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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).

Speak Up America is here!

Happy Speak Up America week and countdown to the finale of Speak Up! This year’s survey has been a great success, with over 325,000 surveys already submitted. To celebrate this superb survey period, we’ve launched our Speak Up America weeklong event (December 7th – 11th). Now in its third year, Speak Up America plans to celebrate past and present participants with opportunities to win classroom grants, free national and regional conference registrations, and more – participating in our Speak Up America campaign is a great way to end this year’s survey period on a high note! Keep reading to learn more.

In this blog post:

▪ Last Minute Outreach: Try one of our promotional ideas to make the most out of the last two weeks of Speak Up.
▪ National Speak Up Day: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 9th!
▪ Classroom/School Grant Photo and Video Challenge with 5 chances to win!
▪ Free National Conference Registrations to the 2016 BbWorld, CoSN, iNACOL, and ISTE Conferences!
▪ Free Regional Conference Registrations to CUE, NCCE, NETA, and TCEA.
▪ Speak Up America Book Giveaway: Submit your name and take the survey for a chance to win 1 of 3 books!
▪ Speak Up 2015 Preliminary Data Snapshots released daily!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Last Minute Outreach Ideas

Kick your promotion into high gear with our last minute ideas!

With less than 2 weeks to go there is still plenty of time to get the word out about Speak Up. If you just registered your district or are looking for new ways to promote the survey, try one of these ideas:

▪ Host a Speak Up Day or week
▪ Focus on one survey type
▪ Get your community involved in Speak Up America week
▪ Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey).

Click here to view our full list of last minute outreach emails and promotional ideas.
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National Speak Up Day

Wednesday, December 9th

The highlight of the Speak Up America 2015 Campaign will take place this Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak Up Day is the day to encourage your community to participate. We would like everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our nation’s schools, so please share this link http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015 with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizations, members, affiliates or anyone who has a passion for improving education and ask them to take the Speak Up survey.
The Speak Up survey is open to anyone who is interested in sharing their thoughts about education. If you are not a student, educator, administrator or parent but would like to take the survey, please take our community members survey. Feel free to share the survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) with anyone who may be interested as well!
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Photo and Video Challenge

Educators, win a grant for your classroom or school just by having your students participate in Speak Up!

Planning to have your class or school participate in Speak Up this week? Already had your class or school participate? Need a little incentive to get your class or school to participate? Submit your photos and videos to our Speak Up for America Photo and Video Challenge – we’ve already had a few entries submitted, so start sending in your photos and videos!

Photo Challenge

Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot

To celebrate technology and all our wonderful Speak Up participants, we will be offering $225 grants to three lucky Speak Up participating classroom or school during the week of December 7th. All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up for America 2015 Badge (above) highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload to one of our social media sites or the photo challenge page. Contest is open now, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
For contest rules please visit our photo challenge page here.

Video Challenge

Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp

Last year, we heard you loud and clear with multiple #speakupsnapshotssubmitted to the 2nd annual Speak Up America photo challenge. Now in our third year of Speak Up America, we want to see you and your class “Speaking Up” in action! In our social media video challenge, Project Tomorrow wants to know:
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”
All you need to do is create a short 15-30 second video answering the question above. Use this opportunity to get your class involved by making this into a class project. Submissions can come in the form of videos, animations (PowToon), slideshows, voice snippets and more! The more creative the better!
In this challenge, there will be 2 grant opportunities to win $225!
Never has your chance of earning a classroom grant been easier. Enter your#VoicesofSpeakUp video into the Speak Up America video challenge today!
Learn more about the video challenge contest rules here.
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Free National Conference Registrations

We are excited to announce chances to win free conference registrations toBbWorld 2016the 2016 Annual CoSN Conferencethe 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, and the International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Conference and ExpoOne lucky district will be chosen for each free registration, and two will be chosen for ISTE 2016. Winning is easy – just follow the instructions below to enter your district into our competition:

1. Get in any last minute surveys! Any survey that comes in during Speak Up America 2015 campaign beginning Monday December 7, 2015 through Friday December 11, 2015 (in addition to surveys already submitted earlier in the survey period) will be entered into the competition. Increase your chances to win!
2. Encourage participation in National Speak Up Day (12-9-15)! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a separate drawing for a free ISTE 2016 Conference & Expo registration.

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Free Regional Conference Registrations to CETPA, CUE, NCCE, NETA and TCEA.

Are you a California, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas or Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) district?

