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Ed-Tech Agitprop

Audrey Watters
November 28, 2019

Ed-Tech Agitprop

OEB 2019

Audrey Watters

November 28, 2019
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  1. ED-TECH AGITPROP
    Audrey Watters, Hack Education
    @audreywatters
    OEB 2019

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  2. THE ED-TECH IMAGINARY

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  3. WHOA. I KNOW KUNG FU.

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  4. WHOA. THAT IS SOME B.S.

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  5. “…the human brain must be made to
    conform to the much more advanced brain of
    the machine. And education will no longer be
    an unpredictable and exciting adventure in
    human enlightenment, but an exercise in
    conformity and an apprenticeship to
    whatever gadgetry is useful in a technical
    world.”
    – Jacques Ellul (1954)

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  6. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

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  7. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

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  8. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

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  9. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

    View full-size slide

  10. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

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  11. • 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that
    don’t exist yet
    • The “half-life” of skills is 5 years
    • People are changing jobs more frequently than they ever have before,
    and they’re performing a wider variety of new jobs
    • 40% of all jobs will be automated in the next 15 years
    • Technology is changing faster than it has ever changed before

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  12. REFERENCES:
    • Benjamin Doxtdator, “A Field Guide to ‘Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet’”
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, “Changes in the Occupational Structure of the United
    States, 1860 to 2015”
    • Economic Policy Institute, “Nonstandard Work Arrangements and Older Americans, 2005-2017”
    • Economic Innovation Group, “Dynamism in Retreat”
    • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, “Job-to-Job Transitions in an Evolving Labor Market”
    • Jill Lepore, “Are Robots Competing for Your Job?”
    • Robert Gordon, The Rise and Fall of American Growth
    • Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society
    • Audrey Watters, “The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Issue a Press Release”

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  13. IMAGE CREDITS:
    • The Matrix
    • cover of LEF (artwork by Alexander Rodchenko)
    • Soviet space posters (artists unknown)

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