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Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning 1st Edition

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“Marc Prensky’s understanding of how school-age digital natives learn underpins his prescient ‘pedagogy of partnering.’ He looks to the learner as the first consideration in the educational equation. The insightful advice and gentle guidance Marc provides classroom teachers directly assist them in moving powerful digital tools into the right hands…their students’! Marc’s understanding that the pedagogy of partnering is built on a relationship of co-learning is fundamental to the 21st-century classroom. This book looks to the future with an urgent spirit of possibility and promise!” (David Engle, Superintendent 2009-11-17)

"In Teaching Digital Natives, Marc Prensky redefines the whole problem of digitally savvy kids being taught by un-digitally-savvy teachers. Rather than bemoaning, as nearly everyone else has, what teachers do not know, he celebrates what they do know and what they can do. He shows how teachers and students together can pool knowledge and engage in collective intelligence to make both teachers and students―and society―smarter in the act.This book is a must-read for anyone interested in school reform and 21st-century learning." (James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Chief Learning Scientist, Center for Games and Impact 2009-11-18)

“Core curriculum, 21st-century skills, rigor, and methodology are outlined in a way all educators can appreciate and implement. Teaching Digital Natives is a must for all educators who strive to meet the emerging demands of our profession.” (Jere Vyverberg, Superintendent 2009-11-18)

“Prensky takes the task of marshalling 21st-century technologies for classroom instruction to a practical level that teachers can both understand and apply immediately. The concept of partnering and allowing both teachers and students to capitalize on their strengths clarifies the issue for educators. The good news: teachers don’t have to be masters of technology to master the 21st-century classroom. Prensky has developed a new map for a new era of teaching and learning that educators will find a breeze to navigate, and well worth the trip!” (Jon Ben-Asher, Principal 2009-11-17)

“In Teaching Digital Natives, Prensky laments the fact that many educators today think students have short attention spans. He points out that although this may be true in the context of school, most students concentrate just fine on things that interest them. The book then explains to educators how to make school an interesting place for students with a partnering pedagogy.” (Lisa Nielsen, Educator, Speaker, Author 2009-11-17)

Teaching Digital Natives is a must-read book for those of us who use technology, those who need more details about why we must use technology in our teaching, and for all teachers of teachers to use as a crucial text in their classes.” (Ted Nellen, Teacher 2009-11-18)

“Marc Prensky assimilates teaching, learning, and technology into a brilliant how-to for 21st-century teachers and students. This book will set the educational preparation world on its heels with a compelling argument for positive change.” (Lawrence L. Smith, Professor of Elementary Education 2009-11-09)

“This book is a must-read for any educator who wants to successfully work with the digital generation.” (Ian Jukes, Author of Teaching the Digital Generation 2009-11-18)

“A truly great and inspiring book. Teaching Digital Natives is required reading for educators who want to reach out and engage students in their classrooms.” (Randon Ruggles, Teacher 2009-11-18)

“Marc Prensky’s introduction of the partnering concept for teaching and learning is brilliant in its simplicity. The real power of Teaching Digital Natives is that the author has carefully defined and redefined the roles of teachers, learners, and parents with concrete examples and practical hints. I found myself anticipating each ‘practical tips’ box with excitement. Finally someone has written a book for teachers that goes beyond pedagogy and philosophy, giving teachers something they can use on Monday morning!” (Sandy Fivecoat, CEO 2009-11-17)

“Loved, loved, loved it!” (Amber Teamann, Title I Technology Facilitator 2009-11-18)

"This wonderful book should be mandatory reading for all teachers and administrators. I am changing my teaching style to be more proactive. I want to be a teacher who coaches and motivates students for a better future." (Angela Johnson, Spanish Teacher 2010-08-13)

"Does a very good job of delineating the world inhabited by the current generation of learners and the implications for teachers and those who run schools." (Greg Kearsley 2011-10-12)

