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May 26, 2008

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Hi Denis, I found this post very informative and it reminded me of a book that just came out over here at Wharton Publishing too called "Turning Learning Right Side Up". Instead of calling it the business model, they call it the industrial revolution model of education - treating schools like factories and students like end products that can be created using a very structured formula. Here is a link to a manifesto on the book. http://www.changethis.com/47.02.TurningLearning

It was written by Russell Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg.

Feel free to contact me at ermurphy6@gmail.com if you'd ever like to discuss technology, simulations, and ideas about changing the state of education. I love all of it and I'm open to new ideas. (I'm somewhat new to the industry).

Here's a link to a good conversation with the authors, "How Disruptive Innovation Changes Education": http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5978.html

I think it is important that we look outside the education sector as we search for solutions. Disrupting Class (the title itself is a great language play) takes us on that journey.
The journey will not be without challenges in K-12 as I described in my post at http://blog.tech4learning.ca. But it's exciting to be in this sector today with an opportunity to effect significant change.

Here's a great (edited) synopsis of the book from the review in the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of BizEd. I like the way the reviewer sums it up.
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...Christensen and his co-authors believe that, within the next ten years, student-centric online elearning methods will revolutionize the way education is delivered, allowing all students to progress at their own speeds and absorb information in ways that make sense to them. They predict that student-centered computer-enabled learning will only take off -- as all disruptive technologies do -- when it primarily competes against the alternative of no learning at all [what the authors describe as "non-consumption"]. For instance, schools that don't offer live classes in AP Calculus or Mandarin Chinese wills et up learning labs for the small number of students who want those classes and have no other access to them. From there, they argue, rapid improvements in technology will turn computer-enabled learning into the educational delivery method of choice.

Another interview: Why Public Schools Need Disruptive Innovation

http://blogs.bnet.com/mba/?p=315

March 2009 free public discussion with Professor Christensen on the book:

Askwith Education Forum - Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

(http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/events/askwith.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d82984092)

DATE Tuesday, March 17, 2009
TIME 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EDT
EVENT TYPE Harvard GSE
TYPE OF EVENT Forum
BUILDING/ROOM Gutman Conference Center A3
CONTACT NAME Stephanie Bielagus
CONTACT EMAIL stephanie_bielagus@gse.harvard.edu

REGISTRATION REQUIRED No
RSVP REQUIRED No

NOTES Join us for a special discussion with Clayton Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, on his new book, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. Based on Christensen’s theory of “disruptive” change, the book examines how the way we learn doesn't always match up with the way we are taught and explains that if we hope to stay competitive academically, economically, and technologically we need to rethink our understanding of intelligence, reevaluate our educational system, and reinvigorate our commitment to learning. In other words, we need “disruptive innovation.” Kathleen McCartney, Dean and Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, will provide an introduction.

All Askwith Education Forums are free and open to the general public. Tickets are not necessary, unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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