Marc Prensky | Integrating Technology, Education, and the Workplace

Marc Prensky

Integrating Technology, Education, and the Workplace

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Marc Prensky

Marc is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and "practical visionary" in the field of education. Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into a dozen languages. Coiner of the term "Digital Native" in 2001, he today promotes "civilization-level change" in global education, championing an emerging new "empowered to better their world" education paradigm that more directly benefits all students and the world they live in. Marc is the founder of The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting Accomplishment-Based Education, and The Global Empowered Kids Alternative Education Network uniting all those in the world offering an "Empowered to Accomplish" education to kids. Marc holds an MBA degree from Harvard (with distinction) and a Masters in Teaching degree from Yale. He has taught at all levels, from elementary to college. Earlier in his career, Marc headed an early prototype charter school, spent six years at the Boston Consulting Group, and founded and ran a learning games company.

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What The World Needs From Education

In a persuasive and refreshing way, Prensky argues positively for today’s kids. Contrary to the negativity currently in vogue, Prensky believes that the perception that technology harms kids is holding us, and them, back—tremendously. Our most pressing problem everywhere is how to get ready for a quickly arriving technology-filled future that will be very different from what we know from our own experience. Our young people, says Prensky, are already busy preparing themselves for their fast-arriving times—and we need to help them. Prensky, in this inspiring talk, shows us how. "You gave a truly inspiring lecture. The possibilities that lie in empowering our children and changing how we view them are amazing. I think that whenever I write a paper or go to work your words will be in the back of my mind."

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF OUR 21ST CENTURY 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.

Michael Fullan writes: “This book is a goldmine and a powerful wakeup call.” Milton Chen writes: “We need the better world Prensky envisions and we need it now.” John Seely Brown writes :"Wow. As a takeaway it is good--very good."


As the world moves quickly into a new, technology-dominated era, a new, civilization-level paradigm in education is emerging, bottom-up, around the world, observes Prensky. The new paradigm—a move from “personal academic achievement” to “empowerment and bettering their world” merges the "academic" tradition which has been dominant for some time in our schools, with the far older "accomplishment" educational tradition that has taken root in our businesses. The NEW END AND GOAL OF EDUCATION is bettering not just individuals, but their world and the individuals in the process. Prensky describes this emerging new paradigm and where it's appearing, showing both why it's important for tomorrow's kids and the world, and how to get there more quickly.


We all know that automation is coming fast, and that, as Prensky puts it, "anything that two people can do equally well can be, and will be automated." The only defense against this, Prensky argues, is for our young people to become UNIQUE in the combination of what they care about, what they are good at and what they love to do. This is not something our education currently fosters (in fact it does the opposite), but education can and should help all our kids become unique, good, effective, world-improving people. Prensky discusses how we can make this happen.

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BRAIN GAIN: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom [INTERVIEW]

::: A new book from Marc Prensky, released August 7 ::: “In an age where the answer to every question is at your fingertips, where does the human brain fit in?” In one...
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SLS08-Videointerview: Marc Prensky "Der Game Designer" from Steffen Bueffel on Vimeo.
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