Thinking Collaborative Symposium
January 22 – 24, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Marc Prensky
UNLEASHING THE POWER OF 21st CENTURY KIDS:
Based on Prensky’s newest book, “Education to Better Their World,: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids,” the talk highlights a fresh and emerging approach to education—based on Real, World-improving Projects + Applied Passion + Effective Thinking, Action, Relationships and Accomplishment—that far better fits tomorrow’s needs and the new capabilities of our young people. “What our education should be about,” says Prensky, “is accomplishment that improves our world—with individuals improving in the process.” The talk, filled with examples, is about developing young people’s capacity to create, through “applied passion,” solutions that will make their world a better place, using means never before available. Prensky’s totally different take on K-12 education offers an innovative and achievable vision of K-12 education that will far better prepare students of all backgrounds for their future.
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the field of education. Marc has spoken in over 35 countries and presents regularly throughout the world.
Considered one of the world’s leading experts on the future of education and the connection between education and technology, Marc’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.
Marc’s ideas are both visionary and practical. Marc 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, Marc helps educators learn to adapt their offerings in ways that are far more effective for today and tomorrow, including Real-world Accomplishment-Based Education, a new form of “partnering” between teachers and students, and a new far broader curriculum based on Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships, and Effective Accomplishment. Prensky focuses on how to best put human minds and digital tools together wisely — in school and in life.
Marc is the author of seven books: “PLAN B”: Education to Improve Their World (Teachers College Press, 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), Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and The World Needs a New Curriculum (GFEF, 2014). He is also the author of the 2001 article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Marc’s books and articles have been translated into over 10 languages.
As a part of his talks around the globe, Marc initiates and conducts unique educator-student dialogues 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.
Marc is a strong proponent of “applied passion” — i.e. teachers’ knowing and using students’ individual passions in real-world projects — 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. Marc’s innovative “PLAN B” combination of pedagogy and technology is becoming increasingly accepted and used worldwide as the wave of the future.
2018 Symposium Schedule
|Monday, January 22nd||8:30 - 12:00||Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers Meeting|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:30||Workshops by Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers|
|3:30 - 5:30||Group Session on Diversity: Staying the Narrative—What Will It Take? Delores Lindsey, Carolyn McKanders|
|5:30 - 6:30||Social Hour with Cash Bar|
|6:30 - 8:30||Dinner and Awards|
|Tuesday, January 23rd||8:30 - 9:00||Welcome|
|9:00 - 10:15||Symposium Keynote: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids—Marc Prensky|
|10:15 - 10:35||Break|
|10:35 - 12:00||Mark Prensky and Student Panel with Question/Answer|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:00||Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community|
|2:05 - 3:05||Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community|
|3:05 - 3:15||Break|
|3:15 - 4:15||Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community|
|4:15 - 4:30||Closure|
|Wednesday, January 24th||8:30 - 12:00||Adaptive Schools Trainers Meetings|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 - 2:30||Workshops by Adaptive Schools Trainers|
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Symposium Only – $350
Symposium and AS Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium and CC Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium, AS and CC Trainers Meeting – $450