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Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Teacher Preparation

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Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Teacher Preparation
 

Top 5 technology skills principals* want new teachers to acquire during their pre-service program:

  1. How to source, evaluate and use digital content within instruction (64%)
  2. How to develop and implement online assessments (61%)
  3. How to manage a classroom where every student has a mobile device (53%) 
  4. How to use social media tools within instruction (53%)
  5. How to set up a blended model class (50%) 
*Data from 2,868 principals
 
Speak Up 2015 reports are coming soon! www.tomorrow.org

Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and College/Career Readiness

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Top 5 college and career ready skills administrators* think students need for future success:

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving skills (91%)
  2. Ability to work with a diverse group of people (90%)
  3. Teamwork and collaboration skills (87%)
  4. Independent learning skills (81%)
  5. Technology skills (76%)
*Data from 662 district administrators and 2,868 school administrators.
Speak Up 2015 reports are coming soon! www.tomorrow.org

Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Instructional Quality

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45% of parents* say that their top concern regarding technology use at their child’s school is how much the use of technology within instruction varies from teacher to teacher.

Top 5 things that teachers** say they need to more effectively use digital content, tools and resources within instruction in their classroom:

  1. Classroom set of laptops, tablets or Chromebooks for student use (59%)
  2. Planning time with colleagues (57%)
  3. Professional development (52%)
  4. Confidence that students have consistent, safe Internet access outside of school (51%)
  5. Funds to purchase/license digital content and apps (51%)
*Data from 37,655 parents
**Data from 35,903 teachers
 
Speak Up 2015 reports are coming soon! Visit www.tomorrow.org for more details.

Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Leadership

Happy Digital Learning Day! We’re celebrating this special day by releasing sneak peeks of our Speak Up 2015 data – check out our digital equity and access data below:
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Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Leadership
 
Leadership in changing school culture often means understanding what the current culture is and then identifying those areas in which you think the greatest change or impact is possible.
Teachers still do not value the effective use of technology as highly as administrators (and parents). Just 36% of teachers* said the effective use of instructional technology is extremely important to students’ success compared with 67% of district administrators**.
Top 5 educational approaches district administrators** say have the greatest potential to enhance student achievement in their districts:
  1. Enhancing teacher effectiveness through professional development (62%)
  2. Leveraging technology more effectively (51%)
  3. Integrating college and career ready skill development into instruction (44%)
  4. Enhancing the leadership skills of administrators (39%)
  5. Increasing STEM learning opportunities for students (34%)
*Data from 35,903 teachers
**Data from 662 district administrators
 
Speak Up 2015 reports are coming soon! Visit www.tomorrow.org for more details.

Speak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Access

Happy Digital Learning Day! We’re celebrating this special day by releasing sneak peeks of our Speak Up 2015 data – check out our digital equity and access data below:DLDayAccessSpeak Up Sneak Peek for #DLDay: Digital Equity and Access

68% of teachers* say that they are reluctant to assign digital homework or Internet dependent assignments or projects since some students may not have safe, consistent access to the Internet outside of school.
Top 5 ways that district administrators** say they are currently addressing this issue:
  1. Allowing students on campus before and after school to access school network (68%)
  2. Encouraging libraries and other public Internet locations to give students priority (52%)
  3. Telling students to download assignments and resources to USB sticks (45%)
  4. Discouraging assignments of homework that is Internet dependent (37%)
  5. Providing wifi access in school parking lots of student access (34%)
*Data from 35,903 teachers
**Data from 662 district administrators
 
Speak Up 2015 reports are coming soon! Visit www.tomorrow.org for more details.

Speak Up News February 2016

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Your Speak Up data is in!

We are excited to release the Speak Up 2015 data results to all participating organizations! If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of last year, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say. Keep reading to learn how to access your data and more.

Quick links:

▪ Your survey results are now available! Learn how to access your Speak Up data results.
▪ Exporting your data is easy: Simply print the results or copy and paste them into one of our templates.
▪ Need help with your Speak Up data? Learn more about our Speak Up services.
▪ Digital Learning Day is next Wednesday. Find out how YOU & the schools, students, and educators in your network can participate.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

For more than a decade, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook,Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2015 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports.
2. Select either Option 1 to view District results or Option 2 to view individual School results.
3. Next, enter the state, the first few letters of your district or school name and your admin password.
4. To view data reports, select the number in the “# of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5. To view your open ended text responses, click on “District ” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
6. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this Speak Up Data Excel Template. To view your data across audiences and by theme, use ourthematic report template to drop in your school or district’s data.