You’re in luck – the awesome folks at CETPACUENCCENETA, and TCEA are also offering free conference registrations! Winning is as easy as speaking up! All you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and the local community to participate in Speak Up. Every participant from your district will enter you in to the drawing to win – the more surveys you have in the more chances you have to win! One winner will be selected for the NETA, NCCE, and TCEA conferences, and three for the CUE conference. We will randomly select a survey from your state and announce the winners on Friday, December 11th at 5PM PT/7PM CT/8PM ET.
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Speak Up America Book Giveaway

Submit your name and take the survey for a chance to win 1 of 3 books!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global, we’re hosting a special book giveaway this week! All participating parents, educators, and community members are eligible to enter the giveaway – all you’ll need to do is take the Speak Up survey (http://bit.ly/SU15survey) and enter your information into the webforms below. Once you hit the submit button, you’ll be entered into the giveaway for the book of your choice! Feel free to submit your name for each book.

Click on the book title to submit your entry:

▪ Flip Your Classroom by Bergmann and Sams (donated by Arfstrom Consulting)
▪ Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam (donated byArfstrom Consulting)
▪ Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World by Kathleen Hurley (donated by Girls Thinking Global)

Thanks again to Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global for their donations!
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Daily Speak Up 2015 Preliminary data snapshots

Click here to visit our Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshot page

During Speak Up America Week, we’ll pull a special snapshot of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Each day we will release a special video infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Check below to see when we will be releasing each snapshot of data:

▪ Monday, December 7, 2015 —Teachers
▪ Tuesday, December 8, 2015 —Parents
▪ Wednesday, December 9, 2015 —Students
▪ Thursday, December 10, 2015 —Librarians
▪ Friday, December 11, 2015 — Principals

We will also be releasing preliminary data reports to all participating schools and districts during Speak Up America week! Stay tuned for more details.
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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: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, 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, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

Speak Up News – November 2015

Happy November! Can you believe we are already one month into Speak Up? We are off to a great start with 90,000 surveys submitted! Thank you to all who have participated, and a big thanks to our top states: Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Maryland, and California. Keep up the great work and encourage others to take the survey! Visit our promotional materials page for ideas on how to spread the word.

In this newsletter…

▪ Speak Up 2015: Surveys are open through December 18th!
▪ Calling all Communications Officers! We want to know how you’re using technology to facilitate engagement within your community.
▪ Speak Up America 2015: Get a sneak peek at our week long event before it begins on December 7th.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Check out this month’s upcoming events with Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Haven’t taken the Speak Up survey yet?

If not, be sure to take the survey by Dec. 18!

If you haven’t participated in Speak Up yet, be sure to take the survey by December 18th. Click here to take the survey or follow the link: bit.ly/SU15survey. Learn more about which survey you should take below:
Take the educator survey if you are a…

▪ Teacher, Librarian or Media Specialist
▪ Administrator, Tech leader, or Communications Officer
▪ School or district employee (but not a teacher or administrator)

Take the parent survey or padres de familia en español survey if you are a…

▪ Parent
▪ Spanish speaking parent

Take the group survey if you are administering group surveys for…

▪ K-2 student group
▪ Grades 3-5 student group
▪ Parent group
▪ Parent Spanish group
▪ Community members group

If you do not fall into any of the above categories but are interested in sharing your thoughts and ideas, please select the community survey.
Once you’ve submitted your survey, share the following link with five friends and encourage them to take the survey: bit.ly/SU15survey
Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word! If you need help promoting Speak Up to your friends and colleagues, visit our promotional materials page for downloadable flyers, instructions, sample emails, and more.
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District Communications and Public Relations Officers, Speak Up!

NEW survey for communications officers

In a special partnership with the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), we’ve created a special new survey just for Communication Officers! As a companion to the other Speak Up surveys, your input will help complete the picture of what’s required to effectively use technology tools to facilitate communications and engagement within your community. Now’s your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning. Click here to take the survey.
Not a communications officer? Spread the word about this all new survey to your school and/or district’s communication officer(s)! Contact Lisa Chu atLChu@tomorrow.org for sample emails and tweets.
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Speak Up America 2015

December 7th – December 11th, 2015

Get ready – Speak Up America starts in one month! Mark your calendars for this year’s campaign, which will take place from December 7th through December 11th, 2015. Our week long event will feature opportunities to win free conference registrations, Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, and more!

