Michael Horn on the Need for Differentiated Instruction via Technology

Michael Horn was interviewed this month by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) for their monthly Education Update. “Q&A: Disrupting Class – an interview with Michael Horn” speaks to the core need for differentiated instruction via technology in the classroom. My favorite segment of the interview is a quote that could have been right out of DreamBox Learning’s executive summary:

“All students learn in different ways, and in the book, we use the theory of multiple intelligences to describe this,” explains Horn. “Considering these differences and constraints on time and space for learning, it’s incredibly hard to individualize instruction for 20 or 30 students at a time. So our big question was: how do you break apart that interdependency and allow for truly student-centered learning?’ Horn calls for educators to be more purposeful in their use of technology in the classroom and discusses the new role of the teacher in a disrupted classroom.”

Michael Horn is co-author of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.”