Learning with Real World Implications
Students and adults alike can take advantage of "today's lemonade stand". The internet, with all its tools and resources has introduced exciting new education venues and marketplaces. Self directed learning and the development of marketable skills are possible like never before. Finding a valuable context for your interests and skills has never been easier. The world is our classroom, and students today can bring their skills to a world market from their desktop computer or smartphone.
There's no need to wait for a degree to open up the world of possibilities anymore. In the past most of these tools were unavailable or cost prohibitive. Now they are free for everyone's benefit. That's one reason why Bright Open Source is passionate about helping students transition from consumers to creators of digital media.
Students don't necessarily need to rely on their teachers or first employers to give them great recommendations when their body of work speaks for itself.
At Bright Open Source we ask important questions and then follow up with the right resources and support. We know that for students today even the sky is not the limit. The possibilities are endless. We believe if you follow your passion, with your whole heart, it will teach you everything you need to know. What do you want to experience? How do you want to grow? What will be your contribution?
HELPFUL TOOLS FOR DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURS
Below you'll find 32 free digital tools and resources that we use to engage, enlighten and empower. Use them for fun. Use them to explore your passions. Use them to make connections, set goals and become the person you see in your dreams!
Whether you're a video game designer, a documentary filmmaker or an independent musician, audio is important in all kinds of projects. Here are three great tools to meet all of your audio editing and producing needs.
Photography and Graphic Design
Quality images are one of the most important tools for storytelling in the digital age. The right or wrong image can spell success or failure for an idea or product. These tools will get you started with photography and graphic design.
On the rise is 3D printing and everyone is becoming aware of this new technology. Make anything you want and bring your ideas to life with 3D design tools.
Blogging and Web Design
Create a digital portfolio, a blog, or your own internet store. These platforms allow you to grow an audience, expand your reach online and establish yourself as an authority in your field of interest.
According to YouTube, mobile video consumption rises 100% every year. Why not create great videos to deliver your message to the world effectively?
Windows Live Movie Maker:
Programming and Game Design
Bright Open Source has just returned back from Silicon Valley where business is booming. Let us just say that learning to code is a great idea. It's fun too and these resources will get you started.
Electronics and Prototyping
Making things is awesome! DIY inspiration and information is taking over the web. Hack, tweak and bend technology to your heart’s content.
These social networking tools for teachers and students provide easy ways to connect, collaborate, share content, turn in homework, and more.
Resources and support for learning your chosen skills at your own pace have never been more available. Math, science, computer programming, arts, economics and much more are all available for free. You're in control of your own education. Get Bright!
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For a beautiful, clickable PDF version of this list including helpful descriptions of all the software, resources and support, download the handout and guidebook below.
We hope this list will be helpful for digital entrepreneurs who are starting out. What other resources do you think should be on the list for next time? We're working on it now!