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Mobile Learning: Transforming Education and Engaging Students and Teachers

Happy Tuesday to all our followers and supporters! 

Last week, on September 17th, Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans participated in a panel discussion at Brookings in Washington D.C., concerning the subject of mobile technology in our K-12 schools. 
Mobile technology is in a plethora of ways transforming education in the United States. But what do these changes look like, and what do they mean for the enhancement of educational comprehension for our K-12 students?
To learn more, view the panel discussion here. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, and join the conversation on Twitter at #ProjectTomorrow, #SpeakUp, and #TechCTI.
Don’t forget to register your school/district for Speak Up 2013! The countdown to October 2nd is on! 
-The Project Tomorrow team 

Congratulations to this year’s Speak Up 200 Cohort!

Speak Up 200 Schools—2012 Participation

This annual recognition program highlights schools that are effectively incorporating Speak Up data into their local decision-making.  Each year, finalists are selected based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making.  

Top 200 Schools – 2012 Participation

Congratulations to the Speak Up Top 200 Schools for their participation in Speak Up 2012.
Top 5 school districts (based on total participation)
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
  • Weslaco ISD* (Texas)
  • McAllen ISD (Texas)
  • Richardson ISD (Texas)
Top performing district for parent participation
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
Top performing district for administrator participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
Top performing district for teacher participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
District School (*=Recognized multiple years) City
Alabama
Coffee County Zion Chapel High School* Jack
Lee County School District Beulah High School Valley
Sanford Middle School* Opelika
Madison County Lynn Fanning Elementary School* Meridianville
Meridianville Middle School* Hazel Green
Riverton Intermediate School* Huntsville
Endeavor Elementary School            Harvest
Sparkman Middle School* Toney
Shelby County Chelsea High School Chelsea
Chelsea Intermediate School* Chelsea
Creek View Elementary School* Maylene
Montevallo Elementary School* Montevallo
Mount Laurel Elementary School* Birmingham
Oak Mountain Intermediate School* Birmingham
Thompson Sixth Grade Center* Alabaster
Helena Middle School* Helena
Valley Intermediate School* Pelham
Oak Mountain Middle School* Birmingham
Pelham High School* Pelham
Riverchase Middle School Birmingham
Thompson High School Alabaster
Thompson Intermediate School Alabaster
Arizona
Apache Junction Unified Cactus Canyon Junior High School* Apache Junction
Desert Vista Elementary School* Apache Junction
Superstition Mountain Elementary School* Apache Junction
Paradise Valley Unified
Desert Trails Elementary School* Phoenix
Explorer Middle School* Phoenix
Shea Middle School* Phoenix
Sunrise Middle School * Scottsdale
Cactus View Elementary School* Phoenix
Horizon High School Scottsdale
Mountain Trail Middle School Phoenix
North Ranch Elementary School* Scottsdale
Arrowhead Elementary School* Phoenix
Foothills Elementary School Phoenix
Hidden Hills Elementary School Phoenix
Arkansas
Cabot Cabot Middle School North* Cabot
Southside Elementary School* Cabot
Stagecoach Elementary School* Cabot
Ward Central Elementary School* Ward
Westside Elementary School* Cabot
Cabot Middle School South* Cabot
Mountain Springs Elementary School* Cabot
Northside Elementary School* Cabot
Magness Creek Elementary School* Cabot
California
Fullerton Elementary Laguna Road Elementary School* Fullerton
Robert C Fisler Elementary School* Fullerton
Sunset Lane Elementary School Fullerton
Irvine Unified School District Culverdale Elementary School* Irvine
Sierra Vista Middle School Irvine
Venado Middle School Irvine
Merced Union High Atwater High School* Atwater
Buhach Colony High School* Atwater
Golden Valley High School* Merced
Livingston High School* Livingston
Merced High School* Merced
Yosemite High (Continuation)* Merced
Murrieta Valley Unified Vista Murrieta High School Murrieta
Natomas Unified School District Natomas Charter #19 Sacramento
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Yorba Linda Middle School* Placentia
San Marcos Unified San Marcos High School* San Marcos
Paloma Elementary School San Marcos
Solana Beach Carmel Creek Elementary School* San Diego
Skyline Elementary School* Solana Beach
Solana Highlands Elementary School* Solana Beach
Solana Pacific Elementary School* San Diego
Solana Santa Fe Elementary School* Rancho Santa Fe
Solana Vista Elementary School* Solana Beach
Delaware
Diocese of Wilmington St. Mark’s High School Wilmington
Lake Forest Lake Forest Central Elementary School* Felton
Red Clay Consolidated School District Brandywine Springs School Wilmington
Florida
Brevard County
Discovery Elementary School* Palm Bay
Apollo Elementary School* Titusville
Lewis Carroll Elementary School* Merritt Island
Herbert C. Hoover Middle School* Indialantic
Quest Elementary School* Melbourne
Tropical Elementary School * Merritt Island
Imperial Estates Elementary School Titusville
Indialantic Elementary School* Indialantic
Meadowlane Intermediate School* West Melbourne
Surfside Elementary School Satellite Beach
Lockmar Elementary School* Palm Bay
Broward County Miramar High School* Miramar
