For TeachLab’s tenth and final Failure to Disrupt Book Club we look back at Justin’s live conversation with regular Audrey Watters and special guest Kevin Gannon, professor and director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Together they discuss the final chapter of Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education.

“My institution is where you have students who are living in their cars, students who can’t get basic needs, students who are working three jobs and need some technical solution to help them manage this workload. But they’re not in those conversations about the tools that we have available to us, to adopt. I don’t know what the solution to that is. But I don’t think Ivy League graduates designing these products that look like the app students use, so they’re more comfortable with it- I don’t think that’s the answer.”   -Kevin Gannon

In this episode we’ll talk about:

  • Kevin’s edtech stories – Gopher/Pearson
  • Takeaways from the final chapter and the whole book
  • Edtech amnesia
  • Theories of Change
  • “Disruption”
  • Responsibilities of schools vs. society
  • “Clunky” Student Information Systems
  • Lack of student voice in edtech decision making
  • Next book recommendations

Resources and Links

Check out Kevin Gannon’s book Radical Hope

Check out Audrey Watters’ book Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning

Check out Sustainable. Resilient. Free.: The Future of Public Higher Education by John Warner

Check out Schools That Learn): A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education co authored by Peter Senge

Watch the full Book Club webinar here!

Check out Justin Reich’s new book, Failure To Disrupt!

Join our self-paced online edX course: Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices



Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley

Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley

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