The Big Ideas Global Summits are organized through a partnership between Ideas Lab of Australia, the Maine International Center for Digital Learning (MICDL), and the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF).

The Organizing Committee includes;

  • Angus King,  Maine governor from 1995-2003
  • Bruce Dixon, Director, IdeasLab, and President, AALF
  • Bette Manchester, Executive Director, MICDL
  • Susan Einhorn, Executive Director,  AALF
  • John Newlin, Director of Programs, MICDL

The Broadmeadows Innovation and  Learning Lab – or “Ideas Lab” – aims to challenge the way we thing about learning and teaching and find new ways to take technology into the classroom. Based at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Victoria, Australia, Ideas Lab provides a hub for national and international research into technology in learning and teaching, a testing and proving ground for new ideas, and a place for teachers and students to experiment and share ideas. It has been formed through a unique partnership between the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco Systems, the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education and Hume City Council.

Maine International Center for Digital Literacy (MICDL)
The Maine International for Digital Learning (MICDL) is a non-profit organization of school reform and professional development facilitators who collaborate with researchers and school-based educators. MICDL researches, develops, and promotes teaching and learning practices that are highly engaging, focus on 21st century skills, and often involve the use of digital media – leading to improved readiness for college, careers, and citizenship. MICDL works with middle and high schools – mainly with schools that have 1-to-1 computing programs (i.e. a laptop computer for each student). Click here for more information.

Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation
The goal of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF)  is to ensure that all children have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere and that they have the tools that make this possible. To achieve this, AALF helps schools develop visionary leadership and knowledgeable, innovative educators. AALF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Membership in AALF is free and provides access to information, research and resources on 1-to-1 learning, as well as a subscription to the AALF newsletter. Click here for more information.