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Save the date for Global Learn Day 2018 October 6th and 7th 2018

How You Can Be a Part of Global Learn Day 2018

Global Learn Day is less than 8 months away! Our team is hard at work planning the best Global Learn Day ever. We have lists of everything we want it to have and how we can get this event to be all we dream it can be. There is one crucial part that we can’t do though, that part is getting you involved!

If you have been following this blog for any length of time you have learned much about why Global Learn Day is important. You probably understand how Global Learn Day works, when it is, and why we are so passionate about education.

This may leave you wondering, “What does Global Learn Day have to do with me? How can I be a part of this worldwide event?”

I’m glad you asked, because that is the topic of today’s post!

There are several ways that every person, anywhere in the world can get involved. The most exciting part of Global Learn Day is that while there is a team that plans all year, the event really belongs to the global community.

This is an unprecedented event where participants can become presenters and everyone is welcome to join our team (and teach us a thing or two) for 24 glorious hours!

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

The 3 P’s

That’s our catchy code name for the levels of involvement open to all for Global Learn Day 2018.

Participate

Getting involved is as easy as showing up. Global Learn Day will be broadcast on various social media outlets for a 24 hour period. There will be something to experience in every hour from various points of interest around the globe.

Even though Global Learn Day only circumnavigates the globe once a year, our social media outlets are great opportunities to meet and learn from supporters of education around the world every day. It’s like 364 mini Global Learn Days for our fans.

Partner

Our partners are special friends. They not only participate but help us spread the word about Global Learn Day to a wider audience. Their support is essential to building the best experience possible.

Partnering has it’s benefits as well, and our eternal thanks for supporting this amazing project.

Present

So we have an audience, and special friends to partner with, the last element we need are presenters! We need to fill those time slots and teach the world. Have an expertise that you love to talk about? Know a special skill that you could share? Are you a part of a charity that helps open the doors to education access? The possibilities are endless.

We already have several presenters lined up from 3 continents, but there is still room for plenty more. Imagine have a presentation broadcast from every continent, how about every time zone?

In the coming months, we will be sharing other opportunities and options for celebrating this voyage of discovery with us. Please visit our Join the Voyage page to sign up and get involved!

Together we are Uniting the World through Education!

What will you be doing this Global Learn Day?

 

Technology and the global connection

How Technology Can Unite and Divide Us

We are living in a time of rapid change. The technology that is revolutionary today is being replaced tomorrow. Technology is changing how we live our lives, plan our futures, and build relationships. In this digital age, we may wonder where it is heading.

As Amazon unveils its cashless store where shoppers just grab and go, former executives to some of the largest technology and social media companies continue to speak out about the problems these new innovations can cause.

What is the answer? Is technology ripping apart the world, or are the advances the way to finally unite us all?

Technology can unit or divid eus by Global Learn Day

How Is Technology Uniting Us?

Over 7.4 billion people live on Earth speaking 7,106 languages. For centuries, connecting with others in distant parts of the globe was arduous and even dangerous. Letters could be written but would take months to reach their destination. Even finding a contact in a far off land was a monumental task.

As the technology of travel improved, interconnectedness was established. Crossing the ocean or flying to the other side of the world took hours, not month or years. Postal routes became well organized and mail could seamlessly be transported from a home mailbox to virtually anywhere on the planet.

The advent of computers and the Internet changed anything. Messages could circumnavigate the globe in minutes, even seconds. A new era of global relationships began. Now finding someone in the far reaches of the world became as easy as a click of a button.

Events, such as Global Learn Day, became possible. We are very thankful for the technology that can unite us in ways that were just science fiction a generation ago. (Still no flying cars, but we can virtually meet face to face!)

How Has Technology Divided Us?

With all these advances the possibilities have grown and our ability to experience people, places, and events has reached further and further distances. However, at the same time the connects at home has broken down.

The fabric of socialization and community has moved from block parties to virtual communities and Facebook groups. The art of conversation is being lost, and despite our growing interdependence and resources, more people feel isolated than before.