*Please note, at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.

Exporting your Speak Up data

Exporting your Speak Up data is quick and easy! Just follow these steps:

1. Highlight and copy the Speak Up data by survey type from our Speak Up data homepage.
2. Paste your data into our template Excel spreadsheet (click here to download) – the survey types are already organized by tab.
3. The file is already formatted to print, making it easy to view your data!

Click here to learn more about accessing your data, or watch our quick how-to video here.
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Need help?

The Project Tomorrow staff is available to help you effectively use your data, here are just a few of the services we can provide you:
▪ Identify the top 5 trends in your school, district or state with national benchmarks
▪ Create a Speak Up presentation that you can use to share your Speak Up results in your school or district
▪ Provide Speak Up fast facts that can be used on your website, newsletters or promotional material
▪ Present your Speak Up data in person or via a webinar
▪ Prepare a summary of your specific Speak Up findings (school, district or state) that can be distributed to your stakeholders
▪ Write a case statement, using the Speak Up data, highlighting the benefits of investing in technology (school, district, state or national)
▪ Prepare a customized narrative report about your Speak Up data (school, district or state)
Contact the Speak Up Team, to learn more about our consulting services and fees.
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Digital Learning Day 2016

Project Tomorrow is helping spread the word about Digital Learning Day on February 17th, 2016, and we would like you to join in!
It’s a day thousands of schools and local communities across the country recognize great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes with the help of digital tools.
As a grassroots effort, Digital Learning Day encourages students, teachers, leaders, and communities to be part of transforming our education system. That means thinking differently about how technology can be used to support more engaged, deeper learning opportunities for all students. Get involved by adding an event or activity to the official Digital Learning Day map or joining the online conversation using #DLDay.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

Nebraska Distance Learning Association Spring Conference
Thursday, February 25th
Omaha, NE
– Keynote session: 9AM, Walnut Grand Ballroom
– Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning: Breakout session 1, 10:30-11:15
BYOD sessions: ETC! 2016
California State University, Stanislaus
Saturday, February 27th
Workshop: Pink or Blue? Examining Gender in Games
SXSWedu
Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 8
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 410
Session: Digital Equity Challenges: Strategies for Bridging the Home/School Connection
COSN 2016
Washington D.C.
Tuesday, April 5th
9:15-10:15 a.m. – Cardoza
NSBA 2016 conference
TBA
Boston, MA
April 9-11
Speak Up Congressional Briefing
TBA (Mid-April)
Washington, DC
Click here to sign up for alerts on our upcoming briefing!
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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand 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.
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Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning

In honor of Digital Learning Day last week, we released a sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12! Last fall, 431,231 K-12 students nationwide spoke up about digital learning and more – here’s a preview of what we learned:
  • 42% of 6th-8th graders say taking an online or virtual class should be a requirement for graduation.
  • Amongst girls, 64% of 3rd-5th and 50% 6th-8th graders want to code.
  • 46% of 9th-12th graders are Twitter users now – 4 times more than in 2011 when only 11% were tweeting
To read the full list of things everyone should know about K-12 students’ views on digital learning, click here.

Digital Debate: Is social media destroying social skills?

The California Writing Project, a national partner of Digital Learning Day, utilized Google Hangouts to hold digital debates between students about issues in their schools, communities, and across California. Check out the first Digital Debate about social media in the video above.

Digital Debate Topic #1: Social Media
Cary Zierenberg’s eighth grade students from Natomas Charter School’s Leading Edge Academy and Sean Young’s students from Pleasanton Middle School chose to debate Topic #1: Social Media— Is social media destroying our social skills? The students and teachers are considering developing their own debate topics and taking each other on again later in the semester.

During Speak Up 2014, 46% of high schools students said they use Twitter – this is four times more users than in 2011 when only 11% of students were tweeting. Do you think social media is destroying students’ social skills? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

To learn more about the California Writing Project, visit their website. Click here if you are interested in learning more about their Digital Debates.

