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 16: Beyond the Lemonade Stand
Economics and business lessons for a 10-year-old from a computer game
Published in Don't Bother Me Mom—I'm Learning
The experiences of my best friends' two sons featured prominently in my own developing understanding about the behavior of young people, and particularly about their learning from video and computer games. I was close to both boys from birth, and I spent a large amount of time over many years watching both of them play their increasingly complex games and talking with them often about what they were doing and why. A great deal of what I learned found its way into my book Don't Bother Me Mom—I'm Learning, which is about, as its subtitle indicates, How Computer and Video Games Are ...