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Disrupting Class - Part 1: Disruptive Innovation Theory

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 -- Kristin Flynn

Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of the Innosight Institute, delivered the keynote address at Edtech 2012, Edmentum’s annual education technology conference. In this video series Horn explores the impact online learning is having on education. This “disruptive innovation," as Horn would call it, is transforming education into a student-centric model that has the power to positively impact every student.

At Innosight Institute, Horn leads a team that educates policymakers and the public on how to encourage innovation in education based on its ongoing research, which explores how to transform America’s education system from its current factory-based model into a student-centric one in which every student can realize her human potential. Horn has testified at many state legislative sessions and is a frequent keynote speaker at education conferences and planning sessions around the country.

In 2008, Horn co-authored the book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (McGraw-Hill) with Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen, the father of disruptive innovation theory, and Curtis W. Johnson, president of the Citistates Group. BusinessWeek named the book one of the 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008 and Newsweek named it as the 14th book on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times.” Horn has also written articles for numerous publications and outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Economist, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Education Week.

Tech&Learning magazine named Horn to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education.