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Speak Up 7 for 2017: Top digital learning trends in K-12 schools today

Each year, the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning polls K-12 students, parents, and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. This survey represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning. Since fall 2003, more than 5 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators, communications officers, and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.

Following are seven trends we are watching based on the more than 514,000 Speak Up surveys submitted from educators, students and parents from October 2016 to January 2017.

1. Funding, the achievement gap and staff morale top the list of superintendents’ concerns.

Over the last six years, the same six issues have topped this list of “what wakes superintendents up at night,” but the levels of concern have intensified.

In 2010, Superintendents said:In 2016, Superintendents said:
Funding (51%)Funding (64%)
Test scores (44%)Achievement gap (48%)
Achievement gap (39%)Staff morale (43%)
Staff morale (39%)College and career skills (38%)
College and career skills (20%)Teacher recruitment (38%)
Teacher recruitment (16%)Test scores (35%)

2. Administrators say data-informed instruction, social media communications and online assessments are some of the education technology approaches that are generating positive student results.

According to school principals, these education tech approaches and solutions are generating a positive ROI in terms of student academic outcomes today:

  • Using student data to inform instruction
  • Social media use to communicate with parents and students
  • Online assessments
  • Videos, simulations and animations within instruction
  • Cloud based applications and tools
  • Student access to mobile devices in school
  • Online professional development for teachers

K-12 CIOs/CTOs suggest that demand for these approaches and solutions are growing:

  • New learning models: blended, flipped, competency-based
  • Online professional development for teachers
  • Open education resources
  • Game-based learning environments

3. Online videos and games top the list of types of digital content being used in classrooms.

We also asked teachers what they look for in determining the quality of digital content.

Most important to educators:Least important to educators:
Content is freshCarries OER label
Aligned to standardsSearch engine ranking
Adjusts to reading levelsExpertise of content developer
Modifiable by the teacherState department of education-recommended
Research-basedMobile app version available

4. Students are using mobile devices (for learning) differently when directed by a teacher and when self-directing their own learning.

When directed by teachers, students use assigned mobile devices to:

  • Do Internet research (81%)
  • Play educational games (60%)
  • Take online tests (50%)
  • Read online articles (37%)
  • Use online textbooks (32%)
  • Watch teacher created video (29%)

When self-directed, students use assigned mobile devices to:

  • Check grades (74%)
  • Look up class information (54%)
  • Email teachers (41%)
  • Receive reminders (39%)
  • Take notes (39%)
  • Take photos of assignments (29%)

Students told us they have access to the following mobile devices in school:

 LaptopsTabletsChromebooks
Gr 6-833% 20% 44%
Gr 9-1240%9%32%

And, how many students are bringing their own devices to school for classwork?

  • 58 percent of high school students
  • 25 percent of middle school students

5. Teachers, administrators, parents and students remain on different pages when it comes to using technology for learning.

Administrators told us motivating teachers to change their practice is the biggest challenge to increasing technology use in school.

Parents told us technology use in education is critical for their children’s future success and yet digital usage varies too much from teacher to teacher.

Students told us learning how to use technology effectively is important for their future but there are too many rules at school that limit their abilities to use technology.

And, students, teachers and administrators all have a different view on the role of Internet access outside of school. Few teachers say they regularly assign Internet-dependent homework, more principals think Internet-dependent homework is being assigned, but students say they regularly use the Internet to help with homework.

6. Social media plays role in learning for students and educators.

Perspectives and valuation of social media usage in school is changing…somewhat. In 2011, 50 percent of students in grades 6-12 said they could not access social media tools at school. In 2016, only 38 percent of students had the same complaint.

Nearly half (45 percent) of teachers said that they pinned a lesson on Pinterest in the past year, 19 percent use Twitter to follow education experts or fellow educators and 17 percent posted a question on a social media for help with a classroom issue.

Eight of ten school principals say they are using social media to communicate with parents and students – 61 percent said it has a positive impact!

We continue to see a divide between students and adults on their social media networks of choice. Like other organizations, we continue to see Facebook use shrinking among students with Instagram and Snapchat being favored (and the opposite for adults).

That usage divide translates into a value divide as well, especially for learning purposes.

  • One-third of students in grades 6-12 say following experts on social media is a valuable way to explore different careers and jobs.
  • 44 percent of students identify social media tools as a “must-have” for their ultimate school, while only 19 percent of parents and teachers agree.
  • 34 percent of school principals say that managing social media usage by students and staff is a major challenge at their school.

