Mark Prensky to Speak at Center of Pedagogy Centennial Event, 9/19

Internationally renowned education and learning expert, Mark Prensky to deliver keynote address.

The Center of Pedagogy of the College of Education and Human Services will hold its Centennial Event featuring keynote speaker Mark Prensky, on Friday, September 19 in University Hall at Montclair State University. Presented in cooperation with the New Jersey Educational Computer Cooperative (NJECC), the event is free and open to the University community and the general public. Online registration is required.


Continental Breakfast                             8:45 – 9:15 am
Registration                                             9:00 – 9:30 am
Welcome, Keynote Address, Q & A         9:30 – 11:00 am

Members of the University community and the public are invited to hear Marc Prensky speak about the digital divide between generations and what educators can do to narrow the gap. His topic will be “Turning on the Lights: Why Schools Must Compete and How To Do It.”

An internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, futurist, visionary and inventor in the critical areas of education and learning, Prensky is the founder of Games2train, an e-learning company whose clients include IBM, Bank of America, Nortel and Nokia. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001).

Prensky’s professional focus has been on reinventing the learning process, combining the motivation of video games and other highly engaging activities with the content of education and business. He is considered one of the worlds’s leading experts on the connection between games and learning. His innovative combination of educational tools and game technology – including the world's first fast-action videogame-based corporate training tool – is being accepted throughout schools, government and corporate America.

With a background which includes master’s degrees from Yale, Middlebury, and The Harvard Business School (with distinction), Prensky is a concert musician and has acted on Broadway. He has taught at all levels from elementary to college. He worked in Human Resources and in Technology at Bankers Trust Company, and spent six years as a corporate strategist and product development director with the Boston Consulting Group.

This free event promises to stimulate your thinking about the use of technology in education. It is a great opportunity to listen to someone who understands how to enhance learning with technology. Examples of successful programs and uses of Web 2.0 applications will be discussed. A Q & A session will follow the address.