“Two years ago, I learned to tie fishing flies from videos of experts sharing their craft on YouTube. Last year, I learned about multiplayer adventure games from my 12-year-old grandson, even though we live 3,000 miles apart. Last year, I also got to witness changes in the learning lives of middle-school students who told their own personal stories through mini-documentaries made with their tablet computers. This year, I get to watch the beginning of the total transformation of a 2600-student public high school that’s focusing on personalized and challenge-based learning and 21st-century careers. I’m 70. What a great time to be alive.”
Dr. David C. Dwyer is currently consulting on educational technology projects he believes can make a difference. Previously he was the first holder of the Katzman-Ernst Chair for Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship at USC’s Rossier School of Education from 2009-2014, culminating almost 40 years of experience as an industry leader, researcher, and educator. He served as Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at KD Learning, where he developed an imaginative virtual world for young children. He was Chief Academic Officer at Apex Learning, where he led the development of an award winning, full four-year digital high school curriculum. As Apple’s Director of Educational Technologies, he led the development and implementation of the Apple Learning Interchange, a media-rich repository for examples of outstanding teaching practice. From 1986 to 1996, Dr. Dwyer was the director of the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project. During that same period, as an Apple Distinguished Scientist, he collaborated with leading research institutions to document changes in instruction and learning in technology-intensive classrooms, demonstrated technical innovations in education settings, and advised education policy leaders and educators internationally. He began his career as a middle and high school science teacher over eleven years and instructed pre-service science education courses at several St. Louis area universities. He received his Ph.D. specializing in innovation and change in schools, school organizations, and program development from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981.