Where in the World is the United States

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This is from an infographic that will appear next week in Infographic-A-Day (IGaD). I found it from TICs y Formación, one of the infographics blogs that I monitor through my iPad.  It’s a Periodic Table of World Internet Facts.  It’s a frequently used theme, a periodic table, for expressing information.  I like to use the Period Table of Elements as an example of how “There’s nothing new about infographics!”

To the far right of the table are a set of lists, the top ten of countries around the world concerning their use of the Internet.  Here are four of the lists:

Top 10 (Number of Users)

  1. China
  2. United States
  3. Japan
  4. India
  5. Brazil
  6. Germany
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Russia
  9. France
  10. South Korea
Top 10 (% of Population)

  1. Iceland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Netherlands
  5. Denmark
  6. Finland
  7. Australia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Luxemborg
  10. South Korea
Top 10 (Bandwidth Speed)

  1. Japan
  2. (South) Korea
  3. France
  4. Finland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Germany
  7. Australia
  8. Denmark
  9. Portugal
  10. Iceland
Top 10 (Fastest Growing)

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. India
  4. South Korea
  5. Australia
  6. Taiwan
  7. Malaysia
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Singapore
  10. New Zealand

As an educator, I believe that there is much to be excited about in the world of teaching and learning. At the same time — and in the autumn of my career — I am haunted by a nation (my nation) that seems less than inclined to invest in itself — except for an elite part of itself.