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SXSWedu 2016 Recap: How Boys and Girls Approach Digital Learning

At SXSWedu 2016, Julie Evans shared new 2015 Speak Up data on whether or not there are differences in how girls and boys approach digital learning as part of a session on gender sensitivity in gaming.

Students use technology for learning in four ways:
In school:
1.) teacher directed
2.) student self–initiated

Out of school:
3.) supporting schoolwork
4.) supporting personal learning

More than 50 percent of both girls and boys say “using technology in my classes increases my interest in learning.”

Speak Up 2015 reports on some of the ways teachers are using technology for learning (not much difference by gender)

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And, Speak Up 2015 reports on some of the ways students are directing their own learning with technology outside of school (greater difference by gender)

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Speak Up 2015 also asked about interest in coding – by age level and gender – and the results showed that interest in coding is greatest in elementary school for both boys and girls.

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When it comes to games, Speak Up shows the boys – especially middle-school aged boys – are the most likely to turn to an online game or virtual simulation for self-directed learning.

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Girls and boys report that they play games for different reasons. Via Speak Up 2015, they told us:
Girls:
1.) Games increase my interest in school
2.) Games provide a more interesting way to learn
3.) Games make it easier to understand difficult concepts
4.) I learn more through a game
5.) Games personalize my learning

Boys:
1.) Games make it easier to understand difficult concepts
2.) Games increase my interest in school
3.) Games provide a more interesting way to learn
4.) Games adapt to what I know or need to know
5.) I am a better thinker and problem solver when I play games

View Julie’s SXSWedu presentation for examples of games from BrainPop and for resources to help you evaluate gender sensitivity in games.

Don’t forget to pick our panel and vote us onto the official SXSWedu 2016 line-up!

There are only two weeks left to pick our panel ! Julie Evans is featured in a proposal for SXSWedu 2016’s panel picker,where educators can cast their votes for the most compelling ideas and ultimately shape the conference line-up. Voting ends on September 4th so make sure to give our sessions a “thumbs up” – you’ll need to create a SXSW username and password if you don’t already have one, but the process is simple and free! Check out the session information below:

Pink or Blue? Examining gender in games

Contrary to what we may want to believe, emerging research indicates that use of digital tools and content within learning is not gender-blind. While girls and boys share a common interest in technology to support personalized learning, their uses of and aspirations for digital learning are often quite different. This is especially true with game-based learning. In this workshop, we will roll up our sleeves and interact with a variety of games that are popular in education. Using a new evaluation tool, participants will gain an insider perspective on gender-bias or sensitivity within games by examining the characterization, imagery and language, storyline and results of the game play.

Additional Supporting Materials
http://www.tomorrow.org/docs/Guide_EvaluatingGender-Sensitivity_DigitalGames.pdf

Questions Answered

  1. Learn background and terminology associated with the emerging field of gender-sensitivity in digital learning, most notably in digital content & games
  2. Gain first-hand experience in determining the gender-sensitivity of specific types of games through the use of a new evaluation tool and game play
  3. Understand the importance and impact of gender-sensitivity when designing, implementing and evaluating games for K-12 education

Pick Your Panels: Vote Us Onto the Official SXSWedu 2016 Line-Up

We need your help! Julie Evans is featured in a proposal for SXSWedu 2016’s panel picker,where educators can cast their votes for the most compelling ideas and ultimately shape the conference line-up. Voting ends on September 4th so make sure to give our sessions a “thumbs up” – you’ll need to create a SXSW username and password if you don’t already have one, but the process is simple and free! Check out the session information below:

Pink or Blue? Examining gender in games

Contrary to what we may want to believe, emerging research indicates that use of digital tools and content within learning is not gender-blind. While girls and boys share a common interest in technology to support personalized learning, their uses of and aspirations for digital learning are often quite different. This is especially true with game-based learning. In this workshop, we will roll up our sleeves and interact with a variety of games that are popular in education. Using a new evaluation tool, participants will gain an insider perspective on gender-bias or sensitivity within games by examining the characterization, imagery and language, storyline and results of the game play.