Is Social Media Tearing Us Apart?

The dangers and disadvantages of social media have been in the spotlight recently. Cyber-bullying has created a suicide crisis among children, some as young as 8. Social media and smart phone addiction are on the rise. Face to face interaction, even with video conferencing technology, is becoming rare.

As technology advances and infiltrates every aspect of or lives, the connectivity that provides for a healthy and stable lifestyle has waned. As we stare into our screens and build up our networks, more and more people feel isolated and alone. A 2016 Harris Poll showed that 72% of American regularly feel lonely, one third of those suffer from loneliness at least once a week.

Is social media to blame? The answer isn’t an easy yes or no. The phenomenon of social media certainly has its downfalls. Coupled with smartphone addiction, the future may look grim.

The fact is that social media has the power to rip us apart but it also is an amazing vehicle for collaboration. In building up global connects, we must also invest our time and energy locally, being a force for good in our homes, communities, and countries.

The upcoming generation is the first to have grown up on social media. Their birth was announced via Facebook, their birthdays and school projects planned via Pinterest, and they “meet” their friends not on the sidewalk but in Snapchat. Setting up healthy boundaries and teaching good digital citizenship to these young people is vital. It isn’t enough for them to know how to use the technology, they must learn how to use it well and for good.

How Do We Go Forward with Technology?

Technology is here to stay and is so very ingrained in daily life, it would be catastrophic for it to be swept away.  As the shortcomings and dangers of this brave new world continue to be learned and fill the headlines, we must work to take what is good from our new found freedoms and continue to build a world of connections.

Education can unite the world, education not just taught by technology but education of how to effectively use it. As we build a global community, we must also encourage the development and preservation of our local communities. Teaching children how to reach out across the world wide web, but still interact and build friendships in real life. This is an arduous task and one that we are still very much learning how to do.

With great power comes great responsibility. We are at a crossroads for the increasing power of modern technology and social media. How will we use this power? It is the responsibility of each of us to wield it for good!

The human connection will always be the true tie that binds us close at home and across continents and oceans. Want to join our discussion on the future of education and global connections? Become a member of our Friends of Global Learn Day Facebook group.

 

E-learning in India leading to a better future

How Is E-learning in India Creating a Better Economic Future?

India is an emerging economy that is rapidly growing. Unfortunately, unemployment rates are outpacing the soaring expansion of its GDP. In a nation with a large rural population and many calling for educational reform, India stands poised at a crossroad.

The number of well educated graduates is steadily increasing, however many are unable to find suitable jobs. If India wants to get ahead and solve its job crisis, a change must be made.

E-learning may be the way out. A new platform of education with ever expanding capabilities mean limitless opportunities. The digital age of exploration is launching India onto the world stage.

Elearning in India

How Is E-learning Growing in India

India is currently one of the leading countries in the e-learning movement, second only to the United States. The e-learning market is projected to reach $1.26 million in 2018. As the “Digital India” initiatives drives sweeping change across India, increasing the GDP and ushering India onto the global technology market, there is an ever growing gap in jobs that will be needed to maintain this momentum and skills that are lacking in recent graduates.

Even though 65% of India’s population is under 35 years old, and mobile technology is now being used by 26% of the population to access the Internet, education in technology skills is far behind.

E-learning is hoped to bridge this gap, establish new educational opportunities for the younger generation, and provide micro-learning for recent graduates and business professionals.

How Is E-learning Changing Education In India?

The traditional, one size fits all model of education is not capable of readying students for the ever changing world of a digital, global economy. E-learning and edtech platforms are providing individualized educations, creating easily managed assessments, and increasing engagement in the classroom.

With a large rural population, India has also benefited from satellite delivered Internet for even the remotest regions. E-learning is bringing top notch, high-tech educational opportunities to students who would otherwise not have access to a modern education.

In recent years, satellite service has dropped drastically in cost. This has made Internet access affordable for an ever growing working class population. The Internet has proven to be a pathway to greater education access and intercultural relationships. For remote, rural populations, e-learning has many advantages.

