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Speak Up featured on eSchoolNews

Once again, Speak Up was featured on eSchoolNews in an article that discusses the top ways digital tools transform learning, which uses data from Speak Up 2013 and Julie Evans’s recent webinar with edWeb.net. Check out some of the data below:

Teachers who self-assessed their use of digital tools as “advanced” (28 percent of respondents) use a variety of digital tools and approaches, including: 

  • Internet to research information about a lesson (90 percent)
  • Watching online videos to learn (74 percent)
  • Text with colleagues (67 percent)
  • Customize digital content for class use (56 percent)
  • Participate in online professional learning communities (55 percent)

Interested in learning more about how digital tools can change learning? Check out Laura DeVaney’s article, “The top ways digital tools transform learning,” and access our Speak Up 2013 report.

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

Speak Up 2013 data featured on eSchool News!

This year’s Speak Up report focused on how K-12 students use technology both in and out of the classroom, as well as their future career/academic choices regarding STEM and technology. The report was featured on eSchool News – check out some select findings below:

  • Students increasingly use social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine (44 percent of students in grades 6-12) while use of Facebook has declined.
  • Digital reader access is highest in grades 6-8, with 48 percent of students reporting they had access to such devices.
  • Online assessments have grown with 47 percent of middle school students taking online tests, compared with 32 percent four years ago.

 To view more data from the report, check out Speak Up: The current state of digital learning by Laura DeVaney or download the full report from our website.

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

Rural schools overcome obstacles through edtech

With low funding, geographical isolation, and infrastructural challenges, rural schools have always had a harder time preparing students for the future than big city schools. However, now that the 21st Century increasingly relies on technology, rural schools have been able to use educational technologies to their advantage.

As many know, rural areas often struggle with finding the power and funds necessary for stable Internet connection and accessibility. Marble Falls Independent School District in Texas understands these problems: “We have the wireless capability, but when the wireless breaks down we have to have a network drop,” said Peggy Little, principal at Falls Career High School. “While we have enough infrastructure to support the laptops, that doesn’t account for Kindles, iPads, and smartphones.” The district has taken the steps to address this problem, though; besides raising awareness about the need for technology funding, schools have also extended hours so students and even community members can spend more time using the Internet.

Petersburg School District in Alaska has also found success through using educational technologies. Besides having a strong and motivated faculty, the district also has an excellent technology program in which the student to technology ratio is one-to-one with all students having access to laptops during the school day. “IF we don’t have it, and if it supports their learning, then it gets installed,” said Jon Kludt-Painter, the district’s director of instructional technology. Besides empowering students through educational technologies, the district also addresses infrastructural issues within the community. Like Marble Falls ISD, Petersburg School District allows students to use the school’s Internet before, after, and during school hours, and there is a center open on weekends that offers Internet access. “[The] classroom really is a classroom without walls,” Kludt-Painter said about online learning.

Interested in reading the full article? Check out “Two rural schools that are beating the odds” by Laura Devaney (eSchool News). How have you used technology to overcome infrastructural, financial, or geographical challenges? Let us know!