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Don’t miss our sessions at FETC 2017!

If you’re attending the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL from January 24 – 27, be sure to check out Julie Evans’s sessions below.

Julie Evans sessions at FETC 2017

Student Engagement, Teacher Empowerment: An Extended Evaluation of the Impact of Tablets

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Thursday, January 26 at 1PM
Orange County Convention Center – North 220F
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While interest in K-12 mobile learning continues to increase, few studies have examined in-depth the classroom impact of using mobile devices and wireless technologies to support student learning and teacher productivity. In this session, the chief researcher that led a recent three-year evaluation study of a tablet project in Chicago will reveal how access to the devices in school and out of school changed 5th graders self-efficacy as learners and empowered their teachers to transform their instructional practice.

Augmented Reality in Education: Present Accomplishments, Future Visions

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Friday, January 27 at 10AM
Orange County Convention Center – North 220AB
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Augmented realities (AR) for learning use mobile, context-aware technologies (e.g., smartphones, tablets) that enable participants to interact with digital information embedded within the physical setting. This session discusses current uses of AR in education, using case studies of three projects that span learning in both formal and informal environments (i.e., schools, universities, museums, parks, zoos).

Are you attending one or both of these sessions? If so, send us a Tweet through one of our accounts (@SpeakUpEd or @ProjectTomorrow). We look forward to seeing you there!

Speak Up data featured in “From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD”

Last week, Christopher Piehler wrote an article for The Journal about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in schools. “From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD” focuses on the evolution of these policies, and how smartphones were banned in schools not too long ago. Furthermore, he notes that while iPads were the dominant devices in classrooms, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore due to the Android and Microsoft tablets “boasting lower prices and easier enterprise management.” Check out a snippet of his article featuring data from Speak Up 2013 below:

The era of one device dominating classrooms is over. Notebooks face competition not only from tablets, but from new categories of devices such as convertible laptop/tablets and phablets, as well as a device that many districts once banned: the smartphone. As our cover story shows, an increasing number of administrators, teachers and parents are giving up on cell phone bans and coming out in support of BYOD. According to Project Tomorrow’s most recent Speak Up survey, 60 percent of parents said they would like their children to be in a class where BYOD was allowed. And perhaps more importantly, two-thirds of parents said they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use in class. The same survey shows that a large majority of students in sixth through 12th grades already have access to smartphones.

While BYOD helps districts control spending on devices, it leaves ed tech leaders to ask the question, “What do schools do for the students who don’t have devices?” Furthermore, “Does it ultimately help or hurt learning for students to do schoolwork on the same device they use for texting and games?”

Be sure to check out the original article, “From Cell Phone Bans to BYOD” by Christopher Piehler and let him know what you think about his two questions regarding BYOD in the article’s comments section.

Our Speak Up survey asks questions regarding BYOD policies in schools, and what parents think about BYOD as well. A question we asked last year is:
Some districts are considering adopting a Bring Your Own  Technology (BYOT) to School program which would enable  students to use their own mobile devices within instruction. What  is your current policy on the use of student owned mobile devices  (smartphones, tablet computers) within class? 

Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Data from the surveys – including data regarding online classes – will be released in February 2015. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014 and mark your calendars for the survey’s launch date on October 6!

100Kin10: Why we need more STEM teachers

After President Obama challenged the United States to produce 100,000 excellent new science, technology, engineering, and math teachers by the year 2021, the organization 100Kin10 has rallied scores of universities, nonprofits, foundations, and other partners around the single shared mission. Check out their video about why we need more STEM teachers!

Project Tomorrow is proud to be a 100Kin10 partner organization. 100Kin10 is a networked approach to providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021 while supporting tens of thousands more. Through unique, ambitious commitments, their 150+ partners (including Project Tomorrow) are together fueling the creation of the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Click here to learn more about 100Kin10, and be sure to check out their Blow Minds. Teach STEM. campaign!

Getting to Know the Project Tomorrow Team

Happy Friday!
We hope you all had a great week! It’s Friday, which means it’s time to meet another one of our wonderful team members. Today we would like to introduce you to Greg Nicholson, our Director of Advancement!

