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You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students!

Our first Congressional Briefing is this Thursday! We can’t wait to release the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students. Be sure to sign up for the event if you’re in Washington, D.C., or sign up for the video live stream to watch it online. Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming briefing.

In this newsletter:

▪ National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings: You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students!
▪ Can’t make it to our first Congressional Briefing? RSVP for our live stream of the event and request a copy of the report.
▪ Sneak peek: Get a look at our Speak Up 2014 student data before the report is released this Thursday.
▪ Announcing our second Congressional Briefing: Save the date! Plan to attend the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents on May 28.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up Goes to Washington DC

Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:00-1:30PM
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Washington, D.C.
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from K-12 Students. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with K-12 students. This year’s national report, “Digital Learning 24/7 – Understanding Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students”will be distributed to all attendees.
Special Guest Speaker: FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel will be joining us to talk about the critical need to close the homework gap.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat.

Can’t make it to the Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C.?

No problem! We’ll be live streaming the event as it happens. Click here to RSVP for the live stream.
Additionally, you can request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing. Click here to request a copy of our Speak Up 2014 Findings Report.
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.
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Sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students

We’re giving readers a sneak peek of what K-12 students are saying about digital learning before the report is released on Thursday, April 30 – keep reading to view interesting statistics, as well as reasons why you should attend this year’s briefing:

▪ 75% of students (grades 6-12) say that every student should have a mobile device to use in school for learning; 84% of district administrators agree!
Come and find out what how students in 1:1 classrooms are really using laptops, tablets and Chromebooks for learning – and what policies are needed to support mobile learning .
▪ Two-thirds of students (67%) say that using technology in school increases their engagement in learning
Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.
▪ 40% of students say that they are regularly going online to find YouTube videos to help with homework outside of school
Our panel of students will talk about the power of self-directed learning such as this – and give examples of how they want to do more of this type of learning in school.
▪ 46% of high school students are Twitter users now – up from 11% in 2011; 58% say they would like to use social media at their school
You will be surprised to hear how students want to use social media to collaborate with peers, teachers and experts worldwide on school projects.

Click here to request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing.
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Save the date  Our second Congressional Briefing is on May 28.

Save the date!

Our second Congressional Briefing is on Thursday May 28, 2015.

United States Capitol Visitor Center,
Congressional Meeting Room North-CVC 268
12:00PM-1:30PM
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The May 28th 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, “Digital Teaching 2.0 – Activating Technology-Enhanced Learning in America’s Classrooms” will be distributed to all attendees.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on May 28th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat. 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! Click here to visit our second briefing’s homepage.
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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 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.

Your Speak Up data is in!

We are excited to release the Speak Up 2014 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.
▪ 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 2014 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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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

The Current Pulse on Ed Tech
NASSP Conference
San Diego, CA
Friday, February 20th
Workshop: Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Gender-Sensitive Mobile Learning Projects in Educational Settings
UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week
Paris, France
Monday, February 23rd

Speak Up News, December 2014

Happy December! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can you believe we are already in the last month of Speak Up? In just eight weeks we’ve already received 280,688 surveys! Thank you for all of your hard work in making sure student, parent, educator, administrator, and community voices are heard.
There are only 3 weeks of Speak Up left – share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community by taking the survey today. Take the survey, and pass it on!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…

▪ Happy Giving Tuesday! Help shape the future of education by participating in Speak Up 2014.
▪ Speak Up 2014: This is the last month of Speak Up! Surveys are available for input through December 19th, 2014.
▪ Speak Up America: Our weeklong celebration of Speak Up participants takes place December 8th through December 12th.
▪ 2015 Student Technology Conference: Learn more about this free, virtual conference produced by the students of the Marymount School of New York.
▪ Speak Up Data Luncheon at ISTE: Learn how to use your Speak Up data at this special workshop for school and district leaders. 

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Happy Giving Tuesday!

After giving thanks on Thanksgiving, it’s time to give back with #GivingTuesday! Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
For #GivingTuesday we ask our Speak Up family to donate 15 minutes of your time for the future of education. Although #GivingTuesday is over, you can still make a difference today by expressing your views about education, technology, and 21st century skills through the Speak Up 2014 National Research Project. Click here to take the survey.
We want everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our schools – please share the Speak Up survey with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizers, friends, and anyone who has a passion for improving education: bit.ly/SU14survey
Click here to donate to Project Tomorrow
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Speak Up 2014

Teachers, Librarians and Administrators:

Share your ideas about digital learning by completing a Speak Up survey today

How do you use technology for learning?
Share your perspective in the Speak Up 2014 survey, and help steer the future of education technology.
To achieve real and positive change in the field of education technology, it is crucial that you share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community. Make a difference today by expressing your views in the Speak Up 2014 National Research Project!
Surveys are open for input through December 19th, 2014 at:www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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Speak Up America

Mark your calendars! Speak Up America 2014 takes place from December 8th to December 12th.

Do you plan on participating in Speak Up America? Click here to let us know!
In honor of the superb survey period that took place during Speak Up 2013, Project Tomorrow launched the inaugural “Speak Up America” campaign, a weeklong event to celebrate Speak Up participants, past, present and new!
Now in its second year, Speak Up America 2014 features…

▪ National Speak Up Day – encourage your community to participate in Speak Up on December 10th! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a special drawing for free ISTE conference registration.
▪ Photo and video challenge – check the Speak Up America homepage TODAY at 3PM ET for the release of challenge information and contest rules!
▪ Chances to win free ISTE, CUE, TCEA, NETA and NCCE conference registrations – with chances to win throughout the week
▪ Speak Up 2014 preliminary snapshots – released daily
▪ Data Surprises from the Speak Up 2014 Student Surveys – Twitter chat hosted by Julie Evans on Wednesday, December 10th at 4:30PM ET.

Click here to learn more about Speak Up America

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2015 Student Technology Conference

Project Tomorrow is thrilled to work with Marymount School for the 2015 Student Technology Conference, a student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This free, online event is planned and run by the students of Marymount School from New York City, and will be held virtually on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.
The 2015 Student Technology Conference is committed to fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education, to promote discussion about technology, to assist teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom, and to strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, then you can submit your proposal here. This year’s strands include Student Technology Clubs, Education Technology Tools, Students and social media, and more. Click here to learn more about the strands.
We are excited to be working with this wonderful team of student organizers, and look forward to your participation in January’s event. You can learn more about the 2015 Student Technology Conference on the event’s official website: studenttechnologyconference.com

Call for student panelists

As part of the 2015 Student Technology Conference, the Marymount School is hosting a student-led presentation where students reflect on the Speak Up data collected at their schools. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your school and district at the conference and to give your students a spotlight and leadership opportunity. If you are interested, please contact the Speak Up team atspeakup@tomorrow.org so we can coordinate submitting this proposal presentation.
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Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders

Save the date: Sunday, June 28 from 12PM to 3PM in Philadelphia, PA (in conjunction with ISTE 2015)

Plan to attend this special, first-ever workshop for school and district leaders on how to leverage Speak Up data from your education stakeholders to inform and guide your digital learning plans. You have collected the views and aspirations of your students, parents, teachers, community members and staff – now how do you use that data to kickstart a new initiative, change the perceptions of your teachers, gain the support of your school board, parents and community, or develop new funding sources to support your plans? We will cover all of that and more in this special workshop that will feature strategies for using the Speak Up data – and testimonials from school district leaders on their successes. Lunch will be provided also.
Interested in learning more – or want to save your seat for this limited enrollment opportunity? Contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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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, K12, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, SMART Technologies, 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.
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