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Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Disrupting Class: Book of Wild Speculations

    I became fascinated by the boasts of the subtitle of this book: "How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns." That is a fairly powerful claim. After being entangled in the authors' fanciful charts and background information, I began to look forward to some miraculous new disclosure on this new innovation that will transform the world of learning. I was disappointed. At its best this book offers some interesting theories on innovation in general. At its worst, it argues that technology-based, student centric instructional tools are going to take over the educational world, and according to the authors, this will happen by 2014. (I haven't yet figured out where that specific timeline comes from.) In the nineties there were individuals who predicted that computers would replace teachers. These authors believe that the role of teachers will be transformed to that of tutors. The whole idea of reducing learning into a software program has been tried. The reality is learning is a messy, complicated process, and just as the authors assert, no one process works. But, their belief in the salvation wrought through computer software alone may be misplaced. This book was disappointing because I thought it would offer some clearly applicable innovative ideas for my school. Instead, it promotes theories and ideas. It makes broad sweeps with generalizations and predictions, but offers very little that is practical for the school practitioner.

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