3 must-read blogs on education innovation this year

This article is from Christensen institute. 

Robert Markle, research project manager, education

Blog: What will it take for education’s most promising innovations to scale?

Blog teaser: By their very nature, innovations are new, untested ideas emerging as a result of existing solutions not meeting the needs of a specific group of individuals. Over the last decade, schools across the nation have begun to test various models of blended learning and procuring edtech tools to offer students some element of control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of their learning. Yet, even amidst the increased adoption of blended learning during COVID, school systems continue to struggle to scale the potential game-changing benefits of technology in the classroom. As someone who was once deeply involved in edtech procurement decisions for a school district, I know that this stubborn challenge isn’t because school leaders aren’t committed to finding the best solutions to meet their students’ needs.

Thomas Arnett, senior research fellow, education

Blog: The great uncoupling: How digital learning will change education

Blog teaser: When people think about digital learning, the first things that come to mind are likely the common applications they’ve experienced. For example, you might think of remote learning through class meetings that happen over a video call. Examples like this frame digital learning in terms of specific resources and their functions within our current education system. But when we think about the big-picture, long-term impact digital learning will have on society, we need to think more broadly than its role in our current schools and classrooms.

Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education research

Blog: What schools miss when they’re missing relationship data

Blog teaser: Legacy education data systems rarely contain much in the way of relationship data. That’s not to say schools fly entirely blind. Schools can keep track of which students are paired with what teachers. They can assign advisors or mentors to students who are struggling. They can administer culture and belonging surveys that measure how students and staff experience and perceive their community. But rosters and climate surveys only get you so far. They lean institution-centric, rather than student-centric. In other words, they rarely reveal the actual relationships and networks at play in students’ lives. Moreover, they tell schools nothing about students’ connections with family, friends, coaches, neighbors, and the like that make up a young person’s actual network, and often contain valuable assets that schools could tap into. How might schools go about discovering who students know? 


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