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Don’t forget – our #SUchat about blended learning outcomes is today!

Blended Learning Outcomes
Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
Are you at the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida and want to continue the conversation about blended learning after today’s sessions? Or are you interested in learning about blended learning outcomes? Join Julie Evans for a special blended learning #SUchat, today at 3pm PT/6pm ET!
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. Let’s discuss all of these – and your ideas – for the best approaches for measuring the impact of blended learning today. Drawing in lessons learned from sessions at iNACOL this year, get ready for a lively Twitter chat!
If participating, please include #SUchat in your tweets. Don’t forget to follow us at @SpeakUpEd@ProjectTomorrow, and @JulieEvans_PT – give us a shoutout if you plan on attending! We look forward to seeing you on today’s chat!

#SUchat: Blended Learning Outcomes

Blended Learning Outcomes
Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
Join Julie Evans for a special blended learning #SUchat while she attends the 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. Let’s discuss all of these – and your ideas – for the best approaches for measuring the impact of blended learning today. Drawing in lessons learned from sessions at iNACOL this year, get ready for a lively Twitter chat!
If participating, please include #SUchat in your tweets. Don’t forget to follow us at @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and @JulieEvans_PT – give us a shoutout if you plan on attending! We look forward to seeing you on tomorrow’s chat!

Speak Up News – November 2015

Happy November! Can you believe we are already one month into Speak Up? We are off to a great start with 90,000 surveys submitted! Thank you to all who have participated, and a big thanks to our top states: Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Maryland, and California. Keep up the great work and encourage others to take the survey! Visit our promotional materials page for ideas on how to spread the word.

In this newsletter…

▪ Speak Up 2015: Surveys are open through December 18th!
▪ Calling all Communications Officers! We want to know how you’re using technology to facilitate engagement within your community.
▪ Speak Up America 2015: Get a sneak peek at our week long event before it begins on December 7th.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Check out this month’s upcoming events with Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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SUcalendar 2015 survey

Haven’t taken the Speak Up survey yet?

If not, be sure to take the survey by Dec. 18!

If you haven’t participated in Speak Up yet, be sure to take the survey by December 18th. Click here to take the survey or follow the link: bit.ly/SU15survey. Learn more about which survey you should take below:
Take the educator survey if you are a…

▪ Teacher, Librarian or Media Specialist
▪ Administrator, Tech leader, or Communications Officer
▪ School or district employee (but not a teacher or administrator)

Take the parent survey or padres de familia en español survey if you are a…

▪ Parent
▪ Spanish speaking parent

Take the group survey if you are administering group surveys for…

▪ K-2 student group
▪ Grades 3-5 student group
▪ Parent group
▪ Parent Spanish group
▪ Community members group

If you do not fall into any of the above categories but are interested in sharing your thoughts and ideas, please select the community survey.
Once you’ve submitted your survey, share the following link with five friends and encourage them to take the survey: bit.ly/SU15survey
Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word! If you need help promoting Speak Up to your friends and colleagues, visit our promotional materials page for downloadable flyers, instructions, sample emails, and more.
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District Communications and Public Relations Officers, Speak Up!

NEW survey for communications officers

In a special partnership with the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), we’ve created a special new survey just for Communication Officers! As a companion to the other Speak Up surveys, your input will help complete the picture of what’s required to effectively use technology tools to facilitate communications and engagement within your community. Now’s your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning. Click here to take the survey.
Not a communications officer? Spread the word about this all new survey to your school and/or district’s communication officer(s)! Contact Lisa Chu atLChu@tomorrow.org for sample emails and tweets.
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Speak Up America 2015

December 7th – December 11th, 2015

Get ready – Speak Up America starts in one month! Mark your calendars for this year’s campaign, which will take place from December 7th through December 11th, 2015. Our week long event will feature opportunities to win free conference registrations, Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, and more!

Speak Up America 2015 features free conference registrations to:

▪ Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2016 Annual Conference
▪ CUE 2016 National Conference
▪ 2016 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
▪ 2016 Spring Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) Conference
▪ Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2016 Conference
▪ Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2016 Convention & Exposition

With more to be announced! Stay tuned for more information about Speak Up America as we get closer to December 7th.
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Speak Up On the Go!

Don’t miss Julie’s events this month!

