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Marc Prensky

Internationally Acclaimed Thought Leader and "Practical Visionary"; Founder, The Global Future Education and Foundation Institute; and Author

Marc Prensky, author of several books including Teaching Digital Natives, Brain Gain: Technology and The Quest for Digital Wisdom and The World Needs a New Curriculum, is a true hero and champion of today’s young people.

Unleashing the Power of Our 21st Kids Through an “Education to Better Their World”

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.

The New Educational Paradigm for the Third Millennium

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.

Global Empowered Kids: “Becoming” in the New Age of Empowerment

The era of just “learning” is over—students also have to “become” good, capable, empowered and world improving people.  Rather than just "achieve," students now need to accomplish projects that benefit the real world. They need to learn to think, act, relate and accomplish effectively, expressing their own unique interests and passions.  In this talk, Prensky lays out the emerging new paradigm for third millennium K-12 education, and shows who is already doing this, what their results are, and how we can all get there.

Today's Digital Natives—And Tomorrow's

A decade and a half ago, when Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants,” there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, not even You Tube!  And yet the huge cultural and attitudinal changes to come were already being perceived by him. Today, many of these changes are recognized by all—although not always as helpful. But, says Prensky, not only are most of them positive, there are many more dramatic positive changes to come. In this original perceptive talk, Prensky shows just how much the world’s culture and context are in rapid flux because of technology, and how the concept of digital natives has evolved to be more a cultural one than a technological one. Prensky offers new perspectives on our complex and rapidly changing technology and times, and helps audiences explore and understand how digital natives—and all of us—can, and should, be adapting for the future.

Expanding Minds For The 3rd Millennium

Most see today’s digital technology as a useful—but optional—tool in their lives. Marc Prensky argues the opposite—that technology is now required, and that turning it off makes us lesser human beings. The reason, he says, is that technology is now an extension of our minds. Although we are long accustomed to having our bodies extended by technology (think clothing and transportation), it is now the brain’s turn, and this new territory is unfamiliar to everyone. Prensky helps audiences understand how and why the same technology that is scaring many in the older, pre-Internet generations to death is also greatly empowering and exciting today’s youth. In this counterintuitive and mind-expanding talk, Prensky illustrates how technology is expanding our minds in both a physical and metaphorical sense, and how our expanded minds are changing society in more profound ways than many realize.

Powerfully Integrating Technology

Although everyone knows today’s technology is powerful, far too many, limited by past experience, see it only as a new and faster way to do things we could do before. This narrow vision is only the “trivial” side of technology use, argues Marc Prensky. There is a much more powerful set of new technology uses empowering all of us—even elementary school students—to do things that humans could never do before. Prensky guides us through this new world, including real-time visual communication with almost anyone in the world, meeting in virtual worlds, powerful simulations, robotics, analyzing huge databases, and shows how everyone—from students to business people—can use and benefit from these powerful technology tools—more and more of which we have in our pockets to improve our school, work and personal lives. In this amusing, powerful and future-oriented talk, Prensky shows how we can avoid “digital stupidity” and become digitally wiser, more powerful people, who can use our powerful technology to improve the world.

Teaching And Training In The 21st Century

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.

Meet Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky, author of several books including Teaching Digital Natives, Brain Gain: Technology and The Quest for Digital Wisdom and The World Needs a New Curriculum, is a true hero and champion of today’s young people.

Marc Prensky is a true and unusual “outside the box” thinker, offering deep insight into how we must update our perspectives—in education, business and many other fields—for today’s and tomorrow’s world. Marc challenges audiences—from teachers to executives to doctors—to go beyond buzzwords such as “creativity” and “innovation,” and fundamentally rethink what we teach, all while integrating technology in new and powerful ways. Inventor of the terms “digital native,” “digital immigrant” and more recently “digital wisdom,” Marc is a “practical visionary”—a forward-thinking innovator with ideas that are generally years ahead of the rest of the world AND a host of practical suggestions for where to begin today. His track record—with cell phones, videos, programming, learning games, and many other things—shows that typically he is right, and the world eventually catches up. With his wide range of interests and experience in education, business and the arts, Marc customizes his remarks for every talk. He will expand your audience’s perspectives and open their minds—with insight and humor—to what is required today in order to prepare people for tomorrow.

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