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Prensky's Provocative Ed-Tech Thinking

Marc Prensky is a speaker and author in the field of education and the founder of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute. He has written six books, over 100 essays and has given education-related speeches in over 35 countries. His website is marcprensky.com. (Prensky’s Provocative Ed-Tech Thinking ceased publishing in November 2014.)

Education Opinion What Today's Great Teachers Know
Today's curriculum, although rich in details, is really EXTREMELY NARROW in terms of the of the necessary skills for effective thinking, effective action, effective relating and effective accomplishment that we teach our kids systematically. We CAN teach these needed skills, but we must lose the details (and not the core) of what we now teach to do so.
Marc Prensky, November 4, 2014
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Education Opinion Great Teachers in an Age of Technology
The human teacher's role in an age of technology is NOT to teach content — something that technology can now do well — but, rather, to do what technology CAN'T do well (or at all) — i.e. provide respect, empathy, acceleration and motivation to students, while encouraging each student's individual passion.
Marc Prensky, October 31, 2014
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Education Opinion The New Educational Model: Extended Brains all Networked Together
In the past, education was almost entirely local; now it's quickly becoming global. Our kids are incredibly more powerful than kids were in the past; they need to be doing, as the content of their education, real projects that improve the world.
Marc Prensky, October 25, 2014
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Education Opinion The Benefits of Accomplishment-Based Education
We need to make all education about real-world accomplishment. Our kids should leave school not with a transcript of grades, but with a resume of real-world accomplishments.
Marc Prensky, October 19, 2014
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Education Opinion The Best Means to BECOMING is Real-World Accomplishment
If the goal of education is for students to become good, capable, world-improving people, "learning" is a necessary but insufficient route for getting there — the far superior route to get there is real-world accomplishment.
Marc Prensky, October 16, 2014
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Education Opinion Every Student Can Become a Good, Capable, and World-Improving Person
"Becoming" may be harder to quantify than some of the things we measure today in education, but it is the right goal for our students — and we do not have a hard time recognizing it.
Marc Prensky, October 13, 2014
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Education Opinion The Goal of Education is BECOMING (Not Learning)
The real goal of education and school is NOT learning, it's BECOMING a good, capable and world-improving person. Learning is but a means to becoming — and we shouldn't confuse the means with the goal.
Marc Prensky, October 9, 2014
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Education Opinion The Pace of Change is Not Just Faster — It's Speeding Up
Most of us understand things are getting faster, but few understand, in their gut, what acceleration means — the world is continuously speeding up, and we all need to get used to it.
Marc Prensky, October 5, 2014
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Education Opinion Our Extended Brains
Our mental capabilities are now greatly extended by technology, and this includes everything mental — including our ability to reflect and relate..
Marc Prensky, October 3, 2014
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Education Opinion Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity (VUCA)
Our New Educational Environment is characterized, first, by "VUCA": Greatly increased Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity. These, in combination, can greatly increase anxiety and stress.
Marc Prensky, September 26, 2014
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Education Opinion Our New Global Educational Context
The reason we need more than the incremental reforms we are being offered is that our educational context has changed so radically. Here Prensky discusses the key elements of the New Educational Context.
Marc Prensky, September 22, 2014
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Education Opinion A Teacher's Experiment: Traffic Lights or Critical Thinking?
Many values are changing rapidly in our new context, and this is especially true in communication. We should be careful as educators not let our own pre-Internet upbringing bias us toward the old.
Marc Prensky, September 17, 2014
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Education Opinion Both F2F & Tech Communication Need Strong Content & Connection
Today's kids will need to communicate effectively both face-to-face and electronically – and each kid's preferences will be different. But all communication, in whatever form, should include both strong content and strong connection.
Marc Prensky, September 15, 2014
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Education Opinion "The Silent Praying Position" (Response to a comment)
Human communication paradigms are changing rapidly, and we need to figure out how to best help our kids communicate well — and to balance technological and face-to-face communication.
Marc Prensky, September 8, 2014
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