"Marc Prensky has one of the best "pulses" on today’s students, and I believe in his new book he has provided us with some brilliant suggestions. I encourage all K-12 teachers to read the book, and I challenge all educators to use Marc’s suggestions in their teacher preparation programs. We will all do a better job if we attend to the content of this book. It is an outstanding contribution to education." (Lawrence L. Smith, PhD, Professor of Elementary Education 2012-07-23)

"I would definitely use this book with Masters-level and doctoral students in teacher education to provoke them to think about teaching and learning in more critical and innovative ways. Reading Prensky’s book would be a catalyst for giving partnering, coaching, guiding, questioning, and facilitating versus telling more time in their classrooms. I hear many teachers say they want to be coaches and guides in their classrooms, but they don’t know how to do this. In this book, Prensky lays out ways they can accomplish this goal."
Prensky’s book has the potential to impact both policy and practice in education, and it definitely provides a vision for the future regarding what 21st century teaching and learning should be like. Prensky offers a highly innovative, forward thinking, critical, and potentially transformative way of thinking about the connections between teaching and learning for 21st century students, our digital natives."
(Dr. Barbara B. Levin, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education 2012-07-23)

"I am using your book Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning with my class (Technology and Instruction) because it is, in my opinion, the first book that has it all! To that end, we are blogging together on each of the chapters. All the best and keep writing great things... you are an inspiration!" (Whittney Smith, Ed.D. Adjunct Professor of Technology and Learning, High School Principal 2012-07-23)

"I am using your book in the graduate course I am teaching. I am a middle school Assistant Principal on Long Island and completely embrace your theory on teaching as partnering. I know we are in an educational crisis, our kids are BORED, especially at the secondary level. The concept of Guided Questions reminds me of the training I had many years ago in Junior Great Books when I taught six grade to English language learners (guided inquiry questions). It's a strategy I completely embraced. I am hopeful to be part of the paradigm shift we so desperately need in our schools, which is why I am using your book." (Susan Wright, Graduate Couse Instructor, Elementary School Assistant Principal 2012-07-23)

"After reading Marc Prensky's books and watching my son learn more from playing his video game than the 3 books I have made him read this summer, I have decided to try my very hardest to make my classroom a 21st Century classroom and partner with my students in their education. I have a passion for teaching in particular math and science, and hope I can use my passion to uncover my student's passions and interests. I want to thank Marc Prensky for writing his books and giving me the inspiration to be a better teacher." (Emily, Teacher 2012-08-10)

About the Author

Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, futurist, visionary, and inventor in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books and over 60 articles on education and learning, including multiple articles in Educational Leadership, Educause, Edutopia, and Educational Technology.

Marc’s presentations around the world challenge and inspire audiences by opening up their minds to new ideas and approaches to education. One of his critically important perspectives is to look at education through the eyes of the students―during his talks, he interviews hundreds of students every year.

Marc’s professional focus has been on reinventing the learning process, combining the motivation of student passion, technology, games, and other highly engaging activities with the driest content of formal education. He is the founder of two companies: Games2train, an e-learning company whose clients include IBM, Bank of America, Microsoft, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Florida’s and Los Angeles’s Virtual Schools; and Spree Learning, an online educational games company.

Marc is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between games and learning, and was called by Strategy+Business magazine “that rare visionary who implements.” He has designed and built over 50 software games in his career, including worldwide,multiuser games and simulations that run on all platforms, from the Internet to cell phones. MoneyU (www.moneyu.com), his latest project, is an innovative, engaging, and effective game for teaching financial literacy to high school and college students. Marc is also the creator of www.spreelearninggames.com and www.socialimpactgames.com.His products and ideas are innovative, provocative, and challenging, and they clearly show the way of the future.

The NewYork Times,The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek,TIME, Fortune, and The Economist have all recognized Marc’s work. He has appeared on FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS’s Computer Currents, the Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporations, and the BBC. Marc also writes a column for Educational Technology. He was named as one of training’s top “New Breed of Visionaries” by Training magazine and was cited as a “guiding star of the new parenting movement” by Parental Intelligence Newsletter.

