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Students’ perceptions of school vs. learning – not the same thing!

Special release of selected California Speak Up 2016 data for the CUE 2017 National Conference

While 84 percent of California middle school students say that doing well in school is important to them, their interest in school vs. learning mirrors what George Couros has often talked about as a fundamental divide. For example, 57 percent of California middle school students like learning about new ideas, 62 percent like learning how to make or build things and 70 percent say that they like learning how to do things. However, only 49 percent are interested in what they are learning at school, and only a slight majority (52 percent) says that the subjects they are learning in school are important for their future.

But, is this disconnect in name only? Do the students’ belief statements really align with their actions or is this just the latest example of a generational angst?

Consider this: while one-third of students in middle schools and high schools in California admit that they are bored at school, 75 percent are regularly sourcing and watching online videos outside of school, on their own, to learn about things that interest them. Four in ten middle school students are using social media to learn about people’s ideas and to identify people who share their learning interests, not just posting selfies and random comments about celebrities. And, this may come as a surprise to some English teachers, 45 percent of California students are tapping into online writing sites to self-improve their writing skills.

This self-directed learning is purposeful and most importantly it is driven by the students themselves around what they perceive as learning needs or interests. This self-learning imperative actually represents a very organic form of self-blended, personalized learning empowered by a ubiquitous access to technology and an overwhelming hunger for information, knowledge and learning experiences that are more challenging and meaningful than what is happening in the classrooms at their school.

View our infographic: California Speaks Up! Results from Speak Up 2016 at CUE 2017

The same is true today for career exploration – students are more likely to want to find and watch a video about an aspect of a career that interests them or take an online personalized quiz to learn about their strengths than attend a standardized one size fits all after school program or summer camp for career exploration.

This disconnect is also manifesting itself in how students are doing homework. Sensing that in many communities, teachers were still reluctant to assign digitally based or internet based homework for a number of reasons including equity of access, the Speak Up surveys this fall probed on the frequency of the use of digital tools and the Internet outside of school.

First, we asked teachers how often they assigned homework or projects that relied upon digital tools or the Internet. Then, we asked school site administrators that same question about their teachers. Finally, we asked students how often they used the Internet or digital resources to support their homework or school related assignments. Here are the results for California:

  • Just 8 percent of teachers say that they assign digital homework daily or almost daily (for CUE members that jumps to 20 percent). 18 percent of teachers say that they assign digital homework at least weekly (34 percent for CUE members).
  • About 16 percent of school site administrators say their teachers are assigning digital or Internet dependent homework on a daily basis (almost 30% of administrators who are CUE members believe this to be the case for their teachers). One-third of school site administrators say their teachers are assigning digital or Internet dependent homework at least weekly (and half of administrators who are CUE members).

So, already we see a disconnect between teachers and administrators – and even CUE members – on perception vs. actual practice.

But here is the real rub: 40 percent of California middle school students say they are using the Internet daily to complete homework (and 67 percent say they are using the Internet several times a week). We see similar findings of high school students: 42 percent say they use the Internet for homework daily, and even for students in grades 3-5, 22 percent say they use the Internet daily for schoolwork).

Speak Up 2016: How often do California teachers assign homework assignments that require Internet access? How often do California middle school students use the Internet to do homework?

This makes the disconnect between teachers and administrators look like a narrow statistical gap while the difference between teachers and students is an imposing chasm.

Students are using the Internet to support school-based learning at almost 4 times the rate in which teachers say they are assigning those types of activities. Why is this? Because quite simply, as the students explain to us every year, the use of digital tools:

  • puts the students in control of their learning,
  • makes the learning process more efficient, and
  • personalizes the experience in a way that fits their needs, in a way that we are not yet replicating in the classroom.

This use of technology in learning has evolved way beyond engagement – for the students it has always been about their vision for a new type of learning experience that is socially-based, un-tethered and real world relevant.

Do our teachers and administrators know about this reality, and if so, how are they adapting to this sea change in their learning lives of our students? How are they moving from a school-centered rules and procedures to a focus on the student learning experience? How are they incorporating information such as the Speak Up Research about how our students are self-directing learning using digital tools and resources to transform the learning experiences for all students?

Lots of important questions. It is our nonprofit mission at Project Tomorrow to help every school and district find answers to these challenges. You can learn more about our work, the Speak Up data and how your school and district can gain free access to similar data about your students at our website www.tomorrow.org.

Download the related infographic on California Speak Up 2016 data.

What do you think, CUE 2017?

For those interested in the results…

Q1: What percentage of 6-8 grade students say, “Doing well in school is important to me”?

