What is Technology?Paul Zane Pilzer deﬁnestechnology as a bettermethod of doingsomething you alreadydo more efﬁciently. We tend to think of technologyas a new computer, anew semiconductor,something we dontunderstand.
What is Technology?If you drive to work andit takes you 30 minutes, andtheres a better way of gettingthere in 25 minutes, thatsbetter technology. In thetwentieth and the currentcentury, the personalcomputer and the Internethave been the greatest driversto progress and economy -Paul Zane Pilzer
The Computer“The Computer is theonly product since thebeginning of time thatthe maker or designercannot determine orlimit what it can beused for.”Dr. Tunde ADEGBOLA
The Future of theComputer & The Internet“One hundred yearsago, people were facedwith the choice of learningto read or remainingilliterate laborers whowould be left behind ashave-nots in a rapidlymodernizing world.Yishan Wong
The Future of theComputer & The InternetIn the coming century, beingable to command aworld that will bethoroughlycomputerized will setapart those who can livesuccessfully in the future fromthose who will be utterly leftbehind.“Yishan Wong
Some Facts"Even with the *105million penetration ofmobile phones with *less than 10%Smartphone and even less than 1% of ourpopulation can utilize these technologies,neither do we have local apps relevant andbeneﬁcial to this population "*National Bureau of Statistics
In ConclusionTechnologychanges so fastthat what used tochange in 60 yearsnow changes in 6years.Paul Zane Pilzer
In ConclusionSo what we see is the speedwith which technologychanges has acceleratedso fast that technology deﬁnesour resources, deﬁnes ourwealth and determineshow wealthy we wouldbe.Paul Zane Pilzer
Why?"The recession of 2008wiped out the creditand asset bubbles thathad been fueling over-consumption andoverproduction aroundthe world".Ken Robinson•
Why?"As the recession blewlike a hurricane throughthe old industrializedeconomies it left a trailof failed businesses,oceans of debt anddeep pools of structuralUnemployment".Ken Robinson•
Why?Among the worst affected are youngpeople. As I write this, global levels ofunemployment among young people,aged from 15 to 24, are thehighest on record. Ken Robinson
Unemployment“Unemployment, while it is painful for theworkers who are temporarily displaced, isa necessary and positive sign that theeconomy is growing".Paul Zane Pilzer
What aboutUnemployment?"In essence, we aredisengaging the workforce from lessproductive businessesto be retrained forwork in newer andmore productiveones".Paul Zane Pilzer
Todays Unemployment isa Sign of Things to Come“At the same time,this will be a period ofhighly selectiveprosperity; that is, onlycertain people,industries andeconomies willprosper".Paul Zane Pilzer
Todays Unemployment isa Sign of Things to ComeThis is because the rateof change has become sofast, only those who arequickest to adapt to newtechnologies and the newmarkets they representwill be in a position totake advantage of thisgrowth”.Paul Zane Pilzer
Consider this...About ten years ago there were nosocial networks.Ten years before that we didnthave the Web.
Consider this...If you work in the web programming,online marketing, or mobile phoneindustries…… your job did not existtwenty years ago.
Consider this...Who knows what jobs will exist twentyyears from now? The people out ofwork today will soon ﬁnd jobs again.But the work wont be the same.
One Opportunity“At a time when people are saying "I wanta good job - I got out of college and Icouldnt ﬁnd one," every single year inAmerica there is a standing demand for120,000 people who are training incomputer science”.President Bill Clinton
Language & Literacy: Thelast 6 inches of the divide“Over the past few years, theInternet has rapidly becomepart of the daily lives of mostpeople in the ﬁrst world. Thistrend in easy access tounlimited informationresources for ﬁrst world usersmirrors the growing central-peripheral divide in thedeveloping world”:Andie Miller
Language & Literacy: Thelast 6 inches of the divide“The concentration of wealth inthe major urban centers andthe increasing marginalizationof people in the peri-urban andrural areas. The result of bothtrends is that the majority of theworlds population, particularlyon the African continent, haslimited access to mostinformation resources”.Andie Miller
The Truth is..."The futures alreadyhappened, its justunequally distributed." a quote by science ﬁction writer William Gibson.
The Truth is...I dont think Gibson, whocoined the term "cyberspace"in his 1984 novelNeuromancer - a book whichhe wrote on a manualtypewriter - ever dreamt whatthis word would come tomean in contemporarysociety, and just howeveryday its usage wouldbecome in less than 20years”.
