Friday, June 6, 2014

this is it

It was great to see everyone this morning!  So many sharply dressed success stories, so many proud families.  The bleachers are full of parents, grandparents, and little ones carrying flowers and stuffed animals. People who don't normally wear socks are wearing ties. The opening strains of "Pomp & Circumstance" are calling to those still looking for parking spots.  Time for the last official post to the 2013-2014 course blog.* (*Please feel free to join the fun over at the 2014-2015 course blog or at, which will launch over the summer.) 

I am proud to be a member of this community.  You have all accomplished a great deal this year, in so many different ways, and I hope you're proud too.  Thank you for all your contributions to this learning experience.  I wish each and every single one of you great success, and I look forward to following your adventures online and in person.   

Sapere Aude.
Dr. Preston

class of 2014 grad lounge is open

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

608 grad lounge

The room will be open from 8-10:30 (when you have to report at the gym).  If you want to nab an early parking spot or just hang with friends/family over coffee/tea/donuts, come on by.

I am starting a website where members/observers of any Open Source Learning network can exchange ideas, experiences and opportunities, no matter where they are or what they're learning/doing.

The URL is  There's nothing there yet, which is why I'm posting this:

If you know anything about WordPress and/or would like to help me create a minimal "future home of" page that includes an email sign-up and a forum where conversations can begin, please stop by and let's launch it.  If I'm left to my own devices it'll take a little longer; either way, I will send an invitation email blast when it's up. 

no one said "have a great summer" like thoreau

kudos: final edition

Congratulations to the following students-- and everyone this year!-- on their college admissions, scholarship wins, and amazing accomplishments.  I'm honored to have been a part of this network and I look forward to hearing about your future exploits.

Miranda Nillo (Henry Mayo Scholarship $5k; Marine Honor; Filipino Seniors $250; AVU Scholarship)
Bianca & Ashley (their comic strip is getting fan mail!)
Lesther Valenzuela (Filipino American Scholarship; Filipino Seniors $250; NAACP Scholarship)
Mia Levy (PTSA Scholarship)
Ian Steller (President's Award; SMEEAA Scholarship)
Rachel Shedd (Ian Hassett Memorial Art Scholarship)
Taylor Duguran (Scholar Athlete Award)
Jacob Caldwell (United States Marine Corps)
Bailey Wineman (Y.O.Y.O. Scholarship $500)
Jenna Noce (RHS Booster Scholarship)
Paige Logan (SFSB $3k; Union Scholarship $2500; Cal Soap $1k)
Hannah Savaso (RHS Booster Scholarship; PTSA Scholarship; Henry Mayo Scholarship; Newhall Foundation Scholarship; Ivy Pergosen Scholarship; Ben Paine Scholarship)
Michaila Bohard (Swim/Math RHS $1k)

If I missed anyone, or if you've done something amazing since I posted this, please let me/us know in class or comment below.

june 4 & 5: final


1. Final exam
2. Fuel
3. Reflection: individual/group
4. Inspiration: program
5. Celebration: acknowledgments