Friday, March 14, 2014

Disrupting Class

Today we will focus again on technology, education and the idea of blended learning.
"Our education system is built to measure and reward the wrong end of the student". 
Michael B. Horn is the cofounder and Education Executive Director of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to solve problems in the social sector. He is the coauthor of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.
His mission is to create a student-centric education system so that all children have an education that allows them to find their passions and fulfill their human potential. Today's education system doesn't do that; it's modeled after a factory and is built to standardize the way we teach and test. The problem with this is that every child has different learning needs at different times. If we hope to educate each child effectively—an imperative in today's society—then we need a system that can customize to meet each child's unique needs. With the growth of online learning—a disruptive innovation—we stand at an unprecedented moment in human history where education is being transformed. If we leverage this innovation properly, over the next decade, we will be able to deliver a high-quality, customized learning experience to all children no matter their circumstances and transform not just the delivery of education, but the hopes, dreams, and realities for all children.
GREAT TALK, worth watching.

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