Thursday, August 17, 2006

Did you know?

Via David Warlick, this post from Karl Fisch, containing an interesting PowerPoint presentation of "did you know" type facts. It makes for interesting viewing, even just from a fact-collecting perspective, but it's the sort of information that should be having an impact on the way we address learning in general, and education in particular. The sequence of slides that I found most telling was:

  • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn't exist in 2004
  • We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist...
  • Using technologies that haven't been invented...
  • In order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.

2 comments:

David Warlick said...

Karyn,

It all points to the fact, in my humble opinion, that we need to stop teaching students to be teachable, and instead, teach them how to teach themselves.

Karyn Romeis said...

I would say we need to do both. I think the two abilites are inter-dependent. People who are not teachable are not likely to learn, regardless of who the teacher may be: themselves or someone else. They might not even be able to identify the need for learning.