Additional Supporting Materials
http://www.tomorrow.org/docs/Guide_EvaluatingGender-Sensitivity_DigitalGames.pdf

Questions Answered

  1. Learn background and terminology associated with the emerging field of gender-sensitivity in digital learning, most notably in digital content & games
  2. Gain first-hand experience in determining the gender-sensitivity of specific types of games through the use of a new evaluation tool and game play
  3. Understand the importance and impact of gender-sensitivity when designing, implementing and evaluating games for K-12 education

The Road To TEACH #SXSWedu

Wednesday, March 11 
12:00PM – 1:30PM 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 2 
320 East 6th Street
Do you have what it takes to be a teacher? Three college students, all aspiring teachers, embark on a cross-country road trip of self-discovery and adventure and find real-life inspiration from educators, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and activists who share their own roads to the classroom. We follow Nadia, Rafael, and Grace’s personal journeys as they contemplate their futures and begin to understand the vast opportunities, personal rewards, and vital need for passionate young people to teach. Join the Q&A after the film and discuss how to inspire the next generation to teach.
Panelists
 
Grace Worm
Roadtrip Nation – Roadtripper
Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow – CEO
Lisa Zimble
Participant Media/TEACH Campaign – Producer
Mike Marriner
Roadtrip Nation – Co-Founder
Rafael Silva
Roadtrip Nation – Roadtripper

Paying it forward: Leveraging Today’s Female Voices in Ed Tech #SXSWedu

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Tuesday, March 10
3:00PM – 4:00PM
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB
500 East Cesar Chavez Street 
#edtech4women
http://www.tomorrow.org/SxSweduPanel.html

Are you at SXSWedu? Attend Julie Evans’s panel with Dr. Kari Stubbs, Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller, and Dr. Kecia Ray.

This panel brings together female change agents intentionally gathered from across the ed tech space with the hope of examining the unique role women can play at this interesting nexus of education and technology.  The discussion will be anchored around data on the presence, role, and level of influence of female voices in education and will include personal histories and testimonies on the growth in this field.

Join the conversation to hear from and interact with Nashville district leadership, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, a Vice President from BrainPOP, and the Director of the National Council of Teachers of English, all of whom have been national leaders in their field and have lent their expertise and vision to the work of the board of ISTE, the International Society of Technology in Education.  Research has demonstrated that the today’s young girls and women need role models in technology fields to develop self-efficacy in these fields.  While women have dominated the teaching profession for over the past century, the role of women as technology leaders within education is still emerging.

This interactive discussion explores multiple paths to ed tech leadership, including through university doctoral work, leadership with state and federal grants,  school district leadership, lending thought influence to visionary agencies such as Horizon K12 and Digital Promise, research  expertise, corporate America or a membership association, and contributing to the industry conversation through publications and at conferences such as SXSWedu.  The experiences of this diverse panel of education technology leaders will provide invaluable input into new best practices for supporting young girls and women in this field.  Whether you are examining how to further your own personal voice in the space, grow your PLN and exploring new professional career paths, or you are interested in how to leverage the experiences of women who are currently in this field to mentor and coach the next great generation of female ed tech leaders, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss.

Schoolwires® Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement Oct. 22

Happy Thursday!

Take some time to read about the Symposium on Parent Engagement October 22nd! Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, will be presenting on timely matters concerning education. 

Be sure to vote for Julie in the SXSWEdu panel. Tomorrow, September 6th, is the last day to vote! Click the webtile below for more information.

Tomorrow is is also National Flipped Day! Flip your classroom and tell us about your experiences on October 2nd, when Speak Up surveys launch. Visit this link for more information: http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/03/national-flipped-day-encourages-flipping-classrooms-with-free-lessons.aspx

As always, be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Have a great evening.