Marc’s background includes master’s degrees from Yale, Middlebury, and Harvard Business School (with distinction). He has taught at all levels, from elementary to college. He is a concert musician and has acted on Broadway. He spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group and worked in human resources and technology on Wall Street.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412975417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412975414
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Set against a background of pervasive access to information, the proliferation of digital tools and media, and unprecedented uncertainty about what the future might hold, opinions, judgements and recommendations abound concerning the status and prospects for schools, teachers, learners and technology. In Teaching digital natives: Partnering for real learning, Marc Prensky--the self-styled futurist--adds what he claims to be a new and necessary approach to addressing the needs of 21st century learners: pedagogical partnering.

As defined by Prensky (p. 13), partnering lets students and teachers focus on those aspects of learning they can do best. This involves giving students central responsibility for: finding and following their passion, using whatever technology is available, researching and finding information, answering questions and sharing their thoughts and opinions, practicing--when properly motivated, and creating presentations in text and multimedia. For their part, teachers should: create and ask the right questions, give guidance, put material in context, explain one-on-one, create rigour and ensure quality. Fundamentally, partnering requires, either as initial or subsequent steps, the establishment of new relationships between teachers and students.

Prensky's central contention relating to partnering pedagogy, based on his key underlying assumption that students in classrooms are not what they used to be and are dissatisfied with an education that doesn't speak immediately to their world views (p. xv), is best represented in the original and in full:

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Motivation, respect (for teachers and students), links to personal interests and passions, plenty of opportunities for creativity: these are among the most lacking and sorely needed elements in too many of today's classrooms, and Marc Prensky brings them to the forefront. As a learning scientist and a mom, I've spent twenty years thinking about the promises and pitfalls of technology for learning, and this is one of the most hopeful books I've read about how technology might be the answer to shedding the factory model of education along with boring, shallow, depersonalized curricula. It can't happen without a radical shift in the perceived roles of teachers and the views of what it means to be a student -- but surely this shift as Prensky describes it is more within reach today than ever before, now that students can find so much information for themselves. Prensky has a remarkable ability to fuse decades of educational research into the kind of plain language we need for change to happen. No jargon, plenty of practical tips for getting started: this is now top on my list to recommend to teachers, principals, and parents.
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If you are a parent, educator or frontline teacher, Marc Prensky's book Teaching Digital Natives is an extraordinary resource.

Within the book's well-laid-out pages, Prensky takes us from theory to practice, and along the way gives very clear instructions and actionable guidelines for bridging the digital divide that exists in today's schools.

The clear and concise treatment of topics such as "What do today's students want?"; "What is working?"; "How to be a learning partner rather than just a transmitter of information?"; and "Using technology in partnering," among others, will give you a quick and easy way to take this powerful information right into the classroom and put it to use.

It also provides a framework for parents to follow, so they can become better partners with their children's educators. Prensky provides ways for educators to avoid becoming stale and to continuously improve their abilities.

And lastly, the section entitled "The (Not Too Distant) Future of Education" gives a glimpse into the immediate future of education and hints on how to prepare for it.

If you are a frustrated teacher or educator seeking new and effective ways to open young minds in today's complex educational world, this book will provide you with many important and instantly actionable answers.
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I purchased this book as a resource for my classroom after referring to it over and over and over in a research paper for my grad class. Prensky knows what makes "Digital Natives" tick and offers insightful solutions to the digital divide that is causing havoc in our educational institutions. This book outlines one of his solutions, called "Partnering," which is an evolution on the student-centered learning method. In this sense, Prensky urges educators to collaborate and share expertise with students; educators share knowledge of curriculum content, while the students share and utilize their digital expertise. Very interesting and useful.
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We've known for years that education isn't keeping up with the times. As the world moves forward, we still teach the same way we were taught decades ago. But this is the age of YouTube, iPhones, and video games. We can't ban technology... we must embrace it. Mr. Prensky's book shows, with plenty of practical examples, how to partner with the students to harness the power of new, ever changing digital technology. Practical and profound, this little book can change the way you teach forever.
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