Thomas Arnett of the Clayton Christensen Institute on the Cult/Tech Podcast

Joining us today on the podcast is Thomas Arnett, a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on the changing roles of teachers in blended learning environments and innovative educational models.

The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.

Key Takeaways:

  • “It starts by looking at what does good student learning look like? What does good instruction look like?” Thomas at 2:55
  • “It’s important to start small and test ideas out before you take them mainstream” Thomas at 3:37
  • “Why do you think Gooru is a useful tool ” listen at 7:47
  • “The key is to focus on what does good teaching and learning look like” Thomas at 12:40
  • “The key to making sure it goes well is not just technology for technology’s sake –  it’s technology to facilitate good instruction ” Thomas at 13:33
  • “Is there a roadmap to help teachers that might be resistant” to tech? Listen at 14:18
  • “Technology offers us opportunities to rethink traditional teaching roles” Thomas at 16:05

The apps mentioned in this podcast are Mindspark and Gooru.

The podcast is produced by Red Cup Agency. The interviewer is Lee Schneider.

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