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Disrupting Class, Expanded Edition: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns Paperback – October 24, 2016
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About the Author
Clayton M. Christensen is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. He is Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Christensen is cofounder of Innosight, a management consultancy; Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm; and the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit think tank. His bestselling books include The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, and The Innovator’s Prescription.
Michael B. Horn was named one of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement in the use of technology in education by Tech & Learning magazine. He is cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit think tank, and serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is the coauthor of the bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.
Curtis Johnson has extensive experience working in education as a teacher, a college professor, and a well-respected consultant. He is a managing partner of Education Evolving, a project of the Center for Policy Studies, which originated the concept of charter schools. Johnson was chief of staff to former governor Arne Carlson of Minnesota. He is the coauthor of three books that explore how metropolitan regions have to adapt to new realities to be successful places.
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While it was a bit redundant, and describes the research a LOT more than how to actually use it (and the projections about future use of technology are by now proven to be completely too optimistic), a few good ideas persist.
"Student-centric learning" is definitely a buzzword.
I don't like that the authors own an education softward company that is promoted in the book. But I'm new to the topic education reform, and have an instinctive preference for using tech and "student centric learning" to innovate education, so the ideas resonated a lot.
In my discussions with fellow grad students in education, not everyone believes the claims of the book, they don't think innovation will actually happen. Believe what you want, but this book rang true to me.
However, solutions that focus on the needs of the teachers, the unions, the principals, the parents, etc., have not worked. And, with the proper guidance, students should know what they need to be successful in their school work and ulitmately their lives.
Clayton using his usually strong analytical approach evaluates the educational challenges both inductively and deductively to get to the root cause of the problem. And, in my words, the problem is this: each student learns differently, and the centralized, bureaucratic approaches that have been used to force fit a regimented approach dictated from Washington down to local school boards haven't and won't solve this problem. What we need is a more student centric approach that uses flexible tools developed through information technology to meet the needs of individual students.
This is a very innovative approach to solving this problem, and in my opinion, Clayton is the most innovative thinker out there today. After all, as he quotes Einstein (and I used some liberty to paraphrase), you can't solve the problem by using the solutions that caused it.
Then, Clayton lays out how the change is happening (in some instances) and can happen (in others where it is not) based upon innovation concepts like disruptive innovation and heavyweight teams.
I highly recommend this book for any individual interested in innovation and/or education.
Clayton has written another excellent book to build upon his disruptive innovation philosophy. Thank you, Clayton, for your continued excellent work!
I believe that public schools can become a part of the revolution if they can find a way to embrace all that innovative technology has to offer. I am sure that there is a model for blended learning that would entail the best that technology has to offer along with the personal interaction and support that a classroom teacher can provide. If public schools don't fully embrace a blended model of education that produces positive results and continues to remain adaptable to the changing demands that our society puts on public education, then the public schools could well lose out to charter schools and on-line learning.