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.

The Emerging Online Life of the Digital Native
The emerging online life of the digital native

What kids do differently because of technology, and how they do it

An eternal work-in-progress

As I write, there is a great educational debate going on about the use and educational value to students of the so-called “virtual” (i.e., online) world in its many forms. Some educators see it as a boon. Perhaps more see it as a huge threat and danger to students and to education. Many adults rush to remind young people that actions in the virtual world can “cross over” into the nonvirtual world—as if concepts like “separating work and pleasure” or “public and private lives” were a new problem in the world rather than one just made different ...

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