One of the biggest advantages is the one on one instruction and opportunity for personalized study schedules. MOOC classes based on traditional university schedules were the first wave of e-learning opportunities worldwide, however these had a high drop out rate (80-90%). By providing microlearning that is individualized, India is on the cusp of an educational revolution for all sectors of society.

E-learning is also helping to solve the qualified teacher shortage that plagues the Indian educational system. By having broader reach, the country’s best and brightest teachers can instruct vast numbers of students, not just their local school.

How Will E-learning Create Jobs in India?

As e-learning grows in India and initiatives such as Digital India and SWAYAM platform progress, there will be a growing demand for teachers. Those who have the necessary skills for 21st century technology and business will be in high demand to disseminate instruction and close the present skills gap.

Also, as Multinational Companies (MNCs) continue to invest in India, a well skilled generation of workers will be needed to keep the economy going. By training the up and coming leaders of tomorrow, India will have a solid workforce prepared to support a digital economy.

Having a work ready population will attract greater investments and continue to raise the economy of India on the world stage. The ability to compete globally is the greatest aim of these revolutionary educational techniques. It is not enough to have the technology at a growing number of citizens fingertips, but to graduate skilled worker that know how to implement new technology to grow businesses, and adapt to a rapidly advancing technological age.

In addition to teachers, and tech savvy workers, a booming e-learning industry run by domestic platforms provides opportunities for management positions and education developers. Those skilled in developing learning platforms, leading organizations, and managing digital companies will be a great assets.

The Next Step

As our world continues to rapidly change in this digital age, the divides of the world continue to close. Building a future of economic stability, educational opportunity, and greater cooperation will help to raise the quality of life for all people.

In 2018, Global Learn Day strives to Unite the World through Education. Education is the great equalizer. It not only provides greater opportunities and higher pay, but provides interconnectedness that unites the world so we can overcome what has historically divided us.

What can you do to support this mission? How has e-learning changed your life?

For further information check out:

Changing Face of Indian Education

E-learning India’s Education Needs to Get Online

E-Learning Market in India–Challenges and Opportunities

What can just a pencil and a notebook do?

What Can Just a Pencil and a Notebook Do?

What is the greatest treasure you could receive? Is there one thing you would risk everything to have? For millions of children, that one gift is education. The statistics on education around the globe are grim, but there is still hope. Young advocates, like Malala are fighting to open access to education for every child!

 

Who is Malala?

Malala was born in 1997 in Pakistan.  She is the second daughter of the Yousatzi family. While girls are often unwelcome additions in Pakistan, but Malala and her sister are cherished.

Her father is a teacher and was determined to give his daughters a good education and every opportunity he can. Malala grows up as a happy child who loves books and enjoys her time in school.

Why is She Famous?

In 2007, Taliban militants invade her home region of Swat and impose harsh laws, these include banning girls from school. Malala is determined not to give up her education, even though doing so could mean a death sentence.

Malala becomes an underground blogger for the BBC, relaying information about the conditions in Pakistan during the Taliban rule and ensuing fight for freedom. She uses the name Gul Makai to conceal her identity online.

Over one million people, including the Yousafzai family, flee from their homes as Pakistani fighters sweep into the region to push out the Taliban. In the midst of this, the New York Times does a feature piece on Malala and her father because of her blog posts. The pair discuss there fight for education for every girl.

The Taliban is forced into the more rural areas of Pakistan and Malala’s school reopens. She is happy to be back but wary of her growing notoriety. In 2011, she receives the Pakistani National Youth Leader award.

Almost one year later, on her way to school, a masked gunman boards her school bus. He asks for Malala by name then shoots her in the head, shoulder, and neck. Two of her friends are also injured.

Malala is critically injured and flown to a hospital in the United Kingdom to recover. While world prays for Malala’s recovery, she undergoes multiple surgeries and months of therapy.