We Got This! Integrating Digital Databases within Classroom Instruction
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
Click here to learn more
Many school leaders report challenges in the integration of digital content within classroom instruction and yet school librarians and libraries are uniquely positioned to address these key challenges. We will present the results from a study and discuss findings with the librarians from two project high schools. Audience members will learn key strategies for integrating digital databases within classroom instruction, and how innovative librarianship can enhance both student and teacher outcomes. Modeling interactive learning, the audience will be polled throughout the session regarding their views on the outcomes using a Jeopardy style game format. The session supports the AASL strategic plan by demonstrating the relevancy of librarians within digital learning adoptions.
The Pivotal Role of the School Librarian in Education Transformation
American Association of School Librarians National Conference & Exhibition
Friday, November 6
Click here to learn more
Since 2003, the Speak Up Research Project has polled 4 million K-12 students, educators and parents about their views on digital learning. A key finding from the resulting data has been the increasingly importance of curated digital content and in school mentoring to actualize the promise of technology to transform education. Enter the school librarian. In this interactive session, we will share new Speak Up findings that demonstrate the pivotal role of the school librarian in school and classroom adoption of digital content.
1-2-3- 4 New Ways to Examine Blended Learning Outcomes
iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Tuesday, November 10
10am-11am PT
Click here to learn more
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. In this flipped seminar, we will explore the how, when, why, and what of those outcome measures, and collaboratively develop a new template for assessing the real impact of blended learning.
Twitter chat: Blended Learning Outcomes
#SUchat
Tuesday, November 10
3pm PT/6pm ET
While the debate continues as to how to measure outcomes in blended learning environments, some districts are now evaluating their blended learning programs based upon student annual growth, student engagement in learning, teacher effectiveness and parental support. Let’s discuss all of these – and your ideas – for the best approaches for measuring the impact of blended learning today. Drawing in lessons learned from sessions at iNACOL this year, get ready for a lively Twitter chat! If participating, please include #SUchat in your tweets.

Can Online Learning Support Critically At-Risk Students?

Last year, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans shared Speak Up data in the 2014 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum in Coronado, California. The annual forum, held by the School for Integrated Academics & Technologies (SIATech), Reaching At Promise Students Association (RAPSA), and WestEd, is dedicated to improving and strengthening accountability for schools serving at-risk students. Check out a summary of Julie’s presentation with Maria Worthen from iNACOL below:

Can Online Learning Support Critically At-Risk Students?
 
Online and blended learning can help close the opportunity gap in education by expanding learning opportunities otherwise unavailable to low-income students, students in small or rural communities, out of school youth, and others. The majority of high schools report using online learning for credit recovery and for keeping students on pace to graduate. When well designed and implemented, components of digital competency-based learning are well-matched for educating at-risk students for the following reasons:
  • Students advance upon mastery.
  • It provides explicit, measurable, transfer-able learning objectives that can empower students.
  • Assessment is meaningful and can create a positive learning experience for students.
  • Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
  • Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of important skills and dispositions.
Julie and Maria used Speak Up data and other research studies to show that student outcomes in blended learning exceed both traditional learning outcomes and online instruction-only outcomes, and that students enjoy digital learning because it personalizes instruction and is collaborative. At the end of the presentation they advised attendees that students are a “digital advance team” and can help educators plan technology programs for their schools; they also acknowledged a need for more information, as this type of online learning has the potential to change students’ futures.
To learn more about Julie and Maria’s session, as well as the 20 other sessions from the forum, check out WestEd’s summary of the Third Annual Alternative Accountability Policy Forum.

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/.

Blackboard

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.

Don’t miss Julie’s third Twitter chat – tomorrow at 8pm ET!

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

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.
Additionally, the following questions will be discussed during the chat:
  1. Why blended? What are the advantages of implementing a blended learning classroom?
  2. What are the barriers or obstacles to implementing blended learning – in a classroom or schoolwide?
  3. What is your best advice for educators who are new to blended learning? What really works?

If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchatin your Tweets! Click here to sign up to receive a reminder for tomorrow’s #SUchat.

Speak Up News, November 2014

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.
▪ School and district leaders: Learn how Speak Up can benefit your school(s) and district.
▪ 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.
▪ Speak Up America: Our weeklong celebration of Speak Up participants will take place in December!
▪ Speak Up On the Go: Check out this month’s events.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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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.
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School and District Leaders:

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
▪ Facilitate opportunities for your teachers, librarians, technology coordinators and school/district staff to complete their own online surveys
▪ Share the online survey link with your parents via social media, school websites and/or newsletters: bit.ly/SU14survey
▪ Promote participation in the surveys to your wider community – business partners, after school programs, civic leaders, support staff

Need help? Contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
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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!
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Speak Up America starts next month!

