Internationally Acclaimed Thought Leader and "Practical Visionary"; Founder, The Global Future Education and Foundation Institute; and Author
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant and designer in the field of education.
Considered one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between education and technology, Prensky’s professional focus is on designing better pedagogy and curriculum for the digital generation, and on helping people understand how to thrive in the digital age.
Prensky’s ideas are both practical and visionary. Strategy+Business magazine calls him “that rare visionary who implements.” He has spoken in over 35 countries, and presents regularly throughout the globe.
Prensky recently founded THE INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION, a not-for-profit organization devoted to advancing the powerful ideas of a new world curriculum, future-oriented education, and accomplishment-based education in primary and secondary education worldwide.
Prensky strives to understand the perspective of today’s students, offering solutions both for how to teach and motivate them, as well as for how to motivate and reinvigorate teachers. Through his writings and talks, he helps educators learn to adapt their offerings in ways that are far more effective for today and tomorrow, including both new curriculum and a new form of “partnering” between teachers and students. Prensky focuses on how to best put human minds and digital tools together wisely—in school and in life. In his talks to business groups, Prensky shows audiences how to work with young people successfully in the turbulent 21st Century.
Prensky is the author of several books: Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (2016), From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom (Corwin, 2012), Teaching Digital Natives (Corwin, 2010), Don’t Bother Me, Mom, I’m Learning (Paragon House, 2006), Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw Hill, 2001) and Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom (Palgrave MacMillan 2012). He is also the author of the 2001 article “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”. Prensky’s books and articles have been translated into over 10 languages.
As a part of his talks around the globe, Prensky initiates and conducts unique educator-student (and manager-worker) dialogs about the teaching, training and learning processes—it is often the first time the groups have ever spoken to each other about these important subjects.
Prensky is a strong proponent of “passion-based learning”—i.e. teachers’ knowing and using students’ individual passions as motivators—and of students’ participation in the design of their own education. He helps educators teach future-oriented skills—including problem-solving, partnering, collaborating in online communities, video-making and programming—as an integrated part of all curricula.
Prensky’s innovative combination of pedagogy and technology is becoming increasingly accepted and used worldwide as the wave of the future.
Prensky has also been a pioneer and leader in the field of “game-based learning.” Prensky is the co-founder and creative director of Spree Learning Games, a new “curricular games” company. Previously, he founded and ran Games2train, a corporate game-based-learning company whose clients included IBM, Bank of America, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Defense and the L.A. and Florida Virtual Schools.
Prensky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard, a Master of Arts degree from Middlebury, and a master’s degree in Teaching from Yale. Prensky ran, in the 1970's a “street academy” in East Harlem, NY, and he has taught at all levels from elementary to college. Prensky has also performed on Broadway and at Lincoln Center, worked on Wall Street, and spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group.
Prensky is a native New Yorker, where he lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife, a Japanese writer, and their son Sky.