7. Parents prefer personal emails for receiving information from their child’s school.

Parents want communications from their child’s teacher and school/district to be:

  • Convenient
  • Pushed to them (they don’t want to search for it)
  • Personalized, not standardized
  • Timely and current
  • Succinct/actionable (with a realization from the schools that they are busy)
  • High impact/high ROI-type results

Here are the communications preferences of parents and principals for sharing information about school progress or performance. Note the difference in preference among the two particularly when it comes to face-to-face meetings and personal phone calls.

Finally, here are some other trends we are watching. Are you?

  • Greater emphasis on students’ global skills preparation
  • Rising value of personalized learning
  • Interest and acceptance of new learning models
  • Increasing criticality for connectivity – at school and at home
  • Learning as a 24/7 enterprise for students
  • New expectations from parents related to the digital aspirations for their children
  • Universal desire to understand real outcomes from digital learning

Are we missing any trends that you are seeing?

In fall 2016, Project Tomorrow surveyed 435,510 K-12 students, 38,512 teachers and librarians, 4,592 administrators, 29,670 parents and 5,846 community members representing more than 7,000 public and private schools and 2,400 districts. Schools from urban (26%), suburban (38%), and rural (36%) communities are represented. Just over one-half of the schools (58%) that participated in Speak Up 2016 are Title I eligible schools (an indicator of student population poverty). The Speak Up 2016 surveys were available online for input between October 2016 and January 2017.

Students Take Charge of Learning, Empowered by Technology

Aided by technology, students across the country are self-directing their own learning, no longer waiting for teachers or schools to catch up. More than 400,000 K-12 students shared how and when they learn via the Speak Up 2016 Research Project for Digital Learning.

In our latest Speak Up data release, Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2017, Project Tomorrow details some of the findings from the student responses:

  • Access to mobile devices in and out of school continues to grow. Over just a two-year period, twice as many students are now using Chromebooks in school (2014 to 2016).
  • Students are using mobile devices to self-direct learning by:
    • doing research on the Internet (84%)
    • looking up class information (59%)
    • creating documents to share (54%)
    • emailing teachers with questions (47%)
    • setting up reminders about class due dates (43%)
    • taking notes (40%)
  • Students are exploring online learning. More than one-third of middle school students say they have already taken an online class in Math, Science and English. The subjects that top their wish list for online classes include: college prep/study skills (58%), art appreciation (58%), world languages (56%), career technical/vocational education (51%) and computer science (47%).
  • More than 1/3 of students say they want to learn about future jobs and careers via online tools: online course, digital game, online videos and social media.

“Students have always self-directed some of their own learning, but with the explosion of mobile devices, 24/7 connectivity and digital resources, students are leaving adults behind as they explore subjects that interest them in the ways they learn best,” said Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Despite all of the opportunity at their fingertips with the growth in educational technology access in schools, more than half (56%) of students say they use technology more often for learning outside of school than in school.”

The disconnect between how students learn and how educators think they learn is especially evident in the findings about using the Internet for homework. The majority of students (79% of high school students, 69% of middle school students and 63% of students in grades 3-5) use the Internet at least once a week to support homework and school assignments. Nearly half (48%) of high school students say they use the Internet daily to support school work. However, just 14% of teachers say they are assigning Internet-dependent homework on a weekly basis.

“Despite teachers’ concerns about the homework gap, students so highly value using the Internet as a learning tool that they resourcefully find ways to get online to pursue their academic interests and add depth and efficiency to their learning processes,” said Evans.

And, where are students going online to do their schoolwork? Speak Up asked students about all the places they have used the Internet to do homework or schoolwork assignments this year. Here are some of the most common locations for doing online schoolwork outside of class:

  • at home (78%)
  • on campus before/after hours (50%),
  • at a fast food restaurant or coffee shop (28%)
  • in the public library (20%)

Community location or type (urban, rural or suburban) seems to have limited impact on where students access the Internet with one exception. Students in rural communities (44%) are less likely to say they are staying after school hours to use the school wifi.

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Each year, the Speak Up project polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. Since 2003, more than 5 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators, communications officers and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.  Speak Up 2016 findings on students, teachers, parents, administrators, communications officers, technology leaders and community members will be released throughout 2017. All the data releases can be found at www.tomorrow.org/speakup.

