Michael B. Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director, Education, of Innosight Institute. Co-author of Disrupting Class.
Disrupting Class is a great book that can help the education community to closely examine current reforms to determine if they are "disruptive innovations" or merely "sustaining". Much of what we consider to be innovative is simply a new way of performing an old function. Using Skype to visit a class in another country in NOT innovative. This was possible with traditional letter writing and exchanging videos by mail. Using Skype to have classrooms collaborate on a project where each class contributes unique geographical/cultural/linguistic information to the project is INNOVATIVE. Disruptive educational innovations represent a fundamental paradigm shift in teaching and learning.