Deerfield Beach Middle School Deerfield Beach
Florida Virtual Florida Virtual Global School* Orlando
Hawaii
Kamehameha Schools Kapälama Middle School* Honolulu
Kapälama High School* Honolulu
Hawaii High School Kea‘au
Illinois
City Of Chicago School District #299 Byrne Elementary School Chicago
Falconer Elementary School* Chicago
Gray Elementary School* Chicago
Haines Elementary School* Chicago
Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy* Chicago
Washington G Elementary School* Chicago
Harrisburg C U School District #3 East Side Intermediate School* Harrisburg
Harrisburg Middle School* Harrisburg
West Side Primary School* Harrisburg
Indiana
Fayette County School Corp Connersville Sr. High School Connersville
M S D Wayne Township Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center Indianapolis
Garden City Elementary School Indianapolis
Plymouth Community School Corporation Lincoln Junior High School* Plymouth
Plymouth High School* Plymouth
Riverside Intermediate School
Plymouth
Menominee Elementary School Plymouth
Scott County School District #2 Scottsburg Middle School Scottsburg
Smith-Green Community Schools Churubusco High School Churubusco
Tri-Creek School Corporation Lowell Middle School Lowell
Warsaw Community Schools Edgewood Middle School Warsaw
Eisenhower Elementary School Warsaw
Jefferson Elementary School Warsaw
Lakeview Middle School Warsaw
Leesburg Elementary School Warsaw
Madison Elementary School Warsaw
Warsaw Community High School Warsaw
Washington Elementary School Warsaw
Kansas
Blue Valley Unified School District
Aubrey Bend Middle School Overland Park
Harmony Middle School Overland Park
Lakewood Middle School Overland Park
Overland Trail Middle School Leawood
Oxford Middle School Overland Park
Pleasant Ridge Middle School Stillwell
Prairie Star Middle School Overland Park
Maryland
Baltimore City Public School System Digital Harbor High School* Baltimore
John Ruhrah Elementary School Baltimore
North Bend Elementary School Baltimore
Missouri
Kearney R-1 Schools Kearney Junior High School* Kearney
Kearney Middle School Kearney
North Carolina
North Carolina Virtual Public School North Carolina Virtual Public School* Raleigh
Onslow County Schools Hunters Creek Middle School* Jacksonville
New Bridge Middle School* Jacksonville
Northwoods Park Middle School* Jacksonville
Trexler Middle School* Richlands
Ohio
Berea City School District Berea High School Berea
Big Creek Elementary School Cleveland
Ford Middle School Brook Park
Frederick Roehm Middle School Berea
Medina City School District Claggett Middle School Medina
Eliza Northrup Elementary School Medina
Ella Canavan Elementary School Medina
Sidney Fenn Elementary School Medina
Shawnee Local School District Shawnee High School Lima
Shawnee Middle School Lima
Pennsylvania
Chambersburg Area School District Chambersburg Area Middle School South Chambersburg
Owen J Roberts School District East Vincent Elementary School Spring City
North Coventry Elementary School Pottstown
Owen J Roberts High School Pottstown
Owen J Roberts Middle School Pottstown
West Vincent Elementary School Chester Springs
Tennessee
Hawkins County School District Surgoinsville Middle School* Surgoinsville
Texas
Klein Independent Benignus Elementary School* Klein
Doerre Intermediate School* Klein
Greenwood Forest Elementary School* Houston
Klein Intermediate School* Houston
Klein Oak High School* Spring
Klenk Elementary School* Houston
Krimmel Intermediate School* Klein
Lemm Elementary School* Spring
Northhampton Elementary School* Spring
Schindewolf Intermediate School* Spring
Schultz Elementary School* Tomball
Strack Intermediate School* Klein
Theiss Elementary School* Klein
Ulrich Intermediate School* Houston
Wunderlich Intermediate School* Houston
Benfer Elementary School* Klein
Brill Elementary School* Klein
Ehrhardt Elementary School* Klein
Eiland Elementary School* Houston
Epps Island Elementary School Houston
Klein Forest High School* Houston
Metzler Elementary School Spring
Nitsch Elementary School* Houston
McAllen Independent Brown Middle School McAllen
Castaneda Elementary School McAllen
Cathey Middle School McAllen
Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary School McAllen
Fields Elementary School McAllen
Gonzalez Elementary School McAllen
McAllen High School McAllen
McAuliffe Elementary School McAllen
Roosevelt Elementary  School McAllen
Rowe High School McAllen
Weslaco Independent A N Rico Elementary School* Weslaco
Airport Elementary School* Weslaco
Central Middle School* Weslaco
Cleckler/Heald Elementary School* Weslaco
Dr R E Margo Elementary School* Weslaco
F D Roosevelt Elementary School* Weslaco
Mario Ybarra Elementary School* Weslaco
Memorial Elementary School* Weslaco
North Bridge Elementary School* Weslaco
Sam Houston Elementary School* Weslaco
Weslaco High School* Weslaco
Dr. Armando Cuellar Middle School Weslaco
Mary Hoge Middle School* Weslaco
Rodolfo Rudy Silva Jr. Elementary School* Weslaco
Weslaco East High School* Weslaco
Raul A Gonzalez Jr. Elementary School* Weslaco
Beatriz G Garza Middle School* Weslaco
Virginia
Albemarle County Public Schools Jackson P. Burley Middle School Charlottesville
Joseph T. Henley Middle School Crozet
Monticello High School Charlottesville
Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle School Charlottesville
Western Albemarle High School Crozet
Arlington County Public Schools Taylor Elementary School* Arlington
Wisconsin
Luxemburg-Casco Luxemburg-Casco Intermediate School* Luxemburg
Verona Area Badger Ridge Middle School Verona
Verona Area High School* Verona

