Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education Is the Future by Christensen and Horn applies the disruptive-innovation theory to education. The authors contend that, historically, schools have followed a pattern of adding innovation into an existing model. They also contend that in order for computer-based learning to bring about a “disruptive transformation”, it should be implemented where there is no other alternative and made available to the “non-consumers”. A thought-provoking article that repeats a common theme in the readings for our course; many classrooms of today are utilizing current technology to implement educational practices that have remained virtually unchanged for years. I recognize and appreciate the possibilities for individualization with computer-based education, but I feel that the role of the teacher is an important one. Computer-based education will not take the place of the classroom teacher. Ideally, classrooms and teachers will evolve concurrently to accommodate this “disruption” in ways that lead our students to higher levels of understanding and achievement.
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