Episode 37: The Academy of One with David Preston
We all know that the future of education has changed since COVID-19 but what that future looks like for students and teachers is a clear as mud. Educators know that at the core of that change in education is a collaboration with peers and amongst teachers and incorporating meaningful critical thinking exercises for students to learn from. That future also entails a thrust for creativity to be inserted into teacher’s lessons requiring students to use creativity to show mastery of those lessons, and for all stakeholders to communicate effectively using 21st-century tools like personalized and audio and video.
David Preston the author of Academy of One: The Power and Promise of Open-Source Learning. David is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a B.A. in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Teacher Education and completed a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information studies. David began his educational career at UCLA and taught there for eleven years. Being challenged by a high school principal stating that research doesn’t always equate to teaching practice David took him up on his offer.
In this episode, we talk with David about open-source learning and why education is more than books and tests. We also talk to David about why it’s essential to teach students to use tools like the internet to collaborate and communicate effectively with their peers, as classroom assignments. We also discuss training and professional developments he offers to teachers and schools to incorporate the Academy of One into their curriculums.
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