Shift Happens/Did You Know?

Over the last few months, a PowerPoint presentation has been doing the rounds, which has a strong message for educational audiences. It works as an opener for conferences or events where the future of education and learning is under discussion, or where you want to provoke a discussion about learning.

  • Karl Fisch, of Arapahoe High School in the US, conceived and created the first version of this presentation for a staff development day. And published it on the web via his website. He released it and gave permission for others to modify it under a Creative Commons licence.
  • Scott McLeod modified it, to make it more relevant to an audience in a wider context. And published it on the web with a Creative Commons licence
  • After conversations with Karl & Scott, I modified Scott's version to include UK-relevant content (it was quite US-centric)
  • And then Jeff Brenman, of Apollo Ideas, applied the creative design to Scott's version. And published it on the web via SlideShare where, incidentally, it won the competition for the "World's Best Slideshow"
  • And finally, with Jeff's permission, I modified his with the UK context. And published it on the web 

 Right Click and "Save Target As..." to download Shift Happens UK version (25MB)

 The best way to show it is with a sound track (lasting 6 mins, 3 seconds).



 If you'd like to know where I got my audio track that we used on the day, please drop me an email (


If you modify this version, and following the norm of the Creative Commons Licence, we’d all ask that you share it on the web too, so that others can benefit.

Comments (3)

  1. Jayne Holt says:

    Hi Ray,

    I saw your presentation at an Education conference in Birmingham and thought it was really powerful.  I would like to show it to colleagues at our College’s conference day, to promote discussion.  I would like to know where you got the audio track.

    Many Thanks


  2. Ray Fleming says:

    Hi Jayne,

    Drop me an email (address in the article above) and I’ll let you know.


  3. Debbie Hill says:

    Saw this presentation at an engineering conference and thought how powerful a message it gave. Excellent – can’t wait to show our students. very thought provoking.

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