"...the amount of information is doubling every 24 months and that by 2020 the amount of information will double in every 72 days. What this means is content memorization will simply not work anymore. It is currently impossible; especially at the rate knowledge is changing, to master it all. And even if you did, the content that you learn in your freshman year of college would be outdated by the time you graduate. Literacy in the 21st Century is not based on do you know it- rather, can you find it, analyze it, adapt it, and synthesize it? John Tao says as we move out of the information age into this new era of creativity an individual’s value will not be based on what he knows, but what he can create."Wow...does this resonate with me! When reading it, I immediately thought of:
- The first question on the Social Studies Ohio Achievement Test, which asked who Garret Morgan was. To prove how trivial this knowledge is, type this man's name into Google and you'll know the answer in less than a second. How cool would it be if students were allowed to have a laptop on their desks during the test that they could use to search for basic knowledge like this. Instead of assessing the most basic of knowledge, the question would then actually assess something useful, like information literacy.
- Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. You really need to read this book if you haven't yet.
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