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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our report with Blackboard Inc. was featured in THE Journal!

Last week Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc. released our annual report, “Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning,” at ISTE 2015. This report featured data from Speak Up 2014, showing that the use of digital tools leads to positive results in schools. Check out some data from the Journal’s article below:

  • Over 90% of K-12 administrators say technology is an important part of achieving their districts’ academic goals
  • More than 78% of parents believe the use of technology would help their children develop the skills needed to succeed in life
  • Mobile learning through the use of tablets and other devices has grown by 41% compared to last year
  • Nearly half of K-12 students are more interested in classes that use digital tools