There’s a fabulous set of videos that I’ve long admired but never shared for some reason. I was watching them earlier this morning and figured it would be useful for any teacher out there looking to spend a few minutes learning about how far we’ve come in terms of globalization and technology.
The original (first on this page) video and the follow-ups were created by Karl Fisch and modified by Scott McLeod. Please be sure to check out Karl’s website and Scott’s website as they’re both home to fabulous information.
The original video was made in 2006 as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States.
According to the Karl and Scott, the first presentation “went viral” on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. So they made new versions just about every year! Each video is embedded below but be sure to check out Shift Happens for a whole lot more information.
The original video is chock full of insanely useful and staggering statistics. Say that ten times fast! Here are just a few of my favorite stats. Be sure to watch the entire video (and the subsequent versions) and share it with others who should know about these mind-blowing stats.
- A week’s worth of information from the New York Times is more info than a person in the 18th century came across in an entire lifetime.
- The country with the largest military, is the richest, has the highest standard of living, and the strongest education system is … England.
- A current student will likely have between 10 and 14 jobs during his or her lifetime.
- The top 10 jobs that will be in demand didn’t exist a few years ago.