#SUchat: Developing FutureReady Leaders – using data to inform digital initiatives
Wednesday, October 14 at 4 pm PT, 5 pm MT, 6 pm CT, 7 pm ET
Co-hosted by Julie Evans with several district leaders who are leveraging Speak Up data to inform their digital learning initiatives. Discussion will be around how to use stakeholder data specifically to engage your community, understand the needs of your stakeholders and advance your vision. Join the conversation by including the hashtag #SUchat.
Other hashtags to use include: #CE15, #FutureReady, #digitallearning
Discussion topic 1:
Stakeholder data: friend or foe? How do district leaders currently value the importance of student, teacher or parent ideas around the use of technology within learning? Are most districts deliberately seeking stakeholder data, and if so, for what purposes?
We have heard from some districts that at times their preference is “not to know” what their stakeholders’ want or value. Is that a common strategy?
What are ways that districts are collecting stakeholder data to inform their plans? Are those methods effective or efficient? Or what challenges do leaders face in collecting or using stakeholder data?
Discussion topic 2:
Using stakeholder data: What are some examples of how you have used stakeholder data from students, teachers or parents to advance your vision or to address the 7 gears of the Future Ready framework (http://dashboard.futurereadyschools.org/app/framework)?
What has worked well for you? What did not work for you?
Does stakeholder data address some of the Future Ready gears better than others? What ones are best? Professional learning, community partnerships maybe? Why is that?
Discussion topic 3:
Using Speak Up to collect and analyze stakeholder data: How does the Speak Up process help district leaders understand and appreciate the views of key stakeholders such as students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members? What are the benefits of using Speak Up to address these goals?
What have you learned from the Speak Up data that helped you advance your vision or address those Future Ready gears?
How are you planning on using stakeholder data this year to inform your digital learning plans?
We’re hosting another #SUchat tomorrow, this time in honor of Connected Educator Month! Check out the details below:
Happy Monday! Each week we’ll post upcoming events and programs from our Speak Up partners and sponsors. Check out this week’s events below:
U.S. Department of Education – Office of Educational Technology
Release of the Ed Tech Developer’s Guide
Twitter chat: #edtechchat
April 13th, 8PM-9PM ET
Join the conversation
Webinar: “Afterschool and Keeping Kids Active and Healthy: What You Can Do”
April 15th, 1PM ET/10AM PT
Webinar: “Realizing Opportunities: How World Language Learning Develops Globally Competent Students”
April 16th, 3PM ET
Will you be attending any of these events? Let us know in the comment section!
Did you miss our first #SUchat on October 21st? No problem – you can review our discussion on Evaluating Mobile Learning here, or click on the image below:
Julie Evans will be hosting her third Twitter chat TOMORROW (Thursday, November 6th)! Join her at 8pm ET to discuss the benefits of blended learning. Check out some information below:
Blended Learning Benefits
Julie will be hosting her third Twitter chat on the benefits of blended learning while she is at the 2014 iNACOL Blended Learning Symposium. During this discussion she will include topics mentioned at the symposium, as well as data from past Project Tomorrow reports, such as our report, “2013 Trends In Online Learning Virtual, Blended And Flipped Classrooms”with Blackboard K-12.
- Why blended? What are the advantages of implementing a blended learning classroom?
- What are the barriers or obstacles to implementing blended learning – in a classroom or schoolwide?
- What is your best advice for educators who are new to blended learning? What really works?
Happy November and Speak Up monthly newsletter update! Can you believe it? We are already one month into Speak Up and are off to a fantastic start with over 85,000 surveys taken! A big shout out goes to our top 5 states: California, Indiana, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. Be sure to check out our newparticipant map to keep track of who’s Speaking Up.
There are still 7 more weeks to go—Share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community by taking the survey today. Take the survey, and pass it on!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…
▪ Speak Up 2014: Teachers, Librarians and Administrators – take the survey today! Surveys are available for input through December 19th, 2014.
-The Project Tomorrow team
Teachers, Librarians and Administrators:
Share your ideas about digital learning by completing a Speak Up survey today
How do you use technology for learning?
Share your perspective in the Speak Up 2014 survey, and help steer the future of education technology.
To achieve real and positive change in the field of education technology, it is crucial that you share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community. Make a difference today by expressing your views in the Speak Up 2014 National Research Project!
Surveys are open for input through December 19th, 2014 at:www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
Use Speak Up to learn about the unique digital learning aspirations of your students, parents, staff and community members
Sign up to be a part of this year’s Speak Up Research Project and start learning about the ideas and views of your stakeholders regarding digital learning, both in school and at home.
