An expert perspective on 21st century education

What can you learn on a cell phone? Almost anything! How does that concept fit with our traditional system of education? It doesn't. Best-selling author and futurist Marc Prensky's book of essays challenges educators to “reboot” and make the changes necessary to prepare students for 21st century careers. His “bottom-up” vision is based on interviews with young people and includes their ideas about what they need from teachers, schools, and education. Also featured are easy-to-do, high-impact classroom strategies that help what he calls “digital natives” acquire “digital wisdom.” This thought-provoking text is organized into two sections that address: Rethinking education; 21st century learning and technology in the classroom (including games, YouTube, and more)

In addition to valuable knowledge, this compelling collection offers inspiration, new perspectives, and ideas that work. Our educational context has changed, and a new context demands new thinking. This book will broaden your mind, spark new insights regarding how and what you teach, and reshape your vision of 21st century education.

Introduction
Introduction

I have a vision for education (and, of course, so do lots of folks ?). But my vision differs from most people's in one very significant respect: My vision is bottom-up—it begins with the students—what they need and how we can give it to them. I want our young people to succeed in their 21st century, which will be, without a doubt, a turbulent one, characterized by variability, uncertainty, chaos, and ambiguity (what my good friend, former school superintendent David Engle, calls “VUCA”) and by increasingly accelerating change.

Adapting to this new context of change, variability, and uncertainty is the biggest challenge we are now facing—as educators and as people. It is something that almost none of us is used to—unless, of course, we were ...

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