March 02, 2007

Did you know? A presentation

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I saw Karl Fisch's fascinating presentation a while back, but was amazed to see its slick new look. I discovered this thanks to John Farr's excellent blog. Karl's presentation and Scott McCleod's movie have really gone viral, because John Farr is not an edtech blogger and lives far from the madding crowd in beautiful New Mexico.

Here's a comment I posted to John's blog entry:
FYI, the movie in its final form was edited and posted by Scott McLeod, and the original was created by educator Karl Fisch at Arapoahoe High School (wherever that is) as a presentation for his school's start-of-the-year faculty meeting. History and background are at Karl's blog The Fischbowl here and here.

The music apparently comes from the movie Last of the Mohicans (starring one of my favourite actors, who has an equally interesting father). The content comes from a number of educators and writers who write about this shrinking world and the role the Internet is playing in that.

The movie is well made and thought-provoking, but it rings a little US-based nationalistic to me. Unlike much of the (US) edtech blogosphere, I'm not a Friedman fan. I am excited about the possibility of a world grass-roots community linked by optic fibre, getting themselves informed and making their voices heard, because global warming and peace are global issues and it's been blindingly obvious for the past 10 years that our leaders are both unwilling and incapable of leading us where we humans on this beautiful blue planet urgently need to go. (A panel of top scientists were on TV recently debating Prof Lovelock's Gaia theory on which there were many differing views. On one issue only were these scientists unanimously agreed: governments and political leaders will not make the right decisions in time to save the planet.)

I think we will survive as a species, but that it will be touch and go right up to the last minute. And that minute may come sooner than we think.

4 comments:

John H. said...

I didn't see this commented at FarrFeed, so I posted it as an update to the original post. You'll see. :-)

BTW, did you know I was once a TOEFL guy? Taught English for a couple years at the U. of Texas International Center, mostly to Iranian (!) petroleum engineering grad students and Mexican professionals.

Marco Polo said...

Thanks, John. I've had a similar problem on other sites, due to my putting too many links in my comments, and the software thinks I'm a spammer. I shall have to be more frugal...
TOEFL, eh? That figures (grin)

Karl Fisch said...

FYI - Arapahoe High School is in Centennial, Colorado.

As far as the "nationalistic" piece, that was not the intent - please follow the link and note the original context of this presentation. It has a U.S. flavor because it was created for my teachers and students at my school which does happen to be in the U.S., therefore it was designed to capture their attention. If I had known it was going to spread like this . . .

I don't agree with everything Friedman says, but I think he has brought a lot of interesting issues to light. Much like Did You Know, at least it has gotten the conversations started. His book certainly influenced my thinking on Did You Know, but none of the actual statistics in the presentation came from The World is Flat.

Marco Polo said...

Thanks for your comment, Karl. It deserves its own blog entry.