Emotional Intelligence: Can it be Taught?

By Jennifer Kahn of the New York Times
A myriad of academic subjects are taught to our children in schools across the nation…science, mathematics, English, and social studies, just to name a few. These subjects contribute to well-rounded students, but what about non-academic subjects, such as emotional intelligence, that may not contribute directly to enhanced academic knowledge, but may play a vital role in the comprehension of them?
Emotional intelligence, or the ability to be equipped with the learned skills to cope with a variety of emotions, may play a part in what separates the high-achieving students from the under-achieving students. Numerous studies have shown that the ability to cope with the flood of emotions humans experience each day, both at school and after-school, tremulously impacts the focus put into learning. 
So, what is being done about this?
Schools across the country are beginning to embrace this concept, and are teaching social-emotional learning to their students.
See how a school in Oakland, California uses the method here

Happy Reading!
– The Project Tomorrow team 

Speak Up 2013 is just around the corner…

 
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Happy September to all our followers and supporters!

In this newsletter, you will find important information regarding…
  1. The launch of Speak Up 2013
  2. Promotional materials for Speak Up 2013
  3. Details regarding our “Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices About Digital Learning” Cocktail Reception in Washington, D.C.
  4. Schoolwires online event: Symposium on Parent Engagement coming in October
  5. Your thoughts regarding the recent FCC’s proposed changes
Happy Reading!
Be sure to let us know what you think by following us on TwitterFacebook, and ourBlog!
-The Project Tomorrow team
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Speak Up 2013

SPEAK UP 2013 opens on October 2nd!

Last year over 466,000 students, parents and educators representing over 8,020 schools nationwide participated in Speak Up– 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. Register your school or district to participate today!
Join with educators from across the country that use the Speak Up Surveys to identify how their students, teachers, administrators and parents want to use technology for learning, communications and collaboration. Get a jump start on Speak Up participation by registering as the primary contact for your school or district today!
As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2014.

WHAT Speak Up includes:

 Surveys for: K-12 students, teachers, librarian media specialists, parents, school site and district administrators, technology leaders and NEW this year business partners and community members.
 Survey topics include: learning and teaching with technology, science instruction and STEM career exploration, professional development, online assessment, digital citizenship and emerging technology topics such as mobile devices & BYOD, online learning, social media and digital content.
 New questions this year on education technology funding, common core standards, blended learning, flipped classroom models and online reading comprehension.

WHY participate?

