|Prensky's thoughts for 21st-century teachers|
|Written by Anne Collier|
|August 10, 2012|
Marc Prensky, who coined the term "digital natives" and a few years ago moved on to write about digital wisdom, called on educators to show the courage to do what "they know is right" and wisely embrace the technology that will increasingly help all of us, including students, solve the world's complex problems. This was in his 10-min. portion of a collective keynote at this summer's International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego. Prensky said that digital wisdom combines the things brains do better with the things machines do better. On the brain side of the equation, where classrooms are concerned, he pointed to empathy as the No. 1 skill teachers bring to the mix, then more four things he thinks they – and I think parents too – can do to help students find their passions (which, he suggested, creates motivation, learning, eventually jobs, and happiness):
* Listen. You can't help anyone find their passion if you don't listen to them, he said. Otherwise, they become what kids call "cellophane kids" – teachers looking through them at curriculum, standardized test scores, etc., their students becoming invisible.
Prensky's new book Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom was released this week. Kirkus Reviews called it "an intriguing, astute counterbalance to the scaremongering that dominates many other books on digital life."