Author

Thomas Arnett

    Author Website: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/our-team/thomas-arnett/


    Author Bio:
    Thomas Arnett is a Research Fellow of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute. His research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and other innovative educational models.


Articles

Competency-Based Learning for Teachers

Can micro-credentials reboot professional development?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

There’s a Reason Why Teachers Don’t Use the Software Provided By Their Districts

A recent report found that most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. The findings unveil a clear disconnect between district software procurement and classroom practice.

11/30/2018

The Secret to Activating Teacher Motivation

What’s the key to getting teachers on board with new approaches to instruction?

09/18/2018

Innovators Worth Watching: Ed Leadership SIMS

Simulations can help educators and school leaders get practice and feedback in low-stakes settings.

08/30/2018

Do Specialized Teaching Roles Help or Hurt Students?

In addition to being content instructors, we also expect teachers to be curriculum designers, assessment creators, and experts at evaluating student work and analyzing student learning data, not to mention experts in classroom management and culture, coaching students on self-management, providing students with social and emotional support, and being the primary school connection with parents and families.

06/29/2018

Why Collective Action is the Wrong Approach for Developing Personalized Learning Teachers

We don’t have a clear pipeline for preparing and developing personalized learning teachers. What we really need is a single organization with an integrated solution to show us how to do personalized learning and teacher development really well.

05/03/2018

Can Digital Also Mean Low-Tech? Yes, and It Can Enhance Teaching

Simple innovations, like digital lesson plans, can go a long way toward improving teacher effectiveness and student outcomes

02/22/2018

Is Disruptive Innovation Driving K-12 Privatization?

For those concerned, I want to offer some words of solace: K–12 public schools are not getting disrupted.

07/13/2017

Technology Doesn’t Drive Blended Learning Success … or Does It?

When I observed classrooms and interviewed teachers and administrators, the thing that stood out was high-quality teaching practices, inspired and supported by effective school leadership.

06/14/2017

Blended Learning’s Unfulfilled Promise: Saving Teachers Time

Here are a few reasons why blended learning may not live up to its time-saving potential.

06/05/2017

Making Student Data More Usable: What Innovation Theory Tells Us About Interoperability

Imagine an ideal world in which all student data flows seamlessly and securely between software applications:

04/20/2017

Will Trump’s Deregulation Help Teacher Preparation?

Will overturning the Obama administration’s teacher preparation regulations lead to progress or stagnation in teacher quality?

04/12/2017

Make Teaching More Doable

Many teachers find themselves on a pathway to burnout, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

04/06/2017

Teaching Like a Champion: Blended Learning Edition

Teachers need resources like this to help them transition successfully to the student-centered learning practices that blended learning enables.

02/02/2017

The Myth and Reality of Heroic Teaching

Machines can’t imitate acts of heroic teaching, but with the help of performance-augmenting technologies, teachers will have an unprecedented ability to impact their students’ lives for the better.

01/05/2017

Will Blended Learning Fulfill its Disruptive Potential?

Mainstream adoption of blended learning will come not from policy reform but from persuading the people who work at the ground level in education.

12/12/2016

Getting Past the Broken “Teachers vs. Technology” Debate

Rather than seeing technology as either a threat to or poor substitute for teachers, we need to determine how best to use technology to enhance teachers’ capabilities.

09/23/2016

Why New Technologies Often Don’t Help Students

Breakthrough innovations come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old processes.

07/19/2016

Personalized Learning and Sound Curriculum—Two Sides of the Same Coin

Personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge; indeed, it is a powerful means for enabling students to master core knowledge

06/15/2016

Open Educational Resources Will Evolve to Address the Problems We Hire Them to Solve

OER content gives schools and teachers instructional “Legos” that they can organize, revise, and combine more easily to create custom learning solutions that meet their students’ needs.

06/08/2016

Blended Learning Can Enable Teachers to Focus on Cognitive Skills

An interview with Megan Toyama, a blended-learning teacher of AP US history and 10th-grade modern world history at Summit Tahoma

04/15/2016

Insights from a Blended-Learning Teacher

An interview with Amy Carlson, a blended-learning coach at Highline School District in Seattle.

12/22/2015

Why Teachers Shouldn’t Grade Their Own Students

We put teachers in a tough spot, asking them to motivate their students to excel at learning and also asking them to give their students grades.

08/14/2015

The Key to Rigorous Online Assessments

Is it possible to integrate human-graded assessments into online learning software?

06/24/2015

Fixing Teacher Education

Leaders from the charter sector have founded three innovative teacher education programs.

05/28/2015

Creating A Sea Change To Improve Teacher Impact

We can provide more students with the teachers they need by leveraging online learning.

03/05/2015

TNTP Reimagines Blended Teaching

A new paper describes the roles and essential competencies of blended-learning teachers and provides guidance to school leaders for recruiting and selecting blended-learning teachers.

12/17/2014

Driving Blended Learning at the State Level

As blended learning continues to grow, one of the challenges education leaders are facing is the fact that knowledge of the concept spreads faster than expertise on how to foster and support it.

08/11/2014

Course Access Opens New Horizons for Students

Course access programs allow students to enroll in a variety of online, blended, and face-to-face courses from a wide selection of accountable providers, in addition to the courses they take through their local schools

07/24/2014

Computers Enable Good Teachers

The power of educational technology does not come from replacing teachers, but from empowering teachers to provide better instruction.

07/17/2014

Addressing Teachers’ Concerns about Online Learning

As more and more schools adopt blended learning in the years to come, the nature of teaching is going to change.

05/29/2014

Blended Learning Impacts More Than Just Academics

At one credit recovery program, it is fascinating to see how blended learning impacts students’ relationships with their teachers and improves the non-academic aspects of their learning.

05/15/2014

Creating a Good Course Choice Market

How can we capture the benefits of course choice while also protecting students from poor-quality course choice providers?

01/31/2014

Don’t Expect Schools of the Future to Be Here Tomorrow

Historically, new innovations have the best chance for success if they deliberately decide not to start off in the big league with the most demanding applications and customers.

01/10/2014

Why Teacher Preparation Programs Lack the Will to Change

Established programs face competing demands from other conflicting priorities that they have developed through years of operation in the traditional system of higher education.

12/26/2013
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