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Webinar: How to Harness Students’ Evolving Vision for Learning: Research & Recommendations

Happy new year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays! We’re excited to kick off 2016 with our upcoming webinar with our friends at ABC-CLIO and Libraries Unlimited. Check out the details below:

How to Harness Students’ Evolving Vision for Learning: Research & Recommendations
Tuesday, January 12 at 1pm PT/4pm ET
Presented by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Analysis of the Speak Up Research Project data reveals that today’s K-12 students have a unique vision for digital learning that is often surprising and sometimes perplexing to the adults in their learning lives. Students are increasingly tapping into a diverse set of digital tools, content and resources to self-direct learning around areas of academic passion, both in and out of school. Most importantly, this emerging learning behavior is shaping how the students view information, research, learning and school.
In this webinar, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will explore this phenomenon as she addresses these questions from School Library Connection Editorial Experts:
  • What are the three elements that comprise the Student Vision for Digital Learning?
  • What types of learning experiences support the Student Vision?  How prevalent are those types of experiences in schools today?
  • How can teachers and librarians use this information about the Student Vision to transform learning in their schools?


Going beyond anecdotes and assumptions, this interactive and eye-opening webinar will provide school library leaders and educators with a new set of lenses for evaluating the future of learning. Julie will field questions from attendees after her presentation.
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At #AASL15 this weekend? Attend our TWO sessions on November 6th!

Librarians and media specialists, are you at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)17th National Conference & Exhibition in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? If so, don’t miss Julie Evans’s TWO sessions tomorrow, November 6th:

We Got This – Integrating Digital Databases Within Classroom Instruction
11:20am – 12:20pm
Room C216
Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Victoria Jones (Westtown School), Elizabeth Cousins (The Shipley School)

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.

Enabling, empowering and engaging digital learning – the pivotal role of the school librarian in education transformation
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room C213-214
Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow)

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.

Will you be at our sessions? Give us a shoutout on twitter at @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and @JulieEvans_PT! Be sure to include the #AASL15 hashtag in your tweets as well. See you there!

Speak Up 2014 Snapshot for Librarians

This is a special blog posting by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, to share some selected , preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2014 (data collected from October 6 – November 24 from 1,015 librarians and media specialists nationwide).   The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.  
Meet the new digital leader in your school – your librarian!
In many schools across the country, the roles of the librarian and media specialist are gaining in importance as the use of digital content within classroom instruction takes a center stage position.  Speak Up has been following this trend for several years, and I am excited by the emergence of the librarian as a digital leader within the school community.   The adoption of digital content in the classroom is not a straightforward process – and today’s teachers need guidance and support on the identification of appropriate content, and strategies of effective use.  Enter the librarians and media specialists!   From our preliminary review of the data collected, 53 percent of librarians  say they are regularly identifying digital content for teachers to use in their classroom.  More importantly for sustainability, 48% say that they are helping teachers learn how to identify digital content for instructional use, thus building up teacher capacity for sourcing their own classroom content.  Keep up the good work, librarians and media specialists!
Given that the librarians are increasingly serving as “digital content sherpas” in their schools, their views on the benefits or value of digital content within instruction is especially important, especially for school leaders looking to build a case for blended learning.  Librarians see digital content as having a direct benefit on the student learning experience by increasing engagement (86 percent), extending learning beyond the classroom (72 percent), and providing a foundation for personalizing learning for every student (68 percent).  Additionally, over two-thirds believe that the inclusion of digital content in the curriculum has the overall effect of improving the quality of the instructional materials (68 percent), most notably from a relevancy and context perspective.
So, what is the major obstacle that schools face in increasing the use of digital content in the classroom?  Librarians are in a unique spot to answer that question given their new roles as shepherds of digital content usage.  With an eye on the importance of changing  teachers’ instructional practices, librarians identify that their biggest challenge is helping teachers move from sporadic, occasional use of a digital content asset (like an online article, simulation or game-based activity) to sustained, highly integrated use within everyday lessons and class activities.  Principals identify a similar challenge.  The good news for many school leaders is that their school librarian or media specialist is taking on that challenge as their own.  It will be very exciting over the next year to continue to see how the role of the librarian is changing in many schools – and the impact that these digital content sherpas can have on enhancing students’ learning experiences in the classroom and beyond.
Want to learn more about the benefits and barriers associated with expanding the use of digital content in your school?  Every school and district that participates in Speak Up and promotes the surveys to their staff, students and parents, receives a free report with both local and national data findings.  Speak Up 2014 surveys are open for input until December 19.  Local reports will be available February 5.  Here is your link to the surveys:  http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/