Chapter 1 new world, new web, new skills

New World
The path to success used to be very obvious or structured. The college course was a clear definition. A middle class salary had predictable stepping-stones. Today it is nearly impossible to define success a decade into the future; we don’t even know what careers will be in demand.

Economics 102
“For many companies, being competitive means spreading jobs throughout the world” (p. 9). There is competition to hire blue collar workers at the lowest possible wage, and conversely to hire the most qualified upper level managers.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickled and Dimed and Bait and Switch. The first title reviews the challenge of earning a living wage in blue collar positions, and the later explores the challenge of changing careers or white collar jobs in order to maintain the 40 hour work week. In either case, Ehrenreich was not able to both earn a living wage and limit her working hours to 40 per week. A globalized workforce involves too much competition for “good” jobs for workers to demand both benefits.
“China is refocusing history textbooks from wars, dynasties and revolutions to economics, technology, social customs and globalization” (p.11). Many other sources predict that in the future, how we education our children is more important than how much we educate our children. If our children learn how to network globally, they will have to tools for 21st century innovations.

New Web
The old web was a read only HTML document. It’s purpose was for users to search and obtain information. Now, the web is a communication tool. First, the web advanced into a two way street for communication: send and receive. Then Blogs, Wikis, and other social networking web tools became known as “Web 2.0” or “The New Web.” Today, the web is a place for users to publish their own information, not just read other’s work. Users publish their work on the web specifically to invite other to join their efforts and discussion.

New Corporations, 21st - Century Skills
Business meetings and trainings happen anytime, anywhere. 21st century employees are competing with other employees from all over the world, even if the physical building is standing in their own backyard. This trend crosses all classes and types of positions.
Schools and Change
Several sources are concerned that our practices have not adopted technology as learning tools for our students. Furthermore, our assessments focus on the lower quadrants of Bloom’s Taxonomy, whereas the global market requires the highest levels of evaluation and innovation.

New Tools and Learning, Taking Advantage of New Tools
Page 23, Figure 1.1 Comparison of old and new ways of working
Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0
Application based vs. Web based
Isolated vs. Collaborative
Offline vs. Online
Licensed or purchased vs. Free
Single creator vs. Multiple Collaborators
Proprietary code vs. Open source
Copyrighted content vs. Shared content