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2014 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2013 Report for Teachers, Administrators and Parents

“As schools and districts move ahead with plans to leverage technology to support college and career readiness, it is important to keep three essential factors in mind: the context of the usage of digital tools, the relevancy of those tools to the student, and how the usage, both in and out of the classroom, is supported by the overall education community.”

– Julie Evans, CEO—Project Tomorrow

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On June 2, 2014, Project Tomorrow released the report “The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected educator and parent national findings from the Speak Up 2013 report and moderated a panel discussion on the impact of digital learning tools to support college and career readiness in K-12 schools with leaders in the education field.
Over 70 people attended the Congressional Briefing including congressional staff members, student and staff representatives from some of our Speak up schools, and staff from many of our sponsors, champion outreach partners and non-profit partners. Additionally over 500+ people watched the briefing online through our live stream feed and took the conversation online via social media using the hashtag#SpeakUpBriefing.
The briefing included special guest speakers Joseph South, Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education and Mark Belles, Senior Vice President, K-12, Blackboard. Additionally the following panelists shared their insights on college and career readiness:

▪ Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President and Executive Director, Tiger Woods Learning Center Foundation
▪ Tamika V. Culbreath, Reading/ English Language Arts Teacher, Prince Georges County Public Schools
▪ Monet Deadwyler, Rising Senior, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy at Capitol Hill
▪ Breck DeWitt, CTO and National Director K12 and Higher Education, EMC Corporation
▪ Dr. Patrick Murphy, Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools, 2014 Virginia Superintendent of the Year

Watch the recording of the briefing online here. We also encourage you to take the conversation online and tweet your thoughts on the briefing! Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd/@ProjectTomorrow and/or #SpeakUpBriefing so we can see what you have to say!
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The New Digital Learning Playbook: Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools

Speak Up 2013 National Findings K-12 Teachers, Administrators and Parents

The New Digital Learning Playbook: Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools is the second in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2013.
For the past eleven years, Project Tomorrow’s® annual Speak Up National Research Project has provided schools and districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today’s students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves.
In our first report on the findings from the 2013 Speak Up National Research Project, “The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations,” we provided thought-provoking new insights into how today’s students are already tapping into digital tools, both in and out of school, to personalize learning and to self-prepare themselves for future college or career success.
The findings discussed in this report are based upon the online Speak Up surveys completed in fall 2013 by 39,986 teachers and librarians and 4,530 school, district and technology administrators representing 9,005 schools and 2,710 districts nationwide. Additionally, as part of the important capacity discussion, we also highlight the views of both parents of school-aged children (32,151) and community members at large (1,346) about the linkages between school, technology, and students’ future success.

In this new digital learning playbook, we aim to address four key questions:

▪ How do K-12 education stakeholders define college and career ready skills, especially within the context of digital learning?
▪ How are classroom teachers using digital tools and resources to support students’ development of college and career ready skills?
▪ How are schools and districts building up both their capacity for digital learning and meeting the new imperative of preparing students for an uncertain future?
▪ How can parents and community members support classroom use of technology and district goals for skill development?

These are important questions for both national as well as local discussions. It is our privilege to share this year’s Speak Up national findings to inform these conversations so every child, in every grade, in every community has the same opportunity to dream big and realize their potential on whatever path they choose to success.
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Infographic- The New Digital Learning Playbook: Digital Content Story

Key Findings from this year’s report include:

▪ More than 40 percent of high school principals are now offering online classes for students in math, science, history and English/language arts. Only 17 percent of high schools are not offering online classes, according to school principals.
▪ Principals are offering online learning for multiple reasons, including providing academic remediation (66 percent), keeping students engaged in staying in school (63 percent) and providing options for students that need credit recovery (61 percent).
▪ Teachers who teach online classes, in particular, see a strong correlation between the use of technology and students’ college and career ready skill development. More than half of these teachers say technology use helps students understand how to apply academic concepts to real world problems (58 percent), take ownership of their learning (57 percent) and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills (57 percent).
▪ The professional development requests of teachers are fairly common among new and veteran teachers. Even new teachers, who are presumed to be more digitally native and comfortable with technology, have a wish list of professional development support. The rookie teachers have a greater interest than other teachers in learning more about incorporating games and using social media with both students and parents.
▪ Parental support of mobile device as part of learning does not appear to have an economic, community type or grade level bias. Around 60 percent of all parents said they would like their children to be in a class where using one’s own mobile device was allowed. Two-thirds said they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use within class, if that was allowed by the school.
▪ Two-thirds of community members and a similar number of parents of school-aged children expressed support for paying $.50 more per month on their phone bill if those funds were used to increase school access to the Internet for student learning.
▪ One-third of elementary school teachers (32 percent) report using games in their classrooms. The top two reasons given for using games within instruction were increasing student engagement in learning (79 percent) and providing a way for teachers to address different learning styles in the classroom (72 percent).

