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.

The Role of Technology in Teaching and the Classroom

The role of technology in teaching and the classroom

Published in Educational Technology

Finding the right perspective and language is extremely important, because how we view and talk about something often determines what we do with it. At one point I realized that although many people were talking about technology in education and in the classroom, few, if any, had precisely defined its role. One reason is that this is not easy to do, particularly in a few words. Yet doing so is crucial in order that we may use the technology correctly. So I tried to do it in the following essay.

It has taken a while, but I think I have finally come up with a single, ...

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