"If a teacher is ONLY using the same resources and teaching the same skills they were using five years ago,
they are guilty of educational malpractice." Suan Yeo, Google Education Evangelist.
Michel Zappa, a technology-futurist, recently said, "Today is the slowest day you will have for the rest of
your life." He went on to illustrate how every day will be slower than the days that follow it. The “collective
global knowledge (CGK),” and our ability to access this information, is growing at an exponential rate. I
read somewhere, recently, that there are approximately 750 million pictures of cats on the internet. I’m
a dog lover and a consumer of this CGK. As such, I will never need a picture of a cat. The fact that there
are 750 million pictures of cats means nothing to me since I will make no attempt to access it. The pictures
of cats don’t bother me and I will leave them alone. We can happily coexist, neither of us adding value
nor stress to the other’s life. But, for those cat lovers this is a valuable amount of information to have
access to. I wish them the best.
"At the end of 2012," Zappa added, "It was calculated that ‘three days worth of new content' was made
accessible on the web every sixty seconds." In other words: Every minute we are bombarded with (or at
least have access to) three days’ worth of information that we didn't have a minute earlier which
(according to my math: 3x60x24=4320 days OR 11. 84 years) means almost 12 years worth of ‘new content
is accessible’ to us every day. Mr. Zappa's conclusions thrilled and scared me.
Why was I scared? Because I'm an educator. My job, as it has always existed, is deeply rooted in
knowledge, content, skills, and access. This is scary. Why was I thrilled? Because I'm an educator. My job
is to create structures that allow children to learn. This is thrilling.
Jose Ferreira, Founder and CEO of Knewton (an adaptive learning platform) writes: "When you look back
at history, all the great moments that defined the human race were about education: Greco-Roman
civilization, the Renaissance, and the Industrial Revolution. I'm convinced that we're on the verge of the
fourth big revolution." I agree. Revolutions, in the simplest of terms, take place when the status quo
becomes irrelevant. Schools as they exist today are, for the most part, irrelevant. Mr. Suan Yeo, a Google
Education Evangelist lists the following “things about schools” that students will not need when they
graduate in 2020:
How to Use a Mouse: Most high school seniors will no longer recognize the term: computer