Geek Things To Do In Isolation

With the UK (and the world) fighting the Corona virus a lot of people are social distancing or isolating, and UK schools are closing. This may leave you with time to learn, or may leave you stuck looking for something for young people to do. I thought I would try to help out with some suggestions.

I have wrote about summer holiday activities (including stay at home ones), which includes links to YouTube videos that are both free and educational. Personally I enjoy the Crash Course and Kurzgesagt videos as they are both educational and fun.

I have blogged about some of the amazing Python learning materials available online that are free and online training resources in general. If retro video games are your thing then consider Code The Classics which offers several Python video games that replicate that retro video game feeling. The book is available as a free PDF and/or the games can be downloaded for free via the Wireframe GitHub page. If you want to catch up on all the cool things a Raspberry Pi computer can be used for then check out the free PDFs of the magazine or download all of them using a quick script.

If you want to read some technical books then consider a 10 day trial of O’Reilly Online Learning Platform which contains videos, learning paths and digital copies of books from O’Reilly and my favourite publisher (No Starch Press). Or if you want some digital books from No Starch to keep for cheap then check out their Coding Starter Kit Humble Bundle which is available to early April 2020. Pluralsight also offer a free trial period and contains lots of training videos.

If you are struggling on the school work front (either for content or with the content provided) then consider heading to the BBC Bitesize website, the BBC also has an article for keeping young people occupied and learning during this troubling time.

My non-tech based pieces of advice during this epidemic is to make sure your mental health is not forgotten. Mind has a webpage to help with relaxation exercises. Take regular breaks from screens (computers, TVs, tablets, phones), stay up to date with the Government advice (UK citizens see here ) and try to look out for each other.

Even if you can’t meet up face-to-face with friends and family, you can still contact them. WhatsApp, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Slack, the classic of email or even better the good old phone call. Reach out.

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