Author

Michael B. Horn

    Author Website: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/our-team/michael-b-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

Virtual Reality Disruption

Will 3-D technology break through to the educational mainstream?

Fall 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 4

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students

An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Moving Edtech Forward

School networks AltSchool and Summit are betting on a breakthrough

WINTER 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 1

The Ideal Blended-Learning Combination

Is one-third computer time about right?

SPRING 2016 / VOL. 16, NO. 2

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

Audio Excerpt: Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn & Curtis W. Johnson

An audio excerpt from “Disrupting Class” by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn & Curtis W. Johnson

How Do We Transform Our Schools?

Use technologies that compete against nothing

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

Blog Posts/Multimedia

As Google Steals its Education Thunder, What Can Microsoft Do?

It would be great to see Microsoft focus on three things that will transform our education system into a more student-centered one.

08/24/2016

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

Without talking about grit or perseverance, competency-based learning systematically embeds the building of those skills into its design and fabric.

07/20/2016

Reinventing Research

Research that shows that, on average, a particular approach worked, may be masking a deeper understanding that is critical so that all students—not just most students—succeed.

05/24/2016

Bullish on Blended-Learning Clusters

An increasing number of regions are trying to create concentrated groups of blended-learning schools alongside education technology companies

01/21/2016

Time’s Up: Full-Time Virtual Charter Schools Must Become Transparent Together

The full-time virtual charter schools that care about quality need to band together and create a membership organization and take responsibility for their industry’s results.

11/18/2015

Majority Of School Respondents In Ohio Report Using Blended Learning

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. A new report tackles this problem in the state of Ohio.

10/21/2015

Stepping Aside To Dig Deeper: My Next Career Move

A significant focus in my next stage of life will be to work with a portfolio of education companies in a variety of board and advisory roles to help shape the future of education in ways that I could not as executive director.

10/15/2015

How Independent Schools Can Ward Off Disruption

Micro-schools have the potential to transform the independent schooling landscape—and threaten existing independent schools in the process

09/11/2015

Finland Offers Lessons For Building Student, Teacher Agency

American schools don’t expect youth to be responsible for themselves or their learning. Finnish schools are different.

08/27/2015

Julie Young Returns To Online Learning

Julie Young’s new venture offers international students the opportunity to earn a dual diploma from their native country and from a U.S. accredited high school through virtual learning.

08/12/2015

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

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

A Hope for Future Irrelevance

Teach Like a Champion’s techniques may work, but many of them may be irrelevant for the jobs of teachers in the future

07/24/2012

Dithering and Delay in New Jersey Denies Students Important Schooling Options

States are right to be concerned about how to best regulate virtual charter schools, but blocking or delaying the option of full-time online schooling isn’t the right tact to take.

07/18/2012

Gates Foundation Steps Up with Investments in Next-Generation Learning

It is exciting to see a foundation step up and take some risks to reinvent learning to create dramatically better and lower-cost learning experiences for all students.

06/27/2012

Innosight Institute’s Comments on Race to the Top District Draft

We hope that Race to the Top-District competition encourages substantive student-centered reform, and in order to ensure this clear purpose we have a few suggested revisions.

06/12/2012

Why Steve Jobs Would Have Loved Digital Learning

In the wake of Steve Jobs’ passing, many wrote about the statements he made throughout his adult life about how to improve the U.S. education system. Some noted that for much of Jobs’s life, he had, ironically perhaps, been skeptical of the positive impact technology could make on education.

05/31/2012

Making Education Innovation Come to Life

Having taken an extended vacation the past few weeks, I returned to the United States to see that the pace of innovation in education is continuing at a breakneck pace

05/29/2012

How Machine-Based Tutoring Could Disrupt Human Tutors

The lessons from disruptive innovation suggest that these technologies may never be as good as the absolute best human tutor, but they will be plenty close.

04/06/2012

Virginia: Moving Forward or Backward?

A bill introduced to fix the state’s funding problems of online learning in a way that would strengthen students’ ability to tailor an education for their unique needs will now do the exact opposite.

03/06/2012

Bright Spots Shine in Blended, Online Learning

A month has passed since the first-ever national Digital Learning Day. Given the excitement generated from teachers and others tuning in to the National Town Hall meeting and given today’s National Leadership Summit on Online Learning up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that iNACOL sponsored, I thought it was worth noting some great examples that weren’t highlighted during the day’s festivities.

