Online Learning Resources

Elena Bai, News Editor

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many educational facilities and public places have been shut down to avoid spreading of the disease. However, because of this many museums and public parks have provided online resources for one to explore without leaving home.

   Many museums, such as the Guggenheim in New York and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea, have put collections online to explore. Most of these collections can be found on artsandculture.google.com, where one can explore individual works of art or tour a virtual gallery on Google Street View. Some other notable art museums that have provided online collections include the Louvre and the Dali Theatre-Museum. Museums such as the Smithsonian and the British Museum have also provided online resources. The Smithsonian has posted everything from historical artifacts to animal live streams, and the British Museum offers audio tours and YouTube videos. 

   One can also go to https://www.metopera.org, where live streams are held every night. These streams will be of past performances of operas such as La Traviata, Aida, and Prince Igor. The Met is also hosting an online gala consisting of multiple artists performing from their homes which will be posted for all audiences on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. The Bolshoi Theatre YouTube channel has also been posting live videos of past performances, although these videos are in Russian with English subtitles. These are excellent ways to expose oneself to theater and music that one might not usually choose to listen to. 

   Yet another way to learn something new during quarantine is to go on virtual tours of historical places and parks. Google Arts and Culture offers tours of many different national parks guided by experts, including Carlsbad Cave and Bryce Canyon, as well as religious and historical sites, which one can tour via Google Street View. One can also explore sites such as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal, and Machu Picchu while learning about the cultures and history surrounding them. 

   There are also multiple online libraries and free book collections that one can explore. Project Gutenberg offers over 60,000 downloadable classics and LibriVox offers free audiobook recordings of books that are in the public domain. These websites make it so that, even if one does not have a huge library at home, there is always something to read. 

   There is no doubt that the current situation is unprecedented and has affected people in a multitude of ways, including giving many people much more free time. This free time is an excellent opportunity to explore potential interests without the pressure of grades or the traditional classroom setting.