Monday, May 25, 2009

On Disrupted Learning

Points and thoughts on Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen

Chapter Three:
Despite all the money put into buying computers for school, they have just been "crammed" into the existing model. Delivering lessons and structuring the classroom has not really changed much.

Distruptive Innovation model: Example of Apple computers moving away from the established market of mainframe computer to personal computers (toys for kids). This was success because it targeted a market of nonconsumption rather than trying to improve on the existing established model. Originally p.c.'s weren't great but they were accessible to more people and then eventually improved.

"Computers have made almost on dent in the important challenge that they have to crack: allowing students to learn in ways that correspond with how their brains are wired to learn, thereby migrating to a student-centric classroom."


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  2. Targeting the market of non-consumption is definitely what we've seen in Distributed Learning in BC the past year or so. Initially many of the DL schools seemed to be targeting everyone. Ernie Millward was right on the mark when we were at the VSS conference--you have to offer courses that the schools aren't able to offer. This seems to be the way many are going. Or like our district; offering Planning 10 through DL so that students have more elective options and so the district can access more $$$. Lots of great food for thought in this book.