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.
Chapter 10: Bringing the Future to School: The Prensky Challenge
Who Will be the First to Challenge Rather than Blame our Students?
This “modest proposal” was posted on my website several years ago. I received enthusiastic responses from exactly three people, who all thought it a great idea and worth doing. One of those three, it turns out, does work for the National Science Foundation. So who knows?
I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
I strongly believe that the fact that our kids are totally bored in school (“I'm bored 99 percent of the time” said one 10-year-old recently) and that they are not getting better grades, higher scores, or going ...