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This was my keynote at TEDxUBC it was based upon what needs to be done to engage students in the real world of school. Educating Jetsons' Children in Flintstone Schools.

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  • Personal computers with instant information access via Internet around the world User-generated content and international computer collaboration Cell phones and digital cameras Few had heard of global warming AIDS And most believed WWIII with the USSR was inevitable
  • Content is most of the time first seen online Social applications determine US election debate The internet is not yet seen as the most trusted voting system but the US election is won with a massive motivation of online communities Galileo satellite allows Europe to provide geolocalized service accurately for everything thanks to RFID
  • 2007 French Presidential election is an info war and blogosphere accounts for 55% of final voting decision Renowned content mixers and leaders of community gain a mass audience Dedicated search tool surpass generic search engines On Demand is THE commercial market Active follow-ups of bookmarks becomes and email like habit RSS quietly becoming mainstream
  • There are more Internet users in China than people in the USA March 2009 an asteroid missed the Earth by 77,000 kilometers, which is 80% closer to the earth than the moon. None knew it was coming. China could pass US Economy by 2030, assuming it does not break up (water, income gaps, energy, separatist Muslim region). World pop – 6.78 billion (June 2009) and growing at 1.14% per year (1.16% last year); hi, mid, low projections for 2050 - 10.5, 9.2, 8.0 billion, and than falls without longevity breakthroughs; Industrial countries fertility rates UP from 1.35 projected in 2006 to 1.64 7% annual growth in developing countries over past 5 years, to drop to 3% for 2009 – still 2-3 billion people living on $2 or less per day.
  • Surfers: 1.75 billion of 6.8 billion on earth World cup brings unexpected focus on Africa and online/equity/social issues gaps A human like meme tracker reads news and comments 24 hours a day—aggregating the web
  • Cultural awareness of online children is wider than ever. Access to different and diverse content has never been easier Viral news and social applications question the social gap and world human rights organizations Political power is in question anytime now since social media connects communities
  • Back to people. The way people collaborate with each other is drastically changing. Gartner did some research on this matter and it seems that this evolution is already ongoing. The number of people working on their own for a specific job is declining. Even the number of people working with others at the same location and at the same time is declining. On the other hand… people who have to work with others on different timings and on different places is increasing drastically. And not only due to globalization, also due to home-work, flexwork, … etc… One of the results of this ‘shift’ is that people have sometimes difficulties to measure the ‘temperature’ in their teams. If you are part of virtual teams… it makes it much harder to get to know your team members e.g.. This is one of the reasons why we do believe that this evolutions needs full support of new technologies in order to make this newer forms of communications and collaborations possible.
  • TEDx British Columbia

    1. 1. Jeffrey Piontek Educating Jetson Childrenin Flintstone Schools 1
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    4. 4. Change over the last 25 yearswill appear slow,compared to the next 25 years.
    5. 5. 25 Years from Now: What will be emerging?And from what?
    6. 6. The Rise of Virtual Collaboration Different Time, Different Place Same Time, Different Place Same Time, Same Place Working Alone Source: Gartner - http://www.datapro.com/teleconferences/attributes/attr_103789_115.ppt
    7. 7. Social media map twitter Blog myspace facebook Landing Flickr Website Page YouTube Blogosphere
    8. 8. The Big Opportunity… The social graph just connects people Communication, collaboration and creation…. People Companies Emails Why? Places Products Smarter collaborationInterests Services Deeper integration Activities Web Pages Richer content Projects Documents Better personalization Events Multimedia Web 3.0- Web 4.0 Groups
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