Category Archives: Speak Up 2013

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!

Speak Up featured on eSchoolNews

Once again, Speak Up was featured on eSchoolNews in an article that discusses the top ways digital tools transform learning, which uses data from Speak Up 2013 and Julie Evans’s recent webinar with edWeb.net. Check out some of the data below:

Teachers who self-assessed their use of digital tools as “advanced” (28 percent of respondents) use a variety of digital tools and approaches, including: 

  • Internet to research information about a lesson (90 percent)
  • Watching online videos to learn (74 percent)
  • Text with colleagues (67 percent)
  • Customize digital content for class use (56 percent)
  • Participate in online professional learning communities (55 percent)

Interested in learning more about how digital tools can change learning? Check out Laura DeVaney’s article, “The top ways digital tools transform learning,” and access our Speak Up 2013 report.

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

Are you going to ISTE in Atlanta?

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.

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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Digital Content FINAL

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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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.

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 2013 data featured on eSchool News!

This year’s Speak Up report focused on how K-12 students use technology both in and out of the classroom, as well as their future career/academic choices regarding STEM and technology. The report was featured on eSchool News – check out some select findings below:

  • Students increasingly use social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine (44 percent of students in grades 6-12) while use of Facebook has declined.
  • Digital reader access is highest in grades 6-8, with 48 percent of students reporting they had access to such devices.
  • Online assessments have grown with 47 percent of middle school students taking online tests, compared with 32 percent four years ago.

 To view more data from the report, check out Speak Up: The current state of digital learning by Laura DeVaney or download the full report from our website.

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

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!

Gender Gap Shrinks Among Students Playing Digital Games

For Immediate Release:               Contact: Amber Taylor, 703-201-4893
April 8, 2014                                      amber@taylored-communications.com

Speak Up 2013 Reports on Students’ Technology Use In and Out of School, Social Media Habits, Out of School Internet Access and Interest in STEM
                                  
Washington, D.C. –The stereotype that girls do not play digital games is outdated, according to the latest report from the Speak Up 2013 survey of students, teachers, administrators and parents released today. In 2013, approximately 42 percent of girls in grades 3-5 and 37 percent of girls in grades 6-8 said they regularly play games on tablets compared to 38 percent of boys in grades 3-8.
A similar pattern exists with game play on smartphones with equal percentages of girls and boys in elementary (28 percent) and middle school (45 percent) playing games on these devices.
“Boys are still playing more massively multi-player online games (MMOGs) than girls, but there is little difference now in all other digital game play,” said Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow, the organization that conducts the Speak Up survey. “We’re specifically interested in how students use games for learning, and this year’s survey shows that students of both genders think that digital games improve their levels of engagement in school and help them understand difficult concepts.”
Approximately 25 percent of teachers surveyed this year are integrating digital games into their instructional plans, and students report searching for games on their own to help them learn. Nearly one-quarter of middle school students reported that they have played an online game outside of school specifically to learn something. Among students who self-identified as advanced technology users, this number was 50 percent – among both girls and boys.
The latest report, The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations, is available via: www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU13DigitalLearningPlaybook_StudentReport.html
The companion infographic on mobile learning is available via: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/SU2013_MobileLearning.pdf
Additional findings presented in the 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).
“We asked students for their ideas about how to improve technology use in schools,” said Evans. “In general, they want a greater alignment between their out-of-school learning life and what they experience in the classroom. They would like access to mobile devices, digital games, Internet access throughout their schools and access to websites they use for learning, to name a few.”
“Innovative technologies are helping K-12 educators augment their teaching to reach students with more collaborative, creative and, ultimately, more effective delivery methods,” said Mark Belles, senior vice president, K-12, Blackboard. “We’re proud to partner with Project Tomorrow to gauge the progress districts continue to make in leveraging technology to better prepare students for future learning success.”
The 2013 online survey – completed by more than 400,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members – offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools.
In fall 2013, Project Tomorrow surveyed 325,279 K-12 students, 32,151 parents, 39,986 teachers and 4,530 administrators representing 9,005 public and private schools from 2,710 districts.  The Speak Up 2013 surveys were available online for input in October, November and December 2013.
The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education and national leaders.
Since 2003, more than 3.4 million K-12 students, educators and parents from more than 35,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox, K12, Inc., Rosetta Stone, Schoolwires and SMART Technologies.
Project Tomorrow partners with more than 75 different education associations, organizations and think-tanks for outreach to the schools and development of the survey questions including the American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWEB.net, Flipped Learning Network,  iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals Association, Southern Regional Education Board and State Education Technology Directors’ Association.
About Project Tomorrow
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs. For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.  

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.