Travel the Globe for Free

Travel the World in 24 Hours for FREE

Did that title get your attention?  Are you longing to be a globetrotter but don’t have the time or money? Never fear, #GLD2018 is here!

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

The Global Learn Day team has been hard at work planning our next voyage for months. Now that 2018 is here, preparations are really heating up.

Our Virtual Voyage

Visit new lands, meet interesting people, learn new facts to amaze your friends.  This voyage has it all, except the cost and work of packing.  If you are wondering how this all works, let me give you a breakdown.

Global Learn Day is an annual event held the first weekend in October. Begun in 1997, Global learn Day is poised to circumnavigate the globe for the twenty-first time this fall. (Spring for our friends in the southern hemisphere.)

Last year, Global Learn Day broke new ground by featuring video presentation on all our social media outlets. The topics ranged from seeing how one school in New York is helping to spread hope through supporting Mary’s Meals to a talk on how one woman saved her school from the Taliban.  In between we learned about the history of learning and the futuristic approach of virtual field trips.

Here is an infographic that shows out impact and reach:

Global Learn Day 2017 in numbers
How far and wide did Global Learn Day 2017 reach?

 

Six continents!! We are very proud of that. Our little social media venture worked, we were able to reach people AROUND the world!

This year we hope to not only reach more people (Maybe someone in Antarctica will join in!) but we are aiming to have video presentation from more countries than ever before.

We already have a number of presentations lined up from rural Pennsylvania, USA to a New Zealand university. We have topics from teaching a second language through drama to living a healthier life by learning what your body needs most.

This is poised to be our greatest adventure yet! However, we can’t do it without you! We are on a hunt for special people to staff our trusty schooner as it sets sail from New Zealand on October 6th and follows the sun around the globe.

The type of person we need is you! Everyone has something to teach and lots to learn. What do you have to offer–probably more than you think!

How to get involved with Global Learn Day 2018

We want you to be our friend and join our growing global community, Uniting the World through Education!

Will you join us?

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and join the discussion in our Friends of Global Learn Day Facebook group!

Not on social media? Not a problem! Please sign up to participate in our voyage and receive regular updates along with some special, free goodies to help you celebrate Global Learn Day 2018!

Ready to come sail away with us?  Great, welcome aboard!

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5 Ways Everyone Can Easily Learn Coding

Secret codes have existed since the dawn of time. Children creating new ones is nothing new, however with the push to advance STEM education, coding has taken on an entirely different meaning.

Learn Coding Without a Computer

The need to code has become a major platform in education. Coding is seen as the gateway to the future, and in many ways it is. Coding teaches problems solving and helps students understand technology that hasn’t even been invented yet.

As with every latest and greatest trend, funding is an issue. With coding not only being a preferred class, but a requirement in many districts, educators are wondering where they will find the capital to fund this mission.

The great Digital Divide is no secret. If school are required to teach coding, will it only grow larger. How can students in underserved and underfunded districts compete in the global economy of the future?

Thankfully, coding does not require a computer!

Wait…what??

That’s right, coding can be taught with simple, low budget items most teachers probably already have. So, no need for a Chromebook in every hand. Global Learn Day is here to help!

Here are FIVE ways to learn coding for cheap without any additional technology needed. (Sure those robots are amazing, but this is for the rest of us!)

A Coding Course for Kids That’s Unplugged

Computer Science Unplugged is a website dedicated to teaching the technology skills of the future with the help of an ordinary printer and copy machine. These printable teach important concepts like binary language and networking to kids.

Coding is a language, so think of this as the grammar. No one becomes fluent without real world application, but being able to read the target language is the first step in becoming a proficient speaker.

iGame Mom DIY Computer Camp is designed by a tech savvy mom who knows how to have fun. Tech camps, coding camps, and robotic camps are all the rage for summer enrichment, they are also extremely expensive.

Through printables, fun games, and easy to implement, hands-on lessons, iGame Mom gives every child the ability to have a high tech camp experience, right that his or her kitchen table.

The resources on iGame Mom are for ages 3 and up, so every aspiring coder in the family can participate.

Beading Binary Name Bracelet is a fun project that kids will love and grown ups can learn from. Have you ever made a beaded bracelet that followed a pattern? Then you are half way to understanding binary beading.

Using beads to represent 0,1, and spaces, children can create a beaded bracelet out of any combination of beads that spells his name. After learning the pattern for letters, children can then create new codes for everyday words. Just like learning any other language!

