Founder and Executive Director, The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute
Tuesday 2 October 2018
Tuesday 2 October 2018
Wednesday 3 October 2018
Workshop: Powerfully Intergrating Technology
Although everyone knows today’s technology is powerful, far too many, limited by past experience, see it only as a new and faster way to do things we could do before. This narrow vision is only the “trivial” side of technology use, argues Prensky — there is a much more powerful set of new technology uses empowering all of us — even elementary school students — to do things that humans could never do before. Prensky guides us through this new world, including real-time visual communication with almost anyone in the world, meeting in virtual worlds, powerful simulations, robotics, analyzing huge data bases, and shows how everyone — from students to business people — can use and benefit from these powerful technology tools — more and more of which we have in our pockets — to improve our school, work and personal lives. In this amusing, powerful and future-oriented talk, Prensky shows how we can avoid “Digital Stupidity” and become digitally wiser, more powerful people, who can use our powerful technology to improve the world.
Public Lecture: Civilsation Level Change In Education
Given how quickly the world is moving to something new, it is now time, Prensky argues, for a civilization-level change in education. We need to merge 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, as we move toward a NEW END of bettering not just individuals, but their world (and the individuals in the process). Prensky will describe this emerging new paradigm, showing both why it's important for tomorrow's kids and world, and how to get there.
Ketnote: Expanding Minds for the Third Millennium
Most see today’s digital technology as a useful — but optional — tool in their lives. Prensky argues the opposite — that technology is now required, and that turning it off makes us lesser human beings The reason, he says, is that technology is now an extension of our minds. Although we are long accustomed to having our bodies extended by technology, (think clothing and transportation) it is now the brain’s turn, and this new territory is unfamiliar to everyone. Prensky helps audiences understand how and why the same technology that is scaring many in the older, pre-Internet generations to death is also greatly empowering and exciting today’s youth. In this counterintuitive and mind-expanding talk, Prensky illustrates how technology is extending our minds in both a physical an metaphorical sense, and how our expanded minds are changing society in more profound ways than many realize.
Marc Prensky Bio
Marc Prensky is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker, author, and “practical visionary” in the field of education. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute.
Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. Marc’s latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Columbia TC Press, 2016), won the FOREWORD INDIES 2016 Book of the Year Award Gold Prize for Education.
Marc’s background includes teaching at all levels — elementary through college, six years at the Boston Consulting Group, and ten years as founder and CEO of a software game development company. He has been a professional musician and has acted on Broadway. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Middlebury College, Yale University and the Harvard Business School.
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