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Speak Up News, July 2014

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Speak Up News, July 2014

In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…
Register to attend the Webinar: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow
Get a head start on Speak Up 2014! Registration now open, surveys will be available October 6th- December 19th, 2014
Speak Up on the Go! Past presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans.
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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FREE webinar, “New Research: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow”

Hosted by edWeb.net and Project Tomorrow

When: July 29th
Time: 4PM ET/ 1PM PT
Where: online for free!
Register here
How are learning and teaching being transformed by digital tools?
How do administrators, teachers, parents, and students really use technology right now?
And what does the future of personalized learning look like?
In edWeb.net’s next webinar, Julie Evans will share survey findings from the Speak Up National Research Project and discuss learning and teaching with technology, 21st Century Skills, and STEM instruction. She will be joined by Christie Gibson, Principal of Crull Elementary School, who will share insights from her Board of Education Report on state reporting, as well as comparisons of student growth with the amount of time digital tools are used in each classroom. Join Julie and Christie on July 29th to hear the latest on digital tools and personalized learning, today and tomorrow.
Presented by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow; with Christina Gibson, Principal, Crull Elementary School, Port Huron, MI
As always, if attending take the conversation to twitter! Don’t forget to mention@SpeakUpEd@ProjectTomorrow@edwebnet, and #edwebchat – see you online!
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Speak Up 2014 surveys for students, parents and educators will be open for input October 6th through December 19th!

With Speak Up 2014 just around the corner, it’s not too early to start making plans to take the survey. Get a head start and update your school or district profile for the 2014 surveys at: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.
Each year a school or district primary contact will need to re-register with a new district profile (contact info, passwords) to gain access to their Speak Up information both during and after the survey process.

2014 Promotional Material Tools now available:

▪ General Speak Up Information Flyer
Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Share this speak up flyer with your staff, parents and local community members. Provides background information on the Speak Up Research project, available surveys, question topics and benefits of participation. Also a great email, newsletter or email template!
▪ District Timeline
Have you registered for Speak Up and are uncertain of what to do next? The district/school timeline is a great tool to help you prepare for the Speak Up survey period. This month by month timeline outlines our suggestions on how and when to encourage participation to ensure a significant sampling of representative data is collected in your district. Included are important Speak Up deadlines, participation emails dates and tips for encouraging participation.
▪ Superintendent Guide
This informational guide is a great resource for administrators interested in learning more about Speak Up. This two page guide provides background information on Speak Up, the benefits of participation, what’s included in the survey and the steps required to get your district involved. We recommend sharing this flyer with school or district administrators that are interested in participating but may not have the background information to get started.
▪ Speak Up Tweet List
This sample tweet list is meant to serve as a head start to promoting Speak Up registration and participation via Twitter, Facebook, or other social media. Feel free to use or customize any or all of these tweets to share your school/district’s involvement in the nationwide conversation about technology and education and to encourage others to do the same!

All 2014 Promotional Materials will be available beginning August 18th at:http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
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Speak Up on the Go!

View Julie’s Past Presentations

By the Numbers: New Research on Games & Learning
Serious Play Conference
July 22, 2014
Inside an Innovative Classroom: A Day in the Life of Today’s Students and Teachers
Bbworld 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
Wednesday, July 16 (Recording of presentation…coming soon)

▪ Online Learning Trends Breakfast with Project Tomorrow and Blackboard at ISTE
ISTE 2014
6/30/14
▪ Measuring Teachers’ Readiness to Leverage Digital Content: Are you ready?
ISTE 2014
06/29/14

Webinar: New Research: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow and Dreambox Learning
Hosted by District Administration Magazine
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jhostert@tomorrow.orgor via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.
Jenny Hostert
Speak Up Operations Manager
Project Tomorrow

Speak Up Newsletter December 2013

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Speak Up 2013 | There’s only two weeks left to participate. Surveys close next Friday, December 20th!

