the VOA Special English Education Report.
have been used in teaching for more than twenty years. But a new book says that
only now are they changing education. And it predicts that a lot more is about
book is called "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change
the Way the World Learns."
innovation" is a theory developed by lead author Clayton Christensen, a
professor at the Harvard Business School. He says organizations almost always
use new, creative technology only to continue what they already do.
technology should change organizations, he says, disrupt them in a good way.
They should use the technology to do things differently -- for example, to
serve more needs.
new book says the needed disruptive force in education is computer-based
Horn, another author of "Disrupting Class," told us about a Boston
public school that he visited. Every student at Lilla G. Frederick Middle School
in Dorchester, Massachusetts, has a laptop computer.
class was learning about storms. Michael Horn says the laptops made it possible
to truly individualize the lessons, to divide materials by ability level and
learning style. At the end, the students all took part in a discussion led by
learning offers a way for students to take advanced courses not offered at
their school, or to retake classes they failed. It also serves those who cannot
physically attend school, and students who receive home schooling or need
learning includes online courses. Enrollments in online courses have grown
sharply. In two thousand seven, the United States had about one million
enrollments, not including college courses. Students could be enrolled in more
than one course, through schools or education companies.
school students make up about seventy percent of the enrollments. Still,
nationally, only about one percent of all high school courses last year were
the authors of "Disrupting Class" predict it will be ten percent in
about six years. And their research suggests that the number will be about
fifty percent by twenty nineteen. And Michael Horn says the future of online
learning could be even greater in developing countries.
talk more about online learning next week.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report,
written by Nancy Steinbach. Our reports are online with transcripts and MP3s at
voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Steve Ember.