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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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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9 Responses to Did You Know?

  1. Lou Ellen says:

    My initial reaction was disbelief. Then my mind just flew. I began thinking about technology in my lifetime. I remember playing on my first computer in the 1980s, and I remember my parent’s purchasing our first computer and printer. We thought we had reached a new level in the world. Living in a small rural community, I did not have access to the Internet. Even in high school, the Internet was not really an option. Then in college, we had dial-up, and we really thought homework was going to be so easy. Now, I cannot imagine not having technology in my life. I cannot imagine going to school without the use of the Internet. As a society, we have become totally ignorant to the fact that technology was miniscule a decade ago compared to today. Do we think that we will be able to simply move on into the future without technological skills? Is it possible to stick with the archaic ways of teaching and have the children learn from that? How can it be? We have to change. We have to adapt to our new environment. We have to take advantage of the skills that can be offered to us – like using technology of cell phones and computers to further our lives and careers, and our society. If Myspace has enough people to be the 8th largest country in the world, think of what a powerful tool and resource that could be used for! iPods, podcasting, computers, and cell phones – the possibilities are endless. And that seems to be a theme with technology…

  2. Andrea Howard says:

    Oh my goodness! That presentation was awesome!!! I tell you, watching that presentation makes my heart heavy knowing the direction technology is going and how quickly it is going to get there. What saddens me the most is that many of today K-12 students do not possess the work ethic to accumulate the knowledge to utilize all of the wonderful things technology has to offer. It is difficult enough for we teachers to get the students to understand the importance of simply having paper and pencil/pens at school to complete their classwork. Students today generally do not under the concepts of taking notes and studying. “F’s” on assignments and on report cards have become acceptable in many households. Grade level retention is no longer taboo to kids. I have never known so many school-aged students to be too “old” to be in middle school. I had an eighth grader today tell me he was 15 years old. My mouth just dropped……and I teach at 9th ranked school in the state of Mississippi for the 2006-2007 school year. Where is the parental accountability in NCLB? As Barack Obama stated “We need parents to turn of the television and instill in our children a sense of excellence”. We as teachers cannot do it all by ourselves. Education is no longer a collective effort among teacher, students, administrators, and parents. Notice how I put the groups in order according to who “wears the pants in this relationship”!

    My belief is that technology is going to dominate in the education of our children in the next 10 to 15 years, but how are we going to turn our country’s educational system around so we can stop setting our children up to ultimately fail? I am curious to know how our country’s educational system is going to get all stakeholders involved in the evolution of the technological era. If we as stakeholders don’t get on the boat, this nation will eventually lose its position as a world power.

  3. James M. Thompson says:

    I found this article to be of some interest, especially because it mentioned Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat. One of my colleagues highly recommended this book for me to read to help me as an educator. As stated in the article, I believe that the shift has already occurred. When we think about the world that we live in today, everything is actually at our fingertips. The days of having to board a plane or make long distance calls in order to conduct business with foreign countries are history. The world is actually flat due to increasing globalization. I do believe that K-12 students should be encouraged to learn as much as they can in order to compete with students from other countries.

    K-12 educators have a huge responsibility and role that they must play to help students meet the demands due to globalization. First and foremost, educators must be willing to step out of their comfort zone and learn the cutting edge technology if they have not already done so. Only after experiencing technology first hand would they be equipped and ready to teach their students. In my opinion, I believe that many students know much more about technology than their teachers. But that is beside the point, educators have an obligation to learn as much as possible anyway. I believe the implication of the shift is that if people are not willing to learn, then they must be willing to accept one day being left behind. It is similar to a child learning how to read. If children refuse to learn how to read, then they would become illiterate and it would be difficult for them to find gainful employment.

  4. 林學志 says:

    老師您好
    我是高師大工教博士班學生 林學志

    關於老師文章中提到的影片「Did You Know?」,我看了無數次,也曾於教學中提供給學生觀看,我希望學生看完該影片之後,更對未來的生活、工作或是學習態度能更有想法,目前是屬於資訊光世代的時期,資料的取得及擷取已不是問題,問題在於分析與創新思考,文中有提到許多現存的工作,未來將不再存在;而現在沒有的工作,未來即將產生。哲學家曾說過:「人類偉大之處在於創新與思考」,我認此一哲學觀歷久彌新,也是現代人因應未來工作或生活的主要哲學觀,我認為不論目前或是未來,認知層次或是勞力性質的工作將逐漸被機器或是電腦所取代,而人類只要坐一件事情就好,就是發揮大腦的無限可能去進行多重探討與哲學辨證以開創出新穎的思維與能力。

    敬請指教 謝謝

  5. 林學志 says:

    老師您好
    我是高師大工教博士班學生 林學志

    關於老師文章中提到的影片「Did You Know?」,我看了無數次,也曾於教學中提供給學生觀看,我希望學生看完該影片之後,更對未來的生活、工作或是學習態度能更有想法,目前是屬於資訊光世代的時期,資料的取得及擷取已不是問題,問題在於分析與創新思考,文中有提到許多現存的工作,未來將不再存在;而現在沒有的工作,未來即將產生。哲學家曾說過:「人類偉大之處在於創新與思考」,我認此一哲學觀歷久彌新,也是現代人因應未來工作或生活的主要哲學觀,我認為不論目前或是未來,認知層次或是勞力性質的工作將逐漸被機器或是電腦所取代,而人類只要坐一件事情就好,就是發揮大腦的無限可能去進行多重探討與哲學辨證以開創出新穎的思維與能力。

