• August 25, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    Harnessing benefits, reigning in downsides of virtual schools image description

    Last week, I offered thoughts on the Fordham Institute’s research paper on e-schools in Ohio titled, “Enrollment and Achievement in Ohio’s Virtual Charter Schools.” It is a strong study. As I wrote though, it has four significant limitations in the research—not of the analysts’ fault but instead because of limitations intrinsic to the data that

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  • August 24, 2016 | by Efosa Ojomo

    8 attributes of successful market-creating innovations image description

    While building a company that targets nonconsumption can be very rewarding, it can also be a very difficult proposition. Here are eight attributes that entrepreneurs and managers should keep in mind as they look to build these types of businesses.

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  • August 24, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change image description

    Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the

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  • August 18, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do? image description

    In schools across America, the operating system inside its computers is once again changing. Whereas Microsoft played the role of disruptor the first time around, in this chapter, Google is disrupting Microsoft and threatening to drive it out of most U.S. K–12 schools. What’s so striking about this shift is that we have seen a

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  • August 17, 2016 | by Efosa Ojomo

    The Ford Model T: America was once an emerging market image description

    In creating the first affordable car, Henry Ford created a market, not just a business, out of nonconsumption.

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  • August 16, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Lessons plans: A technological wonder image description

    When most people picture world-changing technologies, they immediately conjure mental images of automobiles, airplanes, computers, and smartphones. But when the word “technology” is too closely associated with machines and devices, we can easily overlook powerful technologies of a different sort. In The Innovator’s Solution, Clayton Christensen and his colleagues define technology as “the process that

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  • August 11, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream image description

    Since the relaunch of our Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory six months ago, we have received several requests from school districts wanting to create district-level profiles—previously, only schools could create profiles. This week, we are excited to announce the release of district profiles on the BLU. Districts can now share their high-level, blended-learning initiatives and

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