Sign up for our Speak Up e-newsletter to receive all new data releases!

Speak Up is supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Apex Learning, Blackboard, BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm® WirelessReach™, Rosetta Stone Education and Scholastic.

Teachers’ Readiness and Willingness to Adopt Digital Tools for Learning

At the ASU GSV Summit this week, we explored the current state of teachers’ readiness and willingness to adopt digital tools for learning with Alan Arkatov from USC Rossier School of Education, Ann Linson from East Noble School Corporation and Jessie Woolley-Wilson from DreamBox Learning.

Everyone see lots of technology in schools these days, but is that technology also changing teaching and learning? The classrooms of today still look a whole lot like the classrooms of yesterday:

Yes, the chalkboard is a white board and paper and pencils have been replaced with laptops, but other than that? Beyond the physical differences we see in classrooms, the other changes we have seen are minimal – despite the opportunities technology presents to transform learning.

While new Speak Up data shows us evidence of external indicators of change, they also indicate the lack of real systematic changes in activities, attitudes or aspirations of teachers. More than 38,000 teachers shared their views as part of the Speak Up 2016 Research Project for Digital Learning from October 2016 to January 2017.

More than two-thirds of teachers report external indicators of change:

  • Using more videos in the classroom
  • Texting with colleagues
  • Relying upon cloud applications more
  • Being in classrooms with student access to devices

But fewer than one-third say they:

  • Use online primary sources within instruction
  • Facilitate a class blog or discussion forum
  • Use an online curriculum with students
  • Create investigations for students w/digital tools
  • Engage in online professional learning communities

When we look at impact of technology, 75 percent of teachers say mobile devices increase student engagement, but only 35 percent say mobile devices improve the quality of student work. Engagement is important, but we are all looking for the investments in technology to contribute to improved academic results – like the quality of student work.

When we look at how teachers are using data, we see a real lack of systemic change. Teachers tell us they are most likely to use data derived from digital/online resources to:

  • Communicate with parents, students and school leaders about progress
  • Collaborate with other teachers

These are activities teachers have always done and they are very important, but they would do these regardless of technology.

But, teachers report they are least likely to use data in the ways that will really change their teaching practice, such as using data to:

  • Identify at-risk students or students needing more advanced coursework
  • Design personalized learning paths for each student
  • Identify promising instructional strategies for replication
  • Work with individual students on learning goals

When we see more teachers using data for these purposes, then we will be seeing systemic change.

Speak Up also asks teachers and administrators about their attitudes towards technology. How important is it? You can see that administrators at the district and school level see the effective implementation of technology as much more important to student success than teachers do.

These values are reflected in classrooms and practice.

Students tell us they use the Internet to help them with homework on a daily and weekly basis. More than 100,000 high school students shared their views and experience during Speak Up 2016. Nearly half (48 percent) said they use online or Internet resources daily or almost daily to support their schoolwork. But the same percent of teachers (48 percent) say they rarely or never assign homework that requires Internet access. That’s a disconnect between how students are learning and how teachers are teaching.

We asked teachers what type of support they need to be able to use technology more effectively in their teaching practice. Their top requests for support were:

  • Professional development
  • Planning time
  • Devices for student use
  • Technology support

These needs are important, of course, and should not be minimized but at this point, we would all like to see teachers thinking more deeply about what will make a difference in their capacity to use technology more effectively to change and improve their own teaching practice.

To that end, fewer than one-quarter of teachers said they need the types of support that will lead to changed teaching practice like:

  • Information on classroom management strategies
  • Curated or recommended sets of resources
  • Access to online tools for organization of online or digital content
  • Rubrics for evaluating digital content quality
  • Coaching on high impact lesson plan development

More teachers than ever are now teaching in classrooms where every student has a device that’s connected to the Internet. Yet, just a quarter of teachers need support on classroom management strategies? More and more online resources are available every day, so why is there is little demand for curation and organization tools?

When we look at the teacher adoption of technology, it seems we’ve moved along the path of familiarity, access and adoption fairly well, but adaptation and innovation are lagging. Why?

Is it about the tools, training or professional learning, levels of support, risk taking, personal attitudes, something else? How do we help develop teacher readiness, capacity and agency to use technology beyond the external indicators already in evidence to get to real systemic change?