    敬請指教 謝謝

  6. Patrick Chiang says:

    或許因為這部片子我在2008年的時候就看過,所以已經沒有當時的驚訝,對還是對於科技的影響生活的變化之快感到相當憂心。但我擔憂的,不是將來我們要如何教育我們的下一代,不是擔心將來我們的小孩要找什麼樣的工作,而是擔心我們的生活與科技綁緊到這樣地緊密,萬一哪天來了個「明天過後」加上個「慧星撞地球」,還有多少人生活得下去?因為沒有電力就沒有電腦與網路,沒有電腦與網路就沒有所謂的社群、沒有所謂的3D虛擬,一切生活都可能要被打回原始人的狀態重新來過。當我們過份依賴以電為基礎的生活時,可能會更難適應沒電的生活。

    再回到這個主題上,我認為科技影響帶給我們改變的是介面、管道、速度與質量,而不論科技是否存在,我們還是要透過五官去聽、說、讀、寫、觸覺去詮釋與建構我們的認知世界。因此,老師所扮演的角色更應該著重在學生這些基本素養基礎的打底,不懂得聽,給你網路你也搞不清楚別人在講啥,不懂得說,無法將想法傳達給其它的人。科技應該是提供給學生可以說得更多、聽得更深、想得更廣,過去一年可以學到的東西,現在可能只要一個月。過去要一學期上的課程,現在可以一、兩個月就會,既然學生學得快,老師也就應該教得更多,學生既然可以有多面向的學習能力,老師就應該提供不同的方式來幫助學生達到相同的目標,如此才能達到資訊科技應發揮的正向目的。

  7. Patrick Chiang says:

    或許因為這部片子我在2008年的時候就看過,所以已經沒有當時的驚訝,對還是對於科技的影響生活的變化之快感到相當憂心。但我擔憂的,不是將來我們要如何教育我們的下一代,不是擔心將來我們的小孩要找什麼樣的工作,而是擔心我們的生活與科技綁緊到這樣地緊密,萬一哪天來了個「明天過後」加上個「慧星撞地球」,還有多少人生活得下去?因為沒有電力就沒有電腦與網路,沒有電腦與網路就沒有所謂的社群、沒有所謂的3D虛擬,一切生活都可能要被打回原始人的狀態重新來過。當我們過份依賴以電為基礎的生活時,可能會更難適應沒電的生活。

    再回到這個主題上,我認為科技影響帶給我們改變的是介面、管道、速度與質量,而不論科技是否存在,我們還是要透過五官去聽、說、讀、寫、觸覺去詮釋與建構我們的認知世界。因此,老師所扮演的角色更應該著重在學生這些基本素養基礎的打底,不懂得聽,給你網路你也搞不清楚別人在講啥,不懂得說,無法將想法傳達給其它的人。科技應該是提供給學生可以說得更多、聽得更深、想得更廣,過去一年可以學到的東西,現在可能只要一個月。過去要一學期上的課程,現在可以一、兩個月就會,既然學生學得快,老師也就應該教得更多,學生既然可以有多面向的學習能力,老師就應該提供不同的方式來幫助學生達到相同的目標,如此才能達到資訊科技應發揮的正向目的。

  8. vivi says:

    現存的工作,未來將不再存在;而現在沒有的工作,未來即將產生。

    這句話一直讓我很苦惱也憂慮,那麼我們現在學習的知識到底有沒有幫助?記得有研究者說過:我們人類目前有記錄的所有知識大概還不到實際知識的百分之二…而人類一輩子可以學習的知識…也許連千分之一都不到!

    越來越多的產業以及職業都是以往所沒有的,這也讓我不禁懷疑起太陽底下無新鮮事這句話!網拍就是其中之一,近起年崛起的網路拍賣竄紅速度之快,想當初十年前我的電腦可以上網已經是件大事!

    這兩個月來在進度的追趕下,其實我們也在完成作業的無形中學到了很多新觀念還有應用軟體的技巧,這些我們在兩個月做到了…學生呢?也許不用一個月!身為老師的我們做好準備要往前衝了嗎?學生嗷嗷待哺的餵不飽,有一天就會衝過我們啦!

  9. vivi says:

    現存的工作,未來將不再存在;而現在沒有的工作,未來即將產生。

    這句話一直讓我很苦惱也憂慮,那麼我們現在學習的知識到底有沒有幫助?記得有研究者說過:我們人類目前有記錄的所有知識大概還不到實際知識的百分之二…而人類一輩子可以學習的知識…也許連千分之一都不到!

    越來越多的產業以及職業都是以往所沒有的,這也讓我不禁懷疑起太陽底下無新鮮事這句話!網拍就是其中之一,近起年崛起的網路拍賣竄紅速度之快,想當初十年前我的電腦可以上網已經是件大事!

    這兩個月來在進度的追趕下,其實我們也在完成作業的無形中學到了很多新觀念還有應用軟體的技巧,這些我們在兩個月做到了…學生呢?也許不用一個月!身為老師的我們做好準備要往前衝了嗎?學生嗷嗷待哺的餵不飽,有一天就會衝過我們啦!

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