Last call for registration for today’s webinar with Blackboard! Join Julie Evans as she explores Speak Up 2014 data – more information below:
Join the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and the Education and Technology and Telecommunications Taskforces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities for this special event to discuss the intersection of technology and special education. Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans and other featured panelists will discuss how technology advances special education and benefits students with disabilities. Hear testimony from experts in the field, stories from educators, and listen to an explanation of the data results pertaining to special education and technology in the classroom. New Speak Up data from special education teachers nationwide will be featured. Speakers and panelists include Alexa Posny (former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services), Julie Evans (CEO of Project Tomorrow), Kate Nagle (The Ivy Mount School, MD), Caroline Hill (E.L. Haynes High School, Washington, DC), and Angela Foreman (Jamestown Elementary School, VA).
The event takes place at 12PM on Wednesday, June 17 in 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Ally Bernstein at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Can’t attend the event in Washington DC? Watch the live stream here: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/NCTET2015.
Happy Friday! We’re ending the week by sharing articles that featured our Speak Up 2014 data from our first Congressional Briefing. Check them out below, and special thanks to the multiple organizations and news outlets that wrote about our findings!
Massive Survey Finds Students Mobile-ready, Wanting Games
Games and Learning
May 18, 2015
Speak Up Student Data
May 15, 2015
Education Week (print edition)
May 13, 2015
Poll: 45% of Educators Say Mobile Device Usage in Class Produce Positive Outcomes
May 12, 2015
Survey Shows Proliferation of Mobile Devices in Schools
May 7, 2015
What’s the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]
D. Frank Smith
May 4, 2015
Teen Students Depending More on Personal Devices in School
ABC News Radio
May 4, 2015
Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning
The Innovative Educator Blog
May 3, 2015
Many High School Students Bringing Their Own Devices to School, Survey Finds
May 1, 2015
4 key digital learning developments
April 30, 2015
Duh! Learning should be collaborative, personalized and tech-supported
April 30, 2015
Don’t forget – we’ll be at ISTE 2015 at the end of this month! If you’re attending the conference & expo, be sure to attend one of our sessions and stop by our Speak Up booth to learn more about our national research project. Click here to view our schedule for ISTE 2015.
Catch up on yesterday’s #SpeakUpBriefing by visiting our website! Here you’ll be able to download the report, “Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students,” watch a recording of the live stream, and find information regarding our second Congressional Briefing on May 28, where we’ll release our Speak Up 2014 educator data.
Key Findings from yesterday’s briefing include:
- When students have access to technology as part of their learning, especially school-provided or enabled technology, their use of the digital tools and resources is deeper and more sophisticated.
- The availability of online learning continues to increase with only 27 percent of high school principals reporting that they are not yet offering any online courses for students. Interest among students continues to grow, with 24% of high school students saying they wish they could take all their classes online – a large increase from 8% in 2013.
- Almost three-quarters of students with school-provided devices as well as students with limited or non-existent technology access at school agreed that every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.
- Students connect the use of technology tools within learning to the development of college, career, and citizenship skills that will empower their future capabilities.
- Digital experiences for students in a 100 percent virtual environment are much different than those in traditional schools. For instance, 72 percent of high school students in virtual schools take online tests, compared with 58 percent of traditional students.
- Students see the smartphone as the ideal device for communicating with teachers (46%) and classmates (72%) and for social media (64%).
- A gender bias exists in STEM interest –middle school girls are 38% less likely and high school girls are 32% less likely than their male peers to say they are very interested in a STEM career.
Information regarding today’s live stream:
Link: http://bit.ly/SUCBLive or watch above!
Special Guest Speaker
If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please contact: Jenny Hostert on the Speak Up Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last fall, 431,241 students participated in Speak Up – join us on Thursday April 30, 2015 in Washington D.C. as we release these student findings during our first Congressional Briefing. By attending the briefing, you’ll receive a copy of this year’s report on the views of K-12 Students about the role of technology in the classroom and hear directly from a panel of students themselves on topics such as mobile and flipped/blended learning, school to home communications, broadband capacity and designing the ultimate school for today’s learners.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click hereto save your seat. If you can’t make it to DC, you can still watch the briefing online via video live stream – click here to RSVP for the live stream. Visit our Congressional Briefing page for more information.