Speak Up America 2015 features free conference registrations to:

▪ Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2016 Annual Conference
▪ CUE 2016 National Conference
▪ 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
▪ 2016 Spring Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) Conference
▪ Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2016 Conference
▪ Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2016 Convention & Exposition

With more to be announced! Stay tuned for more information about Speak Up America as we get closer to December 7th.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Don’t miss Julie’s events this month!

We Got This! Integrating Digital Databases within Classroom Instruction
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
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Many school leaders report challenges in the integration of digital content within classroom instruction and yet school librarians and libraries are uniquely positioned to address these key challenges. We will present the results from a study and discuss findings with the librarians from two project high schools. Audience members will learn key strategies for integrating digital databases within classroom instruction, and how innovative librarianship can enhance both student and teacher outcomes. Modeling interactive learning, the audience will be polled throughout the session regarding their views on the outcomes using a Jeopardy style game format. The session supports the AASL strategic plan by demonstrating the relevancy of librarians within digital learning adoptions.
The Pivotal Role of the School Librarian in Education Transformation
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
Click here to learn more
Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project has polled 4 million K-12 students, educators and parents about their views on digital learning. A key finding from the resulting data has been the increasingly importance of curated digital content and in school mentoring to actualize the promise of technology to transform education. Enter the school librarian. In this interactive session, we will share new Speak Up findings that demonstrate the pivotal role of the school librarian in school and classroom adoption of digital content.
1-2-3- 4 New Ways to Examine Blended Learning Outcomes
iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Tuesday, November 10
10am-11am PT
Click here to learn more
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. In this flipped seminar, we will explore the how, when, why, and what of those outcome measures, and collaboratively develop a new template for assessing the real impact of blended learning.
Twitter chat: Blended Learning Outcomes
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Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. Let’s discuss all of these – and your ideas – for the best approaches for measuring the impact of blended learning today. Drawing in lessons learned from sessions at iNACOL this year, get ready for a lively Twitter chat! If participating, please include #SUchat in your tweets.

Speak Up News – September 2015

Speak Up News – September 2015

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer! The Speak Up Team is busy preparing for this year’s survey and we’re sure you are as well. To help you plan the beginning of your school year, we’ve included our Speak Up promotional materials, information about our two new Speak Up surveys, information about our Speak Up 2014 introduction webinar, and details on our upcoming webinars – keep reading to learn more.

In this newsletter:

▪ Registration for Speak Up 2015 is open! Sign up to take part in our annual survey from October 1 – December 18, 2015.
▪ Updated promotional materials: With Speak Up 2015 only one month away, now is the perfect time to spread the word about the survey.
▪ New Speak Up surveys! We are excited to announce new surveys for two specific education stakeholders groups this year.
▪ Speak Up 2015 Introduction Webinar: Are you new to Speak Up or do you need a refresher? Plan to attend our introduction webinar.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Check out this month’s upcoming events with Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.

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 2015 is in one month!

Surveys run from October 1 – December 18

Can you believe Speak Up 2015 is only one month away? Register today to save your school or district’s spot for this year’s survey! Sign up at bit.ly/SU15survey.
If you are a returning school or district contact, you can automatically register for Speak Up 2015 by logging in with last year’s contact information. Click here to visit the administrator log in page, or email us and we’ll complete the registration process for you.
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Speak Up 2015 promotional materials now available

Click here to download this year’s materials

With Speak Up 2015 just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start promoting the survey to your school(s) and community. We’ve updated our flyers (as shown above), sample emails and blog posts, and guides to help you promote Speak Up. We’ve also created an all-new welcome packet with shortened versions of our promotional materials in case you need quick and simple ideas for promoting the survey. Follow the links below to download a selection of our tools, and click here for the full list of promotional materials.

Promotional materials

▪ Welcome packet
▪ General information flyer
▪ Student password flyer
▪ Participation guide
▪ Speak Up 2015 timeline
▪ Sample promotional emails
▪ Sample tweets
▪ Downloadable banners

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The Speak Up family of surveys is growing!

We are excited to announce that we have created new surveys for two specific education stakeholders groups this year.

NEW SURVEY for Science Teachers
Digital content, tools and resources are increasingly critical in the 21st century science classroom for several reasons including supporting the new curriculum standards in science. This new survey, created with support from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), will give us an opportunity to explore deeply how science teachers in particular are using technology to drive the development of student skills and interest in STEM fields – and what their needs are for professional development around digital learning.
NEW SURVEY for District Communications and Public Relations Officers
The job of the district communications professional is changing quickly. As many districts aim to improve their community outreach and parental engagement efforts, the communications officers are increasingly on the front line of using a wide variety of digital tools and resources to support their work. This new survey has been designed especially for these communications and PR officers with support from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). We are excited to learn more about technology use within the district communications offices.
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Speak Up 2015 Introduction Webinar

Are you new to Speak Up or in need of a refresher?

