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Marc’s Bio

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Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the field of education.

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. (Strategy+Business magazine calls him “That rare visionary who implements.”) Marc has spoken in over 35 countries, and presents regularly throughout the globe.

Marc is the Founder and Executive Director of THE GLOBAL FUTURE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND INSTITUTE, a not-for-profit organization devoted to advancing PLAN B: EDUCATION TO IMPROVE THE WORLD, including Real-world Accomplishment-Based Education in primary and secondary education worldwide.

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. In his talks to business groups, Marc shows audiences how to work with young people successfully in the turbulent 21st century.

Marc is the author of six books: 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. Marc’s new book in progress: “PLAN B” ; EDUCATION TO IMPROVE THE WORLD will be published by Teachers College Press in 2016.

As a part of his talks around the globe, Marc initiates and conducts unique educator-student (and manager-worker) dialogs 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.

Marc was a pioneer and leader, earlier in his career, in the then-emerging field of “Game-based Learning.” He founded and ran Games2train, a corporate game-based-learning company whose clients included IBM, Bank of America, Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Defense and the L.A. and Florida Virtual Schools.

Marc holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MBA from Harvard, an MA from Middlebury, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Yale. Marc ran, in the 1970′s a “Street Academy” in East Harlem, NY, and he has taught at all levels from elementary to college. Marc has also performed on Broadway and at Lincoln Center, worked on Wall Street, and spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group.

Marc is a native New Yorker. He and his wife, a Japanese writer, and their son Sky have recently moved to Silicon Valley.

Marc’s ideas, writings and videos can be found at Contact Marc at