-The Project Tomorrow team

Schoolwires® Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement Oct. 22
Research, ideas and best practices to engage parents as partners and advocates in education
State College, Pennsylvania, Sept. 4, 2013 — To help districts engage with parents more deeply this new school year, Schoolwires is hosting a Symposium on Parent Engagement on October 22. The online event will include presentations by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow®, Dr. Karen Mapp, director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and administrators from K-12 districts across the country.
Today’s digital parents have different expectations when it comes to the effective use of technology in the classroom and school-to-home communications,” said Evans. “These expectations are driving change in the way school districts engage parents to support student success. Yet too many districts still rely primarily on one-way information sharing that falls short of parent expectations.”
Administrators can learn effective new strategies for communicating with digital parents during the online Symposium on Parent Engagement on Oct. 22 from 11 am to 4 pm CT. Presenters will include:
·         Dr. Karen Mapp, director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will deliver a keynote on Family Engagement Research. Mapp is one of the nation’s leading experts in educational leadership and partnerships among educators, families and community members that support student achievement. Her keynote will help attendees better understand how to build capacity for families to become more engaged and the specific components LEAs and schools need to create successful family engagement initiatives.
·         Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will summarize the latest research from the Speak Up National Project  around the “New Digital Parent” and explain the impact this group has on school district communication, 21st century learning, and family outreach plans.
·         Bernie Rhinerson, former Chief of Staff at San Diego Unified School District, will discuss leveraging mobile apps and social communications to reach tweeting, texting digital parents.
·         A panel of administrators from K-12 districts will discuss their family engagement programs. The panel includes Mary Wegner, Assistant Superintendent, Sitka Schools, Alaska; Steven Anderson, Director of Instructional Technology, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina; John Schreck, Webmaster, Riverside Unified School District, California; and Christine Corliss, District Webmaster/Publicity Coordinator, Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools, New Jersey.
Attendees can register for the Symposium on Parent Engagement at the Schoolwires website.
Engaging parents is critical not only to the success of an individual student, but also to the overall improvement of schools,” said Christiane Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer, Schoolwires. “In addition to discovering new communication strategies, participants in the symposium will learn about critical research on digital parents and family engagement, and how they impact student success.”
To complement the online symposium, Schoolwires partnered with Project Tomorrow to create a companion Administrator’s Guide to Reaching Digital Parents. The guide includes findings from the 2012 Speak Up National Research Project that tracks interest in the use of emerging technologies to address the specific needs of K-12 students, parents and educators. Among the most noteworthy findings of the survey is the importance of effective school-to-home communications as a way to engage parents in the learning process. However, a quarter of school and district administrators (26 percent) see effective communications with parents as a major challenge today. The guide will help administrators better understand today’s digital parents, and provide best practices that districts can model to better engage parents to support student achievement. The guide can be downloaded in advance of the symposium at the Schoolwires website.
About Schoolwires
Schoolwires, Inc. provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 1,500 educational entities, including K-12 school districts and schools in the United States and China. The company’s technologies are designed to foster community, student, teacher and parent engagement in the classroom, locally and internationally. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a safe social learning and networking system, a family of mobile solutions, and an enterprise technology platform. Schoolwires brings together a district’s essential technologies, information, and content to effectively engage the K-12 community in support of district and student success. The company currently serves an estimated 10 million users and has been recognized as one of the top privately held education companies for the seventh consecutive year by Inc. magazine. Schoolwires was incorporated on April 5, 2000 and is headquartered in State College with offices in Beijing, China.
© 2013 Schoolwires, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Around the Web Wednesday!

It’s the Middle of the Week!

Do you know what that means?
Today is Around the Web Wednesday!
Check out the Project Tomorrow Blog each Wednesday for our Around the Web Series 
There are so many exciting topics and discussions taking place in education right now. Read up on all the latest news below! Be sure to tell us what article intrigued you the most.
Don’t forget to vote for Julie Evans’ panel at the SXSWEdu conference! There are only a few more days left to vote, and we could use your support! Click the webtile below for more information. Voting ends September 6th!

PanelPicker Vote

Registration for Speak Up 2013 is live! Register your school or district today!

Friday is “National Flipped Day!” For more information, visit this link: http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/03/national-flipped-day-encourages-flipping-classrooms-with-free-lessons.aspx

Teachers, “Flip” your classroom on Friday, September 6th, and tell us about your experience on our Speak Up surveys, which begin October 2nd! Don’t know what flipped learning is? Check out our blog post detailing it here!

Happy Reading!
– The Project Tomorrow team
Around the Web Wednesday
1. National Flipped Learning Day: Read it here!
2. Memorable Experiences in Science/Math: Read it here!
3. Virtual Education on the Rise: Read it here!
4. Blended Classrooms: Read it here!
5. More technology in Michigan schools: Read it here!
6. A Girl’s Camp Focusing on STEM: Read it here!
7. College Affordability: Read it here!
8. Secretary of Education & Founder of Khan Academy Connecting Through Google+: Read it here!
9. FirstEnergy Education Grants: Read it here! 
10. Parents’ Views on the Quality of Education in the US: Read it here!

What’s the Best Way to Evaluate a College Graduate’s Skills?

