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How Do We Transform Our Schools?


Education Next Volume 8, Number 3, ISSN 1539-9664


Teachers, administrators, researchers, reformers, government leaders, parents, and others have long extolled the benefits that computer-based learning could have in schools: (1) Educational video games could make learning fun and motivating; and (2) Computers offer a way to customize instruction and allow students to learn in the way they are best wired to process information. For such reasons, taxpayers, philanthropies, and corporations have spent more than $60 billion to equip schools with computers in the last two decades. In this article, the authors maintain that schools have gotten little back from their investment in technology. Instead of cramming the innovation into its existing operating model to sustain what it already does, the authors suggest that the way to implement an innovation is to implement it disruptively. Schools should not use technology to compete against the existing paradigm and serve existing customers, but let it compete against "non-consumption," where the alternative is nothing at all. (Contains 3 figures.)


Christensen, C.M. & Horn, M.B. (2008). How Do We Transform Our Schools?. Education Next, 8(3), 13-19. Retrieved January 22, 2020 from .

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