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.

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants
Digital natives, digital immigrants

(Parts I and II)

Published in On the Horizon

Part I: A New Way to Look at Ourselves and Our Kids

When I first sat down to write this now widely known essay (it has been translated into several languages, and a professor recently wrote that it was “canonical”), I had no idea what it would become. All I knew was that there was a great deal of intergenerational confusion around the then-emerging digital technology. Parents and teachers around the world were surprised and often dismayed to see that their children and students could often learn and master these new technologies much more easily, and with much less stress, than the adults could.

While Doug Rushkoff had already discussed the idea of ...

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