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%)|
At the ASU GSV Summit this week, we explored the current state of teachers’ readiness and willingness to adopt digital tools for learning with Alan Arkatov from USC Rossier School of Education, Ann Linson from East Noble School Corporation and Jessie Woolley-Wilson from DreamBox Learning.
Everyone see lots of technology in schools these days, but is that technology also changing teaching and learning? The classrooms of today still look a whole lot like the classrooms of yesterday:
Yes, the chalkboard is a white board and paper and pencils have been replaced with laptops, but other than that? Beyond the physical differences we see in classrooms, the other changes we have seen are minimal – despite the opportunities technology presents to transform learning.
While new Speak Up data shows us evidence of external indicators of change, they also indicate the lack of real systematic changes in activities, attitudes or aspirations of teachers. More than 38,000 teachers shared their views as part of the Speak Up 2016 Research Project for Digital Learning from October 2016 to January 2017.
More than two-thirds of teachers report external indicators of change:
- Using more videos in the classroom
- Texting with colleagues
- Relying upon cloud applications more
- Being in classrooms with student access to devices
But fewer than one-third say they:
- Use online primary sources within instruction
- Facilitate a class blog or discussion forum
- Use an online curriculum with students
- Create investigations for students w/digital tools
- Engage in online professional learning communities
Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning focuses on how innovative classroom models empower more engaging and purposeful learning environments for students and teachers. The report examines both the desired student achievements and the strategic use of digital tools, content and resources to understand, from the perspective of the students, teachers and administrators on the front lines, the opportunities and challenges associated with empowering new innovative classroom models.
Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has collaborated with Blackboard Inc. to create a series of annual reports that focus on the year-to-year trends in the use of digital learning tools to change the classroom learning paradigm through an in-depth analysis of the latest Speak Up national findings. In this latest update report, we examine the trends from our analysis of the Speak Up data collected in fall 2014. More than 521,000 K-12 students, parents, educators, and community members participated in Speak Up 2014, and the findings of how teachers and administrators are empowering innovation with digital tools, content and resources is the focus for this year’s trends report.
Key Findings from this year’s report include:
- More than 9 out of 10 administrators say that the effective use of technology within instruction is important for achieving their school or district’s core mission of education and preparation of students.
- Over three-quarters of parents (78%) say that the best way for their child to develop the college, career and citizen ready skills they will need for future success is to use technology on a regular basis within his or her daily classes at school.
- Two-thirds of middle school students (64%) agree that effective technology use increases their interest in what they are learning at school.
- Three-quarters of principals attribute increased student engagement in learning to the effective use of digital content in their blended learning classrooms
- 52% of teachers in blended classrooms say that their students are developing collaboration skills as a result of using technology within learning; 61% of their students agree!
- Almost three-quarters of technology leaders (73%) say that their school or district is now offering online courses for their students. Top subjects offered: Math, Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science and World Languages.
Happy Tuesday! In just a few days, we’ll be at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! Check out next what’s in store for Project Tomorrow next Tuesday (June 30) at ISTE 2015, and check our blog throughout the week for our plans for each day of the conference. Be sure to send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or in our comments section below if you plan on attending our sessions.
Tuesday, June 30 at ISTE 2015
Digital learning is more than a trend
Tuesday, June 30th
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Release of the 2015 report, Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning. This latest report from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow details how schools and districts are using new technologies to create the ultimate learning experience. Report highlights how:
- Educators are using new technologies to engage students in and out of school
- Blended and digital learning translate directly to student confidence and success
- Students are reacting to these evolving and innovative classroom models
Why Student Data?
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: PCC 114
Access to student data can improve teaching and learning. Hear firsthand how educators, school districts, and the private sector are using student data to improve educational outcomes and how they are safeguarding student information.
Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: PCC 103BC
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Engaging students in learning can potentially improve achievement, but increasing student engagement is still an elusive concept in many classrooms. Armed with research findings and classroom practices, we’ll provide you with new strategies and ideas to use in your classrooms. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Robert Miller (Port Orange Elementary), and Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP).
