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Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen
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Jul 29, 09

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The authors make a compelling case to support their claims that computer and web-based learning will inevitably change the nature of education in the next ten years. This change will be for the better as learning can become more student-centric with the teacher functioning as a learning facilitator.

Some acute observations are those regarding "intellectual cliques" (p. 37), which highlight how various subjects tend to cater to particular intelligence types/learning styles; implementation issues and the legislative process (p. 74), which concerns conflicts between the interests of dominant organizations and innovative/disruptive technologies; technology platforms (p. 137), such as QuickBase and user generated technology that allow users to customize for their specific needs; the importance of early (birth-4) childhood experiences (p. 149) in shaping brain function and capacity to learn, especially regarding parents talking to and with their babies (2,100 versus 600 words a day); and how to improve education research (p. 173) to better identify the particulars of what will help ALL children rather than what will have the greatest impact on the most children.

Great citation of research.
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