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 21: Simulation Nation
Inventive computer sims can turn dull lessons into hyperreal experiences—if we can get educators to use them
Published in Edutopia
Most of my essays arise naturally from my experiences and observations. This essay, however, was “commissioned”—that is, I didn't decide to write it on my own but was asked to write it by an editor. I tried, though, to put a different “spin” on it from the usual commissioned piece about a particular technology.
Articles in the media on the use of some particular technology in schools are generally pretty formulaic. Typically, they begin with a glowing quote from a teacher, who bubbles, “I use [insert technology] with my classes, and it's the greatest thing since sliced pasta.”
Then they throw in a few case studies, ...