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The Future of Education. Allison Kinard Emmett O’Brien Technical High School. Connecticut Technical High School System and Emmett O’Brien THS. Connecticut Technical High School System was founded in 1910.

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The future of education

The Future of Education

Allison Kinard

Emmett O’Brien Technical High School

Connecticut technical high school system and emmett o brien ths
Connecticut Technical High School System and Emmett O’Brien THS

  • Connecticut Technical High School System was founded in 1910.

  • Currently O’Brien serves 546 students from the Valley region of Connecticut (“Emmett,” 2012, p. 1).

  • Ten different technologies available to choose from; electrical, HVAC, plumbing, health technologies, machine tool, CADD, automotive, culinary, hairdressing, and carpentry (“Emmett,” 2012, p. 5).

  • Students graduate with a diploma and technical license in one of multiple trades (“Connecticut,” n.d.).

Emmett o brien s classroom
Emmett O’Brien’s Classroom O’Brien THS

  • The system went through its most significant changes in 2005 by adding college preparation classes and modernization of the technical courses (McQuillan, 2010).

  • In 2011, O’Brien reported a 0% dropout rate but at the same time only 43.4% seek a secondary education degree (“Emmett,” 2012, p. 5).

  • “Emmett O'Brien’s Mission Statement: Emmett O’Brien will provide our students with a comprehensive educational program that prepares them academically, technically and socially to become responsible, successful and contributing members to society” (“Mission,” n.d.).


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  • Futuring is the concept of building a scenario of what and where something will be in the future based on quantitative and qualitative data (Mietzner & Reger, 2005, p. 220).

  • By using futuring in education we can prepare better for preparing our students for the future.

  • Futuring will make better citizens for society.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future” (Reese, 2009, p. 14).

Futuring techniques

  • Scenarios- builds a set of predictions of the future

    • Strengths- able to look at multiple possibilities, makes people challenge long held beliefs, and allows people to prepare for any possibility

    • Weaknesses- time consuming and a lot of data must be accumulated (Mietzner & Reger, 2005, p. 221).

  • Scanning- using research-based and observational data to make decisions about the future

    • Strengths- research-based data can look at trends

    • Weaknesses- observational data can lead to bias

      (Sobrero, 2004, p. 2).

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  • Use of multiple technologies such as mobile devices, web content, and social media can be used to increase learning and make it more enticing for students.

  • Hybrid online classes in high school can provide more contact time with teachers, chance of college credits, and students can go at their own pace (Blackboard K-12, 2009, p.3).

  • Web 2.0 includes web content, social media, and wikis which students are already so comfortable with and will open doors to using mobile devices for learning (Becta, 2008, p. 3).

Public policy and funding
Public Policy and Funding

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  • Public policy such as the Common Core State Standards and Obama’s federal aid for schools increase will have a large impact on the future of our schools.

  • Common Core State Standards goals are to make our students college and career ready and competitive with other students internationally by focusing on English language arts and mathematics (National Education Association, 2014, p. 2-7).

  • Federal funding has been proposed to be increased by President Obama in the 2015 school year which will make implementing more technologies and the Common Core State Standards possible (Litvinov, 2014, para. 3).

Vision in five years
Vision in Five Years

  • Students use mobile devices in class

  • Teachers incorporate open content resources

  • Students and teachers communicate on social media to continue class discusses for homework and to extend lessons creating classes into hybrid courses

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Five challenges
Five Challenges

  • Have to turn down more students due to increase of applicants

  • Discipline issues with mobile devices

  • Increased bullying issues with social media and mobile devices

  • Struggle between teacher and student roles due to knowledge of technologies

  • Students who cannot afford mobile devices

    will be left behind

Five benefits
Five Benefits

  • Increased applications of prospective students

  • High level thinking students attending

  • Increased rigor due to online hybrid courses

  • More learning due to students’ interest in using technologies

  • Use of open content makes learning have endless possibilities

Call to action
Call To Action

  • Administration needs to give a survey to choose best fit teachers to become school coaches to train staff in Common Core State Standards and technologies

  • Research and compare data to find best professional development to send coaches to

  • Have coaches train the staff in CCSS and new technologies until everyone becomes comfortable

  • Work on getting grants and more funding to support better technology


  • Becta. (2008). Analysis of emerging trends affecting the use of technology in education. Retrieved from


  • Blackboard K-12. (2009). Learning in the 21st Century: 2009 Trends Update. Retrieved from


  • Connecticut Technical High School. (n.d.). Program of Studies. Retrieved from

  • Emmett O’Brien Technical High School. (2012). Strategic School Profile 2011-2-2012. Retrieved from

  • Litvinov, A. (2014, March 5). Obama calls for end to austerity in education. Retrieved from

  • McQuillan, Dr. Mark K., (2010, October 18). CTHSS to Celebrate 100th Anniversary at October 29th Statewide Event. Connecticut Technical High School System News. Retrieved from


  • Litvinov, A. (2014, March 5). Obama calls for end to austerity in education. Retrieved from

  • Mietzner, D. & Reger, G. (2005). Advantages and disadvantages of scenario approaches for strategic foresight. Int. J. Technology Intelligence and Planning,1, 220-239.

  • Mission Statement. (n.d.). Emmett O’Brien Mission Statement. Retrieved from

  • National Education Association. (2014). NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit. Retrieved from

  • Reese, S. (2009). Gazing into the Future. Techniques: Connecting Education And Careers, 84, 14-19.

  • Sobrero, P. (2004, June). The Steps for Futuring. Journal of Extension, 42, 1-5.