Marc Prensky
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Marc Prensky

"We all want our kids to be educated. What's changing is what an education is, and what 'being educated' means."

Education Leader, Author, Founder, The Global Future Education and Foundation Institute

Marc Prensky offers us a lucid, inspiring, optimistic, doable and crucial blueprint for how we can build the future with the schools children desperately need in our modern, high-risk, highly complex, fast-changing and imperiled world.

James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton presidential professor of literary studies, Arizona State University

Expertise In:

  • Children's Issues
  • Education
  • U.S. Education
  • Happiness and Mindfulness
  • STEM

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Lecture Series
  • The Technology Industry

A visionary whose themes focus on the phrase "think beyond" as he offers pathways to actionable steps that can be taken immediately.

Marc Prensky shares an “Empowered-to-Accomplish” approach that directly improves our students’ world and bolsters individuals through a process of doing real-world projects. He outlines a a clear and better alternative to our current approach to academic education, and compellingly explains why we should adjust education to prepare students for where the world will be in 10-20 years.

Prensky has taught at all levels, from elementary to college and has been acclaimed as a true “thought leader” -– a forward-thinking innovator with ideas for educating kids that are typically years ahead of the rest of the world. His latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids, won the Forward Indies Book of the Year Award 2016 Gold Prize for Education.

Why Book Marc Prensky for Your Event
Having helped popularize the term "digital native," Marc Prensky often sees the world in ways others do not — or do not yet. He views education from new perspectives, most particularly from the point of view of students. He offers provocative advice for companies seeking to create new educational technology and individuals and educators eager to widen the way we all must continue to learn.

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Marc Prensky's Speech Topics

SEEING BEYOND THE “LAST PRE-INTERNET GENERATION” TO THE CONNECTED GENERATIONS OF THE FUTURE 

We have gone beyond the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” that Prensky coined two decades ago to massive generational change in attitudes and beliefs. Attitudes and beliefs are changing radically between the generations with regard to education technology, privacy, property, personal relationships, security, sexuality, power, kids, violence, god, justice, money, love, government, and even time and space. Today we are in the midst of a major transition from the beliefs and attitudes of the world’s “Last Pre-Internet Generation,” raised entirely in the 20th century, and the “First Internet Generation,” raised entirely in the 21st. The consequences are profound.

Takeaways:

·    How beliefs differ between the generations.

·       What this specifically means for adults and for kids.

·       What are the best actions for us to take?

SEEING BEYOND “JOBS” TO THE PROJECTS OF THE FUTURE - Changing work in a tech-filled, AI world

As the world quickly moves into a tech-filled, AI future, the nature of work is changing dramatically. We will need to see work not as “jobs” that people get and hold as they do today, but as projects that people help accomplish. “We don’t do job descriptions anymore, we do project descriptions,” says an HR executive at IBM. Now more and more firms and—entire fields—are moving to this project—rather than job—organization. This means one now requires a specialty that can enhance many teams, and to be continually increasing one’s skill at that specialty, so one can move fluidly between projects at different organizations rather than climbing a hierarchical ladder of job promotions in any single one.  Everyone who now works in—or is considering— a so-called “permanent” job needs to understand this, and prepare for this new version of “work.”

Takeaways:

·    Why and how work will be changing (and is already).

·       What the future model of work means for your kids and for you.

CHANGING BELIEFS - Why the BELIEFS DIVIDE is more important than the DIGITAL DIVIDE

Beliefs about the world are changing, and it is about to have a huge impact. Our beliefs, embedded—often unconsciously—deep within our minds, determine all our actions. On a huge number of important topics, kids today often have very different beliefs than their Pre-Internet teachers and parents. Areas range from education, to technology, to privacy, property, personal relationships, sexuality, race, security, power, kids, work and jobs, empathy, violence, religion, justice and injustice, money love, government, and even time and space. It is now time, says Prensky, for all of us to re-examine and see beyond our own 20th c. beliefs—such as viewing kids as powerless and incapable of real-world accomplishment—because such beliefs hold our kids back on their journey to the world of the future. Marc shows both why this is key and how to do it.

Takeaways:

What are 20th c. vs. 21st c. beliefs?

Why this understanding is key to teaching and raising young people.

Works by Marc Prensky