Marc Prensky: Our Best Teachers

Our best teachers: Who Are They?

It is an intriguing question to contemplate, and if we are honest, 10 teachers should give us answers that differ in many ways, as we are all different. On the other hand, in the end, good teaching is good teaching, as they say.

In other words, we should expect to find many areas to agree upon as we seek to answer the question: Who are our best teachers?

As for me, I turn to Mr. Marc Prensky, a man who has spent a lot of time trying to help teachers integrate technology successfully into their teaching. His insights are at times almost like a revelation, so obvious, so crystal clear, you end up asking yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?

I wish to share what is evidence of Marc’s recent thoughts about teaching, technology, motivation, and yes, what it is Marc has found that our best teachers are doing.

I’m using Twitter, a tool which forces you to clarify yourself, to be concise, and transparent. After you go through the 4 brief Tweets, each of them containing a powerful reflection in its own right, then go on to the video.

Yes, that is Turkish they are speaking. Turkish is not a language I understand, and thankfully, it is over pretty fast, and then Marc Prensky comes on, speaking English, and he asks some important questions, for us to try to answer, for ourselves, in our own teaching practice.

I know you will enjoy the video. Also, let me share with you now that Marc also speaks Spanish, in addition to English. He’s agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule to say a few words to welcome you at Edcamp Chile 2013. If we are lucky, Saturday, March 9, 2013 he will Skype in for a minute or two, from New York to Santiago.

If his schedule does not permit him to be with us in real time, then he will record his welcome message to us in Chile. Edcamp Chile is extremely fortunate that Marc is so generous with us. In part, we know Marc had a great visit to Santiago in 2009, and thanks to those memories of yesteryear, Chile and Chileans have found a place in his heart…

To conclude, let me share with you what Sir Ken Robinson had to say about Marc Prensky:

Digital culture has revolutionary implications for education that too few people grasp. Marc Prensky understands them better than anyone I know. His insights and clarity shine a powerful light on the deficiencies of education in the present and illuminate the extraordinary possibilities of the future.” –Sir Ken Robinson, Author, The Element

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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