Greg Nicholson

Director of Advancement
Project Tomorrow
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Gregory Nicholson is Project Tomorrow’s Director of Advancement. He is committed to securing the resources needed to achieve our mission, through fund as well as partnership development.  Previously, he was Assistant Director at the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING where he was responsible for the recruitment of districts, schools, and teachers into the ART of TEACHING, as well as communications and partnerships.  In that role, he co-founded the Mathematics Leadership Corps in Culver City to promote improved teaching and learning in mathematics throughout the K-12 district.  He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Michigan State University, where he was a University Distinguished Fellow and the author of the university’s decennial re-accreditation report.  Prior to graduate school he worked in non-profit management in social services and education.  He was graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.


In his free time, Greg enjoys time with family and friends, especially if it involves hiking or bar-be-que.

Speak Up News – September 2014

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a great summer!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…
* Speak Up 2014 launches next month! Registration now open, surveys will be available October 6th- December 19th, 2014
* Speak Up 2014 promotional materials are now available! Visit our website for a full list of our flyers and guides
* Vote for our panels for SXSWedu 2015: “Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices” & “Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace”
* Speak Up on the Go! Check out this month’s presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans.
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Collect valuable data for your school or district by participating in Speak Up

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project.
Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys will be open for input October 6th – December 19th, 2014 at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
Get your schools involved! Register as the primary contact of your school or district to manage your district profile and assign organizational passwords to access your data in Feb 2015. Learn more about the registration process on our website or contact Jenny Hostert on the Project Tomorrow Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org to learn more.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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Our Speak Up 2014 promotional materials are now available!

To see all of our helpful flyers and guides, visit our website here.
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Vote for Julie Evans’s panels for SXSWedu 2015

We need your help! Our CEO, Julie Evans, is featured in two proposals for SXSWedu 2015’s Panel Picker, where educators can cast their votes for the most compelling ideas and ultimately shape the conference line-up. Voting ends this Friday, September 5th so make sure to give our sessions a “thumbs up” before time is out – you’ll need to create a SXSW username and password if you don’t already have one, but the process is simple and free! Learn more about the sessions below:
1. Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices
This panel brings together female change agents intentionally gathered from across the ed tech space to examine the unique role women play at this nexus of education and technology. Research has demonstrated that the today’s young girls and women need role models in technology fields to develop self-efficacy in these fields. Whether you are examining how to further your own voice, grow your PLN, or mentor the next great generation of female ed tech leaders, this is a “must attend” conversation.
Vote for “Paying it Forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices”” here
2. Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace
Giving students 24/7 access to learning materials can dramatically improve education outcomes as proven in 40+ pilot projects. However, data shows that up to 30% of U.S. households have no access to high-speed broadband at home, and in some districts it’s as high as 70%. This causes many students to power down after school. We need a viable solution to address the gaps for those students without access. Learn about new mobile-centric solutions to enable safe and affordable 24/7 learning.
Vote for “Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace” here
Don’t forget – voting ends this Friday on September 5th!
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Speak Up on the Go!

Our CEO Julie Evans has two free webinars this month! Check them out and sign up!

Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning
Date and time: Monday, September 15, 2014 3:30 pm EST
Sponsored by Blackboard K-12
Sign up here
The dynamic profusion of emerging technologies, both in school and out of school, is propelling today’s K-12 students to make new demands on their schools for a dramatically different kind of educational experience. Enabled, empowered and engaged, our students have a unique vision for 21st century education that reflects their desires for social-based learning experiences that are un-tethered to the traditional classroom, and rich in digital media and content. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of students on personalized learning and new classroom models. In this webinar, we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with a special emphasis on how today’s students want to be engaged with mobile learning, online and blended learning, and e-textbooks and digital content. The discussion will provide new insights into the digital disconnect between students and educators, and stimulate conversations about how to effectively leverage new classroom models of innovation to drive both increased student achievement and teacher productivity.
Engaging Students, Empowering Learning – New Roles for Digital Content and Games in the Classroom
Date and time: September 17 @ 3:30 pm EST
Sponsored by BrainPOP
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Research tells us that engaging students in learning has the potential to improve achievement; teachers know that instinctively. But how to increase student engagement is still often an elusive concept in many classrooms. Promising new developments in the use of digital content, and specifically digital and online educational games, in elementary and middle school classrooms aim to make that connection between student engagement and empowered learning more explicit. In this webinar, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will introduce a new white paper that highlights Speak Up research findings around teacher and student use of digital content and games for learning, and how administrators are increasingly supporting those efforts. And Robert Miller, 5th grade teacher from Daytona Beach, Florida, will share examples of how digital content and games are transforming his classroom today. With a combination of research findings and classroom practices, this webinar will provide you with new strategies and ideas to use in your classrooms this year!
As always, be sure to take the conversation online by mentioning @ProjectTomorrow, @BrainPOP, and @BlackBoardK12 during on Twitter!
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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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 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.