 There is no fee to participate, or limit on the number of respondents. All information is 100% confidential. The surveys take less than 20 minutes to complete
 Each participating institution receives a free online report in February 2014 aggregating all local data with national data to use for comparative benchmarking and local advocacy.
 NEW THIS YEAR! Community members and business partners survey.
 NEW THIS YEAR! Educators and parents will not be required to enter a survey password. *Students will still need a survey password to take the survey.
 Use your local Speak Up data to: advocate for policies, programs & funding, as input into local plans, support grant proposals, engage your community, and learn about the ideas of your students, staff and parents.
 Lend your voice to national advocacy efforts and help improve educational opportunities for ALL kids!

Register today and spread the word. Be sure to Speak Up on October 2nd!

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Our Speak Up Promotional Materials are here to help you!

To see a full list of our helpful and handy flyers and guides, visit our site here.

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A Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices about Digital Learning

Speak Up 2003 – 2013

Hosted by Haworth, Inc.
At their offices
575 7th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20004
In the past 10 years, our nation’s classrooms have been irrevocably changed by the inclusion of digital learning tools and resources such as e-textbooks, online classes, tablet computers, educational games and social media.
At the emotional center of this digital conversion of our K-12 classrooms and schools has been the aspirations and ideas of our K-12 learners whose desires for a more social-based, un-tethered and digitally rich educational experience has changed forever the way we think about teaching and learning.
With the first Speak Up online survey in 2003, Project Tomorrow created a new national movement to recognize the value of K-12 student voices within education. Since then, over 2.5 million K-12 students (and over 500,000 teachers, administrators and parents) have shared their authentic, unfiltered views on the use of digital tools and resources through the annual Speak Up surveys, creating the largest collection of K-12 education stakeholder data. Over the past 10 years, the Speak Up data findings have been used regularly by federal, state and local policymakers to inform programs, plans and policies with a common goal in mind – improving educational opportunities for all students.
From the halls of Congress to school board meeting rooms all across the country, the Speak Up National Research Project has provided the catalyst for listening to the ideas of our nation’s most important clients of education, the students. Please join Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow and the Project Tomorrow Board of Directors to celebrate this 10 year legacy of impact and to applaud the partners and investors who have made Speak Up not only a national research asset, but an important strategic tool for schools and districts nationwide.
Your participation in this invitation only celebration would be most appreciated.
If you will be in or around the DC area and would like to attend, please respond to Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or 949-609-4660 x17 by Friday, September 13.
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Schoolwires online event: Symposium on Parent Engagement

Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm CT.
To register, click here.
Parents – and especially the new digital parents – are driving change in K-12 school districts across the country, raising the bar on effective use of technology in the classroom, mobile access to school and district websites, and effective use of social media and real-time communication tools. It’s never been more clear that to achieve your education goals, you need to engage parents as partners and advocates. Join us for this important symposium to explore findings of critical research on digital parents and family engagement, and how they impact student success. You’ll also hear from other K-12 districts about their efforts to engage families and achieve greater alignment among administrators, teachers and parents to establish educational goals and improve student achievement levels.
Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans, will host a session titled, “Connecting with the New Digital Parents.”
The session will review extensive research around the “New Digital Parent” and find out how this emerging cadre of parents is influencing school-to-home communications, effective use of technology in the classroom, and family outreach in K-12 communities. Learn about key characteristics of the “New Digital Parents” and how to connect with them.
We hope to see you there!
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The Federal Communications Commission’s Proposed Changes to the E-Rate Program

On July 23, 2013, the FCC released the E-rate Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which is designed to collect input from stakeholders on a broad range of issues.
The FCC is specifically seeking feedback on how to ensure that schools and libraries have access to 21st Century connectivity to support digital learning, on how to maximize the cost-effectiveness of E-rate funds and how to streamline the application process.
This NPRM is a very long document and there are lots of proposed rule changes for E-rate funding. Here is a link to the actual NPRM.
The deadline for stakeholder feedback or comments is September 16. We recommend that all of our Speak Up friends take a look at this document as the proposed changes may impact your schools and districts and how you are currently using your E-rate funding.
If you decide to file a statement or comment with the FCC and would like to use Speak Up data to support your comment, please let us know. We are currently considering our own filing as well.
ISTE is providing a form on their website to help facilitate comments from school and district leaders. Check it out here.
We are interested in your thoughts also. One of the proposed rule changes includes eliminating the ability for districts to use e-rate funds for website hosting services and email services. The new rules would also not cover mobile devices or off campus 3G/4G connectivity. What do you think about these changes? How would that impact your district?
If you are able to see the comment box below, please share your thoughts. If you are unable to see the comment box below, please share them with us on a special location on our website here.
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Main Contact Information for Speak Up Surveys

Speak Up Main Contact Registration

Happy Thursday to all of our followers!

