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The Marc Prensky Lecture: Teaching digital natives

Marc Prensky

The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) welcomes Marc Prensky to Bournemouth University in September.

Internationally acclaimed speaker, writer and learning-guru, Marc Prensky, will give a guest lecture at Bournemouth University on Monday 13 September.

Marc is known for delivering eye-opening messages about the effects digital technology will have on how people learn in the future.

The lecture, ‘Teaching Digital Natives’, takes the same title as Marc’s most recently published book and should prove insightful to anyone working in education.

Director of CEMP, Jonathan Wardle comments: “Marc’s work is often controversial but always compelling. He is a fantastic speaker and his work reminds us that the disconnect between what students want and what they're receiving is significant and that we must work harder to close the gap.”

The lecture will bring together three topics of educational discussion. Firstly, how the influence of technology has changed students. Secondly, that the traditional pedagogy or tell and test method of learning is becoming less effective. And thirdly, that digital technology can make a difference to this learning environment.

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited.


Marc is internationally renowned for his work on education and learning, but is perhaps best known for the terms ‘digital native’ and ‘digital immigrant’ that he coined some ten years ago; the terms describe those who grow up used to technology (natives) as opposed to those who do not (immigrants).

Marc’s titles include ‘Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning’, ‘Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and ‘Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning’ (Paragon House 2006). He is the founder and CEO of Games2train, whose clients include IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer, the US Department of Defense, and the Florida Virtual Schools. He has been featured in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC, and was named as one of training’s top 10 “visionaries” by Training magazine. He holds graduate degrees from Yale (Teaching) and Harvard (MBA).

Where: Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne Campus BH8 8EB
When: Monday, 13 September 2010, 16:30-17:30 (coffee from 16:00, drinks and discussion after the lecture)
To register: Book online.

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