Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marc Prensky

"If those people don’t know how to make the machines of their time work for them—i.e. to program (at whatever level is appropriate for them)—they will, as author Doug Rushkoff says, “be programmed.” "

"Once a student has a passion to know or do something—anything—the chances are excellent that he or she will do much, on their own, to follow it."

"Many of our kids have already started learning to program on their own, building playlists, social site connections, and, increasingly, apps"

"Working in virtual communities, Making videos, and Programming computers."

"We are now in an age where each person will succeed—no matter where they start—not by conforming, but rather though fine-tuning of their own individual lens on the world."

"In this new environment, the greatest long-term assistance a teacher can provide to students is to help each of them find their passion, recognize it, feel supported for it, and feel worthwhile because of it."

"there are ways to teach anything and everything our kids need to learn through the lens of their individual and personal interests."

"The good news for all of us is that because of the need for passion—that crucial educational element that technology can’t provide—to get anything accomplished, people are here to stay in education, despite our fantastic technological advances."

Given above are all of the quotes from Marc Prensky that I found worthwhile (not to say the rest of the assigned articles were garbage).

Prensky really provides an interesting idea of what ought to be taught and how it ought to be taught. The idea that instructors should focus their instruction around "Working in virtual communities, Making videos, and Programming computers" as opposed to the old 'writing writing and writing' is something I see as worthwhile.

He states that many students are already doing a lot of this, making the transition easier (true), and that they will only continue to do more of this in the future (even truer).

In asking my middle school students how many of them had Facebook accounts it was relatively unanimously yes, astounding I thought. However, in order to reach these kids I think I truly need to accept that although they are no more than 10-12 years younger than I they have acquired a vastly different skill set (and need for a skill set) than I had at that age. Thus, one may assume that they MUST be taught differently.

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