How To Get A Free Membership

Posted in Resources on November 6, 2016 - by


If you don't know what is, here is a quick fill-in. was recently purchased by LinkedIn and is an online learning platform for a wide variety of areas.

Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Lynda has been around for over 20 years. Students, programmers, and creative workers have all benefited from their 5,219 courses. Of course, here is the kicker - its not free.

Is this a homeschool curriculum? No. Can this be extremely useful for homeschoolers? Yes.

There are over 130,000 educational videos, 400 courses in software development, over 600 in Design, over 900 in business, over 100 in web development, and over 1,700 courses on photography. As you can see, most courses are technology related in some way.

My favorite thing about Lynda are the learning paths. These are essentially 'small' curriculum.

The price tag of $40 per month is a little too steep.

What very few people know is that most states can provide Lynda access for free! Your library card, more often than not, will gain you free access. This is not something that is highly publicized and advertised. Go check with your library.

Even if your library doesn't have this you can still get a temporary New York library card that will get you 3 months of access to Lynda for free. you can do this in any state. 

A (free) three-month access can be more than enough to complete several full paths/courses.

Here is a link to the New York Public Library page where you can access Lynda.

This isn't the only free resource we've written about! There are literally hundreds of reviews for creative commons/public domain resources available on Homeschool Commons. We have organized a list of free homeschool curriculum and a tutorial for finding free ebooks for every subject.

Many parents with children interested in are interested because their kids want to learn how to program. If this is the case, and your kids are interested in programming, I recommend that you check out this book: How I Learned To Code: Lessons From Teaching Myself Web Development on Amazon.


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About Mike Holiday

I like technology, teaching, programming, hiking, and strawberry jelly filled doughnuts. I'm a pretty passionate lifelong learner. I went to school for that "math stuff" everyone seems to hate!
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5 Responses to “How To Get A Free Membership”

  1. Lisa Ehrman says:

    I hadn't heard of this, so thanks for linking this great information to our readers at Together on Tuesdays!

  2. Molly Ross says:

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing, I got the NY card, the kids are going to love these.

  3. Jenna B. says:

    Yeah, PSA, you can still get a NY library card for a temporary amount of time. Ever heard of inter-library loan? Basically just tell the library they have resources you want to use and explain that you are homeschoolers. If you want to throw in a potential visit in the region that won't hurt either.

  4. Azuka Orumgbe says:

    My exchange rate to dollar in Nigeria is on the highest side. i really want to learn coding from Lynda. how do you help me please

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