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 23: The True 21st Century Literacy Is Programming
Power will soon belong to those who can master a variety of expressive human–machine interactions
Published in Edutopia as “Programming is the New Literacy”
My goal is always to change people's thinking, so I was pleased when a former editor at Edutopia told me that this essay had changed hers. I hope that some of these essays in this volume have changed some of your thinking as well. The importance of programming for our kids' future cannot be overstated. It is a particularly hard nut to crack in education, because we do not have enough K-12 teachers equipped to systematically teach it. But teach it we must, even if that means creating new tools ...