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 11: Open Letter to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
There is one lasting impact only you can make
I am very worried that, for all their good intentions, Bill and Melinda Gates' huge amount of education philanthropy will almost all go to waste in the long-term. This letter explains why.
Having hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on educational reform is an awesome responsibility, a responsibility that I know you do not take lightly.
However it is not at all clear—especially in light of your initial efforts—where your vast sums of money will do the most good. I assume you are currently in the midst of great internal debates and discussions about this.
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