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Don’t miss this month’s upcoming webinars with Blackboard!

Stay up to date with the most recent Speak Up data by saving your spot for Julie Evans’s webinars with Blackboard – with one coming up this Monday! Learn how you can save your spot below:

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Monday, September 14
3:30pm ET
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 403,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.
Maximizing Your K-12 Communications to Support Student Success
Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 30
3pm ET
Did you know that 86% of the public believes that parent support is the most important way to ensure student achievement? Blackboard and Project Tomorrow have surveyed thousands of parents across the U.S. to understand how they want to be communicated with, which channels they prefer, and how to increase their engagement with schools and districts. In this webinar, explore the parent survey data we’ve collected and learn what tools and practices you need to maximize family and community engagement in your district that ultimately influence student success.

Finalists Announced for Innovation in Education Awards Honoring Schools, Educators and Students in Orange County

Annual Awards Recognize New Approaches to Preparing Students for 21st Century Lives and Careers

Irvine, Calif. –Nine finalists were announced today for the 2015 Innovation in Education Awards presented by Project Tomorrow and the OC Tech Alliance to schools, educators and high school students who are charting new paths in education
Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading nonprofit group focused on science, math and technology education, and the OC Tech Alliance have been recognizing outstanding education programs, educators and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology with this award since 2006.
Finalists for this year’s awards are:
  • Innovative School-Wide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – distinguishing a public, private, or parochial school that demonstrates innovation with an outstanding, results-based school-wide program
    • Stoddard Elementary School, Anaheim City School District
      Program: Stoddard STEAM Academy
    • Foothill High School, Tustin Unified School District
      Program: Foothill Engineering and Technology (FEAT)
    • The Prentice School in Santa Ana, Private
      Program: Assistive Technology Tools
  • High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in his/her use of science, math or technology to significantly impact student academic achievement
    • Dwynn Famalette, Aliso Niguel High School, 10-12th Science Teacher
    • Sharon McCubbin, Springbrook Elementary, 3rd Grade Teacher
    • Suzy Hardy, St. John’s Episcopal School in Rancho Santa Margarita, 6-8th Math/Technology Teacher
  • Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – recognizing eighth grade, freshman, sophomore, or junior high school students who are creatively using science, math and technology resources to solve a school or community problem
    • Anna Lou, Oxford Academy Cypress, 10th Grade (rising junior)
    • Ruoxi Michelle Chen, Sage Hill School, 11th Grade (rising senior)
    • Sean O’Bannon, Foothill High School, 11th Grade (rising senior)
The 2015 Innovation in Education Award recipients will be announced at the 22nd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The annual education-focused segment is a partnership between Project Tomorrow and corporate sponsors, Emulex and Haworth.
More about the Awards, including past recipients, can be found online: http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/innovationawards.html
Nominations for the 2015 Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards could be self-submitted or submitted by a district and/or school staff person. Organizations such as a PTA unit, parent advisory committee, or any youth based organization were also eligible to nominate. An independent review panel of local education and business leaders will select the award recipients. The annual Innovation in Education Awards are open to all public and private schools in Orange County.
About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), a national education nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, supports the innovative uses of research-based science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in K-12 students. Project Tomorrow addresses the challenges of developing schools for the 21st century through national research projects, community and school-based programs, online tools and resources, and advocacy efforts to ensure that all students are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.
About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of technology companies of all sizes, from small privately held enterprises to large publicly traded entities, based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about OC Tech Alliance visit www.octechalliance.com or email Brenda@octechalliance.com. Follow alliance activities on Twitter at twitter.com/octechalliance.

Our report with Blackboard Inc. was featured in THE Journal!

Last week Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc. released our annual report, “Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning,” at ISTE 2015. This report featured data from Speak Up 2014, showing that the use of digital tools leads to positive results in schools. Check out some data from the Journal’s article below:

  • Over 90% of K-12 administrators say technology is an important part of achieving their districts’ academic goals
  • More than 78% of parents believe the use of technology would help their children develop the skills needed to succeed in life
  • Mobile learning through the use of tablets and other devices has grown by 41% compared to last year
  • Nearly half of K-12 students are more interested in classes that use digital tools

ISTE 2015 Recap

We had a blast at ISTE 2015! If you missed us at this year’s conference & expo in Philadelphia, PA, check out the links below:

Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
Monday, June 29, 8:30-9:30am
Click here to learn more
Download presentation
#edtech4women

The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Click here to learn more

Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning
Report by Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc.
Tuesday, June 30th
Click here to download a copy of the report

Why Student Data?
Tuesday, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm
Click here to learn more

Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Click here to learn more
Download presentation
Download report from Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP

Digital Learning in Special Education Classrooms: Insights from Research and Practice
Wednesday, July 1,10:15–11:15 am
Click here to learn more

Report with Blackboard Inc.: “Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning”

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.

Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

We are excited to be a part of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! For over thirty years, the ISTE Conference & Expo has been the leading forum in which over 18,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers, exchange ideas about education technology. If attending, be sure to take part in our various workshops, panels, and sessions, featuring Speak Up 2014 data and more. 

With the first day of ISTE 2015 nearly halfway through, we invite you to check out our remaining activities below. Let us know if you’re attending any of our sessions!

Quick links:

▪ The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning: Join Julie Evans, Angela Baker, and Chris Dede to gain insights into how to develop, implement, and evaluate mobile learning initiatives.
▪ Digital Learning is more than a trend: Request a copy of our report with Blackboard, “Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning.”
▪ Why Student Data? Hear firsthand how educators, school districts, and the private sector are using student data to improve teaching and learning.
▪ Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students Join Julie Evans, Robert Miller, Kari Stubbs, and Matthew Brown as they discuss strategies to increase student engagement.
▪ Stop by our Speak Up Collaborator Booth! Come say hi and learn about Speak Up on your way to your ISTE sessions!

