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

The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools

Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students

SUMMER 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 3

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

Privacy Push Must Not Prevent Personalized Learning

The fierce debate over the privacy of student data often risks preventing students from benefiting from the enormous breakthroughs that technology makes possible in 21st century schools.

07/24/2015

Change Education To Attack Technology-Driven Unemployment

As technology transforms society in the years ahead, it’s critical that our education system keeps pace.

07/01/2015

Charter Schools Innovate To Tackle Teacher Preparation

The skills teachers need to be successful are changing and our current institutions that prepare and train teachers are woefully unprepared to support the shift.

06/08/2015

School Districts Are Using Blended Learning, but Aren’t Keeping Data on Student Outcomes

To help school districts implement blended learning, we need to amplify the stories of places that are doing it right—and push districts to get more rigorous.

06/03/2015

District Schools Showcased as Blended Learning Proof Points

To call attention to some district schools that have adopted blended learning and boosted student outcomes, here are profiles of six schools.

06/02/2015

When It Comes to Blended Learning, Charter Schools Get Most of the Attention

There are plenty of district schools that have adopted blended learning and boosted student outcomes.

06/01/2015

Match Beyond

Match Beyond combines College for America, the disruptive, online university, with a relatively new college and jobs services division of Match Education, a charter management organization.

05/07/2015

Stop Pitting Technology Against Quality, In-Person Time

Technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers

02/17/2015

Snow Days Show Why Schools, Blended Learning Matter

No, this isn’t another piece about how online learning can allow students to continue to learn even when school is canceled because of snow.

02/13/2015

Coursera, K12, Inc. Make Bold Moves to Drive Learning

The two innovators still have a significant amount of work ahead, but their moves are pointing in the right direction.

02/05/2015

Five Predictions for Education in 2015

A few scattered predictions from around the world of education about what we might see.

01/14/2015

Obvious Flaws Obviate New Education Efficiency Index

A new report ranks which countries get the best bang, in terms of student outcomes, for the government buck.

12/29/2014

Cisco Networking Academy Provides Clues For Future Of Testing

The online training program’s diverse assessment system and its flexibility should help us move toward a competency-based learning system in which time is variable but learning is constant.

12/19/2014

inBloom’s Collapse Offers Lessons For Innovation In Education

inBloom, a non-profit that offered a data warehouse solution designed to help public schools embrace the promise of personalized learning, collapsed and has ceased to exist, as privacy concerns from interested parties mounted over a period of many months

12/10/2014

What Else Should KIPP Be Doing With Blended Learning?

Is KIPP falling prey to the classic innovator’s dilemma by not deploying disruptive innovations?

12/01/2014

How To Get Blended Learning Right

What happens when reformers try to use blended learning in a disruptive way in the hardest-to-serve parts of Detroit?

11/19/2014

Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine

A growing number of examples show that used well, blended learning—and hence education technology—can help boost student achievement in both charter and district school settings.

09/24/2014

How California Superintendents Can Bust Through Policies to Implement Blended Learning

We need more opportunities for education leaders to help their peers with solutions to the problems and barriers they confront as they move toward blended learning.

09/19/2014

Barbara Dreyer: A Champ to the End

Barbara helped create the K–12 online-learning movement, a powerful disruptive force that has the potential to create a more personalized and equitable education system that is student-centered so that all students can succeed.

09/10/2014

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
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