Factors for Employers to Consider When Assessing Potential Employees 

How should employers asses the critical thinking factors of recent graduates?
Employers looking to hire recent college graduates typically look at the prospective employee’s cumulative GPA, work experiences and internships, but are these factors telling of the prospective employee?
Some say yes, some say no. What do you say?
KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, recently conducted a segment highlighting a test that aims to predict critical thinking factors of recent college graduates, factors that GPA and work experiences cannot measure as reliably, as CLA+ claims.
CLA+ stands for the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus test. It differs from other standardized tests and graduate school examinations, as it aims to specifically test critical thinking factors, and it is not a test you can study/prepare for in advance for a short amount of time.
The CLA+ is given at the beginning of one’s college experience, and again at the end of one’s college experience.
Some are skeptical of this test’s validity, and argue there is simply not enough research to tell if it works or not. How can a test accommodate for diverse college experiences, including varying majors and school involvement?
Others think it could be useful in assessing a recent graduate’s critical thinking factors, something that is vital in the professional workforce.
Recent graduates who called in during KPCC’s segment stated the test was unnecessary, as employers can judge numerous abilities and factors during a job interview, and did not understand how it was different from any other typical tests. 
Others called in and stated that students are over-tested, and a line needs to be drawn.
For more information, listen to the radio segment here. You may see sample questions of what the CLR+ would entail here. 
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter! Let’s get the conversation started.
Don’t forget to vote for Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans’ panel at the SXSWEdu conference. Click the webtile below. Voting ends soon…September 6th!
PanelPicker Vote 
 Registration for Speak Up 2013 is live! Be sure to register your school or district today! 

The Power of Social Media

L.A. Unified School District is Keeping Tabs on the Social Media Use of its Employees
By now, we’re all aware of the power of social media. It can be a source of good in a variety ways, from being a guide to new information, to being a powerful globally-recognized social organizing tool.

L.A. Unified School District’s Social Media Policies
But sometimes social media can be a source of disruption….for school districts.
Recently, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s bulletin regarding their standards for social media use of their employees, including of their teachers and educators, has come under attack by some, and has been praised by others.
A sampling of the policies can be found below:

“1. Keep personal social network accounts separate from work related
accounts. When a student or minor wishes to link to an employee’s
personal social networking site, redirect them to the school approved
website. Accepting invitations to non-school related social networking sites
from parents, students or alumni under the age of 18 is strongly
discouraged, and on a case-by-case basis, may be prohibited by the site
administrator. (BUL – 5167.0, Code of Conduct with Students –
Distribution and Dissemination Requirement Policy)
2. Any employee or associated person engaging in inappropriate conduct
including the inappropriate use of social media sites during or after school
hours may be subject to discipline.
3. Never post any identifying student information including names, videos and
photographs on any school-based, personal or professional online forum or
social networking website, without the written, informed consent of the
child’s parent/legal guardian and the principal.
4. Never share confidential or privileged information about students or
personnel (e.g., grades, attendance records, or other pupil/personnel record
information).
5. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of District
property, network and/or Internet access to files, including email. The
District reserves the right to monitor users’ online activities and to access,
review, copy, and store or delete any electronic communication or files
and/or disclose them to others as it deems necessary. [Refer to BUL –999.4,
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) For District Computer Systems]
6. Posting inappropriate threatening, harassing, racist, biased, derogatory,
disparaging or bullying comments toward or about any student, employee,
or associated person on any website is prohibited and may be subject to
discipline.”
To read the full bulletin, click here.
Do you agree with the district’s stance? Do you think these policies will help to create a more peaceful environment for all involved? Does your district have similar policies?
Please join us in this conversation!
To learn more about this issue, read the articles surrounding it in The Huffington Post and LA Weekly.
Don’t forget to vote for Julie Evans’ panel (Project Tomorrow’s CEO) at the SXSWEdu conference! Click the webtile below for more information.
Register for Speak Up 2013 before the long weekend ahead!
Have a great Labor Day weekend! Enjoy!
– The Project Tomorrow team