Pick Your Panels: Vote Us Onto the Official SXSWedu Line-Up

We need your help! Julie Evans is featured in two proposals for SXSWedu 2015’s Panel Picker, where educators can cast their votes for the most compelling ideas and ultimately shape the conference line-up. Voting ends on September 5th so make sure to give our sessions a “thumbs up” – you’ll need to create a SXSW username and password if you don’t already have one, but the process is simple and free! Check out the second session below:

Session two – Learning My Way: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace

Giving students 24/7 access to learning materials can dramatically improve education outcomes as proven in 40+ pilot projects. However, data shows that up to 30% of U.S. households have no access to high-speed broadband at home, and in some districts it’s as high as 70%. This causes many students to power down after school. We need a viable solution to address the gaps for those students without access. Learn about new mobile-centric solutions to enable safe and affordable 24/7 learning.


Additional Supporting Materials

Questions Answered

  1. Communicate how mobile technologies of the future can solve and enhance a new learning experience to help ensure today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.
  2. Start a conversation around new mobile-centric solutions to enable safe, affordable, and equitable 24/7 learning.
  3. Learn how 24/7 access to their learning materials gives students, teachers and tutors the ability to improve education outcomes – and what you can do to diminish the digital divide in your area.

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Organizer

Catherine Baker Qualcomm
Don’t forget – voting ends on September 5th!

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

When we think of augmented reality (or AR) we tend to think of video games in which players fully immerse themselves in the digital experience. While AR does stand for the augmentation of what users see in the “real world” with additional information, the point of mobile AR – the use of mobile devices to augment one’s experience – is not to immerse participants in their devices but to give them a heightened sense of their surroundings.

During the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference in March, participants used their phones

Lucy Grant (Educational Technology
Consultant), Barbara Treacy (Director
of EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online Program),
and Julie Evans participating
during the 2014 CoSN AR Experience.
(Photo provided by Heidi Larson)

to transform their surroundings during an Augmented Reality experience guided by Heidi Larson, Chris Dede, Matt Dunleavy, and a team of developers. Together the participants explored the benefits and challenges of the use of AR in classrooms, and were even able to sample their own AR history experience and discuss other AR experiences (i.e. for a social science experience, students could augment a town hall setting and take on the roles of voter, tax payer, and mayor). They found that students could benefit from AR by being able to study a topic in depth, work in teams, and learn more by teaching each other. Furthermore, teachers and chief technology officers may face challenges when it comes to building AR experiences but the payoff would be immense, as the experiences could be re-used from one year to the next.

While some AR experiences require time and a highly skilled team of developers, not all do. There are some simple versions that can just make presentations or pictures of students talk and show images or videos. Given this information, the options for AR use within the classroom are limitless and definitely worth exploring.

To learn more about the 2014 CoSN AR Experience, check out Heidi Larson’s original article “Augmented Reality: Good for Schools?

Heidi Larson specializes in virtual education, online collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. For over 10 years, she has advanced the efforts of EDC initiatives in these and other key aspects of education reform. Heidi is the State Outreach and Cross-REL/Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands at EDC and the Ed Tech Community of Practice lead for the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grantees. She is also developing online instructional modules about the use of social media in growing a business for EDC’s Social Technology Enabled Professional program. One of Heidi’s interests is how mobile technology and social media can benefit teaching and learning for educators and administrators, as well as students.

Speak Up News June 2014

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Happy June! We hope that you are all enjoying the start of summer!

With the school year winding down, we do hope you will keep in touch with us during the summer months. Catch up on all things Speak Up by visiting our website and if you’re attending ISTE in Atlanta later this month please be sure to stop and say hi to Julie at one of her many sessions!

