With a plethora of ed-tech tools at their disposal to enhance instruction and combat learning loss, educators must now use them to create a “mastery-based” learning model, according to Michael Horn, an education author, co-founder and fellow at the nonprofit think tank Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation.
Speaking Monday in a keynote address to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2023 conference in Austin, Texas, Horn said that schools need to allow for “more nimbleness to try things” to make the most out of ed-tech tools. When it comes to tech adoption, he said, much of the goal should be to personalize instruction to make it more flexible and responsive to students’ individual academic strengths and weaknesses — a major focus in his recent book, From Reopen to Reinvent.
“I think in the future, we’re going to have a much more pluralistic set of school options and opportunities for families,” he said. “I think one of the challenges districts have had is that they’ve tried to take a one-size-fits-all mentality to serving students out of this pandemic, when we’ve always known that no student will learn in the same way and the same pace.”