The Truth is...“Sadly it remains everyday, however, only to aselect few. A smallminority of people onthe planet, who haveaccess to thetechnology, and the skillto use it, come to beknown as the "digerati".
The Truth is...“The Computer needs tospeak our language and viceversa. Until technology isapplicable in our locallanguage and appropriateapplications that allow ourhuge population to beneﬁtfrom it we would continue tolook at technology as foreignand reserved for a selectedfew”.Dr Adegbola
Bridging the divide" if technology is shapingthe ways that wepractice literacy intodays world, it iscertainly also the casethat literacy is acting as agatekeeper for accessingand using technology"M Warschauer
Bridging the divide"The real threat of a digital divide inthe US and the world is not thatsome people will have computersand some wont, but that they willbe enabled to use them in entirelydifferent ways, with one group ableto muster a wide range of semiotictools and resources to persuade,argue, analyze, critique andinterpret, and another group,lacking these semiotics skills,limited to pre-packaged choices".(Castells, 1996/2000; Warschauer, 1999).
InformationToday, real life means mobile.We consume more media onsmartphones than computersand tablets combined. Wespend 82 percent of our mobilemedia time in apps, andFacebook accounts for 23percent of that in-app time. Inshort: apps are the mobile web,and Facebook is the most usedapp in the worldJason Stein
InformationBetween conversion pixels anddatabase partnerships,companies can begin to trackthe purchases made online andofﬂine by people who saw orengaged with their native ads.This gives incredible access toinformation and data today wenever had available in historybefore now.Jason Stein
Data"Errors using inadequate dataare much less than those usingno data at all.”Charles Babbage
Making Sense of Dataand InformationAt the heart of anymanagement system youneed good decisions andgood information. In his bookon Leadership, Rudy Guiliani,ex-mayor of NewYork tells how timely access toaccurate information helpedimprove decision making inNew York City’s ﬁght againstcrime. Elearn
Making Sense of Dataand InformationNew media (particularlyelectronic media) have made itpossible to communicateinformation faster and moredirectly and through many morechannels. From e-mail to pagersand mobile phones, PDA’s, wikisand Intranets, the options topresent information throughdifferent channels and formats isnow immense. Elearn
Making Sense ofData and InformationWith the explosion ofelectronic information,information has become morereadily available and farexceeds that which mostorganization or its people canhandle. Instead of informationbeing pushed to the users, thenew rule is to expect the usersto pull information from thesystem when they need it Elearn
Making Sense ofData and InformationWhy are some people better thanothers at problem solving anddecision making? One importantcharacteristic that differentiateseffective decision makers is theirability to think critically. Managerswho are critical thinkers useinformation , both qualitative andquantitative, to help arrive at andto present the most reasonableand justiﬁable position that ispossible. Elearn
Making Sense of Data and InformationUltimately the tremendous amount of informationthat is generated is only useful if it can beapplied to create knowledge withinthe organization. Building and managingknowledge is one of the greatest challenges thatfaces organization in the twenty ﬁrst Century. Elearn
World Wide WebThe biggest source ofsecondary data isnow the World WideWeband you needto be able to
What is missing?“Our schoolshaven’tchanged; theworld has. And soour schools arefailing”.Tony Wagner
Think about it“Children, young children,starting elementary schoolthis year will be retiringround about 2070, if theyever do retire. Think aboutthat. 2070. Nobody hasthe faintest idea what theworld will look like in 2015,or 2020, let alone 2070".Sir Ken Robinson
What is missing?"And yet those of us who work ineducation have the responsibilityto enable the students for whomwere responsible to live lives withmeaning and purpose as theyprogress through the twenty-ﬁrstcentury and beyond it. So theresa genuine revolution. Now everycountry in the world is trying tograpple with it".Sir Ken Robinson•
What is missing?In today‘s highly competitive global knowledgeeconomy, all students need new skillsfor college, careers, andcitizenship. The failure to give all studentsthese new skills leaves today‘s youth and ourcountry at an alarming competitivedisadvantage.
What is missing?“The greatestchallenge iscreativity in Africawhich comes outof an incompleteeducation.
We are “Certiﬁed butnot Educated”We are “Certiﬁed but notEducated” It is the attitude ofchasing after certiﬁcates and notan education that has becomethe bane of our society. Theproblem in the society today isthat skill is yet to be developedin people. We are yet to cometo a place where we truly useour education to create wealth”.Francis Madojemu
Now that we knowthe 5 Reasons...........What canwe doabout it?
