About David Preston
For more than 25 years, David Preston has created innovation in learning for people of all ages – in classrooms, executive suites, and wide open spaces.
Preston has taught at every level of instruction, from graduate courses to kindergarten to high school to international conferences. He received a Ph.D. from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 1997.
In 2004, Preston began infusing the high school curriculum with tools and techniques that harness the vast capabilities of online technology. In 2009, he coined the term “Open Source Learning,” a teaching philosophy that empowers students to work in partnership with their teachers and expand their networks to develop their own learning experiences that can be shared with everyone.
In 2011, Preston introduced “The Open Source School” conceptual model at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA. Since then, Preston has presented Open Source Learning concepts and use cases at the Macarthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Conference, Computer Users in Education, The O’Reilly Open Source Conference, and TEDxUCLA.
In 2013, Preston began writing about Open Source Learning and contributed a chapter to Howard Rheingold’s Peeragogy Handbook.
Preston has delivered programs for schools, organizations, and event audiences in North America, Europe, and Asia, sharing his educational philosophy and strategies with teachers, researchers, business leaders, and families who want to create value through new ways to learn and think.