Author: Marc Prensky
Rating: 4 out of 5
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher when I got a grant from them. Wasn't that nice of them to include a book with my cash award?!
Summary (from the back of the book): 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. The book has how-tos, partnering tips and examples
Review: I was a bit weary when I saw that I received a free book with my library grant, but I am glad I read this book. I love teaching and I love working with technology (that's why my current job is such a good fit). If I was still working in a classroom I would be all over the teaching ideas in this book. As it is, I am in the library where I often try to get classroom teachers to collaborate with me on lessons. What usually happens is I go in to talk to their students about doing research or choosing books to read. A few teachers have worked with me to integrate technology into their lessons and for that I am grateful.
When I first started reading this book I approached one colleague to ask if we could work together to create a lesson using the ideas in this book. She said yes! Here's some of the book's main ideas:
- Use partnering. It's the idea of talk less, share more, and let the students do the investigating, learning, and teaching
- Use passions. Get the students to figure out the best methods for them to learn the information. Obviously this doesn't always work, but if students feel ownership they're more likely to enjoy the learning and learn more
- Use questions. Instead of telling students information or what to research or asking questions with "right" answers, ask open-ended, over-arching questions (for example, in my collaborative lesson students are researching a decade in US history. Our question is: How did culture and politics affect one another in the decade you've researched?)
- Use technology. Instead of just writing a research paper students will have a choice of how to present the information to the class: video, blog, wiki, facebook page, twitter account, and more
What do you think? How do you like best to convey information you've learned?