Disruptive Innovation in Education
Disruptive innovation refers to a new idea or product that drastically changes the way things were previously done. This is something that is very common in many industries, but is much needed within the education industry. Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, highlights the difficulties with innovation in education, and how computers and technology could be just the type of digital innovation needed within the educational system. This topic was particularly interesting for me, because I have been working for a company in the EdTech industry for the past year, who’s goal is to enhance the value of K-12 education through the use of innovative technology. One of the main ways personal technology can create disruptive innovation is through its ability to provide for a more individualized education for students. Often times the education system generalizes lesson plans due to a lack of resources or finances, and students who do not learn in the traditional way are the ones who suffer. Online learning presents and alternative solution to this problem, and can allow for the development of child-specific lesson plans. Such a level of individualized instruction would be impossible in the traditional classroom setting. Students with any learning style preferences can benefit from this type of disruptive innovation in the education system, by being presented with the opportunity to take additional classes not offered in the traditional classroom, work at his or her own pace, and focus on what learning styles work best for him/her individually. A question I have is, other than the obvious costs, what other factors are limiting disruptive innovation in education? In what other ways can personal technology create disruptive innovation in education?