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Sneak peek: Speak Up America 2015

Speak Up America 2015 is only three weeks away! Our weeklong celebration of past, present, and new Speak Up participants takes place from December 7th-11th. During this event there will be a daily release of Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of our current top participants, and opportunities to win free conference registrations and multiple chances to receive a classroom or school grant! Get a sneak peek of some of our prizes below:

Free National Conference Registration

BbWorld 2016: Mark July 12-14, 2016 on your calendar because our friends at Blackboard, Inc. are giving away one free registration to BbWorld 2016 in Las Vegas – a $550 value! Start promoting the survey and encouraging participation throughout your district to increase your chances of attending this annual premier education technology training, networking, and professional development event for Blackboard users from around the globe. To learn more about BbWorld, click here.

Free Regional Conference Registration

California and Nevada Districts: Want a free CUE membership and conference registration to the CUE conference ($320 value) this upcoming March in Palm Springs? Now’s your chance, CUE has offered two free conference registrations/memberships to one lucky district in California and one lucky district in Nevada! Encourage your schools to participate to increase your chances at winning! Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here.

To enter into your district into our competition for a chance to win these conference registrations, all you need to do is submit as many surveys as you can during Speak Up America week! Every survey submitted from December 7th through December 11th will be entered into the drawing. Start spreading the word about our weeklong event to your school(s) – visit our website for more information.

Are you at #BbWorld15?

If so, plan to attend Julie Evans’s panel tomorrow, featuring input from parents about digital learning, communication, and more. Check out the details below:

Parent Panel: Parent Engagement to Drive Student Success
National Harbor 12 & 13
Wednesday, July 22
8:15am-9:00am EST

With the rise of digital learning, the transition to digital content, and near mobile ubiquity, teaching, learning, and communication are changing rapidly in K-12 education and so are school communities preferences and demand for communications and digital learning. And, parental involvement is leading contributing factor for student achievement. In this moderated panel discussion led by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, we will hear from a panel of parents to better understand how schools can server their communication, teaching, and learning needs.

Live streaming of the event will be available! Click here to watch the panel online.

Speak Up Family and Friends: The BbWorld 2015 Teaching and Learning Day Pass from Blackboard

Technology can only improve student success when paired with great teaching. Our friends at Blackboard invite higher education and K-12 educators to Teaching & Learning Day at BbWorld. This special day pass includes access to a series of sessions designed just for those working in the classroom—whether online, brick and mortar, or a mix of the two.

The day will open with an inspirational keynote from TED speaker Adora Svitak. Following, breakout sessions and panels will discuss key topics in education today. Check out the highlighted sessions below to see what’s in store:

Higher Education Program Highlights:

  1. Panel: The Ins and Outs of Designing Exemplary courses
  2. Session: Increasing Student Engagement
  3. Session: Best Practices for Accessible Course Design
  4. Session: Course design for online courses

K-12 Program Highlights:

  1. Featured speakers: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams on Flipped Classrooms
  2. Session: Competency based digital learning
  3. Session: Transitioning to blended learning
  4. Panel: Parents and school-to-home communications
  5. Panel:  The Flip Side: A Flipped Learning Panel
  6. Panel: Powerful Professional Development to Prepare Teachers for Digital Learning
The Teaching and Learning Day Pass is only $199 and includes access to all BbWorld programing on Wednesday July 22. To access this special day-rate, use the code BBW199 at bbworld.com.
To learn more, visit Blackboard’s website.

Exciting new Speak Up opportunities!

Speak Up America may be over, but we still have several exciting events and opportunities during the last week of Speak Up! Check them out below, and don’t forget to take the survey before it closes this Friday, December 19th.

Participate in Speak Up this week for a chance to win a free 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium registration!

Our friends at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) have graciously donated a free 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium registration to one lucky Speak Up district. If you have ever wanted to attend the symposium, this is your chance! Winning the free registration is easy – all you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and local community to take the Speak Up survey before the survey period ends on December 19th, 2014. Each survey from your district will serve as an entry into a special drawing for a chance to win the free symposium registration – the more surveys taken, the more opportunities your district has to win!
Save the date for the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Florida from November 8-11, 2015! To learn more about the symposium and iNACOL, visit their website at http://www.inacol.org/.


Save the Date now for #BbWorld15 in Washington DC because here’s your chance to win one full conference badge!

