contacte a su equipo de Co. 


Angela Garcia: agarcia@lapazchattanooga.org

Irma Velazquez: ivelazquez@lapazchattanooga.org

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