When Malala recovers and is released, she has found her purpose in life and her new home. Her family set up their new home in Birmingham, England.

What is Malala fighting for?

There are 130 million girls out of school due to laws prohibiting their education or life circumstance. Malala is fighting to get that statistic down to zero!

In her campaign, she has met with numerous heads of state, presidents, and world leader. Malala spoke at the United Nations on July 12, 2013. She promised to celebrate her birthday each year by bringing attention to the plight of girls around the globe.

In December 2014, Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. This highest award of distinction is not the end of Malala’s work but the beginning.

What is the Malala Fund?

Established in 2013, the Malala Fund works to promote education access. The fund has a threefold purpose: Advocacy–Investing–Amplifying

  1. Advocacy- Malala fund seeks to shine a light on the crises worldwide preventing girls from being educated. In addition, it shows the difference a secondary education can make not only in one girls life but her community, country, and world
  2. Investing- Through the Gulmakai Network, the Malala fund provides support and funding to education champions in developing nations that are working to open school doors to girls.
  3. Amplifying- The Malala Funds works not to just tell her story, but the stories of millions of girls just like her. Through blog posts, the stories of girls are told in their own words.

Learn More:

To learn more about Malala and her fight or to support her with a donation, please check out the links below:

I am Malala Memoir by Malala, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala a picture book of Malala’s story for younger children

Malala.org Malala Fund information and blog

Malala is not only a famous Nobel Peace Prize winner, but a student at Oxford, and a millionaire who has donated over a million of her own dollars to educate girls everywhere. Though her life has been transformed by her achievements, she seeks to let her achievements transform the lives of millions of girls just like her. As she has said, “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not, it is the story of many girls.”

How has Malala’s story touched or inspired you?

 

5 Love Languages

Learn the Language of Love

Learning a second or third language is always beneficial. Being able to communicate with more people is always useful, and can help advance your career. Not to mention the social doors being multilingual can open.

There’s five languages, though, that are universally understood.  In some ways, they are the most allusive for most people. However, you can easily become proficient if you are willing to try. They are the love languages.

How Many Love Languages Are There?

Author, Gary Chapman the love languages. He presented five languages that cover the entire scope of human interactions. Every person “speaks” a combination of these five.

Learning which language you understand best, as well as what language speaks best to your loved one can transform your relationship.

What Are the Five Love Languages?

In his book, Chapman, devotes a chapter to each of these languages. A specific combination of these languages speak to each persons heart and steer how they show love to others.

Words of Affirmation –

Speakers of this language yearn to be praised. They need to know that other value what they do. They thrive on verbal affirmation as well as written love notes.

Quality Time –

Spending time relaxing together. Sharing a favorite activity. Planning an afternoon of uninterrupted time. All of these are the nuances of this love language. Speakers long for others to clear their schedule and focus on enjoying each others’ company.

Receiving Gifts –

This is not just a desire to be showered with trinkets or treasures. A speaker of this language isn’t focused on the money spent. Instead, they find pleasure and reassurance in the thoughtfulness, effort, and love put into choosing the gift. Even small gifts speak volumes to their hearts when done with affection.

Acts of Service –

This love language is expressed in doing not being or buying. Folding the clothes, sweeping the floor, painting the garage all make speakers of this language swoon. They live not just to be served, because most are very industrious themselves, but thrive on small actions done with love.

Physical Touch –

Like, the Faith Hill song, speakers of this language love the way they are loved.

Ooh, I love the way you
Love the way you love me
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
Ooo, to feel the way I feel with your arms around me
I only wish that you could see the way you love me

They yearn to be loved with outward demonstrations, saying “I love you” is nothing compared to showing.

Why Learn the 5 Love Languages?

Just as speaking the native tongue while traveling will make your journey easier and more comfortable, speaking the love language of your loved one will improve your relationship. Who doesn’t want to understand their significant other better?

Since everyone speaks some combination of these languages, this has a wider benefit, too. Building relationships, understanding our neighbors near and far is a recipe for unity and peace. Becoming proficient in the languages of love can have global impacts.

