Catch up on yesterday’s #SpeakUpBriefing by visiting our website! Here you’ll be able to download the report, “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students,” watch a recording of the live stream, and find information regarding our second Congressional Briefing on May 28, where we’ll release our Speak Up 2014 educator data.
Key Findings from yesterday’s briefing include:
- When students have access to technology as part of their learning, especially school-provided or enabled technology, their use of the digital tools and resources is deeper and more sophisticated.
- The availability of online learning continues to increase with only 27 percent of high school principals reporting that they are not yet offering any online courses for students. Interest among students continues to grow, with 24% of high school students saying they wish they could take all their classes online – a large increase from 8% in 2013.
- Almost three-quarters of students with school-provided devices as well as students with limited or non-existent technology access at school agreed that every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.
- Students connect the use of technology tools within learning to the development of college, career, and citizenship skills that will empower their future capabilities.
- Digital experiences for students in a 100 percent virtual environment are much different than those in traditional schools. For instance, 72 percent of high school students in virtual schools take online tests, compared with 58 percent of traditional students.
- Students see the smartphone as the ideal device for communicating with teachers (46%) and classmates (72%) and for social media (64%).
- A gender bias exists in STEM interest –middle school girls are 38% less likely and high school girls are 32% less likely than their male peers to say they are very interested in a STEM career.