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Our World Today

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Metronet. May 9, 2007. Dr. Scott McLeod, CASTLE.

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Our World Today

  1. 1. Our world today Dr. Scott McLeod Director, CASTLE May 9, 2007
  2. 3. Technology is changing us <ul><li>This is about our way of life. An historical analog would be the Industrial Revolution, but compressed into 15 years - not played out over a century. Hang on - this will be quite a ride. </li></ul><ul><li>- Joseph S. Kraemer </li></ul>
  3. 15. Importance of creativity <ul><li>Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can someone overseas do it cheaper? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can a computer do it faster? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relationships, collaboration, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, pattern detection, synthesizing, adding value </li></ul>
  4. 16. Rise of the Creative Class
  5. 18. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  6. 19. Are schools focusing on the right things? <ul><li>No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age. </li></ul><ul><li> - David Warlick </li></ul>
  7. 20. Revolution <ul><li>Web 1.0 v. Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Putting the power in the hand of the users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disintermediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul></ul>
  8. 21. Web 2.0 A quick tour <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts ( audio , video ) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube ( online video ) </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr (online photo) </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (social bookmarking) </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>Mashups (e.g., Google Maps) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace & Facebook (social networking) </li></ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul><ul><li>Video game mods </li></ul>
  9. 23. Stranglehold
  10. 24. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Interconnected </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous </li></ul><ul><li>Freewheeling </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul>
  11. 28. Are schools teaching the right things? <ul><li>While we teach whatever we teach at school, the kids go home and learn the skills they need to survive and prosper in an interconnected global economy. </li></ul><ul><li> - Clarence Fisher </li></ul>
  12. 29. Irrelevance <ul><li>Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . </li></ul><ul><li>- Gwynne Dyer </li></ul>
  13. 31. Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees <ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/10/21/beyond-the-digital-native-immigrant-dichotomy/ </li></ul>
  14. 32. We need to somehow change faster <ul><li>No one jumps a 20 foot chasm in two </li></ul><ul><li>10 foot jumps. – Miguel Guhlin </li></ul>Credits : http://tinyurl.com/2urbsm and http://tinyurl.com/37em64 (see Guhlin comment)
  15. 33. What we need <ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul>
  16. 34. What we need <ul><li>anticipatory </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>reactionary </li></ul>
  17. 35. What we need <ul><li>future-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>compliance-oriented </li></ul>
  18. 37. Thank you! <ul><li>Dr. Scott McLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Director, CASTLE </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>www.schooltechleadership.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/metronet </li></ul>

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