I subscribe to the Dangerously Irrelevant blog, and found this entry both intriguing and terrifying. This entry is all about “disruptive innovations” and how current ways of educating are inadequate (or will be very shortly) for most learners. The research is taken from two books written by a Harvard professor. The presenter is scheduled for the K12 Online Conference 2009 (at least I believe it is this year; the website says 2008, but this entry just came to my RSS feed this week.mmm…either way, it’s worth watching and pondering). Here is the link with the overview of his presentation . Take 21 minutes or so to listen and ponder how the basic laws of disruptive innovations will impact education worldwide.
Leading the Change Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations
By Wesley Fryer
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D. Ames, Iowa, USA
Bio: Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He also is the Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators.
Bio page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Scott+McLeod
Presentation Title: Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations
Description: In this 20-minute voice-narrated PowerPoint (Presentation Zen style) Dr. McLeod reflects upon key concepts from Dr. Clayton Christensen’s work regarding disruptive innovation. The presentation draws primarily from two of Dr. Christensen’s books, The Innovator’s Dilemma and Disrupting Class, and focuses on the different ways of thinking that are now mandatory if school leaders are to successfully navigate their organizations in transition to the 21st century. Key points from other leadership models also make their way into the presentation.