A few weeks back, I had the honor to emcee the closing awards dinner at the Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale. The evening took a sour note though as the dinner keynote, which Andy Kessler delivered, stunned and offended the majority of the audience by essentially arguing that as digital learning rises, we won’t need teachers anymore.
Nearly six years ago, I, along with Dr. Jason Hwang and my mentor Clayton Christensen, founded Innosight Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation.
Today, I’m proud to announce that we are changing the name from Innosight Institute to the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation to signal a new era [...]
It’s a busy week in education in the Bay Area in California. With the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco with thousands of education researchers, the NewSchools Venture Fund Summit in Burlingame with a who’s who of education leaders and entrepreneurs, the GreatSchools 2013 Summit in San Francisco, the National Education Writer’s Association’s 66th National [...]
As schools across the country adopt blended-learning models, a few clear trends are settling in, and, at the same time, some groups—like the Next Generation Learning Challenges—continue to help schools push the design envelope on what’s possible for students.
First, many schools are embarking upon a variety of design processes, RFPs from vendors and the like only [...]
Listening to Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, speak on stage to several hundred attendees at the 5th Anniversary Gala last week for Innosight Institute—the non-profit that I co-founded—I thought about how Clayton Christensen and I have speculated for some time that the long-term future of much of educational content will be in the business model of [...]
At the midway point of this year’s National School Choice Week—a celebration of effective educational options for all children—what strikes me is how much choice is on the move these days, but not just at the level of the school.
With the rapid growth in online and mobile learning, students everywhere at all levels are increasingly having [...]
The potential of a competency-based (or mastery-based) education system powered by digital learning to customize for each individual student’s needs and bolster learning excites many. A question some ask though is: What about the unmotivated students? Won’t they be left behind?
Furthermore, in light of the recent publicity around the research on the importance of grit—defined as “sticking [...]
After spending last week in Washington, D.C., I was struck by how nervous folks in education circles are about whether states will stick with the Common Core state standards once the Common Core assessments arrive in the 2014-15 school year.
The behind-the-scenes buzz on Common Core touched on everything from how different the assessments really will be [...]
“The technology is five years behind where it needs to be.”
It was the complaint of yet another school trying to build a blended-learning model that utilizes multiple providers.
“The software content providers are proprietary. It’s impossible to get data out of them. And when we do, the data doesn’t connect easily to the standards and the [...]
What’s digital learning got to do with physical activity?
Quite a lot I believe.
A couple weekends ago I had the privilege of presenting at TEDx Manhattan Beach where I heard another presenter, Dr. John Ratey, speak about the importance of physical exercise in increasing brain plasticity and boosting student learning. His book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise [...]