20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now

In the May issue of Edudemic Magazine for iPad (that won’t be available for a few days, so no pushing and shoving please), we talk about (among many other things) the concept of disruption in education.

Change of all kinds depends on key episodes of disruption–even those that aren’t all roses at the time. For our May issue (which will also be available in our store for those iPad-less), we chose a handful (okay, 21) of the most recent initiatives in education and ranked them according to their potential for disruption–their ability to change education in powerful and even unpredictable ways.

We’ll preview our content a bit more up until launch so you know what you’re getting, but to get started let’s take a look the items below. Feel free to rank your own top 10 in the comments below and see how your list compares to ours when it releases next week.

Note that this list below is currently in ABC order. A ranked scale–which is simply our interpretation, as it’s all subjective, yes?–will be included in the May issue of the iPad magazine.

  1. Apple Textbook Initiative
  2. Charter Schools
  3. Common Core Adoption (i.e., one set of national standards)
  4. Flipped Classroom
  5. Gender-specific Classes
  6. Growth of homeschooling
  7. iPad Implementation
  8. iTunes U
  9. Khan Academy
  10. MIT OpenCourseWare
  11. MITx
  12. New Learning Models
  13. Personalized Learning
  14. Professional Learning Communities
  15. Project-Based Learning
  16. Race to the Top
  17. Service-based Learning
  18. Smartphone Integration
  19. Social Media Integration
  20. Teach for America
  21. Traditional Differentiation


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  2. wyattgeteducated

    May 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Rather than rank I would like to add the following:
    The melding of games and education
    The rise of data and tools for higher education cost comparisons (cost comparisons can help enhance innovation)
    Tools like the Diploma Mill Police used to fight degree mills (fake diplomas)
    Skype, Google Hangouts and other video tools for improved online interactions
    Online apps used by the various tablets (doesn’t always have to be the iPad)

    • terryheick

      May 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

       @wyattgeteducated Good additions. 

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  5. A Disrupters

    November 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Showing an iPad on an Apple TV in another classroom… Sure is a neat way to disrupt education.
    Factory reset on iPad.
    Upload videos and photos of teacher to Dropbox and the YouTube, Flickr, etc.

    These iFads create a whole lot of new ways to disrupt!!!