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Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, visionary and innovator in the field of education and learning. Considered one of the world's leading experts on the connection between learning and technology, Marc's professional focus is on designing better pedagogy and curriculum for the digital generation. Strategy+Business magazine calls Prensky "That rare visionary who implements."
Prensky focuses on education from the perspective of the students, rather than the providers, offering solutions for how to teach and motivate today's students and for how to motivate and reinvigorate their teachers as well. Prensky promotes a new form of "partnering" between teachers and students. Through his writings and talks, he helps educators learn to adapt their pedagogy in ways that are far more effective for the 21st century.
Marc also focuses on how to teach future-oriented skills--including problem-solving, partnering, collaborating in online communities, video-making and programming--as an integrated part of all curricula. He is a strong partisan of teachers' knowing and using students' individual passions as motivators, and of students' participation in the design of their own education.
In his talks around the globe, Marc initiates and conducts unique educator-student dialogs about the teaching and learning process. His innovative combination of pedagogy and technology--including digital game-based learning, where he was an early pioneer--is becoming increasingly accepted and used by educators worldwide as the wave of the future.
Marc has published scores of essays and articles, and is the author of four books: Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Don't Bother Me Mom - I'm Learning (Paragon House, 2006), Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning (Corwin, 2010) and From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom (Corwin 2012). He was graduated cum laude from Oberlin College, holds Master's degrees from Yale University and The Harvard Business School with distinction, ran a charter school in East Harlem, NY, and has taught at all levels, from elementary to college.
Marc also performed on Broadway and at Lincoln Center, worked on Wall Street, and spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the prestigious Boston Consulting Group. After his wide variety of experiences, he is thrilled to be back working in the field of education and learning.
Marc is a native New Yorker, where he lives with his wife Rie, a Japanese writer, and their son Sky, a thriving first-grader in the New York City public schools.