Tag Archives: Speak Up 2015

Plan to attend Blackboard’s #BbDay on July 21st!

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Are you going to NSPRA 2016 in Chicago, IL this July? If so, expand the value of the national seminar by attending Blackboard’s #BbDay on July 21st for a morning of professional development!

Where: Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago IL (same venue as NSPRA)
When: Thursday, July 21 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Click here to register

Plan to attend this event to get a sneak peek at the Speak Up 2015 communications officers data, interact and learn from your peers about social media management and community engagement initiatives, network with fellow PR professionals, learn about the latest Blackboard updates, and grow your knowledge about K-12 communication. As an added bonus, Blackboard will also provide a hearty breakfast, packed lunch, and transportation to the airports at noon!

Click here to register for #BbDay

Save the date: our 2016 Congressional Briefing is on May 5th!

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Save the date! We will release the Speak Up 2015 national findings at our 2016 Congressional Briefing on Thursday, May 5 in Washington, D.C.! We’ll share some of what we learned this year from more than 500,000 students, parents and educators who took the survey and shared their views on technology and learning. Stay tuned for more details to attend the event or watch it online.

Click here to sign up for alerts about the briefing

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
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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).

Your Speak Up 2015 data is now available! Learn how to access your data here:

Your data is in! 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. You get all of the qualitative data as well as the responses to this year’s open-ended questions.
You can also access the results for your state and the overall national findings – so you can see how your community compares.
You’ll need your login and password to access your data. If you don’t have it, go to our website to retrieve your password.

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 (School) Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5.) To view your open ended text responses, click on “District (School)” 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 our thematic 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.
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!

Click here to access your data

Private school leaders, don’t miss our special Speak Up 2015 webinar on February 17!

Digital Learning and Technology Trends at Private Schools
Digital Learning and Technology Trends at Private Schools
Wed, Feb 17, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Private School Leaders are invited to watch Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow present the latest Speak Up survey findings from the fall of 2015.
Join us for the latest information on the following topics:
  • Use of technology for learning and teaching
  • Use of mobile devices
  • Online and blended learning classes
  • Professional Development
  • College and career readiness

 

Registration is free to hear Julie’s expert analysis of the data to help you discover the unique digital learning aspirations of your students, parents, staff, and community members.