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Comenius Symposium and Keynote Address with Marc Prensky

The annual Comenius Symposium at Salem College blends keynote speakers with student research to showcase the power of lifelong education. The symposium pays tribute to the visionary educational pioneer, Bishop John Amos Comenius (1592-1670), in providing both a venue for student research and collaborative explorations of personal context, social history, and diverse learners, as well as a platform from which keynote speakers engage the community with regards to contemporary educational issues. Research Presentations 5-6 p.m. with Keynote Address 7:30 p.m. This event is required of all graduate students, and other community members are encouraged to attend.
When Oct 20, 2011
from 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Salem Fine Arts Center
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Contact Phone 336.917.5493
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"Teaching Digital Natives:Partnering for Real Learning" - Based on Prensky’s latest book (Corwin, 2010), the talk addresses the critical issues of student engagement, the role of the 21st century teacher, integrating technology in ways that students find meaningful, and ways in which content and assessment can be reconciled with relevance.  The talk unites three strands of current educational discussion which have rarely been considered together. First, that our students are changing—largely as a result of their outside-of-school experiences with technology. Second, that the pedagogy we have been using in our schools, basically ―tell and test, has become less and less effective with today’s students; a better pedagogy is both needed and available. Third, that the digital technology, now coming into our classrooms, if used properly, can make a difference.  Ironically, a generation raised on the expectation of interactivity is ripe for the ―skill-based and ―doing-based teaching methods that past experts have always suggested as the best for learning, but that were rejected by the education establishment as hard to implement. The happy thread tying these together is that the same digital technology which caused the changes in our students provides the means to finally implement the most effective ways of learning.