Posted on September 14, 2009, “Did You Know 4.0” already has about 300,000 YouTube views and you can bet it’s headed for viral status as were its predecessors. The video was put together in advance of the third annual Media Convergence Conference in New York City, 20-21 October, 2009. Unlike its predecessors, the focus of this version is NOT specifically on education, but it still “speaks” to education in my view as well as our society more generally.

Both Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod provide background about this iteration on their blogs. If you’re wondering where the “3.0 version” of the video was/is, Karl explains it is a Sony/BMG remix now available on YouTube. Laura Bestler, a graduate student working with Scott McLeod, is credited with doing most of the research for this latest video.

Here’s my favorite image and message from the video, which is coincidentally the selected “poster frame” of the video on YouTube:

YouTube - Did You Know 4.0 - My favorite image and message

It is followed up with the following quotation:

The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller [than the one computer at MIT in 1965]…

In contrast to past versions of “Did You Know,” this one seems faster paced and to share fewer statistics overall. I’m not sure I like the faster pace, but it may be better to be shorter and less overwhelming from a content perspective. The data and statistics which are shared certainly are attention grabbing, and that – of course – is the main point of the video.

For more about the impact of the mobile computing revolution on K-12 education, refer to Chapter 8 of the CommentPress version of the 2009 Horizon Report K12 edition.

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2 Responses to Did You Know 4.0 – The Mobile Revolution is Here

  1. Gerielle says:

    I am currently taking a technology in Education course at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. I found this video to be so interesting. I had never heard of it before, or any of it’s predecessors. I do agree that it is slightly too fast paced but overall very informative. Thank you for sharing it with me and I plan to share it with the rest of my class as well.

  2. Diane says:

    I am a classroom teacher and I am also taking a class about web 2.0. I am just now learning about blogging!!!!!!!!! I can see from the youtube video that I am way behind the 8 ball!!! I found the video to be very interesting especially the facts about political use of all of this technology. I will be sharing this with my class too.

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