In the midst of our Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up research project to learn more about the experiences and aspirations of the next generation of teachers, we took a look at what school administrators told us last fall during Speak Up 2016. A few highlights:
Principals told us they expect new teachers to:
- Know how to use technology to differentiate instruction (76%)
- Use technology to communicate with parents and students (73%)
- Interpret and use data to support student learning and improve teaching practice (71%)
- Use technology to create authentic learning experiences (65%)
- Use technology to facilitate student collaboration (63%)
Principals value technology use for teaching and learning:
- 84% of school leaders say it is important or very important for every student to be able to use a mobile device during the school day to support schoolwork
- 89% of school leaders say a new teacher candidate’s skills or experiences using technology within teaching is important or very important when evaluating his/her fit or qualifications
Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is open until June 2nd! We want to hear from pre-service teachers about how to leverage technology within learning; how they are being trained; what they expect when they enter the classroom; and more! College students studying to be teachers can take the confidential, 20-minute survey now!
Universities and teacher prep programs who register to participate will learn the results of what their own students had to say this summer (and it’s all free!)
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 1,769 school administrators/principals nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.
Blended Learning – What Types of Students Benefit the Most?
One of the most interesting trends in digital learning today is the increasing number of learning experience models that are using online, virtual or blended approaches to instruction. Having recently attended the iNACOL symposium, I was intrigued by both the growing interest in different versions of online learning in practice, and some of the new questions being raised by school and district leaders about how to implement these models. The Speak Up data can inform those questions and add value to the nascent implementations.
Specific to blended learning, one-quarter of principals say that their schools have implemented some version of a blended learning model that has yielded positive results so far. We thought this was an interesting development. To learn more about principals’ motivations for supporting blended learning, we asked the administrators this year about the types of students who they think benefit the most from blended learning experiences. The principals’ identified students that had either a proven success record or external foundation factors to be successful with blended learning. For example, the principals felt that blended learning worked best with students who had a record of accomplishment and academic success (75 percent) or who had experience with independent learning (66 percent). A student’s personal motivation for blended learning was also a marker for success. Seven of ten principals felt that students who had expressed an interest in advanced coursework would be good candidates for blended learning. Same with students who had a strong family structure (59 percent) that could help the student navigate the differences associated with learning independently and through a blended model. In short, the principals recognized students for blended learning who were most likely to be successful in almost any kind of learning environment; they did not identify students with learning or family challenges. As blended learning implementations continue to evolve, it is going to be important for school administrators to explore further how to leverage blended learning for a wide variety of students and learning needs.
Want to learn more about the views of principals, teachers, parents and students about blended learning? Every school and district that participates in Speak Up and promotes the surveys to their parents, students and staff, 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/