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 Longer View: Why YouTube Matters

The longer view: Why youtube matters

Why it is so important, why we should all be using it, and why blocking it hurts our kids' education

Published in On the Horizon

It is often pointed out that the impact of many technologies is greatly overestimated in the short term but greatly underestimated for the long term. Nothing illustrates this better these days, I believe, than YouTube, and short video in general. In a very short time, YouTube grew from nothing to enormous proportions and dominated the press. Yet already YouTube is “old news,” eclipsed in many people's minds by Twitter and other, newer technologies. I believe that in the long run, the impact of short video will be enormous, replacing, in a ...

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