Author

Michael B. Horn

    Author Website: http://www.innosightinstitute.org/who-we-are/directors/michael-horn/


    Author Bio:
    Michael Horn is a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as the executive director of its education program. He leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research. His team aims to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centric designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential. In 2008, Michael co-authored the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson. Newsweek cited the book 14th on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times.” Michael has written several white papers about blended learning and is coeditor with Frederick Hess of the book Private Enterprise and Public Education. He has also written articles for numerous publications including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Huffington Post, and Education Week. He testifies regularly at state legislative sessions and is a frequent keynote speaker at education conferences and planning sessions around the U.S. 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. In addition, he serves on a variety of boards, including as an executive editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research about education policy; and he sits on the boards of Fidelis, inBloom, and the Silicon Schools Fund. Michael is also a member of the Education Innovation Advisory Board at Arizona State University and is a member of the advisory committee for The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Articles

MOOCs for High School

Unlocking opportunities or substandard learning?

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Digital Roundup

States legislatures scramble to boost, or in some cases block, online learning

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

The Transformational Potential of Flipped Classrooms

If 2012 was the year of MOOCs (massive open online courses) in higher education, then the flipped classroom was the innovation of the year for K–12 schools.

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Can Digital Learning Transform Education?

Education Next talks with Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Michael B. Horn

As Digital Learning Draws New Users, Transformation Will Occur

Part 2 of a forum on whether digital learning can transform education

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

Game Changer

Might it be “social learning”?

Fall 2012 / Vol. 12, No. 4

For Digital Learning, the Devil’s in the Details

State planning is key to progress

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

How Do We Transform Our Schools?

Use technologies that compete against nothing

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Five Reasons Districts Should Love Course Access

Course Access is still a new policy, but for many students, no matter where they live or what school they attend, it will give them a significantly greater chance to fulfill their potential.

07/31/2014

Rosetta Stone, MegaStudy and Educational Software in Korea

In Korea, where popular teachers become millionaires by broadcasting their lectures online, schools and families are only very slowly warming up to other kinds of online learning.

07/25/2014

Disruptive Innovation And Education

Disrupting our K–12 schools or our public school districts is impossible today because there is no nonconsumption of education in this country, but helping our schools use disruptive innovation to disrupt the classroom—the way they arrange teaching and learning—is possible.

07/11/2014

Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning

The main reason personalized learning is needed is that each student learns at a different pace and each student’s pace tends to vary based on the subject or even concept one is learning.

05/21/2014

What Constitutes Success For Course Choice?

“Course choice’ policies give K–12 students the option of taking courses from a range of providers, often but not always online, and public dollars follow students to the chosen course.

05/14/2014

Elucidating Blended Learning On Khan Academy

Moving to a student-centered, blended-learning environment is tricky. A new video “course” on blended learning shows how it can be done.

05/02/2014

NCAA Goofs On Online Eligibility

What is the NCAA objecting to that California, land of input-based regulation for schools, isn’t?

04/30/2014

What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”

04/09/2014

School Reform and Vocational School Reform in Korea

Meister High Schools are converted vocational schools that partner with companies in specific industries to create educational experiences tailored to the needs of the workforce.

03/28/2014

Can Disruptive Innovation Transform South Korea’s Schools?

Can Korea maintain its educational edge if it does not change its public education system into a student-centered one that can personalize learning for each child’s different learning needs and be intrinsically motivating?

03/12/2014

Disrupting Vietnam’s Education System

The most natural places for educational disruptive innovations to take root are in emerging markets and developing countries.

02/26/2014

Julie Young: Disruptive Innovator For Students

Julie Young’s guiding vision for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) began in 1996 as she wrote the word “student” at the center of a piece of paper and then asked a series of questions of the team gathered around her. What could school look like if the student was at the center?

02/19/2014

Successful ‘Edupreneurs’ Reignite For-Profit Debate

Critics often accuse school reformers of “privatizing” public education. When for-profits enter the conversation, those same critics level more serious charges and often accuse those companies of having one motive: making money off of the backs of kids.

02/05/2014

The Intelligence Of Education Elements

Education Elements is one of the few entities helping schools do the most basic work of implementing blended learning into traditional classrooms.