If so, plan to attend our introduction webinar – with two chances to catch up on all things Speak Up! Stay tuned for more details, and make sure you save the following date and times:
Thursday October 1, 2015
9AM PT/12PM ET
12PM PT/3PM ET
Keep an eye out for more webinar details coming soon!
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Speak Up On the Go!

Join Julie Evans and Blackboard for two free webinars this month

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Monday, September 14
3:30pm ET
Click here to register
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.
Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 30
3pm ET
Click here to register
Did you know that 86% of the public believes that parent support is the most important way to ensure student achievement? Blackboard and Project Tomorrow have surveyed thousands of parents across the U.S. to understand how they want to be communicated with, which channels they prefer, and how to increase their engagement with schools and districts. In this webinar, explore the parent survey data we’ve collected and learn what tools and practices you need to maximize family and community engagement in your district that ultimately influence student success.
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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.
Welcome to our new Speak Up sponsors: Scholastic and CDW! Thank you for your support and welcome to the Speak Up family.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, the National Science Teacher Association, and National School Public Relations Association.

Speak Up News – July 2015

We had a blast at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! If you missed us at last week’s conference, or if you were interested in reviewing our sessions, we’ve included how to access our materials in this newsletter. We are also excited to announce that registration for Speak Up 2015 is now open! Keep reading to learn how you can sign up to be a part of our annual survey once it opens on October 1st.

In this newsletter…

▪ Registration for Speak Up 2015 is now open! Sign up to take part in our annual survey from October 1 – December 18, 2015.
▪ Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015: Learn how you can review the materials from our 5 sessions at ISTE 2015.
▪ 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.”
▪ Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students Did you miss our session with BrainPOP at ISTE 2015? Catch up by downloading our white paper.


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 2015 is now open for registration!

Surveys run from October 1 – December 18, 2015

With Speak Up 2015 in three months, it’s not too early to start making plans to take the survey! Get a head start and register your school or district profile for the 2015 surveys at bit.ly/SU15survey.
If you are a returning school or district contact, you can automatically register for Speak Up 2015 by logging in with last year’s contact information. Click here to visit the administrator log in page.
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Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

Did you miss us at this year’s conference & expo?

If you missed our sessions at ISTE 2015, or if you just wanted to download our PowerPoints and flyers from our events, we’ve included a list of our materials on our website. Check out the links below:
Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
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The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
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Why Student Data?
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Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Download presentation
Download report from Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP
Digital Learning in Special Education Classrooms: Insights from Research and Practice
Download presentation
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Digital learning is more than a trend

Report from Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc.

At ISTE 2015, we released our annual report with Blackboard, Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning. This report focuses on how innovative classroom models empower more engaging and purposeful learning environments for students and teachers by examining both the desired student achievements and the strategic use of digital tools, content and resources to understand, from the perspective of the students, teachers and administrators on the front lines, the opportunities and challenges associated with empowering new innovative classroom models.
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

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

Report from Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP

If you missed Julie Evans’s session with Kari Stubbs, Robert Miller, and Matthew Brown about digital content and games at ISTE 2015, you can still download our white paper with BrainPOP that explores transformative teaching. Check out some information below:
In “Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students” we examine the evolving role of digital content to support student learning from the perspective of the classroom teacher and the school principal. Starting with a broad review of digital content use to empower transformed learning experiences, this white paper delves specifically into the emerging role of digital games to both engage students and enable a new classroom environment.
Key Findings include:

▪ Over one-third of elementary teachers (35 percent) and 1 of 5 middle school teachers (21 percent) report regular usage of digital games within their classroom.
▪ These game-using teachers see the primary benefit of digital games as increased student engagement in learning (88 percent); 72 percent of digital principals agree.
▪ Teachers who are using digital games in their classroom have a greater appreciation for the overall impact of technology on student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.

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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.

Speak Up News – May 2015

Happy Thursday! In honor of the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, we’ve moved our 2nd Congressional Briefing to September 24, 2015. Keep reading this newsletter for details regarding the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents, as well as our plans for ISTE 2015.