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
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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.
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets! Click here to sign up.
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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.

Infographic from Getting Smart – World Language Instructors as Key Players in the Shift to Competency-Based, Blended Learning

In partnership with Rosetta Stone, Getting Smart – a community passionate about innovations in learning – released the infographic, Elevate and Empower: World Language Instructors as Key Players in the Shift to Competency-Based, Blended Learning. This infographic provides an overview of an upcoming paper by Tom Vander Ark, Carri Schneider, Moss Pike and Winifred Kehl, and outlines the project’s goals and findings.

Included in the infographic are quotes from people the authors surveyed, trends in evolution, and more. Check out this clip from the infographic which features data from Speak Up 2013!

Check out Getting Smart’s full inforgraphic on their website! Be on the lookout for their upcoming paper, which will be released in conjunction with the team’s session at the iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Symposium in November.

Getting Smart® is a community passionate about innovations in learning. They believe the shift to personal digital learning holds promise for improved student achievement in the developed world and access to quality education in the emerging economy. They are advocates for better K-12 education as well as early, post-secondary and informal learning opportunities for all students. They attempt to accelerate and improve the shift to digital learning. They cover important events, trends, products, books, and reports. Getting Smart welcomes guest bloggers with something to say. They look for ways that innovation can help reframe historical problems and suggest new solutions.

Around the Web Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday…
Do you know what that means? It is Around the Web Wednesday!

Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!
Be sure to check back each week for our Around the Web Wednesday Series

Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar this Friday to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year – and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year.  Register to attend this special webinar here or contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Have you participated in Speak Up 2013? Surveys are open to anyone interested in having a voice on critical education and technology trends. Go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013 to take the survey today. Surveys open to students, parents, educators and community members!

Enjoy your day.
-The Project Tomorrow team

New Speak Up presenations from iNACOL Project Tomorrow Website
They Loved Your G.P.A Then They Saw your Tweets – New York Times
In College Admissions, Social Media Can Be a Double-Edged Sword  (Follow up to article above)– New York Times (BITs)

Are you attending the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium?

Happy Monday! We hope you had a relaxing and fun filled weekend!





This week Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans will be presenting at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida! If you are attending the  iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium , please be sure to stop by and see Julie at one of the following sessions:
*Online Learning Experiences and Edpections of Tomorrow’s Teachers: New Research from Speak Up
*Blended, Flipping and Personalized: How Online Learning is Transforming Teacher Practice
*The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow
 

Online Learning Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers: New Research from Speak Up

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, October 28 2013
Asia 5
track:   Research & Evaluation
Tomorrow’s teachers may have the keys to finally unlock the potential of online learning tools and strategies to transform teaching and learning, but much depends upon their experiences in their preparation program and how well future school leadership can support their expectations for essential technology tools and resources. In this session, we will review new Speak Up findings on this topic and discuss the research with a panel of teacher educators and school principals.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!

Blending, Flipping and Personalized: How Online Learning is Transforming Teacher Practice

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, October 29 2013
Southern Hemisphere II
track:   Research & Evaluation
Online learning debates primarily focus on student outcomes. However, the real impact of leveraging online learning tools should be about changing teacher practice. The 2012 Speak Up National Research Project polled 56,000 teachers nationwide on the impact of online learning on their practice as well as student outcomes. In this session, we will review new findings around blended, flipped, and personalized learning and learn from a teacher panel about their experiences and expectations.
Panelists:
·         Dr. R. Mark Beadle, CEO and Head of School, Sevenstar
·         Renee Citlau, National Online Teacher of the Year and from Anaheim Union High School District (CA)
·         William Lange, Blended Learning Coordinator with Maricopa Unified School District (AZ)
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!

The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, October 30 2013
Southern Hemisphere III
track:   Blended Learning Programs
One of the most challenging issues facing administrators, teachers and parents today is keeping up with the digital tools available for learning. This panel discussion will focus on the key findings on maximizing student learning from the 2012 survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project. Specifically, the panel member discussion, which will consist of teacher (s) and administrator (s), will comment on the results from the survey.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!
Please be sure to check our website next week at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_presentations.htmlfor copies of the powerpoint presentations!
Have you participated in Speak up?! Please share your experiences below! And remember to share the Speak Up surveys with your network of friends and family- every voice counts!

Take the survey today at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013

–The Project Tomorrow Team