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 1: The Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools in the 20th Century
Why most U.S. school reformers are on the wrong track, and how to get our kids' education right for the future
Published in SNS Newsletter
I was compelled to write this opening essay after watching our leaders, again and again, offer solutions to our educational problems that left our education, and our children, mired in the past. My previous experience as a business strategy consultant helped me see, as I had for other industries, just how little of what we currently do—that is, of the education we provide to our children—helps us reach our goals and meet our future needs. I view our biggest educational need not as ...