Skate to where thepuck is going to beWayne Gretzky was onceasked why he is such agood player. His reply?“I skate to wherethe puck is goingto be, not whereit has been.”Jeffrey Monaghan
Skate to where thepuck is going to beMake sure your company isnot simply chasing whereother companies in yourindustry have been. Thetrue ability of asuccessful companyis to skate to wherethe industry is goingto be.Jeffrey Monaghan
The Seven Survival Skillsfor Careers, College, andCitizenship
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship1. CriticalThinkingandProblem-Solving
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship2.CollaborationAcrossNetworks andLeading byInﬂuence
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship3. AgilityandAdaptability
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship4. InitiativeandEntrepreneu-rialism
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship6. AccessingandAnalyzingInformation
The Seven Survival Skills forCareers, College, andCitizenship7. CuriosityandImagination
ComputerProgrammingThe program thatbest covers thesesurvival skills isComputerProgramming
What Is Coding?The word coding is a slang termfor computer programming,used because programmingbasically means writing sourcecode.Emma Mulqueeny
What Is Coding?These actions are understood bythe computer in what is known asbinary code, that lovely series ofones and zeros loved byHollywood futuristic ﬁlmsEmma Mulqueeny
Critical“We consider it critical that students beable to read and write and understandmath, biology, chemistry and physics. Tobe a well-educated citizen in today’scomputing-intensive world, students musthave a deeper understanding of thefundamentals of computing as well.“Chris Stephenson
Critical“Whether our children want tobecome farmers, doctors,teachers, or entrepreneurs, it’ll beeasier for them to achieve theirdreams in the digital age if theyhave some background incomputer science. We need ourchildren to learn 21st century skillsfor a 21st century world, andcoding teaches them the creativityand problem-solving skills that arenecessary for success.“John Thune
OurGive every child in our community the chance to learn to code. Itis our aim to equip the next generation with this essential skill tolearn.
Consider This“I think everybody in thiscountry should learn how toprogram a computer becauseit teaches you how to think.”Steve Jobs
How?1. We believe and think every individual,parent, kids; youth should be encouragedto start to learn to Code no matter whatthey want to do or are already doing in life.This will teach them to think and solveproblems.
How?2.Campaign for, encourage andassist schools and parentsto introduce coding andcomputer programing into theircurriculum.
Do you know?“The most popular class at Harvard today is Intro toComputer Programming, because computers are helpingin almost every other ﬁeld of study and research - tosearch for a cure for cancer, to understand the origins ofancient languages, etc. We need more schools to offercomputer programming; its a skill that will empower thenext generation in almost any ﬁeld. Learning to code iseasy, fun, and a good thing to learn young.Harry Lewis
How?3. To provide a melting point for leadinghardware and software providers anddevelopers as well programers andprograming ﬁrms to meet and worktogether and to come up with relevantapplications for our local community andlanguage
Consider This"The point is thatthe world does notneed more code forits own sake, butbetter and moreuniversal thinkingabout code"Jeff Atwood
Why Code?“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend ontechnology to communicate, to bank, and noneof us know how to read and write code. Itsimportant for these kids, right now, starting at 8years old, to read and write codewill.i.am
Why Code?Kids spend anincreasing portion oftheir lives interactingwith and throughscreens aboutwhich they knowlittle or nothing.•
Why Code?The more they do so,the more they acceptthe values of Facebook,Google, or iTunes aspre-existing conditionsof the universe. Insteadof opening their minds,technology shuts themdown.
Why Code?Compounding all this, thefew places most youngpeople have available tolearn about computerstend to teach them how touse and conform toexisting softwareapplications rather thanhow to make their own.
Why Code?Introducing kids tocode reveals to themhow computers arereally “anything”machines, capableof doing pretty muchanything weprogram into them.
Why Code?"It gives them the abilityboth to read and to writein the foundationallanguages of the digitalage and, in doing so,fundamentally transformstheir perspective from thatof user to maker,consumer to creative”.Douglas Rushkoff,
Strategic PartnershipIn strategic partnership with leading hardware andsoftware providers and developers as well asprogramming ﬁrms we would be using simplecoding curriculums from code.org,code academy.com andscratch.mit.edu just to mention a few todevelop appropriate and relevant courses and programs
The Scratch ProgramScratch is a programminglanguage that makes iteasy to create your owninteractive stories,animations, games,music, and art -- andshare your creations onthe web.•
The Scratch ProgramAs young people createand share Scratchprojects, they learnimportant mathematicaland computationalideas, while also learningto think creatively,reason systematically,and work collaboratively.
Everyone Can Learn To CodeChildren,Youths,Educators and Parents