01/08/2014

Teach to One Earns Promising Marks in Math Learning

Personalized-learning models powered by technology posted more promising gains in the 2012-13 school year, according to a recently released Columbia Teachers College study.

12/11/2013

In The Best Interest Of Students: Blended Learning In Newark Charter Schools

The move to blended learning matters because learning science has long told us that students learn at different paces, have different working memory capacities, and possess different background knowledge when they enter a learning experience.

11/19/2013

What Education Can Learn From Kung Fu

Kung Fu offers an interesting example of a system of mastery-based learning: enabling students to learn at their own pace and advance as they master content, rather than moving forward based on time requirements.

08/27/2013

Digital Learning and State Legislatures

Will digital learning fulfill its potential to create a student-centered education system? The actions of state legislatures will inevitably shape part of the answer.

08/12/2013

For-Profits: Aid Or Vice In Public Education?

Stating whether an organization is for-profit or non-profit says little about whether it is doing good things for students.

08/07/2013

Moving Schooling Forward: Next-Gen Grants Possess Promise

I’m excited to see many more blended-learning programs funded that don’t only provide online experiences but also project-based learning experiences as a central part of what they do.

07/31/2013

Organize The Team, Then Train The Teachers

Too often in the edtech world, people claim technology would have impact if only we paid for professional development alongside it.

07/16/2013

To Lower Costs, Don’t Expect Professors to Lower Salaries

Those who fear that the emergence of technology will replace teachers have their worries misplaced.

07/03/2013

Avoid The Hype: Online Learning's Transformational Potential

How — and how much — will online learning grow?

06/11/2013

Data Support Disruption Theory As Online, Blended Learning Grow

When Disrupting Class hit the bookstores five years ago, it contained a prediction that stunned many: by 2019, we said, 50 percent of all high school courses would be delivered online in some form or fashion.

06/04/2013

Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?

Analyzing blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory will help people anticipate and plan for its likely effects on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow.

05/29/2013

What We Can Learn From A Dinner Controversy In The Desert

Will we still need teachers as digital learning rises?

05/22/2013

Why Don’t Entrepreneurs And Learning Scientists Talk Much?

All too often, products and services in the education market are not informed by what we know about learning.

05/07/2013

Steps and Leaps Into Next-Gen Learning

As schools across the country adopt blended-learning models, a few clear trends are settling in, and some groups continue to help schools push the design envelope on what’s possible for students.

04/02/2013

Special K: Don’t Sleep On Khan Academy, Knewton

As Sal Khan explained how his team is setting up its network, it reminded me that those who are discounting the long-term value of entities such as the Khan Academy and Knewton may be making a significant mistake.

03/26/2013

Beyond School Choice

With the rapid growth in online and mobile learning, students everywhere at all levels are increasingly having educational choices.

02/05/2013

Building Motivation, Instilling Grit: The Necessity of Mastery-Based, Digital Learning

Digital learning is tailor made for the purpose of intrinsically motivating all students.

01/15/2013

Could Competency- Based Learning Save the Common Core?

Common Core creates a huge opportunity for innovation and personalization and the implementation of a competency-based learning system.

12/11/2012

Is the Technology ‘Ready’ for Blended Learning?

At the outset of any industry, the technology tends to be immature and not yet good enough for the majority of users.

11/13/2012

Physical Activity and Digital Learning: Two Peas in a Pod

Student-centric digital learning provides a means to make sure that physical exercise doesn’t fall by the wayside

11/05/2012

Personalized Learning on the March

Two developments this week signal that funders are pushing personalized learning and innovation forward in schools—and both herald promising things for improving education in this country.

10/23/2012

What Are the Right Schools of Experience for Teachers in New Schools?

As innovation increases in education in the years ahead, the way we prepare some teachers may need to change as well.

10/18/2012

Why the Latest Race to the Top Competition Matters

The Department of Education’s latest foray into digital learning is a big deal.

09/04/2012

No Shock as Peru’s One-to-One Laptops Miss Mark

All too often advocates for education technology have extolled its benefits without recognizing that technology alone will not transform education.

08/28/2012

Online Learning, Teaching and Misleading Opinions

Just because an experience is online or blended does not make it necessarily good or bad.

08/01/2012
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