Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

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“Just as kids await the next Harry Potter installment, so do business leaders look for Clayton M. Christensen's next offering.”-Inc. Magazine

The business book of the year-a long-awaited lesson in innovation from the legendary Harvard Business School professor…

With his blockbuster bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen created the classic model for growth and change in corporations and cultures. Now, taking a cue from Bill Gates' 2005 critique of the American school system, he applies his theory of “disruptive innovation” to a much-needed evolution in educational technologies-offering new opportunities and challenges for the business community. Christensen brilliantly shows how tomorrow's innovations in education will change the way the world learns-and what businesses can do to meet those changing demands today.

Clayton M. Christensen's books are:

“REQUIRED READING.”-BusinessWeek

“ABSORBING.”-The New York Times

“THOUGHTFUL.”-Fortune

“BRILLIANT.”-Michael R. Bloomberg

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HardCover. Pub Date: 2008 Pages: 288 Publisher: McGraw-Hill Selected as one of the Best Books on Innovation 2008 by BusinessWeek magazineNamed to the Best Human-Capital Book of 2008 by Strategy + Business magazineA crash course in The Business of learning-from the bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution ... Provocatively titled. Disrupting Class is just what America's K-12 education system needs-a well thought-through proposal for using technology to better serve students and ing our schools into the 21st Century. Unlike so many education 'reforms.' this is not small-bore stuff. For that reason alone. it's likely to be resisted by defenders of the status quo. even though it's necessary and right for our kids.We owe it to them to make sure this book isn't merely a terrific read; it must become a blueprint for educational transformation. - Jo...

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WARNING: THIS BOOK WILL CHALLENGE

EVERYTHING YOU EVER LEARNED-ABOUT LEARNING

“After a barrage of business books that purport to 'fix' American education, at last a book that speaks thoughtfully and imaginatively about what genuinely individualized education can be like and how to bring it about.”
-Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future

“A decade ago, Clayton Christensen wrote a masterpiece, The Innovator's Dilemma, that transformed the way business looks at innovation. Now, he and two collaborators, Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson, have come up with another, focusing his groundbreaking theories of disruptive innovation on education."
-David Gergen, US Presidential Advisor

“Clayton Christensen's insights just might shake many of us in education out of our complacency and into a long needed disruptive discourse about really fixing our schools. This will be a welcome change after decades in which powerful calls to action have resulted in only marginal improvements for our nation's school children.”
-Vicki Phillips, director of Education, Gates Foundation

“Full of strategies that are both bold and doable, this brilliant and seminal book shows how we can utilize technology to customize learning. I recommend it most enthusiastically.”
-Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester (NY) Teachers Association, and vice president of the American Federation of Teachers

"Finally we have a book from the business community that gets it. Disrupting Class from Clayton Christensen and colleagues points out that motivation is central to learning and that if schools and learning are to be transformed as they must be, motivation must be at the center of the work. They also point out how technology should be used to personalize learning and what the future might look like for schools. A must read for anyone thinking and worrying about where education should be headed."
-Paul Houston, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

“Powerful, proven strategies for moving education from stagnation to evolution.”
-Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Clayton Christensen and colleagues describe how disruptive technologies will personalize and, as a result, revolutionize learning. Every education leader should read this book, set aside their next staff meeting to discuss it, and figure out how they can be part of the improvement wave to come.”
-Tom Vander Ark, President, X PRIZE Foundation

“In Disrupting Class, Christensen, Horn and Johnson argue that the next round of innovation in school reform will involve learning software. While schools have resisted integrating technology for instruction, today's students are embracing technology in their everyday lives. This book offers promise to education reformers.”
-Kathleen McCartney, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“The genius of Disrupting Class is the spotlight the book throws on how we can tap children’s early enthusiasm for school by letting them learn in best-choice, individualized ways, the teacher’s role transformed from ‘sage on stage’ to ‘guide on the side.’”
--Seattle Times & Post-Intelligencer

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