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Things About Technology You Can Use

A significant number of people have accessed my posting of “25 Things Which Will Be Extinct in 25 Years”.  They have asked where I have obtained it. (I do not know from who I received it,)  I am indebted to Ian Jukes (www.committedsardine.com) for the following posting  which I thought you might be able to use.

  1. The Web is now huge: according DomainTools, there are currently over 103.6 million active domains (and over 348 million dead ones) on the World Wide Web. Last week, Google announced that it has indexed 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) web pages.We’ve known it for a long time: the web is big. The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we’ve seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days — when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!
  2. According to sales figures for Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, the latest in the series by the author of The DaVinci Code, the Amazon e-book version of the 528-page tome is outselling the hardcover edition since it was released to the public Tuesday. And that’s not peanuts – the book has already broken Barnes & Noble’s one-day adult-fiction sales record.The Kindle version’s $9.99 price versus the hardcover’s $16.17. As of 10.38 PM EDT time last night, the Kindle version of Dan Brown’s (The Da Vince Code) new book The Lost Symbol was outselling Amazon hard covers of the same book.
  3. Facebook’s user base is nearly as large as the U.S. population and, for the first time, the site has turned a profit. Facebook now has 300 million users  – almost as many as the population of the United States.  There are about 307 million people living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. “We’re just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone,” Zuckerberg wrote on the company’s blog.
  4. Think YouTube is a fad?  YouTube is estimated to hold in storage at least 140,000,000 videos – with 100,000,000 viewings of those videos every single day. To put those numbers into perspective, that’s 70,000 videos being viewed every minute of every day.But it gets even more amazing – right now it’s estimated that 13 HOURS of video are uploaded to YouTube EVERY MINUTE – that translates into 6.8 million hours of video uploaded every year – or 780 years of viewing content uploaded per year. Food for thought. Do you think this has any implications for education?We need to pay careful attention to YouTube – it’s the canary in the coal mine indicating the major trend that video is rapidly replacing email, texting, and blogging for the younger generation. For them, email is so 20th century and really for old people like you and me.
  5. According to research by Harvard Business School’s Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, people spend 70% of their time on social networks looking at profiles and photos. The Truth About How People Use Twitter “-Women account for 55% of all accounts (in contrast to other social networks, which are male-dominated) – Tweets from men are more widely read. Men and women tweet at about the same rate, which is to say hardly at all. Just 10% of users account for 90% of all tweets, 75% of users hardly ever tweet at all. The median number of tweets is one.

Educators need to know how to use this information about technology.  the children that we teach live in an electronic age.  To deny its existence by asking them not to text or not to bring cell phones into the classroom to my mind is not realistic.  How do we harness the power of technology to enrich learning?

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