How Can I Learn the 5 Love Language?

Like any other language, learning these takes study and a bit of work. The good news is it will not take you years to master.

Joining a study group or course is the easiest way to become fluent quickly. At Global Learn Day we love learning. Our mission is to bring together the One Planet, One People. We also love providing educational opportunities for all.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we are teaming up with Online Training Institutes to let our friends and followers learn these special languages for FREE!

Coupon Code LOVE will give free access to the 5 Love Languages Mini-Course until February 14th! Give more than a gift this Valentine’s Day, give the gift of understanding and better relationship by learning to speak the oldest language in the world–the language of love!

 

 

 

why everyone needs a pen pal

Why Everyone Should Have a Penpal!

Did you ever have a pen pal as a kid?  Maybe it was a school project. Do you remember your pen pal’s name?

Having a pen pal is a powerful experience. Long before the Internet, pens and paper connected people and cultures that would never cross paths otherwise.

Why Everyone Should Have a Pen pal

Having a pen pal is not just for kids anymore. Access to the Internet does not make pen pals obsolete. Here are some of the benefits.

Learn Something New

One of the best reasons for connecting with someone far away is to learn something new.  By writing letters and asking questions, you will learn first hand information.

Learning is a never ending process. Pen pals give you the opportunity to learn more about your own interests. Who knows what other interests and information you will discover from your pen pal!

The More You Know, the More You Grow

Learning something new isn’t the only benefit. As you learn, your brain grows and changes. These changes improve the physical makeup of your brain.

It’s not just your brain, your mind changes, too. Learning and exploring open your mind to new ideas. It sparks curiosity, which leads to more learning.

Letter Writing Is a Dying Art

What was once common practice is now a dying art. Writing letters has been replaced with email, Skype, and texting. These are all efficient and helpful in many ways. However, modern technology is lacking the human touch of a hand written letter.

While pen pals do not have strictly use a pen, it is a nice touch.  The bonus is your handwriting will improve with practice. Writing by hand also stimulates brain connections that make your brain better.

Start a Global Collection

Pen pals are a great way to start or add to a collection. The easiest collection to create is stamps. Stamps are essential to get mail from one place to another. They also tell the story of their country of origin. Celebrities, common plants and animals, geographic features, holidays, and historical events are all featured on stamps.

If you are looking for something a little different, you could try a tea exchange. Tea bags are light and easy to enclose in a letter. Now that is a delicious project!

Get Some Real Mail

Seems like there is continually more mail in the mailbox. However most of it is not anything you really want. Bills, advertisements, and catalogs make up the bulk of each delivery.

Having a pen pal can put excitement back into getting the mail. Now when you open an envelope, it will have pages you actually want to read and savor.

The Human Connection

Pen pals can grow into great friends. Even if you never meet face to face, lifelong friendships are possible.  We are more familar with this type of friendship because of social media. However, letter writing pen pals enjoy a privacy that cannot be found online.

Cross culture friendships build understanding.  Understanding each other leads to a new peace. It also encourages cooperation.

Northern Ireland has been torn apart with misunderstanding and conflict for generations. To help end the strife, programs have been developed to bring young people from both sides, Catholic and Protestant, together in a neutral location to just get to know each other.

Knowing leads to accepting.  Once you can see your similarities, it is harder to focus on your difference. Globally minded people see what unites us.

How to Find a Pen Pal

Finding a pen pal may sound difficult in a world that is so interconnected yet very isolating. There are still many ways to get yourself involved in a pen pal project.

It’s All about Who You Know

Start thinking of friends or family who have connections in another part of the world. Perhaps they are business contacts or college friends. However they know each other, this is an easy way to find a pen pal.

Missionaries are also a great resource. They can serve as pen pals wherever they are stationed. They can also find locals from their mission field who are interested in being a pen pal.