Below you will find information regarding the importance of designating a person as a Main Contact for your school/district in regards to Speak Up Surveys.
 
Speak Up 2013 surveys will open October 2nd and will run through December 20th
 
E-mail us at speakup@tomorrow.org with any questions you may have. We hope you find this information helpful!
Don’t forget to register for Speak Up 2013, and vote for Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans’ panel at the SXSWEdu conference.
-The Project Tomorrow Team

Thank you for your interest in Speak Up!

Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents, educators and community members to participate in your local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2014.
The Speak Up Promotional materials page (http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html) offers convenient tools for helping make Speak Up a success in your district. You can find promotion flyers for posting at each school, informational flyers for your stakeholders, lesson plans for teachers, a banner ad to place on your website, sample emails, tweets and blog posts for encouraging participation and more.

Benefits of designating a primary contact:

  • Gain administrative access by assigning your district (or school) an organizational login password (administrative password), which allows you to
    • Update district or school contact information.
    • Assign individual student survey passwords to schools .(*optional)
    • Assign school primary contacts to facilitate the survey taking process at the school level. (*optional)
    • Have the ability to monitor district/school’s survey counts at any time through the main contact login.
    • View your district and school data once it becomes available *administrative password is required to view data results.
  • Ensure confidentiality of your surveys with your students by assigning a survey “secret password” for students to use to take the survey. *Educators and parents are no longer required to enter a password to take the survey.
  • Receive weekly emails with up to date participation numbers by school and/or district (option to opt out of emails during registration process).
  • Receive an email from Project Tomorrow when your Speak Up local data becomes available.
  • Keep up to date on other important updates during the survey process.

Types of Primary Contacts:

District– Has access to all schools within the district. Will only need to assign one contact for the district. The district assigned passwords (administrative and survey) will work for all schools within that district.
School- Access to an individual school site. This is optional. Can assign individual school level passwords different from the district passwords (district passwords will work in addition to school level passwords).
Private School- Access to your individual school. If you would like to group a set of private schools to receive a grouped dataset much like the district level reports, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
Organization – Please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org to help set up your registration.
International school– Access to your individual school. If you would like to group a set of schools to receive a grouped dataset much like the district level reports, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org.

Information needed to register:

  1. Name
  2. Email address
  3. An organizational login password (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period)
  4. Student Survey password (secret word students will use to access the survey
    *Main contact information will need to be renewed for each survey year.

Around the Web Wednesday: Take 2

Happy Wednesday!
The middle of the week calls for some time to catch up on the most recent news and events concerning education.

Check out the Project Tomorrow Blog each week for our Around the Web Wednesday series.
Read about all the various topics below! Be sure to let us know which one intrigued you the most!
Don’t forget to Register for Speak Up 2013, and vote for Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans’ panel at the SXSWEdu conference.
Happy Reading!
– The Project Tomorrow Team
Around the Web Wednesday:
1. Do you believe education is in constant change/evolvement? Read about it here!
2. A Washington D.C. university looks to expand online education programs: Read about it here!
3. The growth of online learning: Yay or Nay? Read about it here!
4. What education reforms are needed? Read about it here!
5. Florida teachers and science education: Read about it here!
6. STEM training for middle school teachers: Read about it here!
7. Race to the Top grants: Read about it here!
8. Technology and New York schools: Read about it here!
9. U.S. Department of Education awards $12.3 million in grants: Read about it here!
10. The teacher turnover crisis in American urban schools: Read about it here!

The Need for STEM education & High Speed Internet

Increasingly, the need for mathematical and technical skills are being required of potential employees and future business owners worldwide as well as nationwide.
 
But what needs to be done in order to prepare the next generation of American workers?
 
 
Recently, Arne Duncan, Secretary of U.S. Education, promoted an urgent need for high speed Internet connection and the wide-spread implementation of STEM education programs across our nation’s K-12 schools.
 
One particular initiative put forth by the Obama administration (titled ConnectED), aims to have high speed broadband Internet connection in 99% of our nation’s schools within the next five years.
 
Duncan believes the implementation of high speed Internet connection in our schools will lead to an increase in science, math, and technology comprehension, as Internet connection will make it easier to explore careers and concepts utilized by high-speed broadband connection.
 