Exciting News & Events at Project Tomorrow

Happy Monday to all our followers and supporters!
Below, you will find our Fall 2013 newsletter that highlights the latest exciting  news and events occurring at Project Tomorrow.
Be sure to read up on all the new changes, like the launch of our BRAND NEW website! Log onto to tomorrow.org to witness the new site for yourself! Please let us know what you think by commenting below, or on Facebook and Twitter.
In other related news, we are so thrilled to announce that our blog has reached over 2,000 page views! We are thrilled with your readership, and invite you to check back each day for new posts that will feature news and discussions concerning all things education related.
We would also like to apologize to those that tried to register for Speak Up 2013 earlier this morning. Due to the launch of our new site, you may have received an error message, or were simply unable to complete your request. We are happy to announce that registration is now up and running, and you may now register here. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate all of you.
Don’t forget to vote for Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans’ panel ListenUp! SpeakUp! GameUp! A Game Data Discussion at the SXSWEdu conference in Austin, Texas, which, with your help, will be scheduled to occur in March 2014! 
Happy Reading!
– The Project Tomorrow team
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The end of Summer is upon us…

Which means the sun-filled days are dwindling, and Fall and the upcoming school year are quickly approaching!
With the beginning of Fall also comes a renewed sense of energy; as the weather shifts and the trees and plants around us sense a change, we also respond by gaining momentum from the newfound environment.
Here at Project Tomorrow, we have been busy prepping and planning for the upcoming season. In this newsletter you will find information regarding registration and the launch date of Speak Up 2013, the debut of our new website and blog, a news alert regarding the FCC and the E-Rate program, voting information regarding a SXSWEdu conference panel, thought-provoking reports and presentations by Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, and updates regarding Project Tomorrow’s Teacher Initiative Programs.
We hope you will welcome Fall with us, and enjoy reading about our latest ventures.
As always, please feel free to share with us your thoughts and comments.

Happy Fall!

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What is Speak Up?

Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Since 2003, Project Tomorrow has collected the viewpoints of over 3 million students, educators and parents – the Speak Up dataset represents the largest collection of authentic feedback from these key educational stakeholders.

What schools/districts are saying about Speak Up:

“The South Carolina Virtual School Program looks forward to reviewing our Speak-Up survey responses every year, because it allows us to put a finger on the pulse of our students’ learning experiences. We are able to identify ways to expand and grow our program based on student feedback. The South Carolina Virtual School Program always focuses on the students’ open, written comments in the Speak-Up surveys, because this present students with the opportunity to openly express their thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about how we can adjust our program and adapt it to stay at the cutting edge in the growing field of online education.”
–Vicki Williams, South Carolina Virtual School Program, South Carolina
“The data collected through the Speak Up survey[s] was shared with key stakeholders in the district including parents, patrons, Board of Education, and the Technology Advisory Committee members. Each group found the data informative and helpful to them in their work.
–Kristy Sailors, Director of Educational Technology-Blue Valley School District, Kansas

What changes are being made for Speak Up 2013?

As a new feature this year (to simplify the registration process) all districts and schools, in the current NCES database, are automatically registered to participate in Speak Up.
To manage your school or district information and obtain free, online access to your school or district’s aggregated results, your registration must be activated with a primary/main contact by registering on our website.
As always, registration is not required, but recommended as you will be kept up to date with important Speak Up information. To Learn more about the benefits of designating a main contact please go to our site here, or see below:

Benefits of designating a Main/Primary contact:

1.Gain administrative access by assigning your district (or school) an organizational login password (administrative password), which allows you to update district or school contact information.
2.Assign individual student survey passwords to schools. (optional)
3.Assign school primary contacts to facilitate the survey taking process at the school level. (optional)
4.Have the ability to monitor district/school’s survey counts at any time through the main contact login.
5.View your district and school data once it becomes available (administrative password is required to view data results.)
6.Ensure confidentiality of your surveys with your students by assigning a survey “secret password” for students to use to take the survey.
7.Receive weekly emails with up to date participation numbers by school and/or district (option to opt out of emails during registration process).
8.Receive an email from Project Tomorrow when your Speak Up local data becomes available.
9.Keep up to date on other important updates during the survey process.

Types of Main/Primary Contacts:

1.District- Has access to all schools within the district. Will only need to assign one contact for the district. The district assigned passwords (administrative and survey) will work for all schools within that district.
2.School- Access to an individual school site. This is optional. Can assign individual school level passwords different from the district passwords (district passwords will work in addition to school level passwords).
3.Private School- Access to your individual school. If you would like to group a set of private schools to receive a grouped dataset much like the district level reports, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
4.Organization – Please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org to help set up your registration.
5.International school- Access to your individual school. If you would like to group a set of schools to receive a grouped dataset much like the district level reports, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.