In this newsletter:

▪ Save the date! Our 2nd Congressional Briefing has been moved to September 24, 2015.
▪ Project Tomorrow at ISTE: We’re excited to be a part of ISTE 2015 this summer! Check out our list of activities and events at this year’s conference.
▪ National Release of Speak Up 2014 Student National Findings: Did you miss our first Congressional Briefing in April? Visit our website to download the report.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Save the date!

Our second Congressional Briefing has been moved to Thursday, September 24, 2015

Location TBA
12:00PM–1:30PM
Lunch will be provided
In honor of the beginning of the new school year, we’ve moved our second Congressional Briefing to Thursday, September 24, 2015! 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 September 24th 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 September 24th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat and receive updates on the briefing details. 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!
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Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

June 28 – July 1

Philadelphia, PA
We’re excited to be a part of this year’s ISTE Conference & Expo! If attending, be sure to take part in our various workshops, panels, and sessions, featuring Speak Up 2014 data and more. Check out our list of ISTE 2015 activities below, and visit our official ISTE 2015 events page as we update it with our latest conference schedule and plans.
Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders
Sunday, June 28, 2:30-5pm
Click here to register
Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
Monday, June 29, 8:30-9:30am
Click here to learn more
The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Click here to learn more
Why Student Data?
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Details coming soon!
Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Click here to learn more
Speak Up Collaborator Booth (Conference Center)
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
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2015 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2014 K-12 Students

Did you miss our first Congressional Briefing? If so, visit our website to download the report, view the press release, read this year’s key findings, and more!

Information about our first Congressional Briefing:

On April 30, 2015 Project Tomorrow released the report “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2014 student report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning.
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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.

Speak Up News – March 2015

Quick links:

▪ Announcing our first Congressional Briefing! Learn more about the date and details of our first briefing.
▪ Mobile Learning Week 2015: Catch up on UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week through Julie Evans’ takeaway blog posts.
▪ Flipped Learning Report: We teamed up with the Flipped Learning Network to create a whitepaper based on Speak Up 2014 data. 
▪ Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Learn how to create Future Ready schools through the Friday Institute’s upcoming MOOC. 
▪ Your survey results are now available! All Speak Up 2014 participants can access their school or district data.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings

2015 Congressional Briefing

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. 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 students and educators. This year’s national report on the findings will be distributed to all attendees.
Click here to RSVP to attend the briefing; click here to request a copy of the report.
If your district is interested in having students participate in our student panel, please contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 12. 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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Mobile Learning Week 2015

February 23-27 in Paris, France

Mobile Learning Week 2015 – hosted by UNESCOand UN Women – includes inspiring keynotes, plenary sessions, and a myriad of small, TedTalk like sessions on all kinds of topics related to girls, women, and mobile learning. This annual symposium spans the course of five days in Paris, France, and features 100+ speakers, 12 workshops, 80 presentations, and 1000+ participants from over 70 countries worldwide in order to explore the intersection of technology, education, and gender.
This week, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans is in Paris to participate in two workshops. The first workshop, “Inspiring girls through games and coding: A hands-on exploration,” held by our friends at BrainPOP, focuses on girls’ interest in playing learning games, creating their own games, and learning how to code using mobile devices – with data provided by Speak Up. The second workshop, “Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Gender-sensitive Mobile Learning Projects within Educational Settings” was held by Julie herself, along with Dr. Kari Stubbs from BrainPOP, and addresses how to design mobile learning projects that are constructed with gender-sensitivity as well as cultural awareness. You can learn more about this workshop on our website.
Be a part of the experience by following Julie on Twitter (@JulieEvans_PT) for live updates. You can also read Julie’s daily takeaway blog posts – which feature recaps of each day of the symposium – on the Project Tomorrow blog.
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New Whitepaper from the Flipped Learning Network

Speak Up 2014 National Research Project Findings

Flipped Learning continues to trend for third year
To continue watching the Flipped Learning trend, for the third year in a row we have partnered with the Flipped Learning Network to ask specific questions on flipped learning in the Speak Up 2014 surveys. In this new whitepaper, the Flipped Learning Network focuses on data from teachers, librarians, building and district administrators, technology leaders and students regarding their use of videos in the classroom, digital content, and other flipped learning related experiences. Additionally, educators and administrators weighed in on professional development when learning how to flip a class. Students lent their voices on flipped learning, videos as homework, and how (and how often) they use learning and social media tools. To read the full report, click here.
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MOOC-Ed

Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools

March 2 – April 26

Learn more and register here
This Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) is designed for school and district leaders, and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.
This course will help you:

▪ Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools
▪ Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district
▪ Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.

