Ending the Classroom Factory Model: How Technology Will Personalize Education

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Video – “With the opportunity of online learning coming on, what we talk about is shifting from this factory model system to a student-centered one that personalizes for each and every child,” says Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and co-author of the new book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

Below is an interview with Horn, conducted by “Reason” magazine Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward during the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., during which he describes how blended which joins traditional classroom models with software-based and online learning can create a game-based classroom environment that encourages students to help each other achieve educational goals. He also discusses how, as education moves beyond traditional institutions, credentialing will have to evolve, assessments will have to become more organic, and regulations will have to become outcome-based.

Will the U.S. government loosen its reins on education allowing it to evolve beyond the system they have created into a more individualized experience that integrates new technologies? Or do you think we should limit children’s exposure to online learning in favor of outdoor and hands-on experience learning?

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