In the midst of our Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up research project to learn more about the experiences and aspirations of the next generation of teachers, we took a look at what school administrators told us last fall during Speak Up 2016. A few highlights:
Principals told us they expect new teachers to:
- Know how to use technology to differentiate instruction (76%)
- Use technology to communicate with parents and students (73%)
- Interpret and use data to support student learning and improve teaching practice (71%)
- Use technology to create authentic learning experiences (65%)
- Use technology to facilitate student collaboration (63%)
Principals value technology use for teaching and learning:
- 84% of school leaders say it is important or very important for every student to be able to use a mobile device during the school day to support schoolwork
- 89% of school leaders say a new teacher candidate’s skills or experiences using technology within teaching is important or very important when evaluating his/her fit or qualifications
Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is open until June 2nd! We want to hear from pre-service teachers about how to leverage technology within learning; how they are being trained; what they expect when they enter the classroom; and more! College students studying to be teachers can take the confidential, 20-minute survey now!
Universities and teacher prep programs who register to participate will learn the results of what their own students had to say this summer (and it’s all free!)
Considering registering your program or university to participate in Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up, but have a few questions? Please join one of our upcoming informational webinars! If you are involved with AACTE, CAEP and/or UTeach, please join one of the following 30-minute webinars so you can get your questions answered about the research project and free service.
Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is a unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to share their ideas about how to leverage technology within learning, how they are being trained and what they expect when they enter the classroom.
Colleges, universities and programs that register and promote the surveys to their students will receive the national data findings as well as their own institution’s results in June – for free.
Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans, will share more information about the project and how your programs can use the free tool during each webinar. Register via these links:
Read more about the project and webinars in Julie’s blog post on AACTE’s Ed Prep Matters.
Register today for the informational webinar via the links above and/or register your school’s contact to get started participating in Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up today! The Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up survey is open for student participation until May 1, 2017.
Happy Flashback Friday! Every Friday we focus on Speak Up data, articles, and press releases from the past. This week we’re looking at MindShift’s article, “Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?” from February 2013, which features data from a report we did with Blackboard Inc about the digital experiences and expectations of tomorrow’s teachers. Check out a recap of the article below:
With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, it’s no surprise that there is a discrepancy between what principals expect of these teachers-to-be and what they’re actually learning in school.
Principals expect new teachers to be trained in educational technology. They want new hires to incorporate social media into their classrooms as a way of communicating with students and parents; they also want new hires to already have experience with blended learning and teaching online classes. However, tomorrow’s teachers’ tech training focuses only on simple management tools. Despite this, 72% of pre-service teachers report they’re well-prepared to use technology in the classroom; however their knowledge of technology may be from growing up with it rather than learning how to use digital tools during their training.
Incoming teachers seem to be caught between generations: while they use technology in their own lives and to enhance their own education, they’re learning to teach in a system that’s behind the times. 68% of teachers-in-training learn about digital learning through field placements or by taking advice from their peers and professors. Despite these discrepancies between principals’ expectations and the realities of tomorrow’s teachers’ tech education, it is certain that new teachers are more accepting and more knowledgeable of using technology in the classroom.
To learn more about the topic, check out the original article, “Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?” (MindShift) and our report with Blackboard Inc.
Are you a principal and have something to add to this conversation? Participate in Speak Up 2014! 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!
Additionally, if you are a future teacher and want to leave your input, Speak Up for Higher Ed – Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up! is open until October 6. Click here
to learn more about the program and sign up.
Participate in the Speak Up for Higher Education “Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up” survey and share your ideas about teaching with the nation!
Project Tomorrow is facilitating a special online survey for college students in teacher preparation programs to collect and report on the views of the next generation of teachers about the use of technology within instruction.
Participation is open to all students in teacher preparation programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level, teacher education faculty within Schools of Education, as well as career changers in special programs.
Colleges, universities and programs that promote the surveys to their students will receive a free online report with the national data findings as well as institutional results.
About Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!
Online Surveys will open for input on February 5, 2014 in celebration of Digital Learning Day and run through May 16, 2014.
All information is 100% confidential. The surveys take less than 20 minutes to complete.
Why participate? This is a unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to “speak up” about their views on their career choice and share their ideas about how to leverage technology within learning. Have a voice in national and state policies for education by participating in Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!
A national report on the survey findings will be released in fall 2014 in a special Congressional Briefing in Washington DC. Results will be shared with policymakers, academic research organizations and media.
Survey question topics include: learning and teaching with technology, 21st century skills, online and blended learning, flipped classrooms, mobile devices, digital and online textbooks, writing with technology, games and professional development.
To learn more about how your institution can promote Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!, please contact Jenny Hostert at (949) 609-4660 x17 or email@example.com.