UNIT 8: Planning Your Future ACTIVITY 1: Global Knowledge Economy GRADE: 9 ramp-up to Note: One of the main reasons for a growing connection between economic success in this global economy and postsecondary education is that much work no longer requires employees to provide hard labor but to supply services and tools that demand 21st century skills. Learning Target: The students will be able to articulate how 21st century economic success is closely tied to postsecondary education as well as the knowledge and skills students obtain during their schooling. Resources Needed for this Activity:
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PowerPoint [9_U8_A1_PP_ Global Knowledge Economy] YouTube video, “Top 10 Revolutionary Mobile Technologies,” 10 minutes, 35 seconds. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=426vOAMWRYE YouTube video, “Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?” 5 minutes, 36 seconds. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxv0-sggnqA
Opening: 4 minutes – The advisor states that students will be learning about today’s global knowledge economy, which often values knowledge and creativity.
Slide 2 - 4: The advisor uses mobile electronics as an example, and generates a short discussion using these questions: • What types of mobile electronics do you use on a daily basis? • Could you imagine your life without the mobile electronics you use? How would your life be different if you did not have access to the mobile electronics you use on a daily basis? • In what ways do you think mobile electronics like digital cameras, laptops, etc. have changed the world? Why?
Activity: 24 minutes – Slide 5: The advisor plays a video called “Top 10 Revolutionary Mobile Technologies.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=426vOAMWRYE The video will explain how these devices evolved over time. The advisor asks students to list the 10 mobile electronics highlighted in the video on their own paper. The mobile electronics discussed in the video include: 10. Handheld video games 5. Digital camera 9. Digital media players 4. Mobile phones 8. Cassette players 3. Video cameras 7. Electronic calculator 2. Smartphones 6. Global Positioning System 1. Laptop computers Slide 6 - 8: The advisor facilitates a class discussion about the rankings using these reflection questions: 1) Which device do you think has changed the world the most? Why? 2) Which device do you think has changed the world the least? Why? 3) What sorts of knowledge and skills does it take to invent the mobile electronics shown in the video? Planning Your Future
Slide 9: The advisor explains that knowledge of coding, which is the language that tells electronic devices to do something, is a highly valued skill as a result of the technology boom. The advisor tells the students that they will watch a video called “Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxv0-sggnqA to learn more about coding. The advisor shows the video by clicking the picture on the slide. Slide 10 - 12: The advisor facilitates a discussion on the following reflection questions: 1) What is code? • Code is the language that tells computers what to do. 2) Why is code called a language? • Code is a form of communication. 3) Why might a more diverse coding workforce benefit humanity? • The coding workforce is overwhelmingly white, young, and male and therefore the code that they create is likely to reflect the life experiences of those building it. These limitations create blind spots in the code and therefore the user experience. Slide 13: The advisor emphasizes that in the 21st century global knowledge economy, what people learn influences what they can earn more than ever before. The connection between learning and earning is projected to continue increasing throughout the students’ adult lives. Closure: 2 minutes – Slide 14: The advisor should ask students to write down at least one thing they need to do to get ready for success in the global knowledge economy, and if time allows, students can share their answer. The advisor closes by encouraging students to be the next person to invent the next important device.