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Teaching Digital Natives

Partnering for Real Learning
By: Marc R. Prensky

Foreword by Stephen Heppell

Prensky presents a model for 21st-century teaching and learning, in which students become learners and creators of knowledge through technology while teachers guide and assess student learning.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12|Elementary|Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412975414
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: March 29, 2010

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"This book is a must-read for any educator who wants to successfully work with the digital generation, because it is so practical and filled with ideas to engage 21st-century students."
—Ian Jukes, Author of Teaching the Digital Generation

"A truly great and inspiring book. My students are a testament that partnering does work."
—Randon Ruggles, Teacher
FAIR School, Minneapolis, MN

"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

"The good news: teachers don't have to be masters of technology to master the 21st-century classroom. Prensky has developed a map for a new era of teaching and learning that educators will find a breeze to navigate, and well worth the trip!"
—Jonathan Ben-Asher, Principal
Henry and Wrightstown Elementary Schools, Tucson, AZ

A new paradigm for teaching and learning in the 21st century!

Students today are growing up in a digital world. These "digital natives" learn in new and different ways, so educators need new approaches to make learning both real and relevant for today's students.

Marc Prensky, who first coined the terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants," presents an intuitive yet highly innovative and field-tested partnership model that promotes 21st-century student learning through technology. Partnership pedagogy is a framework in which:

  • Digitally literate students specialize in content finding, analysis, and presentation via multiple media
  • Teachers specialize in guiding student learning, providing questions and context, designing instruction, and assessing quality
  • Administrators support, organize, and facilitate the process schoolwide
  • Technology becomes a tool that students use for learning essential skills and "getting things done"

With numerous strategies, how-to's, partnering tips, and examples, Teaching Digital Natives is a visionary yet practical book for preparing students to live and work in today's globalized and digitalized world.

Key features

Features and Benefits:

  • Presents an enduring, researched-based partnership model for learning to ensure ongoing relevancy in the midst of ever-evolving technology tools
  • shows how to implement the partnering pedagogy, including, setting up your classroom differently, leaving the stage, choosing the best type of partnering for you and your students, connecting partnering to the current curriculum, and assessing learning.
  • Shows how to engage students in learning by activating their passions as motivation for learning, by designing lessons based on questions,
  • Shows how to translate academic content into guiding questions that emphasize 21st Century skills such as creating, analyzing, comparing, researching, etc.
  • offers ways to deal with whatever level of technology is, or isn't, available in your school and classroom, discusses when and how teachers should—and shouldn't—be using technology themselves, and emphasizes how maximizing the use of technology by the students will benefit the students most.
  • Provides an annotated listing of over 130 of the technologies available for students to use today as tools for learning.
  • Filled with numerous Partnering Tips, examples, websites, and strategies to help educators make the transition to partnering with their students for learning.
  • Chapter 10 examines the issue of assessment in partnering, including not only summative and formative assessment but also peer assessment, ipsative assessment, self-assessment, and real-world assessment.


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Marc R. Prensky

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.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author

Introduction: Our Changing World: Technology and Global Society

What Today’s Students Want

Partnering and Twenty-first Century Technology

REAL, Not Just Relevant

Motivation Through Passion

Teaching for the Future

The Road to a Pedagogy of Partnering

1. Partnering: a Pedagogy for the New Educational Landscape

Moving Ahead

How Partnering Works

Establishing Roles and Mutual Respect

Getting Motivated to Partner With Your Students

2. Moving to the Partnership Pedagogy

Seeing Your Students Differently

Setting Up Your Classroom to Facilitate Partnering

Choosing Your Partnering “Level”: Basic, Directed, Advanced

Technology and Partnering: Nouns vs. Verbs

Partnering and The Required Curriculum

Taking Your First (or Next) Steps into Partnering

3. Think ”People and Passions” rather than “Classes and Content”

Learn your students’ interests and passions

Living Out the Partnering Roles

More Ideas

4. Always be REAL (not Just Relevant)

A New Perspective

Making Our Subjects REAL

More Ways to Make Things REAL

Always Think “Future”

5. Planning: Content to Questions, Questions to Skills

Using Guiding Questions

Focus on the appropriate verbs

6. Using Technology in Partnering

Technology is the Enabler

Technology and Equity: To Each His or Her Own

Let the Students Use All Technology

Using the Appropriate Nouns (Tools) for the Guiding Questions and Verbs

7. Understanding the “Nouns,” or Tools

8. Let Your Students Create

A real, World Audience

Aim High / Raise the bar

9. Continuous Improvement Through Practice and Sharing

Improving Through Iteration

Improving Through Practice

Improving Through Sharing

More Ways to Help Yourself Improve

10. Assessment in the Partnership Pedagogy

Useful Assessment: Beyond Summative and Formative

Assessing Students’ Progress

Assessing Teachers’ Progress

Assessing Administrators’ Progress

Assessing Parents’ Progress

Assessing Schools’ Progress

Assessing Our Nation’s Progress, and the World’s

Conclusion: The (Not Too Distant) Future of Education

What Should A New Curriculum Be?: Essential Twenty-first Century Skills

Using the Partnership Pedagogy With New Curricula

Creating Schools With Partnering In Mind

Toward a Twenty-first Century Education for All




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