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Did You Know 3.0

In his column on p. 16, Richard Smith, Canadian Region Director of BICSI, references a YouTube entry called Did You Know 3.0, which contains some fascinating insight into the world of technology advan...


July 1, 2009  


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In his column on p. 16, Richard Smith, Canadian Region Director of BICSI, references a YouTube entry called Did You Know 3.0, which contains some fascinating insight into the world of technology advances and also life in general.

Just over five minutes in length, it is the brainchild of Karl Fisch, a high school teacher from Littleton, Col. who created an outstanding PowerPoint presentation as a means of waking up both faculty and students about what lies ahead.

It hit a nerve almost immediately and at last count, the three different versions have been watched by over 10 million people online.

Fisch recalls that his goal was to produce some thought-provoking ideas: “I was hoping by telling some of the stories to our faculty, I could get them thinking about — and discussing with each other — the world our students are entering. To get them to really think about what our students are going to need to be successful in the 21st century, and then how that might impact what they do in their classrooms.”

The latest version that has taken the Web by storm was updated by Scott McLeod, an associate professor and coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University.

“I’m using the presentation with a variety of different audiences,” he writes on his Web site. “As we all do so, let’s keep in mind Karl’s e-mail message to me: I’m glad (it) is making an impact -that was the idea, of course (although mostly for my own staff, I didn’t know it would take on a life of its own!) I hope that the conversations it starts don’t just stop at conversations, but actually translate into actions for our students.” Below is a sampling from Did You Know 3.0?

• China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world

• One out of 8 couples married in the U. S. last year met online

• There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace

• The number one ranked country in broadband Internet penetration is Bermuda

• There are 31 billion searches on Google every month

• The number of Internet devices in 1992 was 1,000,000

• The number of Internet devices in 2008 was 1,000,000,000

• The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years

• The number of text messages sent and received daily exceeds the total population of the planet

• Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million: Radio 38 years, Television 13 years, Internet 4 years, iPod 3 years, Facebook 2 years

• Upwards of 4 exabytes of unique information were generated last year

• That is more than the previous 5000 years

• NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber

• That is the equivalent of 210 million phone calls every second

• By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain

• By 2049, a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species, and finally:

• The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004. There you have it. It is definitely time to do some thinking about the next new technology wave that is quickly heading our way.