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.

On Being Disrespected

On being disrespected

Response to email feedback from a reader

Published in Educational Leadership

All teachers certainly want and deserve respect from their students. However, all students want this too, so the ideas in this essay are extremely important for educators. One school administrator declared, after a recent talk I gave, “I'm going to begin all my sessions from now on with a discussion of mutual respect.”


We all probably think that we have it for our students. And we certainly think that they should have it for us. But do we? Do they? I am increasingly convinced that mutual disrespect lies at the root of many of today's classroom difficulties.

The issue was brought home to me in a personal way. In December 2005, I was ...

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