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 Learning

On learning

(Original Title: “E-nough”)

“e-Learning” is a misnomer—it's mostly just “e-Teaching.” For any teaching to reliably and consistently produce the results we want, we still have a lot to learn about learning.

Published in On the Horizon

I wrote this essay early on, when I first began to re-examine education and learning. There was much hoopla at that time about “e-Learning”—the term had just come into wide use. But even though much of it was available, it was unclear how much it was helping students (if at all) and under what conditions. So I began looking at learning, and I was appalled at what I found—despite thousands of years of people doing it, learning was still poorly understood. Not just at the neurological level, which we ...

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