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 14: Simple Changes in Current Practices May Save Our Schools
“Easy-to-do, high-impact” steps all teachers should take
Published in ETC Online Journal
I wrote this essay just after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout off the coast of Louisiana, which continued gushing oil unabated for three months, eventually releasing 4.9 million barrels of crude into a thriving marine environment. No one knew at that time what the results would be (and we are still finding them out). It occurred to me that the disaster, while talked about in many of our classes, could have been made a much more visceral experience for all our students—one they would be unlikely to ever forget—with only some simple steps, actions that could ...