Speak Up America week may be over but the fun is just about to begin! In a special extension of our Speak Up America promotions, our good friends and wonderful sponsors of Speak Up, Blackboard has offered a free BbWorld 2015 conference badge to gift to one lucky Blackboard district during our final week of Speak Up!
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 during the final week of Speak Up. This is a great way to reach out to different audiences that may have a lower participation numbers than you would like, for example to target your K-12 parents, teachers or local community members! The more surveys you get in, the more opportunities you have to win!
In addition to your free BbWorld conference badge, the selected recipient attending the conference will also have the opportunity to join our CEO Julie Evans for dinner in Washington DC. Here’s your chance to pick our CEO Julie Evans’ brain on all things digital learning!
It’s never too early to start getting excited for next year, so go ahead and pencil BbWorld in for July 21-23, 2015 at Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. To learn more about #BbWorld15 and all the great happening from this year’s conference please visit: http://www.blackboard.com/sites/Bbworld14/ 
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.

Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington districts turn up the volume and Speak Up!

As part of our Speak Up America campaign, our good friends at NCCE and NETA offered us free conference registrations to their upcoming 2015 conferences. With Speak Up America week coming to a close, we’ve received quite a few requests for an extension on these popular regional conference registration opportunities. To ensure everyone has a chance to Speak Up we will be extending this great promotion to all districts in these states so that everyone has the same amazing opportunity to win.
So Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington get out there and SPEAK UP! Be sure to assign a primary contact to your school or district, otherwise we will have no way of contact you and more importantly we’ll have no way to send you your 2014 Speak Up data results come Feb. 2015!
Know an educator in one of these states? Please help spread the word, and pass along information about this great opportunity. Learn more about these great conference registrations below:
Nebraska Districts: Mark your calendars for April 23rd-24th and be “On the Move” for the 2015 NETA Spring Conference with an opportunity to win a free conference registration for one lucky member of your team ($125 value). Our friends at NETA have offered a free conference registration to one lucky district in the state, all you need to do is encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up during the final week of Speak Up! The more surveys you get in, the more chances to you have to win! Learn more about the NETA conference and all of its great offerings here.
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington Districts: Our friends at the Northwest Council for Computer Education have graciously offered a free NCCE conference registration ($375 value) for their upcoming March 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon. Like our other free registration opportunities, all you need to do to enter is encourage your staff, students, parents, and the local community to participate in Speak Up. Each survey from your district acts as an entry into the contest – the more surveys taken in your district, the more chances you will have to win! Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here. Also be sure to check out NCCE’s Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog at: http://blog.ncce.org/
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.

Photo and Video Challenge Extended through Wednesday, December 17th!

Thank you to all who have submitted their #SpeakUpsnapshot photos this week! On Monday we will be choosing one winner from Speak Up America week’s photo challenge entries to receive a $250 classroom/school grant.
Due to multiple requests, we have decided to extend the photo and video challenge through Wednesday, December 17th. We understand that many of you plan on participating in Speak Up next week and we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to win. Therefore, all photo and video entries submitted next week through Wednesday, December 17th by 12PM ET will be entered into a separate contest with a total of four opportunities to win $225 in classroom or school grants! With more opportunities to win, receiving $225 in classroom or school grants has never been easier – so get your cameras ready and submit your photos and videos today!

Photo and video challenge rules

Photo challenge
Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot
Winning a $225 grant has never been easier! All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up America 2014 Badge highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload the photo to one of our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or the photo challenge page. All pictures submitted through Wednesday, December 17th will be entered into a contest with up to four opportunities to win $225, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
Video challenge
Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp 
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your future?”
We want to see you and your class “Speak 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!
All videos submitted next week will be entered into our special Speak Up challenge contest extension, with opportunities to win a $225 grant! With only three videos submitted so far, your chances of winning have never been higher!

*All submissions already entered into the contest will be included in the extended contest.

Tune in to BbWorld K-12 Live!

Every year Blackboard K-12 hosts BbWorld – a conference for education’s leading visionaries. This year they have launched BbWorld K-12 Live: a brand new, digital track of BbWorld just for the K-12 community, which is online and free to attend if you can’t make it to the conference in Las Vegas.

You can register for BbWorld K-12 Live at their website, http://bbworldk12live.com/, to watch the keynote speakers in live time, or you can click here to view the full schedule and sign up. Once logged in, use the comments to share your thoughts, ideas and reactions. Don’t forget to take the conversation to Twitter with the hashtag #BbWorldK12Live!

Also, if you are in Las Vegas for BbWorld, Julie Evans’s session is tomorrow at 4:15pm. Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and #BbWorldK12Live on Twitter if you are attending! See you online!