In a past posting I made (December 2008) I had come across a great video that was done by PromoMMX for SonyBMG Rome 2008.

Since then many Did You Know derivatives have been spawned on the Internet, some not so serious, some with numbers you cannot trust, but some appeared to be well done. Here is one video that raises some great questions and provides thought provoking numbers.

If you are unable to view the link above, here is the script:

Did you know?!
In the next 8 seconds…!
34 babies will be born!
India 5 China 4 US 1!
What will the world be like…!
For them?!
Name this country…!
– Richest in the world!
– Largest military!
– Center of world business and finance!
– Strongest education system!
– Currency the world standard of value!
– Highest standard of living!
Great Britain In 1900!
2006 college graduates!
U.S. 1.3 million India 3.1 million China 3.3 million!
How many college graduates in India speak English? 100%!
In 10 years, it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be… China!
Who would have predicted this 60 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 40 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 20 years ago?!
Did you know?!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor!
1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than one year!
1 in 2 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than five years!
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learners will have!
10 to 14 jobs… by their 38th birthday!
Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago!
New media Organic agriculture e-business Nanotechnology Homeland security!
What will they study 10 years from now?!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Watched 20,000 hours of TV!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Played 10,000 hours of video games!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Talked 10,000 hours on the phone!
And they’ve sent and received 250,000 emails or instant messages!
More than 50% of U.S. 21 year olds have created content on the web!
More than 70% of U.S. 4 year olds have used a computer!
Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million Radios 38 Televisions 13 Computers 4!
Number of Internet devices in 1984: 1,000!
Number of Internet devices in 1992: 1,000,000!
Number of Internet devices in 2006: 600,000,000!
Did you know?!
We are living in exponential times!
The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992!
The number of text messages sent and received today…!
Exceeds the population of the planet!
The Internet started being widely used by the general public in early 1995!
1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005… met online!
Revenue for eBay in 2006: 6 billion eBay was founded in 1996!
There were more than 2.7 billion searches performed on Google… 2,700,000,000! …this month!
To whom were those questions directed B.G.?!
(Before Google)!
MySpace visitors!
More than 230,000 new users signed up for MySpace…!
today!
If MySpace were a country…!
It would be the 8th largest in the world!
YouTube visitors since September 2005!
Did you know?!
There are more than 540,000 words in the English language…!
About five as many as during Shakespeare’s time!
widget web-surfer blog dot-commer e-learner Internet!
More than 3,000 books were published… today!
The amount of technical information is doubling every two years!
By 2010, it’s predicted to double… every 72 hours!
New information!
Third generation fiber optics has recently been tested that push 10 trillion bits per second
down a fiber!
That is 1,900 CD’s or 150 million simultaneous phone calls every second!
It’s currently tripling every six months!
The fiber is already there, they’re just improving the switches on one end…!
which means the marginal cost of these improvements is effectively… zero!
Nearly 2 billion children live in developing countries
One in three never completes fifth grade!
In 2005 the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC) set out to provide laptops to these children!
The first shipments should be in mid-2007!
Kids who have never held a textbook will now hold the world!
And be connected… to you!
Predictions are that by the time children born in 2007 are 6 years old,!
a supercomputer’s computation capabilities will exceed!
that of the human brain!
And while predictions further out than 15 years are hard to do… 2049!
a $1,000 computer will exceed the computing capabilities!
of the human race!
What does all this mean?!
shift happens!
We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist…in order
to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.!
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.
-Albert Einstein!
Did you know…!
There are students in China, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh and the USA who!
remember understand apply analyze evaluate create communicate collaborate on projects everyday!
Ask your kids: Are you doing this in school?!
Ask your Principal: How are you helping my child become literate in the 21st century?!
Ask your School Board: Are you providing the resources and training necessary to prepare
students to be successful in 21st century society?!
Ask your Elected Representatives: Now that you know all this, what changes should be made to
current education legislation?!
What’s your vision?!
Did you know…!
The original version of this presentation was created for a Colorado (USA) high school staff
of 150 in August of 2006!
to start a conversation about what our students need to be successful in the 21st century!
By June 2007 it has started more than 5 million conversations around the world!
And now that you know, we want you to join the conversation!



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7 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing so many interesting facts. I will definitely make note of these facts, for they can be used to start up interesting conversations! I think the most surprising fact is the one stating how English is most commonly spoken in China

  2. These are very fascinating facts. Thank you for the great share. I have always pictured in the near future schools will get rid of all text books, and replace them with I pad like gadgets. This will help protect kids in school from hurting their backs, and also give them an easy way to organize their notes and task they need to complete.

  3. When we were studying about china at school. For some reason they showed us this video (it made no sense why but they just did) but I still really enjoyed the video. It just shows how fast human technology is advancing.
    I watched a TED talk a while back about this crazy scientist guy and he said “if you want to know what the future is like don’t ask a wall-street analyst ask a kindergarten teacher, They will tell you”, to be honest with you I believe him we have no idea what the kids of the future will create. No one predicted that the mobile market would skyrocket through the roof and that the robotics industry is still plodding along.

  4. Really interesting facts. Really puts into perspective how much the world is changing every moment, every second.

    Many of the facts mentioned could never have been imagined to be possible even a few years back by humans, but now they’re common knowledge. Truly exceptional

  5. That’s an amazing collection of facts. Exponential growth and major transitions in so many areas of our lives.

    The number of text messages sent daily exceeding the world’s population is pretty astonishing. I knew texting was popular and widespread but that is mind boggling!

    I thought the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics were also quite fascinating. They certainly dispel the myth of “job security” and a “steady job.” It’s amazing that 25 percent of the labor force has worked less than a year at their current employer.

    Our perceptions simply have not caught up reality. Similarly with China about to become the country with the most English language speakers.

    Yes, absolutely amazing set of facts. It’s no wonder that millions of conversations have sprung from them. I’m going to add to the mix and share them with my friends and associates!

  6. I love statistical articles like this one. Bring on more! I find it funny that China will have the most English speaking citizens in 10 years. We might as well move to one world language. And the statistics on how long people have been with their current employers is very telling. The average person is probably going to change jobs 10 times before retirement. The world is getting worse, not better.

  7. I went over the list quickly. It was rather complete already. Some of the items on that list is quite shocking. Most shocking is the one about preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist to solve problems we don’t know are problems yet. I have been thinking of how parents right now, maybe in some parts of the world, are already giving Google the responsibility of raising their children right.

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