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Speak Up Family and Friends: The K-12 Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Our friends at Blackboard Inc. are hosting their K-12 Innovative Teaching Series, starting this Monday, January 25! Don’t miss out on this WebEvent – check out the details for this Monday’s webinar below with Paula Barr, the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year for 2015:

A conversation with the 2015 iNACOL National Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year

Paula Barr, 2nd Grade Teacher, Lawrence Public Schools
Monday, January 25
3:30pm ET
Paula will share her perspective on how blended and online teaching improves student engagement, provides for greater personalization of learning, and how a veteran classroom teacher has adapted to a new teaching and learning environment. Paula will share examples of successes and challenges she experienced in the journey of becoming an outstanding blended learning teacher. Paula recently had the opportunity to meet with and share about personalized learning within the blended learning environment utilizing flipped learning with colleagues at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.
Interested in this event, or want to check out the rest of the Innovative Teaching Series? Click here

Flashback Friday: “Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?”

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.

Free webinar – Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning

What: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning
When: Monday, September 15 at 3PM EST
Who: Julie Evans and Blackboard K-12


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 the 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.

 

About Blackboard: From their beginning as a small education technology company, Blackboard has been dedicated to improving every aspect of the education experience for millions of learners and educators around the world. They work with thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations, providing them with tomorrow’s education experience today.

Tune in to BbWorld K-12 Live!

Every year Blackboard K-12 hosts BbWorld – a conference for education’s leading visionaries. This year they have launched BbWorld K-12 Live: a brand new, digital track of BbWorld just for the K-12 community, which is online and free to attend if you can’t make it to the conference in Las Vegas.

You can register for BbWorld K-12 Live at their website, http://bbworldk12live.com/, to watch the keynote speakers in live time, or you can click here to view the full schedule and sign up. Once logged in, use the comments to share your thoughts, ideas and reactions. Don’t forget to take the conversation to Twitter with the hashtag #BbWorldK12Live!

Also, if you are in Las Vegas for BbWorld, Julie Evans’s session is tomorrow at 4:15pm. Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and #BbWorldK12Live on Twitter if you are attending! See you online!

Report Release! RSVP to attend the release of our latest report on Online and Blended Learning at ISTE, hosted by Blackboard–breakfast provided!

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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.

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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Beyond the Digital Conversation

Join Project Tomorrow and Blackboard for a free webinar on educational technology trends driving innovation in the classroom!
Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 2PM ET
Presenter: Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow
Register here
 
The term ‘digital conversion’ is becoming increasingly prevalent in school and district conversations about how to improve student achievement, enhance teacher effectiveness, and stimulate new levels of parental engagement in schools. But what does this term really mean, and how are districts considering new methods to support their goals? Join Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, as she leads a discussion around exciting new trends in education that underscore new learning models as a means to drive innovation and more deeply engage students.
 
About Blackboard: 
From their beginning as a small education technology company, Blackboard has been dedicated to improving every aspect of the education experience for millions of learners and educators around the world. They work with thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations, providing them with tomorrow’s education experience today.