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 7: Young Minds, Fast Times
The 21st century digital learner
Published in Edutopia
A few years after I began speaking to educational groups I decided that it was important to add “ground truth” (a military term meaning the perspective of the people closest to the action) to my talks. I wanted educators to hear not only what I—a 65-year-old—thought, but to hear what their own students thought, in general and about my ideas. I wanted to get students and their educators talking with each other about how today's young people learn. So I began adding panels of local students to my presentations whenever possible. The panels turned out to be more successful than I'd ever hoped or dreamed. This essay is their story.
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