Thank you to all the participants that have already taken part in the Speak Up surveys! Since the launch of the survey over 240,000 Students, Educators, Parents and Community Members have shared their ideas about the use of technology in education. Be sure to take the survey today and pass along to your network of friends and family, remember the survey is open to ANYONE interested in sharing their thoughts on critical 21st century education and technology issues.
In this e-newsletter, find new ways to get involved with Speak Up this year:
  • Speak Up 2013, Have you submitted your survey? Surveys available for Educators, Students, Parents and Members of the Community
  • Last minute Promotional Ideas There’s still plenty of time to get involved in Speak Up, find new ideas here.
  • New to Speak Up, watch our 45 minute introductory webinar! Learn how you too could get a free webinar with CEO Julie Evans next school year!
  • Help us reach 1,500 community member surveys! You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!
  • Speak Up Survey Instructions
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
–The Project Tomorrow team
Click here to read online.
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Speak Up 2013, be sure to get your survey in by 12/20!

Together, let’s work towards leveraging technology to promote enhanced learning in our K-12 schools! Thank you to all our participating schools, districts, followers and to all our partners for your encouragement and support of this year’s surveys! Without you Speak Up would not be possible!
Surveys Submitted as of December 7, 2013 at 7PM ET:
Students: 194,609
Teachers & librarians: 25,668
Parents: 22,251
Administrators: 3,086
Community Members: 841
Top 5 School Districts, based on total participation:
Welsaco ISD, TX
McAllen ISD, TX
Brevard County School District, FL
Fairfax County Schools, VA
Madison County School District, AL
Top 5 states, based on total participation:
Texas, 36,287
California, 31,672
Alabama, 24,602
Indiana, 20,118
North Carolina, 16,110
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Last minute Promotional Ideas

There’s still two weeks to get involved! 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!
Post a notice to your local community newspaper or blog: Post a message inviting your community to participate in Speak Up to your local newspaper or patch.com! Barrington Schools in RI and San Bruno Park School District in CA posted to their local patch.com, check it out! For sample text, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org or use one of the follow sample texts found on our promotional materials page.
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!
Do your teachers need an activity before the winter break? Or an idea for sub plans? Download one of our Speak Up Lesson Plans, created by our ownMeredith Kohl, who holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction and a previous elementary teacher. Lesson Plans for K-23-5 and 6-12 are available for download. * Group survey options are available for K-2 students.
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 searching #speakupsurveys.
For additional promotional material to spread awareness, please visit our promotional material page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html.
Not part of a school or district- help get the word out with our Partner Promotional Material Tools. If your organization is interested in partnering with Project Tomorrow this year to assist with outreach to your contacts, please contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org. For a list of Speak Up partners and sponsors please visit our website.
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Recorded Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013

Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Watch our Speak Up Introductory webinar recording hosted by our CEO, Julie Evans. This 45 minute recorded webinar includes background information on Speak Up, benefits of participation, key Speak Up findings from last year’s survey as well as how their school can participate in Speak Up this year.
The recorded webinar can be accessed via Blackboard Collaborate here:Speak Up 2013 Planning.
As a special incentive for participation this year, all districts with surveys from at least 25% of their student population will receive a free webinar with Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow using your specific district and state data results in spring or fall 2014. Contact Jenny Hostert on the Project Tomorrow Team for additional information: jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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Expand the scope of your Speak Up outreach and bring in the voices of your community members

You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!

This year, for the first time, we are providing a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members, homeowners without children in the local schools or anyone with an interest in promoting better learning in our schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness.
All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. Look up a school via zip or state and school name. Surveys will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Community members: Take the survey todaywww.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013.

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Instructions on How to Take the Survey

It’s quick and easy to get involved in Speak Up, to take the survey follow these 5 simple steps:
  1. Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
  2. Click on the appropriate survey button
  3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name (community members select a school within your local community)
  4. Students will be required to enter in a survey password “secret word”. Educators, parents and community members are not required to enter in a survey password.
  5. Complete the survey by December 20th, 2013
Not sure which survey to take? Visit our Tips on Deciding which Survey to Take, to help you select the survey that best meets your needs.http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/TipsDeciding.aspx
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Thank you for your interest and continued support in Speak Up! We look forward to your participation in Speak Up 2013! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.
Jenny Hostert
Speak Up Operations Manager
Project Tomorrow
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