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 3: Education as Rocket Science
A new metaphor for what educators do
Published in Educational Technology
I believe our teachers are being blamed unfairly, and far too much, for our educational problems. But there is another group—our students—that is blamed even more. Because I spend a great deal of time with students, I know that while they often have (and cause) problems in our schools, when today's kids truly want to learn something, they nearly all can, and do. (We see the greatest evidence for this in their use of video games.) So I decided that a new view of our students was in order—a far more positive view than the “short attention span” rap that students generally get, a view that would both acknowledge ...