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There’s Still Time to Get Involved with Speak Up! Survey open through Dec. 20th!



Take the survey today at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013 


With less than 3 weeks to go there is still plenty of time to get the word out about Speak Up. If you just registered your district or are looking for new ways to promote the survey how about trying one of these ideas:

  • Host a Speak Up Day: Pick a day in December to have your K-12 community complete the Speak Up Surveys! San Marcos Unified School District in California collected 1,500 surveys during their 1st Annual Speak Up Day during the Speak Up 2012 survey period. SMUSD promoted their event via email, website, phone calls & social media!
  • Focus on one survey type: Each survey receives their own data set with national comparisons (k-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12, parent, teacher etc.) a focus on teachers, parents and/or administrators is an easy push and a great way to receive a meaningful dataset. Some recommendations would be to send an email or phone recording to parents or email blast to your teachers. Click here for a variety of sample emails.
  • Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey). Click here for the code to embed on your website. Make sure to include your survey password!
  • Use social media networks such as facebook or twitter to get the word out about Speak Up to your stakeholders. Try retweeting one of our @speakuped tweets or post these sample tweets, just click on Tweet this!:

Participate in Speak Up and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: bit.ly/SU13survey>>> Tweet this!

Our district has registered to be a part of a nationwide conversation about educational technology–join in today: bit.ly/SU13survey >>>Tweet this!

Teachers, now is the time to encourage your students to voice their opinions on the use of technology in school!  http://bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet This!

Let’s be a part of the thousands around the country who are speaking up to decision-makers about 21st century learning: bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet this!

Calling all Parents,contribute to the national dialog about science, technology & preparing students for the 21st century workforce #Speakup >>> Tweet this!

Share your opinions about the role of technology in education, open 10/2-12/20, 2013 at http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped  >>>Tweet This!

Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Share this speak up flyer http://ow.ly/pKgPM>>> Tweet this!

New Speak Up survey for community members! Please be sure to share with your network of friends-every voice counts! http://ow.ly/pKhxG >>> Tweet this!

For more ideas, please check out our promo material pages website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
To get your district involved or for more information, please contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.

Speak Up Dec. 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:                                          Contact: Amber Taylor
December 3, 2013                                                                      703-201-4893
                                                                                                 amber@taylored-communications.com
Technology Surveys Used by Schools, Districts, Education Leaders Close on 12/20
More than 180,000 Students, Educators, Parents, Community Leaders Have Weighed in So Far on Technology and Education
Online Surveys: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/

Irvine, Calif. – The annual surveys used by schools, districts, states and national leaders to learn about how students, educators and parents use – and want to use – technology for learning are open for three more weeks. More than 180,000 have completed the surveys since they opened in October. Speak Up 2013 closes December 20th.
This year’s Speak Up annual surveys ask K-12 students, educators and parents about the use of mobile devices, online classes, games and digital content within learning.  As more students have their own smartphones, tablets and laptops, this year’s surveys ask school districts and teachers about the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies.  Additionally, in light of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Speak Up is asking educators about their school’s bandwidth capacity to better understand if schools have enough Internet access to support the use of high quality digital content such as videos and animations within classroom instruction. 
For the first time, employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century.
“Too often people say, ‘No one asked what I thought’ about important issues in their community,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the national organization that facilitates the annual Speak Up surveys. “This is everyone’s opportunity to weigh in on important issues that impact all of our communities. Schools, districts, states and national leaders turn to Speak Up data as they are making decisions that impact schools and learning. Don’t let your voice me left out.”
Both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards. With the upcoming implementations of these new curriculum standards and associated online assessments, students’ writing abilities are more important than ever, and this year’s Speak Up surveys ask parents, teachers and administrators to comment on the impact of technology on students’ writing abilities.  
Again this year, the surveys ask about and track participants’ thoughts about how tablets can impact education – at home and at school – and the challenges and benefits of using mobile devices in the classroom.
After more than a decade and 3 million participants, Speak Up continues to be the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning.  Again this year, the online surveys ask students, parents and educators to envision their ultimate 21st century school and to identify the technology tools that would be essential to support increased student achievement and learning. 
The online Speak Up 2013 surveys close on December 20th.  Learn more via http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/.

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