Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Did You Know?/Shift Happens


Karl Fisch is the Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Colorado.  Did You Know? originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States.   It describes the exponential growth in knowledge and the changes that have been, and are, taking place within our culture as a result.  For example, some excerpt include the following, "The top ten jobs in demand in 2010, had not existed in 2004," or, "There are 31 billion searches on Google each month, in 2006, this number was 2.6 billion."

The presentation "went viral" on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 20 million people, not including the countless others who have seen it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues.

The web site http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com/ tells more about how this simple little presentation spread worldwide (which certainly was not the original intent) and provides complete credits for this and its predecessor versions. As you will see, there was lots of feedback, both positive and negative, about the presentation. When XPLANE offered to help with the redesign, they gratefully accepted its offer to make a "new and improved" version in order to try and help continue the conversation (and to ask more from viewers).

"Did You Know?/Shift Happens" (Version 6, 2012) . Dir. David S. Rose. Perf. Content by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and XPLANE. 8 May 2012. YouTube. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQ1ULfQawk>.

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