Websites to Use

If you have exhausted your personal connections and still haven’t found a pen pal, there are website that can help. Here are a couple to try. Each of these offers a slightly different pen pal experience.

  • Snail mail Penpals: This site will match you with a pen pal that has similar interest. It’s a traditional pen and paper pen pal set up with a twist. Participants craft and send creative mail for pen pals to enjoy.
  • Postcrossing: This is not a pen pal service but you could find a pen pal here. Postcrossings allows you to send postcards around the world to random people. In return, you receive postcards back. Talk about global mail!
  • Global Penfriends: This website will match snail mail and internet based pen pals. It is free to join. Global Penfriends is open to all ages. It allows you to search by interest and age group.

There are many more pen pal sites on the web. For more information. Visit our Pinterest Pen Pal board.

Have you ever had a pen pal?

 

fun ways to learn phonics

5 Fun Strategies to Develop Phonics Skills

Phonics Skills are the backbone to all reading.  There are workbooks, DVDs, music CDs and videos all devoted to teaching phonics to young children.  Many of these are great, but for some children even the best of these isn’t enough.  Everyone has their particular learning style and for many young children the method that works best is a tactile, hands-on one.  We have been teaching subjects like science and mathematics like this for years.  But have you ever considered teaching reading hands-on?  Well, you can and here are five ways how.

 

  • There are two basic sets of rules for phonics, the long vowel rules and short vowel rules.  These rules are represented below by combinations of consonants ( c) and vowels (v)

Long vowels:

        • cv- Whenever a vowel comes at the end of a word or syllable it is long as in the word “he.”
        • cvce – This is the magic “e”  or silent “e” rule.  The “e” makes the preceding vowel long but is not pronounced, like in “cake.”
        • cvv—Two vowels went walking and the first one did the talking.  The first vowel is long and the second is silent.  Think “sea.”

Short vowels:

  • vc—With the vowel before the consonant, in words like “at,” the vowel becomes short.
  • cvc—Same as the rule above. The middle vowel is short as in “cat”

Now, here’s the hands-on part.   Create two signs on typing paper or index cards, one for each set of rules.  Then purchase or make flash cards with a variety of short words.  Explain the rules and then show how a sampling of words, one for each rule, follows the rules.  Then have your child sort the remaining cards according to rules.  Sound out the words together.  This turns rule memorization into a game instead of a chore.

 

  • Word families are another way to teach phonics and boost vocabulary.  Make a simple wheel game by using two circles cut from poster board.  On one circle cut out a small window and write the word family next to it (-at, -an, -ug, etc.).  Around the other write letters that when placed before the word family ending create a word.  For instance, for the –at family write b, c, f, h, m, p, r, s, and v.  Just make sure you are creating child friendly words.  Place the window circle on top of the other and push a brass fastener through the center.  Now you have a wheel.  Spin the wheel and create new words.

 

  • Have your child illustrate her first book.  Fold a sheet of typing or white construction paper in half forming a card.  Using short words that are easy to sound out and the child’s name create a little story with one sentence on each “page”.  (Example: Mary ate cake.) Have your child sound out the words, with your help as needed, and read the sentences. Then, have her draw a picture of what she just read on each page.  Kids love having their own books.

 

  • Plays Guess that Letter.  With your child facing away from you, trace a letter on his back.  Have him tell you which letter you just traced.  It may take a couple of tries but once kids get the hang of this game they love it.  Next, switch places (you may need to sit down to make it easier for your child to reach your back) and tell your child a letter sound, like “ah” for short “o.”  Have your child trace the letter that corresponds to the sound on your back.  This is a game that is sure to result in giggles and learning.

 

  • Find that letter!  Write each letter of the alphabet on an index card (to make this even more hands-on create tactile alphabet cards using items that begin with that letter, like cotton balls for “c” to create the letter) and place them in a large shoe box.  Shake the letters around to mix them up well.  Then say one of the letter sounds and have your child dig in the box to find the correct card.  You can advance this game by giving your child a short word to spell and having her find the correct letters and, using clothes pins, clip them to one side of the box in order.  Best of all, once the lid is replaced; everything is safe and sound for next time.

