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.

What Can You Learn from a Cell Phone? Almost Anything!
What can you learn from a cell phone? Almost anything!

Published in Innovate

I am particularly proud of this essay, because it kick-started a movement where none existed before: incorporating students' own digital tools, particularly their phones, into their education. For a long time this was anathema to educators, and in some places still is (although attitudes here are quickly changing). When Liz Kolb, creator of Toys to Tools (a blog and book about using cell phones in class) first went looking for information about doing so, this essay, she told me, was the only thing she found. Now there are several books available in addition to hers. In fact, as the editor of this volume pointed ...

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