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Did You Know?

A PowerPoint slideshow “Shift Happens” was circulated on the Web several months ago. Now, I find a video with the similar content posted on the YouTube and is titled “Did You Know?” Since this presentation and video is so interesting, so I did some research to learn more about its history and development.

According to the wiki site of Shifthappens, Did You Know? originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The presentation “went viral” on the Web in February 2007. Today, there are several versions of the presentations.  The old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 10 million people, not including the countless others who saw it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues.  This is very impressive.

Did you Know? is a an excellent educational video that helps raise awareness of the issues of globalization in our newly connected world first raised in Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat.  It poses many thought-provoking questions. One of the many questions I raised is: Are the shifts occurring in our world and what are their implications for K-12 and higher education?  In my opinion, I think the shift already happened. Technology is changing the world whether you like it or not.  It will change the way we teach and the way students learn.

The video recognizes that globalization and “flat world” factors have downsides just like other societal shifts.  I think this video can help students learn and grow so that they may become successful digital, global citizens.

If you have never watched the video, here is your chance to hit the play button.

After watching this video, what are your thoughts? Perhaps, you can give some thoughts and try to answer some of the following questions suggested on the Shifthappens site:

  • What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the video?
  • How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?
  • What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward?
  • What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
  • Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology?

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