32% of CUE2017 attendees chose the right answer of 84% & that was the top answer for the CUE audience

Q2: What percentage of 6-8 graders in CA say they regularly use online writing tools to improve their writing because they are interested (but not just because it was an assignment or homework)?

16% of CUE2017 attendees chose the right answer of 45%; Top answer for the CUE audience was 15% (half chose this answer)

Q3: What percentage of teachers say they assign homework that requires internet access DAILY or ALMOST DAILY?

26%of CUE2017 attendees chose the right answer of 8%; Top answer for the CUE audience was 40% (28% chose this answer – responses were almost evenly split among all answers)

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.

Speak Up News, December 2014

Happy December! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can you believe we are already in the last month of Speak Up? In just eight weeks we’ve already received 280,688 surveys! Thank you for all of your hard work in making sure student, parent, educator, administrator, and community voices are heard.
There are only 3 weeks of Speak Up left – 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…

▪ Happy Giving Tuesday! Help shape the future of education by participating in Speak Up 2014.
▪ Speak Up 2014: This is the last month of Speak Up! Surveys are available for input through December 19th, 2014.
▪ Speak Up America: Our weeklong celebration of Speak Up participants takes place December 8th through December 12th.
▪ 2015 Student Technology Conference: Learn more about this free, virtual conference produced by the students of the Marymount School of New York.
▪ Speak Up Data Luncheon at ISTE: Learn how to use your Speak Up data at this special workshop for school and district leaders. 

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

-The Project Tomorrow team


Happy Giving Tuesday!

After giving thanks on Thanksgiving, it’s time to give back with #GivingTuesday! Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
For #GivingTuesday we ask our Speak Up family to donate 15 minutes of your time for the future of education. Although #GivingTuesday is over, you can still make a difference today by expressing your views about education, technology, and 21st century skills through the Speak Up 2014 National Research Project. Click here to take the survey.
We want everyone to have a voice in the future of how technology is used in our schools – please share the Speak Up survey with your students, teachers, parents, administrators, community organizers, friends, and anyone who has a passion for improving education: bit.ly/SU14survey
Click here to donate to Project Tomorrow
Speak Up 2014

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.

Speak Up America

Mark your calendars! Speak Up America 2014 takes place from December 8th to December 12th.

Do you plan on participating in Speak Up America? Click here to let us know!
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 features…

▪ National Speak Up Day – encourage your community to participate in Speak Up on December 10th! Every survey submitted on this date will be entered into a special drawing for free ISTE conference registration.
▪ Photo and video challenge – check the Speak Up America homepage TODAY at 3PM ET for the release of challenge information and contest rules!
▪ Chances to win free ISTE, CUE, TCEA, NETA and NCCE conference registrations – with chances to win throughout the week
▪ Speak Up 2014 preliminary snapshots – released daily
▪ Data Surprises from the Speak Up 2014 Student Surveys – Twitter chat hosted by Julie Evans on Wednesday, December 10th at 4:30PM ET.

Click here to learn more about Speak Up America


2015 Student Technology Conference

Project Tomorrow is thrilled to work with Marymount School for the 2015 Student Technology Conference, a student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This free, online event is planned and run by the students of Marymount School from New York City, and will be held virtually on Saturday, January 31st, 2015.
The 2015 Student Technology Conference is committed to fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education, to promote discussion about technology, to assist teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom, and to strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, then you can submit your proposal here. This year’s strands include Student Technology Clubs, Education Technology Tools, Students and social media, and more. Click here to learn more about the strands.
We are excited to be working with this wonderful team of student organizers, and look forward to your participation in January’s event. You can learn more about the 2015 Student Technology Conference on the event’s official website: studenttechnologyconference.com

Call for student panelists

As part of the 2015 Student Technology Conference, the Marymount School is hosting a student-led presentation where students reflect on the Speak Up data collected at their schools. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your school and district at the conference and to give your students a spotlight and leadership opportunity. If you are interested, please contact the Speak Up team atspeakup@tomorrow.org so we can coordinate submitting this proposal presentation.

Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders

Save the date: Sunday, June 28 from 12PM to 3PM in Philadelphia, PA (in conjunction with ISTE 2015)

Plan to attend this special, first-ever workshop for school and district leaders on how to leverage Speak Up data from your education stakeholders to inform and guide your digital learning plans. You have collected the views and aspirations of your students, parents, teachers, community members and staff – now how do you use that data to kickstart a new initiative, change the perceptions of your teachers, gain the support of your school board, parents and community, or develop new funding sources to support your plans? We will cover all of that and more in this special workshop that will feature strategies for using the Speak Up data – and testimonials from school district leaders on their successes. Lunch will be provided also.
Interested in learning more – or want to save your seat for this limited enrollment opportunity? Contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.
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, K12, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, SMART Technologies, 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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