I missed this event in my newly adopted hometown of Richmond, VA, but Google CEO Eric Schmidt was the keynote speaker at the Virginia Business Higher Education Council meeting a week or so ago. I think it’s interesting and quite politic of him to applaud Governor Kaine and the folks in the audience for how much they get it (i.e. the integration of technology into teaching and learning) and for what a good job Virginia is doing. Then, he goes on to tell them how much more needs to be done.
He was speaking to lots of business types and a number of educators. Nonetheless, he did ultimately say, “Education – I don’t mean to offend anyone – is the slowest business I’ve ever had to work with.” Amen and no offense taken.
Some other statistical goodies Schmidt threw out:
- Ninety-five percent of college students don’t have regular phone lines – just cell phones.
- Many college students are using the Internet as their sole source of news and opinion for this year’s presidential election.
- Forty-five percent of college students watch TV shows online.
Why DO I continue to maintain a landline with two cell phones in my house???