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Monday, June 29

The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning

Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Location: PCC Ballroom A
Click here to learn more
Attend this session to learn eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning, with examples illustrating successful use for each strategies. You’ll gain insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate mobile learning initiatives. Applying these strategies will greatly increase the chances for success of a mobile learning project.With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Angela Baker (Qualcomm Wireless Reach), and Chris Dede (Harvard University).
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Tuesday, June 30

Digital learning is more than a trend

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
Click here to learn more
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), Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP), and Matthew Brown (Sunnyside Intermediate School).
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Speak Up Collaborator Booth

(Conference Center, level 2, Booth 9)

200 Meeting Room corridor – between registration, association services, program sessions, keynotes, and the Expo Hall
Monday, June 29, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–5 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 9:30 am–3 pm
Stop by our collaborator booth to say hi and learn more about Speak Up on your way to all your great ISTE sessions!
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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 FacebookTwitterInstagramand our Blog.
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.
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.

Project Tomorrow at ISTE 2015

June 28 – July 1
Philadelphia, PA

We are excited to be a part of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA! If you’re attending the conference, be sure to take part in our various workshops, panels, and sessions, featuring Speak Up 2014 data and more. Check out our list of ISTE 2015 activities below, and don’t forget to visit our website as we update it with our latest ISTE schedule and plans.

Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders
Sunday, June 28, 2:30-5pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Click here to register
Plan to attend this special, first-ever workshop for school and district leaders on how to leverage Speak Up data from your education stakeholders to inform and guide your digital learning plans. You have collected the views and aspirations of your students, parents, teachers, community members and staff — now how do you use that data to kickstart a new initiative, change the perceptions of your teachers, gain the support of your school board, parents and community, or develop new funding sources to support your plans? We will cover all of that and more in this special workshop that will feature strategies for using the Speak Up data — and testimonials from school district leaders on their successes. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided also.

Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
Monday, June 29, 8:30-9:30am
Location: PCC 116
Click here to learn more
Female ed tech leaders from across the globe gather annually at ISTE. This year, we will formalize this convening with an engaging session around leadership. From coaching to mentorship to collaboration, the session will showcase female agents of change and examine how to strengthen the female voice in education technology. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Mila Fuller (National Council of Teachers of English), Ellen Bialo (Interactive Educational Systems Design), Margaret Roth (Yet Analytics), and Kari Stubbs (BrainPOP).

The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Monday, June 29, 12:45-1:45pm
Location: PCC Ballroom A
Click here to learn more
Attend this session to learn eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning, with examples illustrating successful use for each strategies. You’ll gain insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate mobile learning initiatives. Applying these strategies will greatly increase the chances for success of a mobile learning project. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Angela Baker (Qualcomm Wireless Reach), and Chris Dede (Harvard University).

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
Click here to learn more
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).

Speak Up Collaborator Booth (Conference Center)
Monday, June 29, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am–5 pm
Wednesday, July 1, 9:30 am–3 pm

Stop by our collaborator booth to say hi and learn more about Speak Up on your way to all your great ISTE sessions!

The 2015 Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards are now open for nominations!

Now in its 10th year, this award and scholarship opportunity celebrates and showcases school programs, educators, and students for their innovative use of science, math, or technology in the classroom and community. We are seeking nominations from schools throughout Orange County in the following three categories:

  • Innovative School-Wide Program ($1,000 Winner Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • High Impact Teacher ($1,000 Award, $250 Finalist Award)
  • Emerging Student Innovator ($1,500 Scholarship, $500 Finalist Scholarship)

This year’s awards will be presented at the 22nd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner reception on Thursday, October 8th, 2015, in conjunction with OC Tech Alliance’s own corporate awards. Award recipients will be hosted, along with a guest, at the reception and will receive regional and national recognition through both online and traditional media outlets.

Please help us spread the word and take a moment to identify and recognize innovation at your school.

How?
1. Nominate a student, teacher, or innovative school-wide program (You can even nominate yourself!)
2. Let people know about this award opportunity! Pass along this information to teachers, counselors, and parent groups and encourage them to participate. More information can be found here:

Why?
1. Reward Innovation: Your teachers and students deserve financial support and recognition for their innovative projects.
2. Positive PR: Let the community, the county, and even the nation, know about your school and its accomplishments.
3. Build relationships with local business leaders: Over 300 business leaders from Orange County will hear about your school’s innovations at the High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15th, 2015 for consideration. More information and the nomination forms can be found online at our website. For additional information, please contact Kelly Stump at 949-609-4660, ext. 11 or innovation@tomorrow.org.

Thank you, in advance, for participating and for all you do to develop tomorrow’s innovators!

Getting to Know the Project Tomorrow Team

Happy Monday!

We hope you all had a great weekend! Today we would like to introduce you to Kelly Stump, our Program Support Coordinator – Special Projects!

Kelly Stump
Program Support Coordinator – Special Projects
Project Tomorrow
949-609-4660 x11 voice
 

Kelly joined the Project Tomorrow team as a Program Support Coordinator in 2015. In addition to supporting education research and other projects, she also coordinates several events such as the annual Innovation in Education Awards and the Youth Leadership Summit. Kelly has always had a passion for education. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Southern California, she spent six years teaching an environmental science program with the Orange County Department of Education. At Project Tomorrow, Kelly hopes to continue to support and encourage students to pursue their passions through education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and reading.