Our first Congressional Briefing is this Thursday! We can’t wait to release the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students. Be sure to sign up for the event if you’re in Washington, D.C., or sign up for the video live stream to watch it online. Keep reading to learn more about our upcoming briefing.
In this newsletter:
▪ National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings: You are invited to the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students!
-The Project Tomorrow team
Speak Up Goes to Washington DC
Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from K-12 Students. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with K-12 students. This year’s national report, “Digital Learning 24/7 – Understanding Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students”will be distributed to all attendees.
Special Guest Speaker: FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel will be joining us to talk about the critical need to close the homework gap.
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat.
Can’t make it to the Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C.?
No problem! We’ll be live streaming the event as it happens. Click here to RSVP for the live stream.
Additionally, you can request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing. Click here to request a copy of our Speak Up 2014 Findings Report.
If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at email@example.com or (949) 609-4660 ext 17.
Sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students
We’re giving readers a sneak peek of what K-12 students are saying about digital learning before the report is released on Thursday, April 30 – keep reading to view interesting statistics, as well as reasons why you should attend this year’s briefing:
▪ 75% of students (grades 6-12) say that every student should have a mobile device to use in school for learning; 84% of district administrators agree!
Click here to request a copy of the report to be sent to you on the day of the briefing.
Save the date!
Our second Congressional Briefing is on Thursday May 28, 2015.
United States Capitol Visitor Center,
Congressional Meeting Room North-CVC 268
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings from Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. This is the second of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The May 28th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with leaders in the education field. This year’s national report, “Digital Teaching 2.0 – Activating Technology-Enhanced Learning in America’s Classrooms” will be distributed to all attendees.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Our first Congressional Briefing is only 6 days away! Please join us on Thursday April 30, 2015 in Washington D.C. as we release the Speak Up 2014 student findings during our first Congressional Briefing. In the meantime, we’ve included a few data points from the national report – keep reading to learn more, and why you should attend the briefing in person or via video live stream:
- 75% of students (grades 6-12) say that every student should have a mobile device to use in school for learning; 84% of district administrators agree!
- Come and find out what how students in 1:1 classrooms are really using laptops, tablets and Chromebooks for learning – and what policies are needed to support mobile learning
- Two-thirds of students (67%) say that using technology in school increases their engagement in learning
- Learn why students say they are more engaged in blended, flipped or virtual classrooms than in their traditional (non-digital) learning environments
- 40% of students say that they are regularly going online to find YouTube videos to help with homework outside of school
- Our panel of students will talk about the power of self-directed learning such as this – and give examples of how they want to do more of this type of learning in school
Will you be in Washington D.C. on April 30th? If so, RSVP for the briefing! Click here to save your seat. If you can’t make it to DC, you can still watch the briefing online via video live stream – click here to RSVP for the live stream. Visit our Congressional Briefing page for more information.
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Each Thursday we’ll spotlight past Project Tomorrow events, presentations, data, and more. In honor of our upcoming Congressional Briefing, this week we’re focusing on last year’s briefing, where we released our Speak Up 2013 data for K-12 students. Keep reading to learn more about the event and data from our 2013 student report, “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations”:
On April 8, 2014 Project Tomorrow released the report “The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC and for the first time, online in a special live stream of the event. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected student national findings from the Speak Up 2013 report and moderated a panel discussion with students who shared their insights and experiences with digital learning.
Key Findings from last year’s report included:
- Girls outpace boys in use of many digital tools for learning, particularly the socially based tools like texting and collaborating online.
- 29 percent of high school boys say that they are very interested in a job or career in a STEM field, but only 19 percent of girls say the same. This gap remains even among girls and boys who self-assess their technology skills as advanced. During the seven years that the Speak Up surveys have polled high school students on their interest in STEM fields, the level of student interest has not increased significantly.
- Students continue to report less regular interaction with traditional social networking sites like Facebook, while 44 percent of students in grades 6-12 report using social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Vine. Nearly one-third of high school students reported using Twitter.