 

Phonics is a great tool and once the world of reading is unlocked for your child the potential for learning is endless.  With a little creativity and basic art supplies, you can create a learning experience that will last the rest of their lives.

Do you know fun ways to learn phonics?

How far would you go for an education?

How Far Would You Go to Get Educated?

How far would you travel?  How hard would you work?  If the journey were nearly impossible, would it be worth it to you?

A recent viral photo showed a Chinese boy encrusted with icicles after he walked nearly 3 miles to school in below freezing temperatures. He is seen smiling ear to ear with red, wind battered cheeks and snow stuck to his hair and eyebrows.  His little hands are calloused, swollen, and red from hard work and harsh weather.

 

Why did he do this? What could motivate a 9 year old boy to endure such perils? He wanted to take his final exams.  He wanted to learn, grow, and succeed.

This young man demonstrates the worth of an education.  While millions of children with easy access to education groan about the work they have to do or the time spent studying. Children like Fuman realize education is a precious gift.

A Voyage of Learning

Each October, Global Learn Day circumnavigates the globe via the internet and virtual world. We value education and celebrate learning. We invite others to join us. Do we realize how much education is worth?

We are each on our own journey.  Every step, every moment is different. What unites us is the desire to learn.

The World in Numbers

Though efforts to end world poverty and spread access to education are making a difference.  Ten percent of the world’s population still lives in extreme poverty.  In addition, 15% of all people are illiterate.

While Fuman is celebrated as a poster child for determination, he is also a sad statistic that shows how much more work needs to be done.  He and his classmates are up against unimaginable odds.

Many of these children are raising themselves, as parents leave to find work elsewhere. They are traveling numerous miles on foot through harsh terrain, and harsher weather; mostly without adequate clothing to brave the elements.

There is no heat in their school room.  Their school supplies are just enough to get by. Yet they are the lucky ones. A stunning 58 million children around the globe have NO access to education.

How Far Will You Go?

In response to Fuman’s photo, 2.1 million yuan (Over $335,000 USD) poured into a charity for Fuman and his classmates.  Each child is reported to be receiving proper clothing and school supplies.

This is touching, but it isn’t enough.  How far will we go?  It is going to take continued effort and awareness to solve the global education crisis.

This is our mission and our duty. At Global Learn Day we seek to unite our One Planet, One People through education to bring about a brighter future for everyone.

If you know of a charity that is helping spread the light of education please share it with Global Learn Day so that we can share it with the world. Together we build a brighter future, one student at a time!

How far would you go for an education? 

Have an inspirational story? Share it below!

 

 

Global Learn Day Edtech

7 Edtechs to Try in 2018

It’s a couple weeks into 2018. Have you made any resolutions yet? Picked your word for the year?

New Year, New Opportunity

January offers a fresh start, even if it is in the middle of the school year for the northern hemisphere.  Technology is advancing and changing at record breaking speed.

While it is hard to keep up with every change, it’s important to be open to learning something new.  Trying out a new platform not only will enhance your learning experience but expand your brain.

Whatever your goals for 2018, add these 7 edtechs to the list.  Learn something new this year!

7 Edtech Applications to try in 2018

WeVideo–Do you like watching a movie? Have you ever wanted to make your own? WeVideo is a simple to use film editing platform that even young children can use. Don’t let it’s ease of use fool you though. WeVideo creates such amazing results that it is used by businesses to create marketing films.

Flipgrid–Flipped education is turning school on its head. Flipgrid is taking it a step further by using collaborative technology and film editing software to reach every student. In the Flipgrid classroom, student discussion runs the course not teacher lectures. The creative tools give every student a voice.