The DLT MOOC-Ed consists of five units scheduled over eight weeks. Participants are invited to work in all the units or to select those that are most relevant to their personal learning goals. A certificate of completion to obtain CEUs is available for those who complete certain requirements. There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.
Dr. Glenn Kleiman and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf are the program directors, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course.
Other MOOC-Ed courses currently open for registration include Learning Differences, Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning, Coaching Digital Learning, and Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations. More information about these courses can be found at mooc-ed.org.
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Your Speak Up data is now available!

If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of 2014, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say.
Click here to view your data, retrieve forgotten passwords, and more.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

The Road To TEACH
Wednesday, March 11
SXSWedu
The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Tuesday, March 17
CoSN 2015 Annual Conference
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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.

Speak Up News, January 2015

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. This past survey period brought in record-breaking numbers, with a total of 521,861 surveys taken by 431,238 students, 44,299 teachers, 4,326 administrators, 35,342 parents, and 6,656 members of the community! Although Speak Up 2014 is over, we still have exciting news and events to look out for. Keep reading to learn more!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…

▪ Speak Up 2014 data release: Your survey results are in and will be released on February 4th!
▪ Speak Up America winners: We are thrilled to announce the Speak Up America winners of classroom grants, conference registrations, and more!
▪ Making Learning Mobile: The results from our two-year-long study on mobile learning with Kajeet are in!
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up 2014

Data will be released on February 4th!

Thank you to the 431,238 students, 44,299 teachers, 4,326 administrators, 35,342 parents, and 6,656 members of the community who participated in Speak Up 2014. We are thrilled to release the survey data on February 4th! Be on the lookout for more information closer to the release date. In the meantime, check out the preliminary data we pulled during Speak Up America week:

Preliminary data

Last month we pulled special snapshots of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, librarians and principals. Each day during Speak Up America Week we released a special video infographic on new Speak Up findings. Check out each snapshot below:
▪ Teachers
▪ Parents
▪ Students
▪ Librarians
▪ Principals
Click here to view all the snapshots.
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Speak Up America

Last month, over 85,000 students, parents, educators, administrators, and community members participated in Speak Up America 2014! In its second year, Speak Up America celebrated past and present participants with opportunities to win classroom grants, free conference registrations, and more. We are thrilled to announce the winners below:
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Photo and video challenge winners

Speak Up for America Photo Challenge Winners

▪ Hunters Creek Middle School from Onslow County, NC
▪ Southwood Elementary School from MSD of Wabash County, IN
▪ Martin Kellogg Middle School from Newington Public Schools, CT


Speak Up for America Video Challenge Winners

▪ Saint John XXIII Catholic School from Scottsdale, AZ
▪ Escola Antoni Gaudi from Barcelona, Spain

Conference registration winners

ISTE 2015 Conference and Expo

  • Shelby County School District, AL
  • Wake County Public School System, NC
TCEA 2015 Conference & Exposition

  • Mission Consolidated Independent School District, TX
CUE 2015 Annual Conference

  • Clark County Schools, NV 
  • Anaheim City School District, CA
NETA 2015 Spring Conference

  • Mullen Public Schools, NE
NCCE 2015 Conference

  • Lakeside High School from Nine Mile Falls School District, WA
BbWorld 2015

  • Klein ISD, TX
2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

  • Albemarle County Public Schools, VA

BrainPOP classroom certificate winners

▪ Bradie M Shrum Elementary from Salem Community Schools, IN
▪ Magma Ranch K-8 School from Florence Unified School District, AZ


Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in Speak Up America! Learn more about the week long event here.
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Making Learning Mobile

The Making Learning Mobile 2.0 study, sponsored by Kajeet with funding fromQualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative and Project Tomorrow, takes an in-depth look at the impact of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom, with students from Chicago Public Schools. For the past two years, Project Tomorrow has worked with Kajeet to assess the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning, and the results are in!

Results from the Making Learning Mobile study

▪ The school-issued tablet increased at-home Internet access for this cohort of students by 53%. This is especially significant given the persistence of the digital divide in home Internet access within our communities.
▪ The teachers felt more comfortable and assigned more reading and writing homework because the students had home Internet access. This resulted in increased reading and writing fluency, which is especially important for English Language Learners.
▪ 60% of the students agreed their reading increased because of their personal access to the tablet and the Internet; 60% noted they did more writing this school year than in previous years and that the tablet helped them improve their writing skills.

