Category: Education

The Path to Personalized Learning is Primarily Digital

Reprinted from the September 18 Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Bob Swiggum BOB SWIGGUMChief Information OfficerDepartment of Education Digital education is the use of technology to deliver instruction.  Technology allows teachers to shift away from requiring all students to learn at the same pace and with the same style.  Every one of us has been in a classroom, frustrated by the fact that some of our classmates seem to understand a topic with ease as we struggle with the concept.  Many of us also have had the experience of easily understanding a concept while some classmates lagged behind. For me, it was math.  The abstract nature of ninth-grade algebra was mystifying to me, but along came 10th grade geometry.  I outplaced my… View Article
Georgia families, educators and policy makers are of many views about the impact of Common Core State Standards and whether Georgia should continue to participate. This discussion is likely to become a topic for possible legislation during the 2014 General Assembly. Therefore, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation has published a data-driven Common Core analysis to bring clarity to a controversial subject without making a policy recommendation. “We understand this is an extremely hot topic,” said Foundation President Kelly McCutchen.  “We believe it is important in every policy discussion to dig down into the real background and data so that we can provide the information people need to make their own decisions.” Analysis sections include control of what is taught in… View Article
By Michael Horn MICHAEL HORNEducation Executive DirectorClayton Christensen Institute One of the insights in The Innovator’s Prescription, a book about solving the problems afflicting the nation’s health-care system by Clayton Christensen, Dr. Jason Hwang, and Dr. Jerome Grossman, is that we won’t get more affordable health care by asking high-salary individuals to take lower salaries. Instead, the way to make health care affordable is to push care and treatment out of the hospital to less expensive professionals in lower-cost venues whenever possible. An example of what this means in health care is to have nurse practitioners in retail health clinics treat patients that have precisely diagnosable diseases with rules-based treatments instead of having pricey doctors in expensive hospitals… View Article

Teaching the Teachers How to Teach with Technology

By Mike Klein MIKE KLEINEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Georgia school doors re-opened this month which means the serious business of Friday night football looms near.  On the academic side, the battle to achieve something greater than statewide mediocrity punctuated by occasional points of light resumes anew.  But there also is another mission underway, one that could potentially remake the teaching profession. “We cannot send our student teachers into classrooms, expect them to blend, expect them to know what to do without having (technology) preparation,” says Jo Williamson, associate professor of instructional technology at Kennesaw State University.  “We cannot send graduates to (public) schools that are our clients and expect them to retrain them.” Last year Governor Nathan Deal appointed… View Article

Organize The Team, And Then Train The Teachers

By Michael Horn Michael HornEducation Executive DirectorClayton Christensen Institute My Clayton Christensen Institute colleague Heather Staker’s recent blog, “Secret to organizing teachers for blended learning,” makes a powerful point. No amount of teacher training by itself will help teachers use technology to personalize learning to its fullest. Instead, organizing the right team to lead a technology implementation is the necessary first step. In her piece, Heather outlines how different team structures are designed to solve specific types of problems and bring about different levels of change. The kind of problem a school is solving dictates what type of team structure it needs to use to be successful. Only certain types of teams are able to create certain blended-learning models, for… View Article
By Eric Wearne Eric WearneSenior FellowGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Latin Academy Charter School opened its doors for the first time in 2012 with 90 sixth graders, in the Anderson Park neighborhood of southwest Atlanta.  Work on the school started formally in 2010, and Latin’s board, administration, teachers, and families have been waiting to see how a school that had existed only on paper for so long would perform in the real world.  Now, the Georgia Department of Education has released school-level CRCT scores.  Our scores are strong: In reading, 97.8 percent of Latin Academy’s students met or exceeded standards this year, placing the Academy 6th out of 23 APS schools. In math, 79.1 percent of Academy students met or exceeded… View Article

Georgia Tech and Udacity Cross the Rubicon

By Michael Horn and Gunnar Counselman “There are a few moments in my life I will never forget. Like the moment I proposed to my wife, Petra. … Today is one of those moments.” Michael HornCo-FounderClayton Christensen Institute So wrote Udacity founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun upon announcing a new $6,600 master’s in computer science degree in partnership with Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech’s dean of computing Zvi Galil expressed similar glee when he said in an interview, “You know there is a revolution going on, right?” Hyperbole about disruptive innovation in higher education is rampant. Starting as a trickle of conversation a decade back and turning into a torrent today, innovation now dominates the ecosystem’s collective mindshare. Any… View Article

Putting College in Students’ REACH

By Benita M. Dodd In a week highlighting more disappointing actions among so-called leaders at the national and state level, in a climate where good corporate citizens are often demonized, a shining beacon was celebrated June 11 at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion: the REACH scholarship program. REACH Georgia – for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen – was launched in February 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal, who continues to champion the privately funded program. It’s a remarkable, comprehensive, needs-based scholarship program, using private funds to target young students who otherwise couldn’t dream of going to college and who may not even reach high school graduation. The program was introduced to Georgia by Dr. Howard Hinesley, current superintendent of Cartersville City Schools,… View Article
By Michael Horn Michael HornCo-FounderClayton Christensen Institute In Larry Cuban’s recent piece in the Washington Post, “Why K-12 online learning isn’t really revolutionizing teaching,” he in essence says that our research showing that online learning is a disruptive innovation that has the potential to transform K–12 education into a student-centric learning design that can allow each student to realize his or her fullest potential is unfortunate hype from academic gurus. What’s unfortunate is Cuban’s misrepresentation of our research to hype his argument. Cuban refers to our prediction that by 2019 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online in some form or fashion. He says that the prediction is erroneous because of the different… View Article

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