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Speak Up News February 2016

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Your Speak Up data is in!

We are excited to release the Speak Up 2015 data results to all participating organizations! If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of last year, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say. Keep reading to learn how to access your data and more.

Quick links:

▪ Your survey results are now available! Learn how to access your Speak Up data results.
▪ Exporting your data is easy: Simply print the results or copy and paste them into one of our templates.
▪ Need help with your Speak Up data? Learn more about our Speak Up services.
▪ Digital Learning Day is next Wednesday. Find out how YOU & the schools, students, and educators in your network can participate.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

For more than a decade, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook,Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2015 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports.
2. Select either Option 1 to view District results or Option 2 to view individual School results.
3. Next, enter the state, the first few letters of your district or school name and your admin password.
4. To view data reports, select the number in the “# of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5. To view your open ended text responses, click on “District ” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
6. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this Speak Up Data Excel Template. To view your data across audiences and by theme, use ourthematic report template to drop in your school or district’s data.

*Please note, at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.

Exporting your Speak Up data

Exporting your Speak Up data is quick and easy! Just follow these steps:

1. Highlight and copy the Speak Up data by survey type from our Speak Up data homepage.
2. Paste your data into our template Excel spreadsheet (click here to download) – the survey types are already organized by tab.
3. The file is already formatted to print, making it easy to view your data!

Click here to learn more about accessing your data, or watch our quick how-to video here.
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Need help?

The Project Tomorrow staff is available to help you effectively use your data, here are just a few of the services we can provide you:
▪ Identify the top 5 trends in your school, district or state with national benchmarks
▪ Create a Speak Up presentation that you can use to share your Speak Up results in your school or district
▪ Provide Speak Up fast facts that can be used on your website, newsletters or promotional material
▪ Present your Speak Up data in person or via a webinar
▪ Prepare a summary of your specific Speak Up findings (school, district or state) that can be distributed to your stakeholders
▪ Write a case statement, using the Speak Up data, highlighting the benefits of investing in technology (school, district, state or national)
▪ Prepare a customized narrative report about your Speak Up data (school, district or state)
Contact the Speak Up Team, to learn more about our consulting services and fees.
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Digital Learning Day 2016

Project Tomorrow is helping spread the word about Digital Learning Day on February 17th, 2016, and we would like you to join in!
It’s a day thousands of schools and local communities across the country recognize great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes with the help of digital tools.
As a grassroots effort, Digital Learning Day encourages students, teachers, leaders, and communities to be part of transforming our education system. That means thinking differently about how technology can be used to support more engaged, deeper learning opportunities for all students. Get involved by adding an event or activity to the official Digital Learning Day map or joining the online conversation using #DLDay.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

Nebraska Distance Learning Association Spring Conference
Thursday, February 25th
Omaha, NE
– Keynote session: 9AM, Walnut Grand Ballroom
– Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning: Breakout session 1, 10:30-11:15
BYOD sessions: ETC! 2016
California State University, Stanislaus
Saturday, February 27th
Workshop: Pink or Blue? Examining Gender in Games
SXSWedu
Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 8
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 410
Session: Digital Equity Challenges: Strategies for Bridging the Home/School Connection
COSN 2016
Washington D.C.
Tuesday, April 5th
9:15-10:15 a.m. – Cardoza
NSBA 2016 conference
TBA
Boston, MA
April 9-11
Speak Up Congressional Briefing
TBA (Mid-April)
Washington, DC
Click here to sign up for alerts on our upcoming briefing!
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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand 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.
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Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

Your Speak Up 2015 data is now available! Learn how to access your data here:

Your data is in! If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of last year, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say. You get all of the qualitative data as well as the responses to this year’s open-ended questions.
You can also access the results for your state and the overall national findings – so you can see how your community compares.
You’ll need your login and password to access your data. If you don’t have it, go to our website to retrieve your password.

All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2015 can now access their data for free. Here’s how.
1.) Click here to access your reports.
2) Select either Option 1 to view District results or Option 2 to view individual School results.
3.) Next, enter the state, the first few letters of your district or school name and your admin password.
4.) To view data reports, select the number in the “# of District (School) Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5.) To view your open ended text responses, click on “District (School)” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
6.) Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this Speak Up Data Excel Template. To view your data across audiences and by theme, use our thematic report template to drop in your school or district’s data.
*Please note, at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.
For more than a decade, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you!