Interested in learning more? Download the report, and don’t miss our webinar with Kajeet on Wednesday, February 18th at 4pm EST – click here to register.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

8 Essentials for Mobile Learning
District leadership workshop
San Marcos, CA
Friday, January 23rd
Sneak Peek at Speak Up 2014 Findings
Marketing Boot Camp at TCEA
Austin, TX
Tuesday, February 3rd
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
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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.
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Speak Up News, October 2014

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Speak Up 2014 launches next Monday!

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project.
The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys are open for input October 6th – 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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Register as your school or district’s primary contact for Speak Up

As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2015.

Benefits of being the primary contact

▪ Gain administrative access by assigning your school or district an administrative login password, which allows you to update school or district contact information, assign individual student survey passwords to schools, and more.
▪ View your school/district survey counts at any time, and view your data once it becomes available (administrative password is required to view data results).
▪ Ensure confidentiality of your surveys with your students by assigning a survey “secret password” for students to use to take the survey.
▪ Keep up to date on important updates during the survey process, such as participation numbers.

Click here to sign up as your school or district’s primary contact! All we need are your name, email address, an administrative organization login password (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period), and a student survey password (secret word students will use to access the survey).
If you have any additional questions regarding speak up registration, please contact the Speak Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
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Get a sneak peek of this year’s student survey questions before they launch on October 6th!

We’ve made our student survey questions available to view before Speak Up launches on October 6th. Click here to view the surveys for grades K-12, and check the website throughout the week as we update it to include more survey questions.

New topics include:

▪ Blended learning
▪ 1:1 computing
▪ BYOD
▪ Coding
▪ Data privacy
▪ Student self-directed learning
▪ Ideal school mobile app
▪ 21st Century skills
▪ And more!

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Speak Up has a new look!

We are happy to announce our new and improved banner for this year’s Speak Up survey! Be on the lookout for this banner when taking the survey:
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Speak Up on the Go!

Check out Julie Evans’s webinars from last month by clicking the titles below:
Engaging Students, Empowering Learning – New Roles for Digital Content and Games in the Classroom (BrainPOP)
In this webinar, Julie introduces a new white paper that highlights Speak Up research findings around teacher and student use of digital content and games for learning, and how administrators are increasingly supporting those efforts.
Engaging Parents’ Support for Emerging Technologies in the Classroom: Data Review and Discussion (Blackboard K-12)
Learn about 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.
As always, don’t forget to take the conversation online by mentioning @SpeakUpEdand @ProjectTomorrow on Twitter! Be on the lookout for more discussions regarding educational technology this month.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! 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.

Speak Up News November 2013

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Happy November to all of our followers and supporters!

Thank you to all the participants that have already taken part in the Speak Up surveys! Since the launch of the survey over 70,000 Students, Educators, Parents and Community Members have shared their ideas about the use of technology in education. There is still plenty of time to get involved, surveys are open through December 20th, 2013!
In this e-newsletter, find out how you can get more involved with Speak Up this year:
  • New to Speak Up? Attend the upcoming Speak Up Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013
  • Are you an organization serving students, parents, educators? You too can be part of the Speak Up Momentum
  • Calling all Members of the Education Community! Participate in Speak Up through our new Community Member and Business Leader Survey –open to anyone interested in sharing their thoughts on critical 21st century education and technology issues
  • Take the Survey. Learn more about how we use the Speak Up national data throughout the year and why your participation is important
  • Already taken the survey? Start spreading the word about the survey to your network of friends and family!
Happy Reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us by commenting below or on Facebook and Twitter.
–The Project Tomorrow team
Click here to read online.
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Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013

Powered by Blackboard Collaborate
Friday, November 15, 2013
8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET
Click here to register
Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar next Friday to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year – and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year. Topics to be covered include:
What are some realities about ed tech in our schools today – from the perspective of students, parents, teachers & administrators?
Do we have a shared vision for digital learning?
Background Information on Speak Up and benefits of participation
How can your district participate in Speak Up 2013
Sound interesting? Register to attend this special webinar here or contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.
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Are you part of a community group, after school program, non-profit or association working with children, parents, educators or members of the community?

Interested in their use of technology? Get involved with Speak Up! Schools and districts are not the only participants collecting data from this valuable survey. Many organizations are using Speak Up data to help with their own planning. If you are interested in getting your organization involved, please contact Jenny Hostert on the Speak Up Team at jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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District leaders: Expand the scope of your Speak Up outreach and bring in the voices of your community members

You don’t have to be an educator or student to take the survey. The voices of your community members are important too!

