Back to School Presentation


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Back to School Presentation

  1. 1. <ul><li>According to Google, there are approximately </li></ul><ul><li>1,000,000,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>unique URL’s in Google’s index </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>There are </li></ul><ul><li>2,695,205 </li></ul><ul><li>articles in English on Wikipedia written by </li></ul><ul><li>75,000 </li></ul><ul><li>active contributors </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>There are </li></ul><ul><li>1,750,000 </li></ul><ul><li>RSS subscribers to TechCrunch , a popular technology blog </li></ul><ul><li>(Are some of you wondering what “RSS” is?) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>There are </li></ul><ul><li>180,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>unique social bookmarks saved in Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>(Are some of you wondering what Delicious is?) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>There was </li></ul><ul><li>5 exabytes </li></ul><ul><li>of info created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much info is now created </li></ul><ul><li>Every 2 days </li></ul><ul><li>-Eric Schmidt, Google CEO </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>My point? </li></ul><ul><li>Information is EXPONENTIAL and SOURCES HAVE CHANGED </li></ul>
  7. 7. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries with the fastest growing wage and employment are: <ul><li>Management, scientific, and technical consulting services </li></ul><ul><li>Data processing, hosting, and other info services </li></ul><ul><li>Computer systems design and related services </li></ul>
  8. 8. New college majors that didn’t exist 10 years ago: <ul><li>Nano-technology </li></ul><ul><li>New media </li></ul><ul><li>Data mining </li></ul><ul><li>E-business, e-marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic accounting </li></ul>
  9. 9. So the questions are: <ul><li>Are our lessons preparing 21 st century students for the new college and career demands? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Are we teaching students how to </li></ul><ul><li>sort through </li></ul><ul><li>locate </li></ul><ul><li>analyze </li></ul><ul><li>synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>use </li></ul><ul><li>and evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>the torrents of info available to them 24/7? </li></ul>