Teaching Digital Natives

| October 25, 2010

Title: Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning

Author: Marc Prensky, Foreword by Stephen Heppell

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, c. 2010

Check it out: LB1027.23.P74 2010

From the publisher: Students today are growing up in a digital world. These “digital natives” learn in new and different ways, so educators need new approaches to make learning both real and relevant for today’s students.

Marc Prensky, who first coined the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants,” presents an intuitive yet highly innovative and field-tested partnership model that promotes 21st-century student learning through technology. Partnership pedagogy is a framework in which:

  • Digitally literate students specialize in content finding, analysis, and presentation via multiple media
  • Teachers specialize in guiding student learning, providing questions and context, designing instruction, and assessing quality
  • Administrators support, organize, and facilitate the process schoolwide
  • Technology becomes a tool that students use for learning essential skills and “getting things done”

With numerous strategies, how-to’s, partnering tips, and examples, Teaching Digital Natives is a visionary yet practical book for preparing students to live and work in today’s globalized and digitalized world.

About the author: Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, futurist, visionary and inventor in the critical areas of education and learning. Marc is the founder of Games2train, an e-learning company whose clients include IBM, Bank of America, Nokia, the US Department of Defense and the Los Angeles and Florida Virtual Schools.

Marc’s professional focus has been on reinventing the learning process, combining the motivation of video games and other highly engaging activities with the driest content of education and business. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between games and learning. His innovative combination of educational tools and game technology – including the world’s first fast-action videogame-based corporate training tool – is being accepted throughout schools, government and corporate America.

Marc’s background includes masters degrees from Yale, Middlebury, and The Harvard Business School (with distinction). He is a concert musician and has acted on Broadway. He has taught at all levels from elementary to college. He worked in Human Resources and in Technology at Bankers Trust Company, and spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group. (from marcprensky.com)

On the web:

Marc Prensky’s Weblog

“Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”

Marc Prensky on Frontline