INAUGURAL CONFERENCE | 5 MAY 2020 | 9:00 – 10:30
FOUNDER, THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND ARISE-NET.WORLD
In a persuasive and refreshing way, Prensky argues positively for today’s kids. Their education , he says, can and should help all our kids become unique, good, effective, world-improving, technology-integrated people. Today’s kids are already busy preparing themselves for their fast-arriving times—and we need to help them in new and positive ways. The only defense against the coming AI and automation, Prensky argues, is for our young people to be able to accomplish and make positive changes to their world; each becoming UNIQUE in the combination of what they care about, what are good at and what they love to do.
We need an education that moves kids repeatedly from “empowerment” to “accomplishment,” to “impact” to “bettering their world,” —within their school years—so that they will be prepared to contribute quickly in the jobs of the future. Prensky shows, with numerous examples, how we can start doing this today, and offer our students ways to apply their unique mix of dreams, concerns, strengths, teamwork skills, and passion to benefit society. The “basics” required for future success, says Prensky, are changing as our world quickly evolves.
To best help our kids we need to get them accomplishing the kinds of continuous, real-world-impact projects that are quickly replacing our traditional long-term jobs. Prensky describes an emerging “accomplishment track” springing up around the world as an alternative to traditional academic education, and shows how any teacher, district or country can offer this new and exciting alternative.
Marc Prensky, coiner of the term “Digital Native,” is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker & author. Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and has been published in over a dozen languages. Through the Global Future Education Foundation (GLOBAL-FUTURE-EDUCATION.ORG) and Real-World-Impact Project Education Network (ARISE-NET.WORLD), and his writings and appearances, Marc strives to empower our planet’s two billion kids to improve their world—via a new, more relevant third-millennium education and upbringing. Widely known as one of the most future-oriented, out-of-the-box thinkers in his field, Marc is likely to change your perspective on kids and education.