These are my notes from Marc Prensky’s NCCE 2008 opening keynote. My thoughts and comments are in ALL CAPS. I heard Marc share this presentation in 2006 at TCEA, and my notes from that preso remain online / available. NCCE is recording a video of Marc’s presentation which they will be posting later as a web video / downloadable podcast. Marc’s website is www.marcprensky.com.
Marc was a concert musician earlier in life!
response to NCCE 2008 program that had recipient’s first name spelled out with coffee beans
slide of Marc’s educational credentials
– the best thing I get to do now is interview kids all over the world now
what I do, is think about education from the point of view of the student
– I make R&D projects
– my latest book: “Don’t Bother Me Mom, I’m Learning”
– no one wanted to publish that book originally
– now it has been translated into 7 foreign languages
I was in Rome recently for the launch of the Italian version of my book
this morning I want to talk about “engage me or enrage me”
– how do we deal with today’s learners differently than we might have in the past
My biggest concern as an educator is:
– answer this question on a piece of paper NOW, and I will collect them
– write down 1 or 2 words
MY RESPONSE: THE LACK OF APPROPRIATE EDUCATIONAL VISION
I think it should be: “keeping up with change”
– kids have passion about the future
– 30 years from now, not that far
– our kids will either cry or laugh at the education we gave them in 2008
how many of you have sent an email in the past 24 hours
– “email is for old people” – a student
– that was a headline in The Chronicle of Higher Education
– elaborate email infrastructure put in by colleges
Did you have a good vacation
– image of parent dragging kid into the car, clutching his desktop computer
we need to understand the speed and magnitude of change that is here and the change that is coming, which is much greater
in 30 yars if technology ocntinues to double in power every year, our technology will be 1 billion times more powerful than todya
SO THIS IS THE SOURCE FOR THAT STATEMENT IN THE RECENT EDUTOPIA ARTICLE WHICH MARC WROTE!
what does that mean
1960s mainframe x 1B = today’s cell phone x 1 B = ???
we can do on today’s cell phone what people did with room-sized computers in the 1960s
– these are 1 billion time increases
today we are already working at the ATOMIC level
– every movie ever made, book ever written, will be placeable on a pinhead
my favorite quote in the world: “charles handy: walking backward into the future helps us keep looking at familiar things…”
– this leads to us getting creamed by the truck
2 things going on simultaneously
– most of us have not experienced much rapid change in the bulk of our lives
– we went to the moon, but we drive the same cars to go to the same jobs, etc…
the discontinuity is digital technology
– from now on, things are changing exponentially
– that is not just SO FAR OFF in the future
– our lives get different every day now
– you have probably changed the way you do banking, phoning, traveling, reading, buying and selling, obtaining info
THIS IS A GREAT POINT, THESE ARE CURRENT CHANGES, NOT JUST FUTURE CHANGES
for young people, ramp up these changes 10 fold
kids are approaching their lives differently
Net Day “Speak-Up Day” summary
– they interview kids every year about technology preferences
– the emerging online life of the digital native
young people are figuring out new ways to do these things: communicating, sharing, buying and selling, exchanging, learning, meeting, gaming, coordinating, evaluating, collecting, creating, evolving, searching, analyzing, reporting, programming, socializing, growing up
5 to 10 years we are not going to have cash or credit cars: we will wave our cell phones in front of devices
the single largest differentiator is the social network
– Jack Mckenzie
we can be a big part of the solution to the digital divide
within the next 5 years, the WiMax people of the year have a new thing that educators will be able to build their own towers, manage their own
inkwell program building their own computers for education
– ruggedized computers for education
software coming out now that will be really good, and adapt to each student
– when these things appear, the changeover is instantaneous almost
remember when we used to not use keyword searching for the web
– speed of change is happening in our lives
Kids were born to the idea of rapid change
– the change that empowers the students is often threatening to educators and adults in general (those who came before these changes)
are you threatened by unfiltered student access to the internet?
– unfiltered access to test answers?
– to grade books? (that is hackable!)
– to your personal records (personnel records)
secrecy is one of the things that is going away with this new technology
– the very nature of education is changing
the font of knowledge is the internet, not the teacher (quotation from a principal in Australia)
now the future is really uncertain
– now we are going to have to invent new tools
remember when we couldn’t collect political contributions on the Internet?
