Do you have creative and talented kids? Do they love doing do-it-yourself projects and crafts? BuiltByKids.com is an online community for kids and their families that is all about do-it-yourself projects. According to Built by Kids:
We are pleased to announce Built by Kids, a new lifestyle website… Created with, by and for children. Written for families, caregivers and educators. We are dedicated to teaching the ABC’s of DIY and celebrating those who value the power of creative development and are nostalgic for a time when weekends were set aside for building forts or making models. Here’s to building and bonding in your family!
Projects are organized by age and skill level. There is also a Tool School, a Built by Kids Club, a Built by You monthly contest, and more.
Do you ever get frustrated when using a new website or online application? Do you wish you could get someone to explain it to you clearly at moments notice? Grovo.com is a website which produces video tutorials that explain how to use most popular websites and mobile apps. According to Grovo:
Grovo is an online education and training platform that helps people find and use sites, and helps sites reach and educate users. Before Grovo, there was no single, centralized location for Internet education and training. Grovo produces… video tutorials that cover the Web’s most popular and useful sites as well as essential cloud services in social media, productivity, and online marketing… Currently, our library contains over 2,000 video tutorials, and we produce 60 more every week. The videos are delivered through our proprietary education and training platform, which includes the lesson, pre-written notes, quizzes, and glossary terms… Lessons are between 1-2 minutes long and progress from simple to advanced use cases.
Some of the many sites covered include: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yelp, Basecamp, and LinkedIn. You can request a site if it is not already covered. Grovo also has a blog.
Are you searching for a new job or a new career? Is your résumé failing to get across all the great attributes that make you an ideal job candidate, or is it just not getting you the attention it should? ResumeWebsite.org is a website that teaches you exactly how you can create a résumé website to help you stand out from the crowd of job seekers. According to Resume Website:
ResumeWebsite.org was created to help job seekers get the edge up with prospective employers. By helping you put your best foot forward by helping you create a specialized memorable website that will attract prospective employers and have them contacting you. Assist users in utilizing resources that will help them create a resume that will increase the likelihood of procuring employment. It is a widely known and accepted fact that most new jobs that are filled are a direct result of current connections to the new employee. Many times the connection can attributed to an existing association between someone associated with the current employer and the new employee.
In addition to walking you through step-by-step on how to create a résumé website, there are also plenty of great articles covering tips, resources, example templates, adding video, choosing a domain name, and much more. Following ResumeWebsite.org guidelines you can create a résumé website from scratch in about 30 minutes.
Do you love going to visit haunted houses? Would you like to transform your own place into a haunted house this Halloween, but aren’t sure where to start? HowToHauntYourHouse.com is a website, from the people who created the The Mitchell Cemetery home haunt in Pensacola, Florida, that provides information on how you can turn your house into a spooky haunted wonderland. According to How To Haunt Your House:
We love our fear of the unknown. We like mysterious, cold spots and things that make us jump. We smile at being caught off guard and laugh often when something makes our hair stand on end. We are at home with ghosts, and spooks, and creaky doors. It’s Halloween again—our favorite time of the year. Time to embrace our fear of the dark and things that go bump in the night! …Halloween has always been a special time for us as artists. We get to design costumes, create an elaborate, graveyard set complete with lighting, effects, and sound. Our year-long prop making frenzy transforms our house into the ultimate haunted house for our Halloween party. For a time, we get to live in our version of the Haunted Mansion.
In the Hack Lab you’ll find instructions on how to modify store bought props and decorations, along with starting from scratch instructions. In the From the Crypt section you’ll find photo galleries and videos from Halloweens past. In the Resources section you’ll find links to other helpful sites. There is also a Downloads section with Project Patterns, Wallpapers, Banners, and more.
Do you see yourself as a real do-it-yourselfer? WonderHowTo.com is an online community of do-it-yourselfers, and a place to find the best how-to videos and articles on the web, covering just about every topic imaginable. According to Wonder How To:
WonderHowTo provides more than 170,000 how-to videos & articles from more than 17,000 specialized creators, spanning 35 vertical categories and 424 sub-categories. Our strategy for growth is to empower our intellectually-curious community… Human curation remains central to our relentless focus on quality. In the past year, because we marvel at the mindbending innovation endemic to the How-To space, our front page has evolved from showcasing the best How-To of the day, to (now) systematically reporting the real time news events of all things DIY.
How-to videos and articles can be searched for or browsed by category. There is a community section where you can meet other users, vote on submissions, find and create play lists, and more. There is also a Worlds section where you can go further in-depth on specific topics. Firefox users can install a video sidebar that displays how-to videos relevant to any website you happen to be on. Wonder How To is taking submissions of articles and Worlds.
