This is part of the emTech Presentation Series, designed to provide information about the topic with clear applications the audience might try when they return to the school after the session. This is an excellent way to begin the year, kick-off a year of self-study, set the tone for curriculum revision, and/or initiate a refocusing of the community as part of school reform and redesign.

Target Audience: Educators, USA & International Schools, and/or parents. Presentations can be tailored for a specific group (e.g. school board, school-community leaders or planning council, faculty, parents and/or administrators.

Purpose: To provide an overview of how technology is changing student skills as well as the school-community's expectations for students and what this means for what and how students learn in schools..

Expected Outcomes: Examples are taken from the workplace and translated to the educational environment, including the workplace skills of identifying problems, exploring solutions, and examining the process as well as the outcome. The audience will exit with an understanding of how curriculum, evaluation, instruction, and organizational expectations have to change to match the new and emerging post-secondary environment in which students will be expected to function in the next century.

General Overview: emTech consultants use a high-energy, fast paced presentation, using POWER POINT presentation media to illustrate how technology is changing expectations for the workforce and what this means for schools. Emphasis is on individual student skills. The concept of "student as researcher" is illustrated, matching the description to the workplace demands and higher education requirements for entering students. Specific examples of how schools can nurture and develop the skills for students. The tenor of the presentation has been described by audience members as "humorous", "great for non-techies", and "a lively synopsis of what's at the heart of school reform". The presentation is built upon Preparing for the 21st Century (Paul Kennedy), being digital (Nickalaus Negroponte), The Work of Nations (Robert Reich), The End of Work (Jeremy Rifkin).

Approximate Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Physical Requirements: Room appropriate for presentation, with overhead projector and screen. Presenters provide LCD panel & notebook computer for presentation media, including sound and video.

Presentation References: Individuals and/or organizations familiar with this presentation are:

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools
Dr. Keith Miller at
Ambrit Academy, Rome, Italy
Bernard Mullane, Director at AMBRIT@email.telpress.IT
The Capitol School , Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Dr. Barbara Rountree, Director at

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