 

In fall 2016, Project Tomorrow surveyed 435,510 K-12 students, 38,512 teachers and librarians, 4,592 administrators, 29,670 parents and 5,846 community members representing more than 7,000 public and private schools and 2,400 districts. Schools from urban (26%), suburban (38%), and rural (36%) communities are represented. Just over one-half of the schools (58%) that participated in Speak Up 2016 are Title I eligible schools (an indicator of student population poverty). The Speak Up 2016 surveys were available online for input between October 2016 and January 2017.

Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

We are excited to be a part of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! For over thirty years, the ISTE Conference & Expo has been the leading forum in which over 18,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers, exchange ideas about education technology. If attending, be sure to take part in our various workshops, panels, and sessions, featuring Speak Up 2014 data and more. 

With the first day of ISTE 2015 nearly halfway through, we invite you to check out our remaining activities below. Let us know if you’re attending any of our sessions!

Quick links:

▪ The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning: Join Julie Evans, Angela Baker, and Chris Dede to gain insights into how to develop, implement, and evaluate mobile learning initiatives.
▪ Digital Learning is more than a trend: Request a copy of our report with Blackboard, “Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning.”
▪ Why Student Data? Hear firsthand how educators, school districts, and the private sector are using student data to improve teaching and learning.
▪ Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students Join Julie Evans, Robert Miller, Kari Stubbs, and Matthew Brown as they discuss strategies to increase student engagement.
▪ Stop by our Speak Up Collaborator Booth! Come say hi and learn about Speak Up on your way to your ISTE sessions!

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Monday, June 29

The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning

Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Location: PCC Ballroom A
Click here to learn more
Attend this session to learn eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning, with examples illustrating successful use for each strategies. You’ll gain insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate mobile learning initiatives. Applying these strategies will greatly increase the chances for success of a mobile learning project.With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Angela Baker (Qualcomm Wireless Reach), and Chris Dede (Harvard University).
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Tuesday, June 30

Digital learning is more than a trend

Release of the 2015 report, Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning. This latest report from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow details how schools and districts are using new technologies to create the ultimate learning experience. Report highlights how:

▪ Educators are using new technologies to engage students in and out of school
▪ Blended and digital learning translate directly to student confidence and success
▪ Students are reacting to these evolving and innovative classroom models

Why Student Data?

Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: PCC 114
Access to student data can improve teaching and learning. Hear firsthand how educators, school districts, and the private sector are using student data to improve educational outcomes and how they are safeguarding student information.

Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students

Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: PCC 103BC
Click here to learn more
Engaging students in learning can potentially improve achievement, but increasing student engagement is still an elusive concept in many classrooms. Armed with research findings and classroom practices, we’ll provide you with new strategies and ideas to use in your classrooms. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Robert Miller (Port Orange Elementary), Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP), and Matthew Brown (Sunnyside Intermediate School).
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Speak Up Collaborator Booth

(Conference Center, level 2, Booth 9)

200 Meeting Room corridor – between registration, association services, program sessions, keynotes, and the Expo Hall
Monday, June 29, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–5 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 9:30 am–3 pm
Stop by our collaborator booth to say hi and learn more about Speak Up on your way to all your great ISTE sessions!
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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.

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Around the Web Wednesday! Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education and technology. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!

NSBA Education Technology Site Visits

Since 1987, the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network has hosted education technology site visits that give educators a first-hand experience of successful technology programs in districts. Through these site visits, educators get an in-person look at successful methods and essential conditions for technology implementation at their schools.

From the past 28 years of site visits, the NSBA has seen that district leaders often cite these visits as an important factor in creating technology programs. The site visits take place at schools within the host district and include classroom observations, mini-briefings, and conversations with students, staff, board members, and community partners. Participants gain insight on how district staff implemented their vision, and in some cases, what changes they would make if starting over.

If you are interested in starting an education technology program within your own school or district, check out the upcoming site visits later this month:

Prince William County Public Schools
Manassas, VA
April 22-24, 2015
Click here for more information

Mentor Public Schools
Mentor, OH
April 26-28, 2015
Click here for more information

Kent School District
Kent, WA
April 29-May 1, 2015
Click here for more information

To learn more about the program, visit the education technology site visit homepage. If you would like more information regarding the site visits, please contact Ann Flynn at aflynn@nsba.org.

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Around the Web Wednesday! Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education and technology. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Around the Web Wednesday! Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education and technology. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!

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.

Around the Web Wednesday

Happy Around the Web Wednesday! Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education and technology. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!