If so, you can access our materials and Julie’s presentation – featuring Speak Up 2014 data about special education teachers and digital learning – as well as a full recording of the event, provided by Discovery Education. Check out a summary of the event below:
On June 17, 2015, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and the Education and Technology and Telecommunications Taskforces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities hosted Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age: The Intersection of Technology and Special Education, a special event to discuss the intersection of technology and special education. Moderator Alexa Posny (former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services) discussed how special education teachers have led the way for technology innovation, and Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans provided Speak Up 2014 data, focusing on 4,475 special education teachers’ thoughts on digital learning. Featured educator panelists Kate Nagle (The Ivy Mount School, Rockville, MD), Caroline Hill (E.L. Haynes High School, Washington, D.C.), and Angela Foreman (Jamestown Elementary School, Arlington, VA) gave insight into how their schools and classrooms have used technology to advance special education and benefit students with disabilities.
This event was made possible by NCTET and the Education and Technology and Telecommunications Taskforces of the Consortium for Citizens, with the live stream provided by Discovery Education.
- Alexa Posny, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (Moderator)
- Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
- Kate Nagle, The Ivy Mount School, Rockville, MD
- Caroline Hill, Principal, E.L. Haynes High School, Washington, D.C.
- Angela Foreman, Jamestown Elementary School, Arlington, VA
- 42% of 6th-8th graders say taking an online or virtual class should be a requirement for graduation.
- Amongst girls, 64% of 3rd-5th and 50% 6th-8th graders want to code.
- 46% of 9th-12th graders are Twitter users now – 4 times more than in 2011 when only 11% were tweeting
Happy Digital Learning Day! Project Tomorrow is proud to be a longstanding Core Partner in Digital Learning Day. Subsequently, we’ve released a new participation map and a special sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students titled: Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning. Additionally all 2014 Speak Up district contacts now have access to a new data report to help with data analysis.
Not sure what Digital Learning Day is about? Keep reading to learn more about the event, as well as ways you can get involved.
▪ Digital Learning Day 2015: Learn more about this annual celebration, as well as ways to get involved.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog. Don’t forget to share your digital learning celebrations with@OfficialDLDay and with the hashtag #DLDay!
-The Project Tomorrow team
Digital Learning Day 2015
About Digital Learning Day
Since 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.
Digital Learning Day Live!
This year, Digital Learning Day is going live! Digital Learning Day Live! will highlight some of the nation’s most promising digital learning initiatives and foster a stimulating discussion about what it takes to integrate technology effectively, strategically, and meaningfully in schools. This free online event streams live from Washington, DC, beginning at 1PM EST. To RSVP to this free, online event, visit the Digital Learning Day website.
It’s not too late to start celebrating Digital Learning Day! Check out some of these easy ways to get involved:
▪ Visit Digital Learning Day’s Planning Resources Hub to find free and easy to use tools to get started with your digital celebration.
Visit Digital Learning Day’s official website to learn more, and keep reading to see how we’re celebrating digital learning today.
Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning
Sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students
We are excited to release a sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students in honor of Digital Learning Day! Last fall, 431,231 K-12 students nationwide spoke up about digital learning and more – here’s a preview of what we learned:
▪ 42% of 6th-8th graders say taking an online or virtual class should be a requirement for graduation.
To read the full list of things everyone should know about K-12 students’ views on digital learning, click here.
Check out our new interactive participant map, which shows how loudly all of our Speak Up 2014 districts spoke up about education, technology, and more.
Click here to view the map.
Did your district participate in Speak Up 2014?
If so, we’ve provided a way for all district contacts to view a report of their district’s school results in a side by side comparison format. Follow these steps to view your data:
1. Visit the view data homepage and log in under option 1.
Please note this information is only available to districts that participated in Speak Up 2014.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagramand our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at email@example.com 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, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, 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.
Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. To learn more, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org/domain/54.