Registration Information:

To register, log onto our new website here.
If you prefer to have us register for you, please send us an e-mail to speakup@tomorrow.org with the following information:
1.The name of your district or school
2.Your State
3.Name, title, and email address of the main contact
4.A student survey password
5.An organizational login password (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period)
We will then send you a follow up email with a PDF of your school list and passwords to confirm that your district/school has been registered.

Other new features of Speak Up 2013:

  • Educators and parents will not be required to enter a survey password.
  • Districts and/or schools will still need to assign a student level survey password to take the survey
  • New survey for Community members and Business Partners will be added to the survey deck

Questions? E-mail us at speakup@tomorrow.org

Speak Up 2013 Surveys will open October 2nd, 2013, and will run through December 20th, 2013!

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Make Sure to Log On and Witness All the New Changes!

We are pleased to announce the debut of our new website! Log onto www.tomorrow.org to see the new site for yourself. We hope you enjoy navigating all the new links, and that you find the information on the site to be useful and user-friendly. Please let us know what you think!
We want to give a special thanks to Judith Marciante, our website guru, for her diligence and hard work on putting together Project Tomorrow’s new website.
Moreover, we are excited to announce the new Project Tomorrow blog!
Our new blog launched in mid-July, and has been gaining a rapid readership ever since! We reached1,000 views on Monday, August 5th, 2013.
We can’t thank our followers enough for your support in Project Tomorrow. Please continue to follow our blog, where you’ll find new posts daily highlighting important trends and topics in education, as well as updates and information about Project Tomorrow’s initiatives. Feel free to comment on any and all posts that provoke thoughts, ideas, or discussions from your personal experiences. We welcome an honest and empathetic discourse concerning the educational experiences of our communities.
Additionally, you can stay updated on all things Project Tomorrow by following Project Tomorrow onTwitter and Facebook, Speak Up on Twitter and Facebook, and Julie Evans’ Twitter account here.
Thank you, and Enjoy!
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On July 23, 2013, the FCC released the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which is designed to collect input from stakeholders on a broad range of issues.
The FCC is specifically seeking feedback on how to ensure that schools and libraries have access to 21st Century connectivity to support digital learning, on how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of E-rate funds and how to streamline the application process.
This NPRM is a very long document and there are lots of proposed rule changes for E-rate funding. The link to the actual NPRM can be found here.
The deadline for stakeholder feedback or comments is September 16. We recommend that all of our Speak Up friends take a look at this document as the proposed changes may impact your schools and districts and how you are currently using your E-rate funding.
If you decide to file a statement or comment with the FCC and would like to use Speak Up data to support your comment, please let us know. We are currently considering our own filing as well.
Thank you!
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Vote for Julie

Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, regularly gives insightful and thought-provoking presentations on current educational trends directly affecting our children, schools, educators, and communities.
Have you seen one of Julie’s presentations? You may see her work by logging onto our website here.
Julie has the unique opportunity to speak with a panel of other educational visionaries throughSXSWEdu!
The panel discussion is titled ListenUp! SpeakUp! GameUp! A Game Data Discussion
The speakers leading this important discussion are:
•Jessica Millstone, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
• Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow
• Allisyn Levy, BrainPOP
• Robert Torres, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
With your help, we can bring this timely and valuable discussion to fruition.
We would so appreciate you logging on, registering, and casting a vote for Julie’s panel here, or by clicking the webtile below! Voting is currently live, and will run through Friday, September 6th.
Thank you for your participation!
PanelPicker Vote
About SXSWEdu
March 3-6, 2014 in Austin, Texas will be a formative four-day conference highlighting pivotal trends and topics in education lead by pioneers and visionaries in the educational field.
To learn more about SXSWedu, visit their site.
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Be sure to stay updated on the latest reports and presentations by Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO!

Below, you’ll find the most recent links to Julie’s reports, presentations, and webinars. We hope these reports bring you new insight and value into relevant educational trends and topics.
Feel free to share your comments with us via TwitterFacebook, and our Blog.
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Future Educators Association of California

The Future Educators Associaiton of California (FEA) is a Career and Technical Organization catering to Careers in Education and Child Development classes. FEA provides opportunities for leadership, competitions, conferences, networking, and scholarships. Click Here to find out more!
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YouthTEACH2Learn

The YouthTEACH2Learn Program is a free high school curriculum designed to give students a practical experience in teaching math and science in an elementary school setting. The curriculum is modeled after Cal State Fullerton’s entry level education course and expands on the curriculum by providing students the opportunity to teach in a full classroom setting. Click Here for more information.
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