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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 our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.

Project Tomorrow Invites You to Attend Monday’s Speak Up Congressional Briefing LIVE STREAM from Washington DC

Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2013 National Findings for Teachers, Administrators and Parents via our live stream feed. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 403,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2013. The June 2nd briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion on the impact of digital learning tools to support college and career readiness in K-12 schools with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools” will be available for download to all those tuning in.
Click here to register for the briefing live stream and to receive a follow up reminder email Monday morning before the event or go to the following link:http://bit.ly/SUCBLive Monday 6/2 at 2PM ET/11am PT!

Special Guest Speakers

Joseph South, Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Mark Belles, Senior Vice President, K-12, Blackboard

Panelists

Dr. Katherine BihrVice President and Executive Director, Tiger Woods Learning Center Foundation
Tamika V. CulbreathReading/ English Language Arts Teacher, Prince Georges County Public Schools
Monet DeadwylerRising Senior, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy at Capitol Hill
Breck DeWittCTO and National Director K12 and Higher Education, EMC Corporation
Dr. Patrick MurphySuperintendent, Arlington Public Schools, 2014 Virginia Superintendent of the Year
We encourage you to take the conversation online and live tweet during the briefing! Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd/@ProjectTomorrow and/or#SpeakUpBriefing so we can see what you have to say!
To download a copy of the first report on K-12 Student data, “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations” please click here.
If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please contact: Jenny Hostert on the Speak Up Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org

Our 2nd Congressional Briefing is coming up!

Monday June 2, 2014
Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2013 National Findings. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 403,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2013.
The June 2nd briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools” will be distributed to all attendees. 
Furthermore, we are honored to have the following panelists speak during the briefing:

Dr. Patrick Murphy
Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools (VA)
2014 Virginia Superintendent of the Year 

Dr. Katherine Bihr
Vice President and Executive Director, Tiger Woods Learning Center Foundation 

Breck DeWitt
CTO and National Director, K12 and Higher Education, EMC Corporation 

Mika V. Culbreath
James Madison Middle School, Prince Georges County Public Schools
Reading/ English Language Arts Teacher

Click here to RSVP to this in-person event! If you are unable to attend the briefing and would like to request a copy of the report, click here or email us with your reservation request!
To download a copy of the first report on K-12 Student data, “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations” please click here.

If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or 949 609-4660 ext 17.

Speak Up News – May 2014

RSVP to attend the June 2nd Speak Up Congressional Briefing

In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…

▪ RSVP to attend the June 2nd in-person event! Register to attend the 2nd Congressional Briefing on the Speak Up 2013 National Findings taking place next month on June 2nd in Washington DC!
▪ $1,000 Grant Opportunity for Orange County, CA educators and students!Place a nomination today, to recognize outstanding education programs, educators and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology. 
▪ Get a head start on Speak Up 2014! Registration now open, surveys will be available October 6th- December 19th, 2014
▪ Future Teachers, we want to hear from you! The Speak Up For Higher Education surveys will be extended though the end of the year! Find out how to get your institution involved today!
▪ Speak Up on the Go! Upcoming 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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National Release of Speak Up 2013 K-12 Educator and Parent Findings – Washington, DC.

RSVP today to attend this in person event on June 2, 2014 OR click here to reserve a copy of the report!

Please join us for our second briefing on June 2nd for the release of the Speak Up 2013 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators and Parents. The briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion on the impact of digital learning tools to support college and career readiness with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 Schools” will be distributed to all attendees.
Please visit our website athttp://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congressEd.html to RSVP or reply to this email to confirm your attendance. We also encourage you to share this invite with any additional colleagues that may be interested in attending.
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The Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards

Project Tomorrow, in partnership with the OC Tech Alliance, is calling for nominations from the Orange County community to recognize outstanding education programs, educators and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology. The Annual Innovation in Education Awards process is open to all public and private schools in Orange County, CA and nomination forms are available on Project Tomorrow’s website,http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html.