– when we couldn’t auction things on the Internet? (now that is one of the biggest businesses in the world)
how many of you see your role in eduation helping students with skills for an unknown future
our kids are not “little us’s” anymore
– video of lots of small kids in a house talking on the cell phone
almost every student already has a powerful computer
– we are far along with 1:1, because a great percentage of your students has a powerful computer in their pocket: a cell phone
cell phones are
– powerful computers
what is missing here is often our imagination
question for you: (ethical)
– suppose in the middle of the day, you got a call from your own son or daughter asking you a strange question: what is the capital of Sri Lanka?
– you know the answer, but suspect that your son or daughter is in the middle of a test
that is an interesting question because we are right in the middle
– we should want to help our kids to use their tools
we need to evaluate these rules and change them appropriately
i believe in open phone tests
– and we laugh….
– but we are going to take an open phone test NOW
1. Who is Craig Venter and why is he important?
2. What has he been collecting from around the world and why?
3. If you know the answers to 1 and 2, find out something about him that you didn’t know
the teachers who give open phone tests can ask harder questions
– high school senior said after a presentation: most of our tests are already open phone tests, you guys just don’t know it….
let’s get with the program folks!
– we don’t have to ban this stuff
– we can use it appropriately
– you are going to see all sorts of tools
think about how you can integrate cell phones into your teaching
kids ask: how can we adapt?
What do kids like?
I keynoted a conference recently titled “Educating Global Citizens”
– you can take this 2 ways, either we need to MAKE our kids global citizens or our kids are ALREADY global citizens
– used to be those sitting at your table
– now your community is the world
how many of you see your job as connecting kids to the world?
some people are asking: When will this change END?
– it won’t
“You look at technology as a tool. We look at technology as a foundation – it’s totally integrated into what we do.” – a student
digital technology is considered a BIRTHRIGHT by kids at the start of the 21st century
– here’s a photo of my own kid, Sky, taken in 2005
– he’s surrounded by robots, books that read to him, his own music synthesizer
– everything he picks up is a digital device, and he tries to make phone calls with it
why are so many kids tuning out of today’s school
– simple answer: we are boring them to death
– kids say they have to POWER DOWN
we have to turn around and face this future
– let kids use their tools to learn
metaphor for today’s education
– kids used to grow up in the dark intellectually, until they went to school
– at school we started opening up the door, showing them the light, helping them learn about the world
– so in the past we were the people who showed kids the light
what happens today?
– kids grow up in the light:they are connected with their cell phones, computers, etc
– when they come to school, we make kids turn off all their connections to the LIGHT and essentially make them work again in the darkness
this is disturbing
– can we turn on the lights, please, for these kids?
“I’m bored all day because the teachers
“it’s not attention deficient, I’m just not listening”
road signs to prescription drugs
the idea that we can give kids a set of meaningful information that will last IS OVER
– the info changes too quickly
– so we need to teach skills that will be useful throughout life
1- knowing the right thing to do: (behaving ethically, critial thinking, decision making, problem solving, etc…)
2- getting it done: goal setting, planning, etc.
3- doing it with others: communicating and collaborating, with individuals and groups, with machines (programming), and with a world audience
I AGREE WITH ALL THESE POINTS. CREATING AND COLLABORATING ARE THE KEYS
4. doing it creatively
5. doing it better and better
Who has read “the 7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey
– your homework assignment: READ THIS!
– this has been on the best seller list for 10 years
– so we KNOW these habits
– for us to know these and NOT be teaching
“our kids should sue us for the education we give them” -Angus King
how do we do this in the era of “no child left alive”
– we have to find a way
– we have to just things out of the curriculum
– my approach: “curriculum deletion”
hopefully we can get up in arms with the next set of leaders in Washington
– lets make every politician take the SATs with no prep, and then reveal their scores
– it is mostly stuff we will forget and won’t need
Why else are our schools so bored in school?
– were not teaching them in the right way
– there is a new paradigm for learning
We’re in California, right
– no, we are in Washington
– I always fear I will be in Kansas
– we’re not in Kansas anymore
HEY I TAKE OFFENSE TO THIS! (IN A GOOD HEARTED BUT YET SERIOUS WAY.) THERE ARE GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN KANSAS AND KANSAS SCHOOLS! CLEARLY MARC NEEDS TO GET OUT MORE AND VISIT SOME OF THE INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS WE HAVE IN KANSAS NOW!!!!! KANSAS HAS AROUND 30 DISTRICTS DOING 1:1 LEARNING PROJECTS NOW.
the new paradigm is kids teaching themselves, not all on their own but with the teacher’s guidance
– you don’t even need technology for that, but technology helps
for the first time, our schools have serious competition
many are bypassing the schools, and going to after school projects
– MacArthur Program looking at after school programs
question is: can we compete, can we turn on the lights?