In fact, Morse code and braille are binary languages just like C++, Java, and other computer languages. All involve a set pattern that communicates a message from the creator to the recipient. Learning either of these will help children to understand coding.

Lego Maze Challenge builds on the popularity of LEGO bricks in STEM education and childhood play. Using ordinary blocks that can be found in most homes and schools, children progress through levels of challenge and dive deeper into the world of coding.

Learning how to give and follow directions precisely is an important part of writing code. Every step must be spelled out, computers can’t fill in the blanks left by programmers. It takes the code writer’s imagination to create the wonder the computer performs. The Lego Maze is a project created by Research Parent and includes a free printable. One bucket of LEGO
bricks, endless adventures!

ThinkFun Robot Turtles Coding Board Game is one game in a growing collection of good, old fashioned board games that teach hi tech concepts. Designed for players as young as 4, it is fun for the whole family.

Through playing cards and a catchy plot to win, the whole family can develop the cognitive abilities necessary to code. It even teaches the concept of debugging–meaning someday, your child may be able to just fix that computing error that is driving you mad!

Are you ready to close that screen and start teaching your children or students how to code? Oh, you are worried they won’t be able to keep up with the rest of the world, well, Finland is way ahead of you! They teach computer science computer-free!

How will you learn the code?

 

 

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New Year, New Goals, New You

Many of our readers may be coming off the high of Christmas. In the US, following Christmas there are HUGE clearance sales and then a need to purge and prepare for a New Year. I’m always left feeling a bit anxious this time of year. I find myself thinking about my priorities. How can I learn more, improve myself and bring more good to the world in the upcoming year?
 
Of course, moving into the new year, many of us tighten our budget to prep for all our new year plans. Today, here are a few ways to improve yourself educationally, professionally and personally in a low cost way!

Think of it as Global Learn Day’s New Years Gift to you, our readers.

 

1. Improve your writing game.

Hemingway App is available for free when used online. It helps you improve your writing skills, focusing on readability and structure. In fact, I used it on this blurb! This is at a 5th grade reading level, for your information.There are so many uses for this both personally and professionally, no matter how old you are. Take some time and check it out!

2. Continue your Professional Development in January.

OnLine Training Institute is running a special on Professional Development Courses for the new year. Perhaps you see a need to improve your image or your ability to make successful business connections. These courses are self-guided ways to work on those things and many more. Use code SOCIAL through January 31, 2018 for 33% off!

3. Keep up with the Global Learn Day!

Did you know we keep a Learning Resources Page updated? GLD believes education should be available to everybody and we share free learning resources on this page as a way to help you embrace your full potential!

4. Live Your Truth!

Live Your Truth is a program by Carol Tuttle to help individuals learn how to dress comfortably and confidently. You may be asking why our movement that celebrates education would include a self improvement site. This course helps you learn about yourself and in doing so many have found that they are more confident.

5. Learn a New Language!

ASL University has free online courses to help you learn a new language! American Sign Language is a fantastic and often intuitive language used widely in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities. It is also useful for parents in theaters, museums, churches and virtually anywhere Silence is Golden because it is silent. This could be your year to learn a new language!

So, what are you doing in 2018! I hope we have inspired you to try new things, to learn even more and to embrace One Planet, One People in all that you do!

Happy New Year and keep learning!

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New Years Resolution Goals

Ring in the New Year by the Ringing of the School Bell

Resolve to Learn

The year is rapidly coming to a close, with it a flurry of activity and holidays are being celebrated worldwide.  This is a time of excitement and joy. It is also a time for introspection and goal setting.

Come December 31st, millions and millions will create resolutions with the intent of improving themselves and their lives in the coming new year.  Among the top resolutions are losing weight, exercising, quitting bad habits, and finding a job.

What if this year, you resolve to learn something new?  Learning exercises your brain, creates balance in your life, leads to better decision making capabilities, and could help you land that job or improve your chances of promotion at your current employment.

Surfing the Web to Learn

Continuing education is more readily available than ever, delivered directly to your laptop, tablet, or phone. Here are some resources to jump start your lifelong learning habit.

Udemy Like shopping on Black Friday for all the deals? Then this learning platform is for you!  Forget the latest craze, sign up for a class! Udemy has a Black Friday special going on right now with courses costing only $10!!  There is so much to learn, and with this deal, you could chose to learn more for less.

