SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States spent $673 billion on PreK−12 public education in fiscal year 2014. Meanwhile, educators spend an average of 1,000 hours teaching per year—more than almost any other country in the world. Despite these investments, student results continue to fall short, with American teens ranking 36th worldwide in math, reading and science. The current education system, built on a century-old factory model, is in need of a reboot.
Responding to this challenge are education experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Their new book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (Jossey-Bass/Wiley), serves as a design guide for K-12 stakeholders looking to effectively embrace the rise of blended learning—the combination of online learning and brick-and-mortar schools—to customize learning, boost achievement and prepare students for the knowledge economy.
“Contrary to popular belief, online learning isn’t a substitute for student-teacher interaction—it’s the catalyst for it,” says Horn, co-founder and executive director of Education at the Institute and co-author of Disrupting Class. “By offering a scalable way to bring personalization, access and cost control to K-12 schools, online learning enables teachers to spend more time on other activities like project-based and one-on-one learning.”
“We can’t simply write a line item around funding tablets and think that will cover it,” adds Staker, senior research fellow at the Institute. “Technology is a critical piece of the puzzle, but understanding how to apply that technology is paramount. Blended is a comprehensive design manual for on-the-ground application.”
A practical and action-oriented handbook for educators, parents, policymakers and innovators, Blended has received acclaim from many within the education community, including Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy. “Blended gives concrete examples of how educators, parents and learners can move us all to a world where technology makes the classroom more human, not less,” said Khan.
For more information on blended learning – or to start your own blended learning journey – visit www.christenseninstitute.org/blended/.
The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (www.christenseninstitute.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute works to shape and elevate the conversation surrounding important social issues through rigorous research and public outreach.