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Teaching Digital Natives

Teaching Digital Natives
Partnering for Real Learning

Foreword by Stephen Heppell

© 2010 | 224 pages | Corwin

"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.

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  

“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
North Platte Public School District, NE

"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
Arizona State University, AZ

“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
Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools, IA

“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
Henry and Wrightstown Elementary Schools, Tucson, AZ

“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
The Innovative Educator Blog
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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