Did You Know, 2014 Remix

Chloe-cyborgI have referenced the Did You Know? (also known as Shift Happens) video before on this blog. It’s one of my favorite discussion starters, when talking with educators about technology integration. I use the video at least five times a year, and the resulting discussion and buy-in is always jarring.

But the video was originally made in 2008 and, even though it had been updated by various people as recently as 2012, there were still some glaring errors. This year, I decided to update the video myself. This wasn’t too difficult, thanks to the original creators, Scott McLeod and Karl Fisch, who made the video and all the source material available under a Creative Commons license. I was able to verify some of the original data, update a lot of it, and add some new information that I think flows well.

I’ve posted the video on YouTube under a Creative Commons license, so anyone is free to use or modify it. On this table, I’ve listed the facts from the original video, the updated facts, and the sources for the new information. I’m hoping to update the video annually, so please comment with any questions, comments or sources of new information you think should be included.

If you or your students would like to update or modify the video, you can find all the source materials in this Google folder.

Here’s the updated 2014 version, which you can also find on YouTube:


Katy Scott

I spent 5 years teaching in low-income districts in Phoenix, where most of my students were English-language learners. There, I taught 3rd- and 4th-grade self-contained classes, as well as 7th-grade resource. I spent a year teaching 5th- and 6th-grade science in an inner-city KIPP school in New Orleans. I did double-duty as a technology integration specialist for the last four years of my teaching career. I am now the Digital Learning Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, where I work to help PreK-12 teachers and students utilize technology to better understand science. I'm a maker, a snorkeler, and a certified Google Education Trainer.

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22 Responses

  1. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay says:

    Thank you very much for this video. I will use it to introduce my talk on the Four Pillars of Learning to an audience of students and faculty.

  2. Michele Hamilton says:

    Likewise – thanks – I’ve been looking for a reliable updated version of “Shift Happens” to share with my 8th grade students to launch the year. This will do it!

  3. sharron says:

    thanks for taking the time to do this, i show it to my journalism BA students in China and they always love it, but this is a great update!!

  4. Eva says:

    Hi, great work updating the original video. I’m a fan of ‘Shift Happens’ from way back, but it was geting so out dated that it was hard to show to senior execs.

    I was hoping to embed this video into a PowerPoint presentation to enable me to click directly on the embedded video to show it …..although I’m not sure how to do this.

    Is this possible?

  5. Ethel says:

    Hi there, like Eva I was hoping to share your video,to get young people I work with thinking about where they’re going in the future.
    Security issues mean that we won’t be able to access from the internet/YouTube to play the video.
    Is there anyway to download it/get a copy to use for the sessions.

    • Katy Scott says:


      There are a few ways to download the video. Here’s two possibilities that have worked for me in the past:

      1.) If you have the most updated version of Java on your computer, you can go to savevid.com and paste in the URL of the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcZg51Il9no). Savevid will give you a few options on how to download the file — .mov, .mp3, etc. Choose the one that works best for you. (NOT .flv)

      2.) If you use Chrome, there are several extensions you can install to download most videos from YouTube. I use the savefrom.net helper. This video walks you through installing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNFlZeQvoc

      I hope one of those works for you!

  6. Michele says:

    Hi Polly,
    WOW! This old lady is seriously overwhelmed with the information of the video alone. I have a lot of work to do with Cool Tools. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Amber says:

    It is amazing to realize how quickly the world is advancing today. Awesome video and it brings a lot of things into perspective. I too need a lot of work with coll tools.

  8. Stacie says:

    I didn’t see the sources – is it listed within the video? If so, I somehow missed them all. Is there a way you can point me to the sources used? A list? Thanks!

  9. Kirk Citron says:

    Do you know the source for:

    It is estimated that a week’s worth of New York Times contains more information than the average person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

    It’s the one fact I came to the site to try to verify!


  10. whirled girl says:

    Thanks so much for this video and updated sources! I was showing the old one in all my statistics classes and it is great to have this updated one that still has the music. I did not show others as I did not like the music as much. And thanks in advance for keeping it updated. Awesome!

  11. Nora says:

    Do you happen to know what music accompanies the video? The YouTube link you shared says that it’s “The Rockafeller Skank (2006 Digital Remaster)” by Fatboy Slim, but I just downloaded that song and it is not the same.

    Thanks for the terrific update!

  12. Nora says:

    Thought you’d like to know that my co-author (a retired Army three-star general) and I recently included your video in a column we wrote listing 11 things that the incoming members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should see or read before they take office. We also use it often in our talks to military audiences. The column is available at http://warontherocks.com/2015/07/the-not-yet-chiefs-reading-list/.

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