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Teaching Digital Natives

Teaching Digital Natives
Partnering for Real Learning

Foreword by Stephen Heppell

January 2013 | 224 pages | Corwin
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

Teaching Digital Natives is a must-read book for those of us who use technology, those who need more details about why we must use technology in our teaching, and for all teachers of teachers to use as a crucial text in their classes.”

Ted Nellen, Teacher
Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, New York, NY

“Marc Prensky assimilates teaching, learning, and technology into a brilliant how-to for 21st-century teachers and students. This book will set the educational preparation world on its heels with a compelling argument for positive change.”

Lawrence L. Smith, Professor of Elementary Education
Ball State University

“This book is a must-read for any educator who wants to successfully work with the digital generation.”

Ian Jukes, Author of Teaching the Digital Generation

“A truly great and inspiring book. Teaching Digital Natives is required reading for educators who want to reach out and engage students in their classrooms.”

Randon Ruggles, Teacher
FAIR School, Minneapolis, MN

“Marc Prensky’s introduction of the partnering concept for teaching and learning is brilliant in its simplicity. The real power of Teaching Digital Natives is that the author has carefully defined and redefined the roles of teachers, learners, and parents with concrete examples and practical hints. I found myself anticipating each ‘practical tips’ box with excitement. 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

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... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412975414