the real 21st century literacies at tcea 2011

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Tired to hearing the term 21st Century Skills in discussions about education. It's time to look at the real literacies 21st Century citizens will need to be successful. It's about data visualization, computational thinking, continual learning, and team and global collaboration.


  • 1. The Real Century 21 st LiteraciesR aym ond R ose Bonnie Bracey Sutton Henry N eem anR ose & Sm ith P ow er of US, University of Oklahom a Associates Foundation Director Norm an, Oklahom a Austin, Tex as W ashington, DC
  • 2. 21st Century Skills Project Global Awareness Information, Media and Financial, Economic, Technology Skills Business and Information Literacy Entrepreneurial Literacy Media Literacy ICT (Information, Civic Literacy Communications and Health Literacy Technology) Literacy Environmental Literacy Life and Career Skills Flexibility and Adaptability Learning and Innovation Initiative and Self-Direction Skills Social and Cross-Cultural Skills Creativity and Innovation Productivity and Accountability Critical Thinking and Problem Leadership and Responsibility Solving Communication and Collaboration 1
  • 3. National Educational Technology Plan 2010Professionals routinely use the web andtools such as wikis, blogs, and digitalcontent for the research, collaboration,and communication demanded in theirjobs. They gather data and analyze itusing inquiry and visualizationtools. They use graphical and 3Dmodeling tools for design 2
  • 4. Standard Course SequenceTo THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EDUCATION:The Committee of Ten appointed at the meeting of the NationalEducational Association at Saratoga on the 9th of July, 1892,have the honor to present the following report: 3
  • 5. Supercomputing in Plain English What the Heck is Supercomputing? Henry Neeman, Director OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research University of Oklahoma Information Technology 4
  • 6. Supercomputing in Plain EnglishWhat the Heck is Supercomputing? Henry Neeman, Director OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research University of Oklahoma Information Technology
  • 7. What is Supercomputing?Supercom puting is the biggest,fastest computing right thisminute.Likewise, a supercom puter is one ofthe biggest, fastest computers right thisminute.So, the definition of supercomputing isconstantly changing. 6
  • 8. What is Supercomputing?Rule of Thumb: A supercomputer istypically at least 100 times as powerful asa PC.Jargon: Supercomputing is also known asHigh Perform ance Com puting (HPC)or High End Com puting (HEC) orCyberinfrastructure (CI). 7
  • 9. Fastest Supercomputer vs. Moore Fastest Supercomputer in the World 10000000 1000000Speed in GFLOPs 100000 10000 Fastest Moore 1000 100 GFLOPs: 10 billions of 1 calculations 1992 1997 2002 2007 per second Year 8
  • 10. What is Supercomputing About? Size Speed Laptop 9
  • 11. What is Supercomputing About?Size: Many problems that areinteresting to scientists and engineerscant fit on a PC usually becausethey need more than a few GB of RAM,or more than a few 100 GB of disk. 10
  • 12. What is Supercomputing About?Speed: Many problems that areinteresting to scientists and engineerswould take a very very long time to runon a PC: months or even years.But a problem that would takea month on a PC might take onlya few hours on a supercomputer. 11
  • 13. What Is HPC Used For? Sim ulation of physical phenomena, such as Weather forecasting Galaxy formation Oil reservoir management [1] 12
  • 14. What Is HPC Used For?Data m ining : findingneedles of information ina haystack of data, suchas Gene sequencing Signal processing Detecting storms that might produce tornados Moore, OK Tornadic Storm 13
  • 15. What Is HPC Used For? Visualization : turning a vast sea of data into pictures that a scientist can understandfor more info about data visualization 14
  • 16. Why Bother with HPC at All?Making effective use of supercomputing takes quite a bitof effort, both learning how and developing software.That seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to get yourcode to run faster.Its nice to have a code that used to take a day, now runin an hour. But if you can afford to wait a day, whatsthe point of supercomputing?Why go to all that trouble just to get your code to runfaster? 15
  • 17. Why HPC is Worth the BotherWhat HPC gives you that you wont getelsewhere is the ability to dobigger, better, more exciting science.If your code can run faster, that meansthat you can tackle much bigger problemsin the same amount of time that you usedto need for smaller problems. 16
  • 18. Why HPC is Worth the BotherHPC is important not only for its ownsake, but also because what happensin HPC today will be on your desktopin about 10 to 15 years: it puts youahead of the curve. 17
  • 19. The Future is NowHistorically, this has always been true: Whatever happens in supercomputing today will be on your desktop in 10 15 years.So, if you have experience withsupercomputing, youll be ahead of thecurve when things get to the desktop. 18
  • 20. Integration of Current ResearchAssets NOAA (and other agencies)bring to K-12 STEM Education Working Scientists and Engineers Can ensure accuracy, serve as role models, and share scientific methods Content Knowledge Access to cutting edg