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I love the internet and all the innovative new technology, and the possibilities they bring. My personal world has changed dramatically since I bought my 1st computer in 2000. It's incredible to think of the changes in this decade -- and so difficult to wrap my head around the changes that are in the works, and coming soon.

In the "food for thought" department: this video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman.

The video's originator, Karl Fisch, has a blog: The Fischbowl , with his updated version of the video, that doesn't just pose questions, but directs viewers to some resources for more info, or to participate in the discussion.

Karl says one reason he updated it was that this one you just watched was a little US vs them-ish:

"... I wanted to make it less us (as in U.S.) versus them. That wasn’t my intent in the original, but it certainly could be interpreted that way. It still includes some of the U.S./China/India statistics, because we felt those were indicative of the "shifts" that are occurring, but it avoids words like "we" and "they." But we want all kids to be successful, whether they are in the U.S., India, China or somewhere else. We believe these ideas and conversations should be occurring globally, and we hope this helps contribute to that conversation. ..."

This post is just my little contribution...

We all need to think about education. I just read this article on Fast Company - How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education :

"... Free online courses, Wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks -- American higher education is changing. ..."

"... Today, you can find the full syllabi, lecture notes, class exercises, tests, and some video and audio for every course MIT offers, from physics to art history. This trove has been accessed by 56 million current and prospective students, alumni, professors, and armchair enthusiasts around the world. "The advent of the Web brings the ability to disseminate high-quality materials at almost no cost, leveling the playing field," says Cathy Casserly, a senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, who in her former role at the Hewlett Foundation provided seed funding for MIT's project. "We're changing the culture of how we think about knowledge and how it should be shared and who are the owners of knowledge." ..."

Seth Godin's been thinking about this changing education paradigm too, and says:

"... the number of people in the education business is going to explode (then implode).

If you think the fallout in the newspaper business was dramatic, wait until you see what happens to education.

... the free, abundant learning combination is the one that's going to change the world. ..."

I am thrilled by the concept of free (or reasonable, much lower cost) online accredited education - I just might get that PHD yet!

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