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.

Turning on the Lights

Turning on the lights

“Dis-enlightenment,” and the splitting of education at the start of the 21st century

Published in Educational Leadership

Few people enjoy being forced to rehear and relearn what they already think they know. Not that every learner gets it perfectly the first time, but, especially in Western culture, correction and guidance is generally a more satisfying path to mastery than rote memorization. I believe that in an age such as ours, when young people know a whole lot more than they ever did, it is a losing educational strategy to assume our students know little or nothing and that our job is to teach them everything, rather than to just shape and guide what they already know and can find out ...

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