Community Tech Forum
Sponsored by West Morris Regional High School District
Igniting Innovators in a World of Mobilism
Thursday, March 21st 2013 at 7pm
65 East Main Street
About the Community Tech Forum
West Morris Regional High School District invites you to a Community Tech Forum on .
Titled, Igniting Innovatorsin a World of Mobilism, this forum is designed to explore a simple question:
Will our students be prepared to compete in the new global and digital era?
This is the opening event for the district’s Strategic Development process. An impressive lineup of several keynote speakers will begin the evening, including Jonathan Rochelle, Google Product Manager and Chester resident, Doug lmbruce, CEO of Qwiki, and Bill Davidson, Marketing Strategist for Qualcomm. They will address the critical need for our students to develop entrepreneurial, innovation, and STEM skills in order to be competitive in this new renaissance era. A community panel will provide further insight on these topics. We will also have our audience participating digitally through their cell phones. Following the forum, we will synthesize feedback from our parents and create strategic objectives designed to improve the high School experience for all students. Please join us.
CEO of Qwiki, Inc. - a NY-Based technology start-up
Product Management Director at Google, Co-founder of Google Docs
Senior VP, Qualcomm STEM
More details about the Community Tech Forum
There is an urgent need for change in education due to the evolution of technology, the dynamics of a knowledge-based economy, and the complexity of an interdependent global society. The expanded scope of our responsibilities is dra-
matic and the stakes remain high. Educational institutions hold the responsibility to prepare students for these new demands
Considerable recent research predicts the overall economy will continue to shift towards increased opportunities in the health care/science-related fields as well as computer and math related fields [Lockard and Wolf, 2012]. Evidence also suggests the dematerialization of the economy and the changes brought about by mobile computing will require people to develop defined entrepreneurial skills creative problem solving, an emphasis on collaboration, and the innovative use of technology [Zhao, 2012; Saylor, 2012]. Finally, a closely connected global society demands a citizenry which can
work effectively with people from multiple cultures.
All of these factors suggest high schools will need to implement modifications in how they plan and operate. Some of these changes include:
- Students will need to be proficient in many different forms of technology and technological skills: virtual collaboration, information literacy, design mindset, social media, as well as other technologies relevant within each discipline.
- Students will need to curate, filter, and evaluate information in a variety of platforms in order t0 learn and work effectively [Cognitive Load Management].
- Students will need to live and work as a digital citizen. They will need the skills and mindset to foster relationships, collaborate and communicate within many different communities and forums: virtual communities, cross-cultural communities, local communities, etc.
- The availability of vast information/ data and the changing nature of economic opportunities will place a greater value on analytical thinking, working within disciplines and across different disciplines (trans-disciplinary thinking).
More so than with any previous generation, the new economy requires the application and communication of knowledge as well as non-routine problem solving skills. Non-routine problem solving skills require creative thought and tenacity.