Global Learn Day
Global Learn Day was initiated in 1997 – a 24 hour/24 time zone event that featured the most innovative people in the world of education and technology.
We did it with everything but “two tin cans tied to a string” — telephone, telephony, streaming audio, text chat, ham radio, community radio, (even television – in India). We opened the event in New Zealand, where the planet begins the new day. Bruce Best, from the University of Hawaii, usually closed the event on some speck of an island somewhere west of Hawaii (arriving by raft, as far as we could tell.)
We featured Russians from outer space, Aboriginals from Australia, Maoris from New Zealand, sherpas from Himalayan mountain tops, scientists from the South Pole, Native Americans from Canada to Chile, English language teachers from every corner of the globe — the more remote the better. GLD was a magnet for those doing truly exceptional work to reduce the cost of education deliveries at the same time they improved the result. We were both harbingers of things to come and a megaphone that broadcasted the message from Prague to Perth, Alaska to Argentina, Cairo to Capetown.
The conversations were live and and highly interactive. You could listen – or talk – on the phone or by a microphone from your home computer. The text chat rooms were always full, the questions and comments and giggles were non-stop.
We ran it for twelve consecutive years with an all volunteer crew who somehow managed to pull it all together at the very last second.
We ran it under the banner The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education. Why Ben? Because one of his greatest contributions was to powerfully voice the need for free universal education, without with a true democracy could not survive. Learn more here.