Marc Prensky, Founder, The Two Billion Kids Project

I define “empowerment” in terms of output. People — including kids — are empowered not just when they know how to get things done, but when they DO get things done. The Elements of Empowerment presented here are not “competencies” to be measured outside the real-world, but means to use within it. They are also simultaneous, not sequential, all reenforcing each other.


A big change has happened in young people’s capabilities i.e. at what age they can start doing powerful thingsbut most kids in…

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EMPOWERING THE HUMANS OF THE FUTURE — Vision + Hope for 21st c. kids

To have any hope for succeeding in the future, our kids need to become empowered. Empowerment comes NOT from nice-sounding lists of “21st century skills” but from a combination of: NEW BELIEFS, ACCOMPLISHMENT, UNIQUENESS and SYMBIOSIS WITH TECHNOLOGY. Becoming empowered allows young people not just to understand their world, but to improve it. Despite the threats of Covid and automation, the world is moving — through changing attitudes, evolving technologies and an…

The “3R’s” are outmoded in an age of technology. Here’s what should replace them. (Hint: it’s not those so-called “21st century skills”)

By Marc Prensky, Founder, The Two Billion Kids Project

Today, we hear cries from all over for educators to “go back to basics” for our kids. I agree that there are some basic things for kids to learn. But it is a mistake to think that “the basics” of the 20th century — when all of today’s parents and teachers grew up — are the same — or even anything like — the basics of the 20th century.

Beyond Education, Learning, and School to Empowerment — through New Beliefs, Real-World Accomplishment, Applied Uniqueness, and Technology & Team Symbiosis.

Giving the World’s 2 Billion Kids the Option They Need

By Marc Prensky, Founder, The Two Billion Kids Project

ALL OVER THE WORLD, the cries for education reform are growing louder. But “reforming education,” will not get us where we want to go, because the world now needs something new. We need to create an equally valuable, side-by-side alternative to our universal “academic education”that better serves 21st c. kids.


By Leo Wölfel and Marc Prensky

IN THE 21st CENTURY parents have no alternative to “school” for their kids. They need one, however, because the concept of school is fast becoming outdated and no longer a good fit for many kids. We propose the world begin to create “Empowerment Hubs” alongside, and in addition to, schools, as an equally valid (or, for many, a more valid) alternative.

For the complex task of bringing up our kids outside the home, today “schools” are all we have — everywhere in the world. What is remarkable is that all schools — public, private…

By Marc Prensky, Founder, The Two Billion Kids Project

MANY SCHOOLS ARE NOW HAVING THEIR STUDENTS DO “PROJECTS.” Such projects are of several sorts, ranging from “service projects” where kids work for the community doing something (or just raising money), to “Project Based Learning (PBL) where student teams answer a “driving question” typically provided by the teacher, to “capstone projects” at the end of a module, semester or year. Because they are done in “school” these projects almost always need to be “measured,” “evaluated,” and/or “compared” in some way. One oft-used means is to have the team write a report…

Moving BEYOND 20th Century “Education” to 21st Century “Post-Education-Empowerment”

by Marc Prensky, Founder, The Two Billion Kids Project

MANY ANXIOUSLY ASK “What will education be like after Covid?” Piercing though all the fog and anxiety, here is what I see happening with education in the 21st century and beyond:


It was a wonderful human solution for the 20th century, but it was already dying before Covid-19 dealt it another, possibly mortal, blow.


I predict many will go…

A huge opportunity for educators and parents — if we don’t waste it.

THE CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSINGS taking place around the world are a huge opportunity for kids to do more future-oriented, cell / mobile phone-based activities. Yet too many schools will, I fear, waste this opportunity by rushing to use existing content-based computer tools to do more of the same old education they have been doing — ignoring the powerful new possibilities already in many kids’ pockets.

In the places where most kids already have cell / mobile phones, these powerful tools — too often banned — should be activated in service of kids’ education. Schools and districts can do this, and…

The first ever iCAN Children’s Global Summit in Rome

Marc Prensky is the Founder of the Global Future Education Foundation.

I BELIEVE THE WORLD’S PERSPECTIVE ON YOUNG PEOPLE IS BEGINNING TO SHIFT, in ways that may now seem small and insignificant but will be seen in the future as huge changes. People are slowly beginning, in the language of historian Thomas Kuhn, to “put on a new set of lenses” which shift their perspective from seeing kids from the point of view of the adults currently in charge, to the point of view of the kids now arising, phones in hand, to run the world in the coming decades…

Learning is not an end, it’s a means — we learn in order to accomplish. The true ends of education are real-world accomplishments.

Marc Prensky is the Founder of the Global Future Education Foundation

ONCE, ON STAGE, I ASKED A WELL-KNOWN person in the world of education if he were in the “Learning business.” “Absolutely!” he answered.

In my view that disqualifies him as a complete educator (although he is almost certainly a good partial one.)

“How can you say that?” you might ask. “Aren’t “education” and “learning” the same thing?” My answer is that they are not — and if we don’t understand this we ignore half the education picture, to the detriment of everyone in the world. …

Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed speaker & author, coiner of “Digital Native.” His goal is to change your perspective.

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