Promote the online surveys and Project Tomorrow will send you an online report in early February that documents your locally collected data plus the national data to use for benchmarking or to compare results. How do your students compare to other students within your state or the nation in terms of their interest in mobile, online and digital learning? Are the expectations of your parents aligned with national goals? Are your teachers ready for digital learning today?
Join your colleagues nationwide who are already using Speak Up data to inform school or district plans, policies, purchases and programs around digital learning. There is simply no substitute for understanding the specific aspirations of your own students, parents and staff for improving the use of technology within teaching and learning.
Get started today by:
▪ Having your K-12 students complete their grade level and reading level appropriate 20 minute online surveys – either in school or after school
Need help? Contact the Speak Up team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speak Up in Action
See what this year’s Speak Up top schools and districts had to say about why they participate in Speak Up, and learn how they utilized their school/district’s data! Below are a few quotes from our top schools and districts:
“Via Speak Up, I finally have data that is useful and meaningful; it is an amazing service that is provided to schools. I can’t wait to compare data from last year to this year to see how we’ve changed, how we’ve grown, etc. It is an amazing planning tool.” —Milena Streen, St. Ignatius High School (OH)
“Speak Up reports provide the opportunity for the state to hear student and teacher voices from school districts across the state and compare the state data to the national data. The higher the level of participation by schools, the more impact their voices have. This is especially beneficial for planning and policy decisions at the state level. Speak Up data was invaluable in the development of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 and continues to be used when progress reports on the plan are submitted to the Texas Legislature.” —Anita Givens, former Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency
“Themes included in the survey questions align with a majority of technology initiatives implemented by districts. The Speak Up survey allows school administrators to gauge the student’s access, use and need for additional classroom technologies and supports throughout the learning process.”
—Dr. Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)
Click here to learn more about Speak Up in Action and tell us your Speak Up story!
Mark your calendars! Speak Up America 2014 takes place from December 8th to December 12th.
In honor of the superb survey period that took place during Speak Up 2013, Project Tomorrow launched the inaugural “Speak Up America” campaign, a weeklong event to celebrate Speak Up participants, past, present and new!
Now in its second year, Speak Up America 2014 will feature infographics using current survey data, a weeklong photo challenge with a chance to win classroom grants, and more! Be on the lookout for more information about Speak Up America 2014 before it starts on December 8th.
Click here to learn more about Speak Up America
Speak Up on the Go!
Attend Julie’s session at the iNACOL 2014 Symposium in Palm Springs!
The Self-Directed Professional Development Lives of Online Leaders
Education leaders who are designing and delivering online courses are leading the pack in leveraging online tools to transform learning. But, are they also pioneering the use of digital tools to self-direct their own professional development? In this session we will share Speak Up data about how online educators are tapping into informal PLCs and social media to develop online teaching skills, and learn about the first hand experiences of educators participating in ETLO’s online community.Click here to learn more about the symposium and Julie’s session.
Additionally, Julie would love to meet up with any attendees of the iNACOL 2014 Symposium who are interested. Please contact Lisa Chu at LChu@tomorrow.org if you would like to meet Julie Evans during the symposium.
Twitter chat: Blended Learning Benefits
Time: Thursday, November 6th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT
Julie will be hosting her third Twitter chat on the benefits of blended learning while she is at the 2014 iNACOL Blended Learning Symposium. During this discussion she will include topics mentioned at the symposium, as well as data from past Project Tomorrow reports, such as our report, “2013 Trends In Online Learning Virtual, Blended And Flipped Classrooms” with Blackboard K-12.
Julie Evans will be hosting her second Twitter chat TOMORROW (Tuesday, October 28th)! Join her at 8pm ET to discuss digital content and games. Check out some information below:
Time: Tuesday, October 28th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT
Join Julie as she discusses the role of digital content and games in the classroom. Discussion will include findings from our September 2014 report with BrainPOP, “Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students.”
Additionally, the following questions will be discussed during the chat:
Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, is hosting her first Twitter chat TONIGHT! Join her at 8PM ET to discuss mobile learning. Check out some information below:
Topic: Evaluating Mobile Learning
Time: Tuesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT
- Why mobile learning? What are three words/phrases that represent the top benefits of using mobiles in the classroom?
- What is needed to ensure that a mobile learning project is a success?
- What is the best way to evaluate or measure that a project is successful?