– or is it only the DARK SIDE of schools keeping us alive?
– kids go to school to be safe while parents can work
– we don’t talk about that, but this is true
consider this: will a teacher REALLY be fired if student test scores don’t go up?
– probably not
– but if a teacher tells kids they can do whatever they want and roam
otherwise, school is PRISON
what if we don’t work on this…
– funny graphics of misspelled words, an algebra problem saying “find x”
want to see what school is really about? go to YouTube
what is the role of technology?
– some think technology is the answer to getting engagement
technology isn’t the answer
– we are going to have to change how we are teaching before we introduce the technology
lots of digital immigrants teach by
– delivering content
the new paradigm demands technology
– until the teachers move to a new paradigm, the technology can get in the way
May 8, 2008 article: Seeing no progress for laptops, NYT article
1st: change how teachers teach
2nd: let the kids use the technology
– then let the student do what they do well: use technology, find content, create
– let teachers assess
it is important that teachers don’t waste their time learning to use these new tools
– they don’t need to create with technology, because the kids can do it
I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THIS. I AGREE THAT TEACHERS DON’T HAVE TO KNOW ALL THE POINT AND CLICK PROCEDURES FOR EVERY PROGRAM, BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY PIVOTAL THAT TEACHERS LEARN TO CREATE AND USE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS, FIRST FOR PERSONAL REASONS. WHY? BECAUSE WITHOUT THIS PERSONAL LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE, TEACHER WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THEIR HEADS AROUND THE POTENTIAL USES OF THESE TECHNOLOGIES AND BE ABLE TO FACILITATE LEARNING IN THE WAYS THEY NEED TO.
teachers need to know what the tools are about
how teachers should use new tools: assign, evaluate, teach
– design a wikipedia article for
why does digital tech change so much from the past?
– because it is programmable
THE WORD HERE IS PROTEAN, IT IS VERSATILE IN TERMS OF FUNCTION
picture of a flashing alarm clock, “i can program that”
HE IS MISTAKENLY SAYING PROGRAMMING IS SETTING AN ALARM CLOCK. THAT IS WORKING WITH TECHNOLOGY, BUT NOT PROGRAMMING. I THINK THE DEFINITION MARC IS USING HERE FOR PROGRAMMING IS OVERLY BROAD.
when it comes to digital technology, we are hugely underestimate what our students can do
– who has seen Mabry Online’s videos?
Showing “Nothing But Nets” movie from Mabry Online
– help us change the world. help us save a life
SEEING THIS AGAIN MAKES ME RETHINK MY CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CAREER TRACK. I SEE MOVIES LIKE THIS, AND I WANT TO GO BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM AND FOCUS ON HELPING STUDENTS DO THIS. NOT TALKING ABOUT IT. DOING IT. NOT ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO DO IT. DOING IT. NOT SAYING “WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE….” DOING IT.
I THINK DR. TIM TYSON SHOULD BE OUR NEXT SECRETARY OF EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES. (REMEMBER EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS HERE ARE MY – WES FRYER’S – IDEAS, NOT THINGS MARC IS SHARING DURING THIS PRESO.)
MARK REFERENCES WHAT TIM TYSON HAS SAID ABOUT THESE MOVIES, BUT NEVER SAID TIM’S NAME. HE NEEDS TO ATTRIBUTE HIS SOURCE AND TELL PEOPLE TIM’S NAME!!!!!
We need to do it WITH students, not TO them
– we need class meetings, talk about the technologies the students think are useful, as opposed to what we think is useful
why don’t we do better?
– because we don’t ask
– are we afraid of our own kids? to ask them what is good for them? to ask for their opinions?
– not to let them run the whole ship, but to ask them: “Am I boring you?”
– if they say yes, that could be a great answer, if our next question is, “What could I do that wouldn’t bore you.”
The only way we will get to where we need to go is to listen to the kids, and let them help us change what we are doing
2 things kids around the world
– ‘we’re bored”
– “we’re not stupid. don’t treat us like we are.”
5 stages of teachers and the new paradigm (photos behind)
1- Hiding (picture of alligator at the door)
2- Panic (keyboard button: “oh sh**”)
3- Acceptance (laying beside some sort of dead sea animal)
4- Comfort (kid washing a python)
5- Power (zebra driving a motorcycle being chased by a lion)
remember this: your job and the role of technology in my view has 1 single purpose: to empower kids to learn
– so please, if you do one thing, always be teh ADVOCATE for the students (not for the grades, the parents, the tests)
– kids don’t have a good advocate, they need one
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