Project Tomorrow is seeking nominations in three categories this year:

▪ Innovative Schoolwide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – distinguishing a public, private, or parochial school that demonstrates innovation with an outstanding, results-based schoolwide program
▪ High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in his/her use of science, math or technology to significantly impact student academic achievement
▪ Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – recognizing current eighth grade or freshman, sophomore, and junior high school students who are creatively using science, math and technology resources to solve a school or community problem

Nominations for the 2014 Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education awards may be self-submitted or submitted by a district and/or school staff person. Organizations such as a PTA unit, parent advisory committee, or any youth based organization(s) are also eligible to nominate. An independent review panel of local education and business leaders will select this year’s award recipients.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014. Nomination may be submitted through the online application forms found at http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html.
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We are excited to announce that the 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.
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Calling all Schools of Education!

Participate in Speak Up for Higher Educationand share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning!

Teacher Educators and aspiring teachers we want to hear from you, join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up for Higher Education, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys.
This year, for the first time will be offering a special survey just for Teacher Educators. As a companion to our other Speak Up for Higher Education survey, “Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!”, your input will help complete the picture of what’s required to effectively support the use of technology for learning for the next generation of teachers’ in their future classrooms. In 2012, over 1,300 college students in teacher preparation programs participated in Speak Up for Higher Education. Now’s your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.

School of Education Leaders—here is how you can get involved with Speak Up for Higher Education this year:

1.) Take the survey today athttp://www.speakup4highered.org/speakup2014/. Survey is open to all School of Education faculty.

2.) Promote the surveys to your students. Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your students currently enrolled in your teacher preparation programs. To assist with any outreach to your members and hopefully make it easy to share information about the survey, we have a variety of sample emails, tweets and flyers available on our promotional material webpage:http://www.tomorrow.org/SU4HigherEd/promo_higher.html.

To learn more about how your institution can get involved with Speak Up for Higher Education, please contact Jenny Hostert at (949) 609-4660 x17 /jhostert@tomorrow.org or visit our website athttp://www.tomorrow.org/SU4HigherEd/index.html.
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Speak Up on the Go!

Upcoming Presentations

Will you be attending ISTE this year? If yes, stop by one of Julie’s Speak Up sessions!
Measuring teachers’ readiness to leverage digital content: Are you ready?
Sunday, 06/29/14, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
Empowering student and educator voice through the Speak Up surveys
(Birds of a feather session)
Monday, 06/30/14, 5:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
The emergence of the self-directed digital learner
Tuesday, 07/01/14, 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
Are you attending ISTE with student attendees or K-12 school aged children? We want to talk with you! On Tuesday, July 1st Julie will be hosting a student panel and we would love to have your student/child participate! If interested, please contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.

Past Presentations

Students Speak Up: what everyone should know about students and digital learning
Learning Impact Leadership Institute
IMS Global Learning
May 6, 2014
Speak Up 2013 National Findings: Students
Congressional Briefing
Washington DC
April 8, 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 our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.

Speak Up in the news!

In accordance with our first Congressional Briefing earlier this month, the Speak Up 2013 survey data has been featured on several websites and publications – this time it was featured in EdTech Magazine and on the ISTE Connects Blog. Here are some highlighted results from the articles:

  • 89% of high school satudents have access to smartphones, while only 50% have access to tablets.
  • Girls play digital games just as much as boys do — and in some cases more.
  • About a quarter of the teachers surveyed this year reported integrating digital games into their instructional plans.
  • 39% of high school students and 48% of middle school students have access to E-Readers.
To view more Speak Up 2013 data, check out Report Card: What’s Happening in the World of Education Technology? (EdTech Magazine) and Could games be the key to piquing girls’ interest in STEM? (ISTE), or download the full report from our website.

EdTech: Focus on K–12 helps school district technology managers do their jobs better. The publication offers best practices, features, product reviews and case studies from the field that show how technology can be leveraged to improve teaching, learning and administrative services on school campuses of all types and sizes.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Speak Up 2013 congressional briefing wrap up

The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2013. For the past eleven years, Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up National Research Project has provided schools and districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today’s students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves.



We apologize to everyone who tried to watch the live stream on Tuesday – we unfortunately had Internet connectivity problems without our own building, which led to problems with the live stream. If you were unable to attend the congressional briefing or watch the live stream, you can view the full event on our website or on the video above. 
If you are interested in viewing the full report you can download it from Project Tomorrow’s website here.

Furthermore, in accordance with yesterday’s congressional briefing and release of the report, the findings have been featured across the Internet – notably on T.H.E. Journal, Mind/Shift, and Education Week. Check out the articles below!

One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices – T.H.E. Journal
Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School – Mind/Shift
Use of Digital Tools Rises, but ‘STEM’ Gender Gap Persists, Survey Finds – Education Week

Thank you everyone for supporting Speak Up & Project Tomorrow! Stay tuned for more information about our second Congressional Briefing on June 2nd!