Do you have a lot of seemingly worthless junk lying about that you hate to throw out because it looks like it could be used for something? Would you like to reuse or recycle some of your miscellaneous junk but aren’t sure how? RecycleThis.co.uk is a blog that posts creative ideas of how reuse and recycle all the random junk that clutters up our daily lives. According to Recycle This:
Four years on, we’ve covered over 900 items and had over 14,000 suggestions of ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle things that would otherwise go in the bin. We’ve covered items from around the home, office and garden, things for particularly hobbies or sports, and random bits of technology that have broken or are just out of date.
The archives can be searched or browsed by category. Recycle This is taking suggestions so if you have an item not yet covered that you’d like to reuse or recycle feel free to ask, or if you’ve discovered a creative way to reuse or recycle something feel free to share.
Would you like to try your hand at gardening? Are your thumbs not exactly green? Could you use some expert advice and information to jump-start your gardening efforts? Garden.org, the official website of the National Gardening Association, provides a plethora of information covering every imaginable aspect of gardening. According to National Gardening Association:
For more than 35 years, the National Gardening Association (NGA) has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment… Our Web sites represent crucial hubs where gardeners and educators find information and inspiration. Each month, nearly half a million novice and experienced gardeners take advantage of the region-specific information found in our Regional Reports and participate in our gardening blogs. They peruse our extensive article, FAQ, pest and weed control, and how-to project libraries, and consult our planting guides, event calendar, horticultural news, online gardening courses, and garden industry research data.
Expert Advice categories Include: Plant Finder, Weed Library, Gardening Articles, Q & A Library, How-To Projects, How-To Videos, Pest Control Library, Food Garden Guide, and Plant Care Guides. Reference categories include: Zone Finder, Event Calendar, Calculators, and Public Garden Directory. There are also discussion forums and many more features. The National Gardening Association also has a website specifically for gardening kids: KidsGardening.org
Are you struggling to learn a new concept? Could you use a little extra help from someone who can break things down and explain them clearly? ShowMeApp.com is website where you can learn multiple subjects from teachers all over the world, through short whiteboard lessons and tutorials created using the ShowMe iPad app. According to ShowMe:
We are creating a global learning community with the best teachers in the world… ShowMe is an open learning community where anyone can create and share instructional content. Teachers and experts can reach more students and showcase their expertise. Students can watch lessons for free, plus ask questions and collaborate. ShowMe brings together great instructors and motivated students under one roof.
Show me is currently divided into two sections: All Subjects and SAT. However, the following categories are coming soon: GMAT, LSAT, Algebra, Calculus, Microeconomics, Architecture, DIY, Grammar, Spanish, Chemistry, Statistics, Drawing, and Business. If you’re a teacher or tutor you can sign up to receive access to the ShowMe iPad app and create a portfolio of teaching videos that demonstrate your instruction skills. ShowMe also has a blog.
Have you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Does looking at all the little black dots on a sheet of music make you feel confused and discouraged? HearandPlay.com is website that offers free online lessons that can teach anyone to play a musical instrument by ear. According to Hear and Play:
Welcome to the world’s #1 Music By Ear site on the net! If you’ve ever wanted to fulfill a life-long dream of learning piano, organ, guitar, drums, or any other instruments by ear, without reading sheet music, then look no further. We’ve trained hundreds of thousands of musicians all around the world how to play their favorite instruments with our down-to-earth online music lessons, video tutorials, resources, and self-study courses… and we can certainly help you too! So take the first steps and sign up for our online lessons. They’re free so you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Hear and Play also includes a blog, a mobile version, a community of fellow musicians complete with discussion forums, and much more. For some great video music lessons check out Hear and Play’s YouTube page.
Would you like to do something creative but need a little inspiration? CreativeFan.com is your online resource for inspiration, resources, and tutorials covering all things creative. According to CreativeFan:
CreativeFan is a creative media network focusing on providing the highest quality resources, articles, roundups, tutorials and inspiration for creative fields. CreativeFan posts daily updates in fields such as graphic design, web design, audio, music, video, computer graphics, and photography… CreativeFan posts daily articles, resource roundups, inspiration, freebies and wallpapers, in order to help and inspire creative professionals from around the world.
CreativeFan is divided into the following sections: Articles, Blogging, Freebies, How-To, Inspiration, and Tools. Feeling really creative? CreativeFan is looking for submissions of articles and tutorials.