03/01/2012

Hewlett Assessment Competition Comes at Critical Time

The political incentives to create high-quality assessments aren’t particularly strong, so having philanthropists invest dollars to create these assessments and continue to push innovation is critical.

01/11/2012

School Finance in the Digital-Learning Era: A Review

Imposing a new funding model on top of the existing business typically doesn’t work. Instead management needs to create an autonomous organization that can craft its new business model from scratch as the innovation demands–serious business model innovation.

01/10/2012

California Initiative Brings Breath of Fresh Air

It’s an embarrassment that California, the state that led the technology revolution in America, is, according to Digital Learning Now, last in the nation in using technology to transform its education system from its current factory-model roots into a student-centric one.

01/03/2012

Is Mandating Online Learning Good Policy?

For someone who advocates for a transformed student-centric education system powered by digital learning, you might think my quick answer would be an emphatic yes, but I’m not so sure.

12/08/2011

What Can We Learn about Learning?

Bror Saxberg, the chief learning officer of Kaplan, Inc., is a man for whom I have great respect. Whenever I have a question about the science behind learning, he is the first person I turn to. He verses himself in the latest in cognitive and neuroscience research and applies his multiple degrees to great use.

11/09/2011

Colorado’s Crummy Policies Lead to Crummy Virtual Schools

An investigation of Colorado’s full-time virtual schools has revealed some dubious results and practices, which led the state’s Senate President to call for an emergency audit of all of Colorado’s virtual schools. But the state shouldn’t be shocked by the report. As the truism goes, you get what you pay for.

10/25/2011

K-12 Education Technology Market Map launches at Philanthropy Roundtable

Innosight Institute joined the NewSchools Venture Fund and Education Elements in releasing a K-12 education technology market map at The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education conference in San Francisco October 12, 2011.

10/13/2011

Education Entrepreneurship, Disruption Alive and Well

ImagineK12, an incubator modeled after Y Combinator to help education startups “get it right and get funded,” held its first demo day for its first cohort of 10 companies Sept. 9 in Palo Alto.

09/23/2011

Cramming Computers: It’s Still the Same Old Story

People should not take from the New York Times article that technology will not be a significant part of the answer for the struggles of the country’s education system. It will likely be the very platform for it.

09/09/2011

EdTech Market is Growing–If You’re Disruptive

An article by Katie Ash in Education Week about a new report by the investment bank, Berkery Noyes, caught my eye recently because of its analysis about the education technology market. According to the piece, “companies focused on technology-based instruction and tools for data collection and analysis are thriving in the K-12 market.”

08/25/2011

‘Quality Control in K-12 Digital Learning’: A stimulating, quality read

At the end of July, the Fordham Institute launched an important new series to examine how to create healthy policy for the emergent and disruptive force of digital learning that is sweeping through our education system.

08/18/2011

Why Digital Learning will Liberate Teachers

Teachers will be critical to our nation’s future in a world of digital learning—and if we do this right, they should not just be different, but they should also be a whole lot better, as it liberates them in many exciting ways.

08/10/2011

Why ‘Soccer Moms’ Matter for Digital Learning

A strong majority of already-active parents over time will demand a digital learning-powered system that disrupts the classroom as we’ve known it.

07/22/2011

Ignoring Bad Incentives

One way to unlock innovation in our school system and help it transform into a student-centric one is to get out of our own way and eliminate disincentives. But waiting for superheroes across the country to ignore them is not a sound strategy.

05/27/2011

Online Learning Begins to Explode into the Mainstream in Blended Schools

Across America a skyrocketing number of K-12 students are getting their education in blended-learning environments. Over 4 million K-12 students took at least one online course in 2010 and this space is growing now by a five-year compound annual growth rate of 43 percent.

05/06/2011

The Magical – and Flawed? – DARPA Analogy

President Obama’s 2012 budget proposes to create an Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education—also known as ARPA-ED—to address what the administration says is an under-investment in learning technology. Creating agencies to spark innovation modeled on the “best practices” of DARPA may very well fail, not because they are implemented unfaithfully, but because the circumstances in which each operate are starkly different.

04/28/2011

Is There a K-12 Online Learning ‘Bubble’?

This bubble might not fit the technical definition of the term but it has some elements of that, as well as a few others that should give all of us at least some pause.

04/07/2011

Audio Excerpt: Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn & Curtis W. Johnson

An audio excerpt from “Disrupting Class” by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn & Curtis W. Johnson

09/15/2010
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