video: do you know your history yet?

I saw this History of the Internet video on YouTube this morning and it’s quite good and informative. The British narrator reminds me a bit of old instructional films and the Look Around You spoof series. I was only prompted to post it when my friend Dan in the UK sent to twitter:

time to persuade some teenagers they need to know missing angles in triangles, when I don’t have a clue why it will ever help them

It reminded me of all those times when you really wanted to ask “Are we ever going to use this?” but you didn’t because you’d seen on television how poorly that usually ends up. And a line from Frisky Dingo has the father telling his son, “Yes, I’m sure we’ll use algebra like mad today,” when he forbids him to join in a revenge/ransom-driven kidnapping.

History of the Internet is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. And I’m sure that I may never use this knowledge, but it’s still a very well presented short.*


* And yes Lolypup, it’s captioned. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    Wow im an inspiration. Funny thing is, first thing I tell any kid before I teach them stuff is “Youre not likely to use any of this in life, so remember it for the day of the exam and then get rid of it and put something more useful in your head” – Id rather know song lyrics than Trigonometry.

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  2. Lolypup says:

    Smile, your a doll… This was cool tho!

    and on a side note, everything I teach my students is useful in their lives, I think! *Wink*

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