NewseumEd–This is an extension of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  It’s virtual collection delivers primary sources right to your tablet, laptop, or phone. More than just a database, NewseumEd is packed with tools and classes for educators.  This is a must use for teaching students, and yourself, about history and discerning factual news.  There is even an EDIDEAS section for learning more about current events.

 myOn-myON is not just a program, it’s a “literacy ecosystem.”  The virtual library of interactive books teaches children to read while engaging them to keep learning by reading. myOn’s adventure isn’t only for students, the site offers professional development for teachers as well.

Quizalize–Quizzes are a part of education that will never go away. Move out of the way notebook paper and pen, though, Quizaline offers a new platform for quizzes that helps both teacher and students. Quizaline tracks students’ progress, provides a means for differential instruction, and gives students instant feedback. Make your quizzes engaging, fun, effective, and authentic.

Sway–Is a program with so many applications.  An ultra modern and slick answer to Powerpoint, Sway also generates high quality newsletters. Get students writing, or teach yourself a new skill for business. Sway is enjoyable and useful for all ages.  like other popular edtech, Sway works through collaboration and access anywhere technology.  Imagine the possibilities!

FluentU– FluentU offers an immersion experience that comes to your classroom. Image being able to take your students into the heart of everyday life in your target language. This platform offers high quality videos to enhance the learning experience and keep students engaged. Even better, FluentU can be used anywhere (including at home) and it tracks students progress.

What are your goals for 2018? Here at Global Learn Day, ours is always to never stop learning and find better ways to connect the world.  These edtech applications can do both.

What edtech would you recommend?

5 Essential Habits for Lifelong Learning

Learning is essential to survival and growth. It is a lifelong process that should never end. Want to be a successful lifelong learner? Check out these five essential habits!

Education champion, Charlotte Mason, taught that a good education was built on good habits.  This method works for anything you are trying to accomplish. If you want to succeed, begin by working on your habits.

Woman studying to be a lifelong learner

Essential Habits for Learning

Set a Goal

Every journey begins with a single step, but before that step there is the goal. Imagine embarking on a voyage of a lifetime but not knowing where you were going. How would you plan your transportation? What would you pack?  Education is an adventure, start out with a goal in mind!

Make the goal personal. What do YOU want to learn?  There are plenty of topics that needs to be learned or should be studied. However, if you want to stick with it, having a goal centered on what you want to learn will motivate you day after day.

Make a Schedule

Life is busy. It seems to get busier everyday. Without a schedule your independent study will not happen. Just as a goal is essential, setting aside time each day or each week for personal learning is absolutely important.

Pick a time that is dedicated to learning. If you are in between topics, use this time to read and explore.  Think of skills you admire. No matter what, invest your set time in yourself by learning something new, no matter how small. Making time to learn will pay dividends in your educational journey.

Keep Records

Be it a journal, checklist, or notebook recording your learning activities and accomplishments prompts you to learn more.  Keeping records also allows you to see how close you are to meeting a goal, as well as, how many goals you have reached.

Record keeping should not be overwhelming. Do what works for you and what is easy to complete. Some people like to journal, for others a daily journal is torture.  Don’t let note taking get in the way of learning.

Find Like Minded Community

No man is an island.  To keep yourself motivated to learn, find those  who share your passion for education.  In the digital age, there are so many avenues to build community.

Facebook groups, Twitter chats, etc provide a virtual conversation on common topics.  Global Learn Day is a community of its own.  Participating in our social media outlets and our yearly celebration gives every learner a chance to belong.

Teach Someone Else

Teaching is the ultimate synthesis of education.  The old saying, “Those who can do and those who can’t teach.” could not be further from the truth. While is it possible to teach skills that you cannot physically accomplish, being able to teach anything demonstrates a mastery of the subject.

If you need motivation to learn something new, promise to teach a class to someone else.  Teaching also lends itself to wanting to know more. Students’ questions and reflections can lead to new journeys of learning.

Teaching does not have to involve being in a classroom, though. Hold a skill day at your home or local library. Write a blog or e-book.  Create an online course for platforms like Udemy, Teachable, or OLT! Inspire others through your passion to never stop learning.

Have any habits to add?  What are you learning about today?