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Michael Powell (Exclusively WSB)

Who could have imagined that the whole of human communication could be reduced to an alphabet of two: zero and one. Digitalization is revolutionizing our world, putting much greater power into the hands of people. Newspapers have personal technology sections, consumer electronics gadgets top consumer wish lists for holidays and birthdays and words like "WIFI," "broadband" and "instant messaging" have entered the cultural lexicon as reflections of how rooted innovative technologies are becoming in our lives. The march of technology is relentless: in the near future you will watch videos on your cell phone, program your television from the Internet, and make unlimited phone calls from virtually any electronic device anywhere anytime. As well, the coming generation of youngsters will provide us with the very first generation of children who grew up in an entirely digital age. How will this affect the way they process information from previous generations? What does raising a generation of children literally "plugged-in" from birth mean for education and learning, for parenting, for the workforce, for society and for the future? Michael Powell gives us glimpse into the future, clarifying the world of bewildering technological change and articulating how changes in media, music, telephony, and wireless are transforming how we work, play and care for our citizens.

Michael Powell (Exclusively WSB)

Michael Powell knows what it means to sacrifice. After beginning his life as an Army child, Powell was commissioned an armored cavalry officer in the U.S. Army. But a serious injury during a training accident forced him into a grueling year-long rehabilitation. It was here that Powell learned about service and personal sacrifice, understanding what's necessary to reach one's goals. As well, Powell learned the value of service to a higher cause from his parents. Powell reflects warmly on what it means to be a part of a community, to take charge and make a difference in your company and the lives of others. Additionally, he reflects on his experience as an African-American, how that informs his passion for service, and how education remains one of his guiding principals as path towards a better future for society and the culture at large.

The concepts of “teaching” and “training” are going through profound changes in our time—and not just because of technology. In the past, our educational goals evolved from “imitating” to “learning.” But to deal with our turbulent times, it is now necessary, says Marc Prensky, to adopt the far more far-reaching and useful goal of “becoming.” In our turbulent third millennium, with its coming deep exploration of both outer and virtual space, we need all our students and workers to become capable, good people who improve the world they live in. To succeed going forward, says Prensky, all students and all workers will need to master, in all their complex facets, the core skills of Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships and Effective Accomplishment—strongly supported by technology. In this original and insightful talk, Prensky shows audiences how such a “new core” can be integrated into our teaching and training, using a new methodology of “accomplishment-based education.” Prensky also shows how to avoid letting the “luster” of the new technologies mask the real progress we need in education and training.

A new paradigm for education is emerging in the world, going from the old "learning and personal accomplishment" to the new "becoming and real-world accomplishment."  In this new paradigm, the new goal is "becoming,"  the new pedagogy is "real-world accomplishment" and the "new core curriculum" is effective thinking, effective action ,effective relationships and effective accomplishment, combined with strong situational awareness about the world, and an underlying foundation of technology.

Based on Prensky's newest book, Education to Better Their World,: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids, the talk highlights a fresh and emerging approach to education—based on real, World-improving Projects +  Applied Passion + Effective Thinking, action, relationships and accomplishment—that far better fits tomorrow's needs and the new capabilities of our young people.

“What our education should be about,” says Prensky, “is accomplishment that improves our world—with individuals improving in the process.” The talk, filled with examples, is about developing young people’s capacity to create, through "applied passion," solutions that will make their world a better place, using means never before available. Prensky's totally different take on K-12 education offers an innovative and achievable vision of K-12 education that will far better prepare students of all backgrounds for their future.

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