Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Interview with Michael Horn

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Horn when his book, Disrupting Class How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (co-authored with Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson), first came out. He works down the street from my house. Back in June, 2008 we sat down for coffee to talk about his book. Since then, Michael has appeared at conferences all over the country and has been interviewed many time. His book has also been the subject of discussion all around the web. Laurie Bartels collected many of the interviews and discussions on the book here.

This was my first podcast interview. I was nervous about it, but it was a lot of fun. I had some trouble figuring out where to post it and how to embed it on blogger. I ended up posting it on Classroom 2.0 and embedding the player. It seemed to work. I would love to get your feedback on the interview and/or the book!

Here is another link to the interview, if the player doesn't work.

Links to some of the sites mentioned in the interview:
K12 Inc.
Reboot Learning Retreat Paper (pdf)
The Innovator's Prescription


Cheryloakes50 said...

Liz, Great job, great questions, love the what is next!

Sarah Hanawald said...

I am looking forward to listening to your interview during my long drive tomorrow! What truly impresses me is the way you model the teacher as learner here. Inspirational!

Anonymous said...

Great podcast Liz. You couldn't tell you were nervous at all. It was a great interview. More, more, more!

Laurie said...

Hi Liz,

I enjoyed your interview with Michael, and felt your conversation "humanized" the ideas. This discussion made me feel that changes are possible, perhaps because Michael talked about the positives he has discovered in his months long journey.

In another podcast, someone mentioned that we in the independent school world are somewhat isolated. I definitely agree, and appreciate those who have the resources and time to get out and about sharing what they learn. Thanks for facilitating that sharing! (Thanks, also, for the Neurons Firing link :-))

Cheers, Laurie

K. Shelton said...

Excellent work and thanks for posting. The podcast player you would want to consider next time is podbean. Let me know if I can help you. Otherwise this one worked just fine.

Jim Lerman said...

Hi Liz,

Just finished listening to the podcast. You did a wonderful job; as a great and active listener, as a gentle and engaging poser of deep and meaningful questions, and as a contributor of your own thoughts. You ably set the agenda and Mr. Horn just as ably filled it in. Very nicely done all around.

The nervousness you referenced in several posts and in the interview itself was not evident, but must have motivated you to prepare very extensively.

I will definitely have my graduate students listen to this as they read the book next semester! It will enrich and deepen their understanding and connection with the material, as it has mine.

Thank you for taking the time and doing the work to share this valuable piece.

I really enjoyed how you managed to personalize this experience and also got into "now what?" kind of topics, beyond the book.

Liz B Davis said...

Thanks everyone. I'm happy to hear that others thought the interview went well. As Jim mentioned, I was very nervous about it and Tweeted and Plurked that fact. Nervousness is actually a very useful tool for me, it forces me to do my homework.

I had met Michael before, and he is very easy to talk to, so that helped a lot.

Mind Machine - I tried Podbean, but had trouble embedding the player in my blog.

P.S. Jim - is your daughter really a professional tap dancer?