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Marc Prensky


“Marc is the guy to go to for new perspectives. He shows not just how to do things better, but how to do better things.”

“[Marc is] that rare visionary who implements.”

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Marc Prensky — coiner of the term “Digital Native” – is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, consultant and “practical visionary,” promoting civilization-level change in global education.  Marc has spoken in over 40 countries, authored seven books, and published over 100 essays; his writing has been translated into 11 languages. He is currently the founder and Executive Director of the Global Future Education Foundation and Institute. Marc’s latest book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids (Columbia TC Press, 2016), is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Education.

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Thinker, Writer, Consultant, and a Motivational Speaker for Education

Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and innovator in the field of education. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the future of education, and the connection between learning and technology. Marc offers deep experience and insight into educating today’s youth and into using technology — including social media, virtual worlds, programming, games and apps — in powerful ways for learning.

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Marc’s unique combination of presentation skills, vision, and practicality — in addition to his unique connection to students — make him an exceptional speaker and writer about education.
Marc is well-known for presenting original, innovative ideas that change people’s perspectives on the future and for developing practical solutions that can be applied today.

Marc has taught at the primary, secondary and college levels.
Marc ran a “street academy” in the 1980s, an early prototype of what is today called a charter school.

Marc’ professional focus is on:

  • Understanding education from the students’ perspective
  • Designing better curriculum and pedagogy for the digital generation
  • Figuring out how to best put human minds and digital tools together wisely in business, in school, and in life (i.e. “Digital Wisdom”)

Through his writing and talks, Marc has helped thousands of educators learn to adapt their pedagogy in ways that are far more effective for the 21st century, including a new form of “partnering” between teachers and students.

Unmatched Experience & Unique Ideas

Marc has been a professional classical musician, performing at Lincoln Center on lute and classical guitar, and he has acted on Broadway in Cyrano, starring Christopher Plummer (at the Palace Theater in 1974).

Marc has also worked on Wall Street, spent six years with the prestigious Boston Consulting Group (as a corporate strategist and product development director), and been CEO of his own company for over a decade. He has designed dozens of educational games, and has worked extensively as an educational consultant.

Marc holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, cum laude, and Master’s degrees in teaching (from Yale Univeristy ), language (from Middlebury College) and business (from The Harvard Business School, with distinction.)

Marc is a native New Yorker. He currently lives in Palo Alto CA with his wife, a Japanese writer, and their son, a rising seventh-grader in the Palo Alto public schools.