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Mar 27, 2007


Great stuff, Nath...

I dug a little bit into the follow-up to the video (it's spread like wildfire). The original author, Karl Fisch, has posted several blog entries to set the video in context, reflect on why it's caught on in the public, and to give some of its history/background.

About half way down his "Over Two Million Served" entry, (under the subheading "What about the Presentation Itself?"), he offers this about the slide that troubles you:

"Slides 29-33: Top 10 in-demand jobs/preparing students for jobs that don’t exist using technologies not invented, to solve problems we don’t know about yet. Data is third hand and shaky, although the source is good. Relevance is good. I really have no idea if this is true or not. I would hope that Richard Riley has good data sources, but I don’t really know. But even if this is not true, I think the point of these slides is still valid – we don’t know a whole lot about the jobs our students are going to have, the world they are going to live in, the technologies and problems they are going to encounter. We live in a rapidly changing time (see Kurzweil’s book, or this article), what does that mean for our students? That was the point of these slides. I’m okay with the implications of these slides, but uncomfortable with citing something that could be completely false. As I’ve stated on other folk’s blogs, this was not meant to be “scholarly” or “authoritative,” simply a conversation starter for my staff. That allowed me greater leeway, but I obviously lost that leeway once it was on the web. So I’m okay with the end result of these slides, but I’m not sure that the Riley quote slide should still be there since the data could be inaccurate."

(see: http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2007/03/over-two-million-served.html)

Interesting, related to your point(s), Nath!

(the sources/thoughts he gives about the content of the other slides is equally interesting)

Thanks for the link.


It appears that a visually remixed version of the original presentation has been named a winner in the "World's Best Presentation Contest" (voted #1 by the judges and #2 by voters) - see: www.slideshare.net/contests/contest-details

As Guy Kawasaki mentions (blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/05/worlds_best_pre.html), the common theme that emerges are, "..big fonts, big graphics, and a storytelling orientation. These are three crucial qualities of a good presentation."

Amen, Guy. Amen.

Most of George Bernard Shaws' quotes are a little out dated, so why use them?As for progress,

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