Click here to access your data

Speak Up 2015 Snapshots for School Communications

Communication Officers and Community Member Preliminary Data Snapshot

 

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 182 Communication Officers and 4,070 Community Officers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.
Do you want a chance to win a $225 classroom or school grant? Participate in Speak Up, before it closes on Friday, December 19th! Then take a photo using the Speak Up America badge showing your classroom or school participation for a chance to win a $225 classroom grant! Learn more about this great opportunity here: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica.html#challenge.
Take the survey at: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/. Now is the time to Speak Up about education – be sure to participate before Friday, December 18th.

Speak Up 2015 Snapshots for Science Teacher

Science Teacher Preliminary Data Snapshot

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 1,689 Science Teachers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

2015 Preliminary Data Student Snapshot

Check out our third preliminary data snapshot of the week from this year’s Speak Up survey! This one is on middle school student data pulled from 80,501 student surveys as of 12/4/15.

If you have not already, please take a moment to complete the Speak Up Survey as today is National Speak Up Day!

By giving 15 minutes of your time to Speak Up Day, you can make sure your voice is heard loud and clear from classrooms to the halls of Congress, from state capitols to boardrooms.  Ensure that policymakers are making those important program and funding decisions based upon real data from real education stakeholders – you!   
To “Speak Up,” simply visit http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015 to take the survey by Dec. 18th!

 

We would like everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our nation’s schools.  So, please share this link with your friends, students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizations, members, affiliates or anyone who has a passion for improving education and ask them to take the Speak Up survey TODAY

 

Teacher Preliminary Data Snapshot

This is a special release of the preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2015 (data collected from October 1 – December 4th from 24,622 teachers nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

Parent Snapshot 2015

Check out our first preliminary data snapshot of the week from this year’s Speak Up survey! This one is on parent data based on 20,417 surveys pulled on December 4th.

The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!

Join us for Today’s Speak Up Intro webinars

Interested in learning more about Speak Up, join us today for a 30 minute introduction to Speak Up. 

Webinar: Getting started with Speak Up 2015 – a 30 minute introduction
Powered by Blackboard Collaborate
Thursday, October 1, 2015
9AM PT/12PM ET
12PM PT/3PM ET
3 pm PT, 6 pm ET
Join us here!

In the Getting Started live webinar, Julie will address these key questions for you:

  • What is Speak Up?  What types of questions are asked on the online surveys and what types of schools or districts participate in Speak Up?
  • Why should my school or district participate in Speak Up?  What will be the benefits?  How could I use the Speak Up data to inform our local plans? 
  • How do I register our school or district to do Speak Up 2015?  What do I need to do to use the surveys?  What promotional materials can Project Tomorrow provide?

Got questions about the live webinar or wondering if your school or district has previously participated in Speak Up?  Contact Lisa Chu at LChu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 12.

And don’t forgot to participate in Speak Up, surveys open today: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/

Speak Up Family and Friends: Visit DreamBox Learning’s Envision Education Booth at #ISTE2015

Share your thoughts and contribute to the shared hope for the next generation of learning. A whiteboard artist at the booth will be designing a DreamBoard with different topics related to the future of edtech.
1.       How do we create engaged, confident students with math skills needed for success today and in the future?
2.      What is the promise of a more personalized learning experience for students?
3.      What does the future of learning look like for students?
4.      Have we fully realized the potential of education technology? Why or why not?
Using the future you’ve imagined, we’ll create a vision for teaching and learning that we can all aspire to achieve.

See it live in Philly and follow #EnvisionEdu!

1.       Share your vision on these important edtech topics.
2.      Use #EnvisionEdu to contribute your ideas.
3.      Your ideas will be included on the DreamBoard at booth #412!
Can’t attend ISTE?

Be a part of the conversation anytime, anywhere using #EnvisionEdu. Follow DreamBox on twitter (@DreamBox_Learn) to see what the artist creates!

For more information, visit DreamBox Learning’s webpage