In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…
Report release! RSVP to attend the release of our latest report on Online and Blended Learning at ISTE, hosted by Blackboard–breakfast provided!
Enter to win $5,000 for your technology program! Our friends at Kajeet® want to contribute towards your technology program to inspire and prepare students for a successful future. Click to learn more!
Speak Up on the Go! Upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans.
Get a head start on Speak Up 2014! Registration now open, surveys will be available October 6th- December 19th, 2014
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Online Learning Trends Breakfast at ISTE

Hosted by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
When: Monday, June 30th
Time: 7:30am to 8:30am
Where: Omni CNN Center International Ballroom AB
190 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Join us for breakfast and the launch of the latest Project Tomorrow and Blackboard report on Online and Blended Learning. During this special executive breakfast, Julie will discuss the online learning trends from the Speak Up 2013 national data and moderate a panel discussion with K-12 students. Be the first to learn about this new data on online and blended learning and receive a free copy of the report!
Please visit Blackboard’s website athttp://bbbb.blackboard.com/PTBreakfast2014 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.
If you are not attending ISTE this year and would like to sign up to receive a copy of the 2014 Online and Blended Learning Trends Report, please click here.
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Enter to Win $5,000 for your Technology Program

Technology is critical in today’s world by giving students access to invaluable resources right at their fingertips. Our friends at Kajeet® want to contribute towards your technology program to inspire and prepare students for a successful future.
If you are planning to attend ISTE in Atlanta, enter before June 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET to win a $5,000 donation to your school’s technology program. (#FundYourTech). You can also stop by their booth #3378 for a second chance to enter.
Note: The winning name will be chosen at random on July 1, 2014, at approximately 12 pm ET. You do not need to be present at ISTE when the selection takes place.The winner will be contacted via email and/or Twitter immediately following the drawing. Kajeet will use #FundYourTech to notify the winner on site. Please be sure to follow @Kajeet4Edu. If the name chosen does not respond within 24 hours, another name will be chosen. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win the drawing. Valid only for residents in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia for publicly funded K-12 schools. A check will be issued to the winner’s designated publicly funded K-12 schools within 6-8 weeks from the time of the selection.The check will be made out to the selected winner’s school of choice.
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Speak Up on the Go!

Upcoming Presentations

There’s still time to schedule in a Speak Up Session at ISTE! If you are attending the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, please be sure to stop by and see Julie at one of the following sessions:
Measuring teachers’ readiness to leverage digital content: Are you ready?
Sunday, 06/29/14, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
GWCC Murphy Ballroom 1/2
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
Online Learning Trends Breakfast with Project Tomorrow and Blackboard at ISTE
June 30th at 7:30am
Omni CNN Center International Ballroom AB
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.
GWCC B312
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
The emergence of the self-directed digital learner
Tuesday, 07/01/14, 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
GWCC Murphy Ballroom ½
ISTE 2014
Atlanta, GA
The 10th Annual Online Learning Institute
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at ISTE
The Omni Hotel
100 CNN Center (Across from the Convention Center)
Atlanta, GA 30313
Registration required, visit the ISTE Conference Registration Site for more details.

Past Presentations

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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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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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
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Enter to win $5,000 for your technology program

Technology is critical in today’s world by giving students access to invaluable resources right at their fingertips. Our friends at Kajeet® want to contribute towards your technology program to inspire and prepare students for a successful future.
If you are planning to attend ISTE in Atlanta, enter before June 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET to win a $5,000 donation to your school’s technology program. (#FundYourTech). You can also stop by their booth #3378 for a second chance to enter.
Click here to enter to #FundYourTech for a chance to win $5,000!
Note: The winning name will be chosen at random on July 1, 2014, at approximately 12 pm ET. You do not need to be present at ISTE when the selection takes place.The winner will be contacted via email and/or Twitter immediately following the drawing. Kajeet will use #FundYourTech to notify the winner on site. Please be sure to follow @Kajeet4EduIf the name chosen does not respond within 24 hours, another name will be chosen. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win the drawing. Valid only for residents in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia for publicly funded K-12 schools. A check will be issued to the winner’s designated publicly funded K-12 schools within 6-8 weeks from the time of the selection.The check will be made out to the selected winner’s school of choice.