Real Stock Plays
Find a good online stock broker and open an account. Become familiarized with the layout and to take advantage of the free trading tools and research offered to clients only.
Some brokers offer virtual trading which is beneficial because you can trade with play money
Books provide a wealth of information and are inexpensive compared to the costs of classes, seminars, and educational DVDs sold across the web.
My personal all-time favorite is How to Make Money in Stocks by William O’Neil
Articles are a fantastic resource for education. Recommended website for investment education: investopedia.com and Google search.
Forums can be another source for question and answer. The vast majority of participants are not professional traders, let alone profitable traders.
Heed advice from forums with a heavy dose of salt and do not, under any circumstance, follow trade recommendations.
Study the greats
Learning about the greatest investors of years past will provide perspective, inspiration, and appreciation for the game which is the stock market. Greats include Warren Buffett, Jesse Livermore, George Soros, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch, John Templeton and Paul Tudor Jones, among others. One of my favorite book series is the Market Wizards by Jack Schwager.
Read and follow the market
News sites such as Yahoo Finance and Google Finance serve as a great resource for new investors.
By monitoring the markets each day and reading headline stories investors can expose themselves to trends, 3rd party analysis, not to mention economic concepts and general business.
Pulling quotes and observing fundamental data can also be good.