Mike and I had the opportunity to see Marc Prensky present to an audience of educators – 90% digital immigrants – in Adelaide last week. He raised a number of points I found provocative and relevant specifically to our shvl programs, if not more broadly to exhibitions and exhibition development. He structured his presentation into 4 main themes:
1. dealing with change
2. producing engagement
3. mutual respect
4. sharing success
Some points which resonated with me include:
- one important difference between analogue and digital is that with digital you can program it – make it do what you want.
- netday.org – a website capturing and sharing opinions of students (and teachers) – interviewing over 150000 students in one day!
- learning can no longer be push, only pull
- engaement is more important than technology
- empathy for students is more important than content
- fun is the act of mastering a problem mentally – Rafe Kotter
- learn. have fun. do good for others. the new triple bottom line eg The ESP game.
The presentation he gave is not yet up in the EdNA website but here’s a previous ppt with some of the same slides we saw which will give you his main argument.
Unoffical audio recording is here (PHM internal use only).