This year, for the first time we are providing a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards. Now’s your chance to get these important stakeholders involved!
Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.

Community members: Take the survey todaywww.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013.

Share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community and specifically, the role of technology in preparing today’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in the future. All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. Look up a school via zip or state and school name.
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Your Participation in Speak Up is Important!

Together, let’s work towards leveraging technology to promote enhanced learning in our K-12 schools.

Speak Up 2012 had an amazing turn out last year with over 466,000 total surveys submitted from over 2,400 districts nationwide! In addition to all the great success stories we’ve heard from schools and districts utilizing their local participant data for their planning, Project Tomorrow has also been very busy sharing the national data results at the local, state and national level. Over the past year our CEO Julie Evans has presented the Speak Up findings in over 60 conference and webinar presentations and has released 6 written reports (2 at Congressional Briefings held in Washington DC) all of which are available for download on our website. Geared with Speak Up data, Julie also just recently met with the FCC to discuss their changes to the Erate rules, read more about this here. As you can see, you and your K-12 community’s participation are truly making a difference! Let’s do it again this year, and aim for over 500,000 surveys!!!
It’s quick and easy to get involved in Speak Up, to take the survey follow these 5 simple steps:
  1. Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
  2. Click on the appropriate survey button
  3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering in your zip code or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name (community members select a school within your local community)
  4. Students will be required to enter in a survey password “secret word”. Educators, parents and community members are not required to enter in a survey password. Primary contacts will assign an organization specific password for their students during the primary contact registration process. Click here to register as the primary contact.
  5. Complete the survey by December 20th, 2013
Not sure which survey to take? Visit our Tips on Deciding which Survey to Take, to help you select the survey that best meets your needs.http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/TipsDeciding.aspx
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Promote the survey to your network of friends and family

Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your network of friends and family. Have a friend that is an educator? A parent? A current K-12 student? Member of the community interested in schools? Send them the link to the survey. Word of mouth is always the best promotion, help us expand our reach!

Sample Tweets:

Participate in Speak Up and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet this!
Members of the K-12 Community share your opinions about the role of technology in education http://ow.ly/i/3DtvA >>> Tweet This!
Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your community! Share this speak up flyer http://ow.ly/pKgPM>>> Tweet this!
Ensure that the voices of your stakeholders are being heard in Washington DC and your state capitol. Be part of a solution! @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
Join @SpeakUpEd and 3 million students, parents, teachers, and admins who have participated since 2003 register now, bit.ly/SU13survey >>> Tweet This!
Share your opinions about the role of technology in education, open 10/2-12/20, 2013 at http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
Get the pulse of what’s happening in your school (or district) & benchmark it with national results http://bit.ly/SU13survey @speakuped >>> Tweet This!
There’s still time to experience the value of #SpeakUp by collecting &using the data to garner support for your key technology initiatives! >>> Tweet This!

Sample Emails

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Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Take the survey today at www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013 to share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community and specifically, the role of technology in preparing today’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in the future. Surveys are open to students, educators, parents, educators and members of the community. All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. You can look up a school via zip or state and school name.
Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving science, math and technology education in our schools. For more information on the Speak Up National Research project please visit Project Tomorrow’s website at www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
Teachers:
Educators participate in Speak Up, a National Research Project, and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning. Since 2003, over 3 million students, educators and parents have participated in Speak Up! Now’s your chance to join in on the conversation— the online surveys are open through Dec. 20th. It’s quick and easy to get involved! To take the survey, visithttp://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013
Parents:
Parents Speak Up – Your ideas are important to us!
Open through December 20, 2013 athttp://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/
Be a part of the conversation! Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)’s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 3 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.
The online survey is open to students, educators, parents and members of the community; it’s quick and easy to get involved. To take the survey visit:http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/ and click the yellow parents enter here button!
Also encourage your local schools and district to get involved.
Every participating school and district receives free online access to their own participant data in February 2014. Speak Up provides your schools and districts with state and national data for benchmarking that can be used to for grant writing, ed tech plans, budgets, professional development and community engagement. Please share this sample intro email/flyer with your local school & district administrators.
For additional promotional material to spread awareness, please visit our promotional material page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
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Thank you for your interest and continued support in Speak Up! We look forward to your participation in Speak Up 2013! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitter and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.
Jenny Hostert
Speak Up Operations Manager
Project Tomorrow
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