The 40-year-old California Writing Project is a network of sixteen regional sites, nine housed on University of California campuses and eight on California State University campuses. Every year, over 20,000 teachers participate in CWP campus, school, and district programs. These teachers, representing all grade levels, from kindergarten through university, often teach in disciplines other than English. The project also provides programs that serve administrators, paraprofessionals, students, and parents.The California Writing Project has a central mission: to improve student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing. By having successful teachers of writing teach their colleagues, CWP is able to conduct significant numbers of programs each year, ranging from 1900-2300 programs.

Project Tomorrow Celebrates Digital Learning Day 2015

Happy Digital Learning Day! Project Tomorrow is proud to be a longstanding Core Partner in Digital Learning Day. Subsequently, we’ve released a new participation map and a special sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students titled: Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning. Additionally all 2014 Speak Up district contacts now have access to a new data report to help with data analysis.
Not sure what Digital Learning Day is about? Keep reading to learn more about the event, as well as ways you can get involved.

Quick links:

▪ Digital Learning Day 2015: Learn more about this annual celebration, as well as ways to get involved.
▪ Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning: Get a sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students. 
▪ Speak Up 2014 Participation Map: We’ve created a new and improved participation map in honor of #DLDay – check it out!
▪ New data report for district contacts: If your district participated in Speak Up 2014, check out this new way to view your data.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog. Don’t forget to share your digital learning celebrations with@OfficialDLDay and with the hashtag #DLDay!

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Happy Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day 2015

About Digital Learning Day

Since 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

Digital Learning Day Live!

This year, Digital Learning Day is going live! Digital Learning Day Live! will highlight some of the nation’s most promising digital learning initiatives and foster a stimulating discussion about what it takes to integrate technology effectively, strategically, and meaningfully in schools. This free online event streams live from Washington, DC, beginning at 1PM ESTTo RSVP to this free, online event, visit the Digital Learning Day website.

Get involved!

It’s not too late to start celebrating Digital Learning Day! Check out some of these easy ways to get involved:

▪ Visit Digital Learning Day’s Planning Resources Hub to find free and easy to use tools to get started with your digital celebration.
▪ View the interactive activity map to gain ideas from other celebrants
▪ Spread the word about digital learning by visiting Digital Learning Day’s Facebook page, Twitter account (@OfficialDLDay), and by using the hashtag #DLDay.
▪ Join the virtual experience by participating in Digital Learning Day Live!


Visit Digital Learning Day’s official website to learn more, and keep reading to see how we’re celebrating digital learning today.
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Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning

Sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students

We are excited to release a sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students in honor of Digital Learning Day! Last fall, 431,231 K-12 students nationwide spoke up about digital learning and more – here’s a preview of what we learned:

▪ 42% of 6th-8th graders say taking an online or virtual class should be a requirement for graduation.
▪ Amongst girls, 64% of 3rd-5th and 50% 6th-8th graders want to code.
▪ 46% of 9th-12th graders are Twitter users now – 4 times more than in 2011 when only 11% were tweeting.


To read the full list of things everyone should know about K-12 students’ views on digital learning, click here.
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Interactive District Participation Map

Check out our new interactive participant map, which shows how loudly all of our Speak Up 2014 districts spoke up about education, technology, and more.
Click here to view the map.
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Did your district participate in Speak Up 2014?

If so, we’ve provided a way for all district contacts to view a report of their district’s school results in a side by side comparison format. Follow these steps to view your data:

1. Visit the view data homepage and log in under option 1.
2. Once logged in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Download Excel Summary.”
3. Select which audience you would like to view data under.
4. Download the spreadsheet.


Please note this information is only available to districts that participated in Speak Up 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand 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.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Digital Learning Day is in ONE day!

In honor of Digital Learning Day, Project Tomorrow will release a special sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students titled: Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning. Additionally all 2014 Speak Up district contacts will gain access to a new data report to help with data analysis! Check www.tomorrow.org/speakup or @SpeakUpEd on Twitter this Friday for more details! Happy Digital Learning Day!
To learn more about Digital Learning Day, visit the event’s website, and watch their informative video above. How are you celebrating Digital Learning Day? Share your plans on their interactive map and on Twitter by mentioning @OfficialDLDay and #DLDay.

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. To learn more, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org/domain/54.