SkillshareSkillshare offers short courses on specific skill sets from photography to e-commerce, this website has opportunity to grow in your career and hobbies. The lack of long term commitment for classes makes this an ideal place to start.

Open Course WareVirtually every major university offers open courses online for the public to take at will.  These courses are free and are the same courses offered at the university itself. While you cannot earn a degree through these courses, you will still learn from top notch professors. In addition, you could test drive a program or major.  Lastly, you can use the courses to prep yourself for CLEP examination which can earn you college credit.

KHAN AcademyFree video based courses for kindergarten through adult education. KHAN Academy covers diverse subjects with an intense focus on science, math, and computer programming.

YoutubeAside from the funny videos and viral pranks, Youtube offers an immense amount of knowledge for free.  There are videos on every subject and many skills to be learned in a “one-on-one” setting.  Decide what you would like to know how to do in the new year and find an appropriate Youtube channel. You may have to dig around to find the presenter who works best for you, but don’t worry there are 300,000 new videos loaded every day!

Looking for more online opportunities?  Check out this list of 20 Places to Educate Yourself For Free! You are sure to find something to tickle your fancy and expand your mind!

Offline Learning

Online learning, elearning, and virtual coursework are all the rage right now. The Internet does surely provide unsurpassed access to information and is a flexible tool allowing educational opportunities to reach where traditional schools never could. However, online classes are not the only means of continuing education in the 21st century.

If online classes just aren’t your thing or your bandwidth doesn’t accommodate videos, learn the old fashioned way-through books and other people. Books are still just as valuable as they were pre-Internet days.  Find a good book on whatever you are yearning to master. Don’t have a skill you need to learn? How about you just read some good classic literature?  Your brain will get pumping and you will surely expand your vocabulary. All around, a worth while endeavor!

In addition to amazing books, see what learning opportunities exist in your area. Is there a club offering demonstrations? Could you sit in on a course offered at your local trade school or college to learn more about the study program?  Libraries offer a vast array of programs, course, and groups that can enrich your lifelong pursuit of knowledge, oh and they also have books–many, many books!

How will you resolve to learn this coming year?

 

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When Should Education End?

Education Road Maps

There are many theories and much debate about when education should begin.  On one side there is a push for earlier and earlier learning, formal studies beginning in the toddler years.  On the other, there are proponents of delayed study beginning at age seven or later.  In all of this back and forth, the question of when education ends is not addressed.

At the start of formal schooling, children are presented with a road map of how to make it to the end of their school career with several exit points and choices along the way.  Make it through high school and then choose a trade school or college to attend. Have you earned your bachelors degree? Well you could continue to a masters or doctorate, or jump into your career.

What Is Required of Me?

Much of this plan is based on checklists and diplomas. Do this and get that. Is that the goal of education, though?

Education is the passing on and accumulation of skills and knowledge.  While learning is often a means to an end, it has value beyond getting a career or earning degrees.

An Education of Your Dreams

If you could learn anything what would it be?  Is there something you have always wanted to try?  Maybe you dream of being able to play the guitar. Or have you always wanted to speak Russian?  Is there a craft you admire and wish you knew how to make? How about a home improvement task that you wish you didn’t have to hire someone to do?

Education is learning, not school. It is a lifelong process to shape your abilities, interests, and understanding of the world.  While formal education is a linear process to a pre-determined goal, true education is integral to the life process.

When Is It Too Late?

The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has derailed many an aspiring learner.  It is never too late to learn. Never too late to complete a learning task, and surely never too late to begin. Learning may take longer and be more difficult to fit into your daily life but that does not diminish its value, nor preclude it from happening at any age.

Today is the best day to begin your education.  Begin today and continue tomorrow.  Continue your education for career. Learn a new craft, skill, or trade.  Educate yourself about subject matters you do not understand. Study history. Investigate politics and world news.  Pick up a work of literature you have never read.  Whatever you choose, there is no wrong choice in furthering your education. Anything that you learn becomes a new jewel to line your pockets.

The Real Worth of Education

Not all education will earn you higher wages, but every bit of learning will make you richer in life, independence, and understanding.  Education is not a piece of paper to hang on your wall, it is a process to enrich your mind that provides resources that can never be taken from you.

When does education end?  The real answer is when you let it, because learning is a gift you give to yourself each day.  Change the world–learn something new today!

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