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3 Creative & Educational Things to do online during lockdown

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There’s been enough time now during the lockdown period to start getting really bored!

Whilst things might have calmed down a bit in the supermarkets and “the curve” is hopefully “flattening” the fight is now to keep up not going out!

Here a few of the things we’ve been doing online to do our bit and keep healthy and happy during these challenging times:

Go to University!

Well, stay in and go to the Open University - they have a massive list of free Open University courses which anyone can take online.

Choose from eight categories of subjects, each containing dozens of courses lasting between 1 and 30 hours on subjects as diverse as Dutch painting of the Golden Age to Exploring the psychological aspects of sport injury!

The lockdown could actually be a fantastic opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge so why not take it!

Start your own radio programme

Since the lockdown has been in full effect one of the things that has brought my family most pleasure is listening to (or watching) friends and family members broadcasts on various platforms!.

One friend has started a regular wednesday night reggae livecast on Facebook where up to 100 people all tune in to listen and join him dancing in his living room.

Another friend has started his own radio show using a platform called https://mixlr.com/ that allows you to play songs from your own playlist of songs and do your own DJ style links between (he even did a phone in once which was hilarious!)

Live musical performance over the net

If you are a musician (or if you live with one) used to either performing or practising with others then the lockdown can be very brutal - but as with so many things, the internet is here to save the day!

There are a number of systems, many of which are free, that allow musicians to login and start playing live with others (either people they know or people all over the world) such as Jammr and Jamkazam, but our favourite is Ninjam.

It’s a bit intimidating at first because it’s free so nobody’s bothered to make it look pretty, but it’s the one we’ve found works the best!

All you have to do is Download Reaper - it’s a free bit of recording software and then Watch this video on setting up NinJam in Reaper (it’s the bit of online Jamming software - the important bit is 58 seconds in (0:58))

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By Alastair Baker at 16 Apr 2020, 00:00 AM