People to Know: Lord David Puttnam
You may know Lord David Puttnam as the award-winning producer of such films as The Mission, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Memphis Belle, and more. His films have won 10 Oscars and numerous other accolades. He is also the founder of The National Teaching Awards, was Chair of the General Teaching Council, President of UNICEF UK, and presently is Chancellor of The Open University. Puttnam was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. He is a leader for education change, and advocate for education and education technology. Puttnam is a staunch supporter of educators globally. He is also Senior Independent Director on the Board of Directors for Promethean.
In a recent talk, “The Future of Learning,” Lord David Puttnam shared that if a surgeon of 100 years ago could travel in time to the present, nothing of what he’d see today would be familiar, because #technology had changed that dramatically, but at the same time, an educator from 100 years in the past would feel at home in the classroom of today. “Despite the fact that we’ve learned more in the past 20 years about the way the brain works than we’ve learned in the rest of recorded history,” says Puttnam.
According to Puttnam, what’s needed is more than an individual device or software, “The answer is a new pedagogy—a different type of education experience in every respect. Something far more fluid, which offers fully integrated systems, which are wholly interoperable, and offer at the same time real-time assessment. The really important thing is the interoperability—integration of all devices with real-time assessment—that will change things forever.”
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