2014 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2013 K-12 Students

On April 8, 2014 Project Tomorrow released the report “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and for the first time, online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2013 report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning.
Key Findings from this year’s report include:
  • Girls outpace boys in use of many digital tools for learning, particularly the socially based tools like texting and collaborating online.
  • 29 percent of high school boys say that they are very interested in a job or career in a STEM field, but only 19 percent of girls say the same. This gap remains even among girls and boys who self-assess their technology skills as advanced. During the seven years that the Speak Up surveys have polled high school students on their interest in STEM fields, the level of student interest has not increased significantly.
  • Students continue to report less regular interaction with traditional social networking sites like Facebook, while 44 percent of students in grades 6-12 report using social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Vine. Nearly one-third of high school students reported using Twitter.
  • One-quarter of students in grades 3-5 and nearly one-third of students in grades 6-12 say that they are using a mobile device provided by their school to support schoolwork (these percentages were greater among Title I schools than non-Title I schools).
  • In four years, the percent of middle school students taking tests online increased from 32 percent to 47 percent.
  • High school students reported a mean average of 14 hours per week using technology for writing.
  • Only one-third of middle school students say that for schoolwork reading, they prefer to read digital materials rather than printed materials; more than half, however, say online textbooks would be an essential component of their “ultimate school.”
  • Digital equity, including to student access to the Internet outside of school, is a growing concern among district technology leaders with 46 percent saying it is one of the most challenging issues they face today (compared to just 19 percent in 2010).
Over 100 people attended the Congressional Briefing including congressional staff members, student and staff representatives from some of our Speak up schools, and staff from many of our sponsors, champion outreach partners and non-profit partners.
Project Tomorrow was very pleased to welcome staff from American Association of School Administrators, Alliance for Excellent Education, Apple, Inc., Arlington County Public Schools, Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore County Public Schools, Blackboard, Inc., Colonial School District, CoSN, EdTech Strategies, LLC, EdTechReview, Educational Testing Service, Elmore County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Federal Communications Commission, Frederick County Public Schools, Fulton Creative Counsulting, Impact Aid Association, iNACOL, Institute of Museum & Library Services, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Learning First Alliance, Morgan State University/NASA Office of Education, MWW Group, NAFIS, National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), National Council of Teachers of English, National Museum of Natural History,  National Science Foundation, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Qualcomm, State Education Technology Directors Association, The Center for Education Reform, US Department of Education, US House committee on Education, US House and US Senate.
Students and parents from Baltimore City Public Schools (MD), Baltimore County Public Schools (MD), Fairfax County Public School District (VA) and Frederick County Public Schools (VA) shared their insights regarding personalizing their own learning.

Can’t make it to the Congressional Briefing? Join us online!

For the first time ever we will be streaming the Congressional Briefing online!

Join us this Tuesday at 12PMET to learn what K-12 Students think about the role of technology in the classroom and hear directly from a panel of students themselves on topics such as mobile and flipped/blended learning, school to home communications, broadband capacity, and designing the ultimate school for today’s learners.

Click here to watch the Briefing or follow the link: http://bit.ly/SUCB2014 
We encourage you to take the conversation online and live tweet the briefing! Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd and/or @ProjectTomorrow so we can see what you have to say!
For those of you who can’t attend the briefing both online and offline, don’t forget we have our second Congressional Briefing on June 2nd. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!

Our first congressional briefing is this Tuesday!

You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2013 National Findings for K-12 Students!
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562
Date: Tuesday April 8, 2014
Time: 12:00–1:30 PM
Speak Up is an initiative of Project Tomorrow, the country’s leading nonprofit organization that works to make students’ voices heard in education.  Each year, the Speak Up National Research Project polls students, parents, and educators about the role of technology in education in and out of the classroom and their views and aspirations for how technology should be used in the future.  In 2013, an astounding 403,000 online surveys were submitted from stakeholders throughout the education community. 
Please join us on April 8th to receive a copy of this year’s report on the views of K-12 Students about the role of technology in the classroom and hear directly from a panel of students themselves on topics such as mobile and flipped/blended learning, school to home communications, broadband capacity and designing the ultimate school for today’s learners.  From the Department of Education to the Federal Communications Commission to the halls of Congress, education technology and digital learning is on everyone’s mind.  The data collected by Speak Up provides the on the ground information needed to guide policy makers as they work to help students, educators and parents leverage technology to improve teaching and learning for the 21st century. 
Please visit our website at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress_rsvp.html to RSVP.  Lunch will be provided. 
Mark you calendars! Plan to join us on June 2nd for the 2nd Speak Up Congressional briefing focusing on the impact of digital learning tools to support college & career readiness!