Project Tomorrow is pleased to support the ConnectED initiative, and we are highly anticipating the results of this pivotal plan. To learn more about the ConnectED initiative, read about it here or on the White House site.
 
In addition to ConnectED, the Educate to Innovate initiative, launched in November 2009, aims to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education in our schools. The initiative supports and promotes partnerships between businesses and schools to create an environment where STEM education is hands-on, and introduced at an earlier age to students. You can learn more about the Educate to Innovate initiative here.
 
You can also read more about Secretary Dunan’s recent statements regarding STEM education and the ConnectED intiave at CIO.com here.
 
What are your hopes for the future of American education? Share your thoughts with us.
 
Don’t forget to register for Speak Up 2013, and vote for Project Tomorrow’s CEO Julie Evans’ panel at the SXSWEdu conference in Austin, Texas here.
 
Have a happy Tuesday!
 
– The Project Tomorrow Team
 

Flipped Classrooms: The Basics

 
The term “flipped classroom” is a concept being thrown around educational circles and beyond…but what does it actually mean?
 
Essentially, a flipped classroom entails a reversal of the traditional classroom model, where teachers/educators lecture during class time, and assign homework to be completed outside the classroom.
 
In a flipped class, educators will record video lectures that students watch as part of their homework. Class time is then reserved for experiential learning, breakout sessions, discussions, and clarifying of concepts not fully understood by the lecture recordings.
 
It is important to note that there isn’t one particular standard model for the “flipped learning” approach. Educators can tailor the model to fit the course subject and the needs of their students. However, although the flipped model can vary from educator to educator, and classroom to classroom, the role reversal of lecture in class and homework at home is what makes a flipped model unique.
 
What are the benefits of this model?
 
Flipped classrooms can provide a myriad of benefits, but arguably the greatest benefit comes from the recorded video lectures. With pre-recorded video lectures, students can pause and rewind concepts according to their pace and varying learning styles. In a live classroom, students are unable to “pause” or “rewind” certain points of the lecture that may have been missed by taking notes, or may have missed due to needing extra clarification on the concept.
 
Moreover, the flipped model provides for more time on not only having the students understand the various concepts, but also more class time for experimenting with the concepts by way of projects, presentations, small-group discussions, and more.
 
For more information on flipped classrooms, check out Educause’s informational sheet highlighting 7 important concepts behind the flipped model here.
Speak Up surveys, an intiative of Project Tomorrow, asks students, teachers, parents, administrators and more about their unfiltered viewpoints on innovative and key educational concepts such as flipped learning. We then take those responses, and synthsize our research to find out how these models are working for our students, educators, and communities.

Interested in having your school or district participate in Speak Up 2013? Registration for Speak Up 2013 is coming soon! Please check the Speak Up website frequently for more information in the next coming weeks.
 

Have you ever been a student of a flipped classroom or know someone who is a student in a flipped classroom? Are you an educator using the flipped approach? Share your thoughts and experiences on the matter with us.
 

Science Learning in California Middle Schools



Middle school science students across the state of California
seem to be overwhelmingly uninterested in the subject of science.
Proper science equipment, access to labs, teachers prepared for science instruction, and time set aside for science lessons would lead one to think that students learning in this environment would retain proper science comprehension…correct?
Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case with California students in middle and intermediate schools across the state, according to The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at West Ed.
This paradox is likely the result of ill-prepared students, not necessarily from the ill-preparation of their middle school science instructors, but rather ill-preparation stemming from lack of proper science instruction & funding in elementary schools. A domino effect seems to be at full-force in this situation, as lack of science instruction throughout elementary school years has stemmed an overwhelming lack of interest in the subject with middle schools students and beyond. This lack of interest from the students is having an impact upon the teachers’ ability to convey information effectively.
Moreover, although middle & intermediate school science teachers may have the knowledge-base needed to properly instruct students, almost 25% percent of them are not credentialed in science instruction. Opportunities for teachers to continue their education in the ever-changing field of science are urged, based on the results of the research.
Luckily, the YouthTeach2Learn program at Project Tomorrow is working to combat this trend. YouthTeach2Learn allows the opportunity for high school students interested in teaching careers to instruct elementary school students on subjects in math & science. Hands-on and experiential learning is urged, and, as a result, a spark in interest in math and science is ignited at a young age.
To learn more about the YouthTeach2Learn program & Project Tomorrow, please visit our website here.
To read more about The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at West Ed’s research on this topic, click here.
Feel free to share with us your comments below. Thank you for your support in Project Tomorrow.
– The Project Tomorrow Team