Category Archives: Speak Up

How loud is your state?

Is your state speaking up about education technology and 21st century skills? Use our participation map to see which states are providing a voice to their students, parents, community members, and more. Click here to view the participation map, or click on the image above.
Don’t forget that Speak Up is open for participation through December 19th! Click here to take the survey and share your thoughts about education.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Look for big Speak Up news coming your way next week!
Mark your calendars for Speak Up America, which will take place from December 8th to December 12th. This week long celebration of Speak Up participants features our social media contest, with opportunities to win school and classroom grants. Click here to learn more about Speak Up America. Additionally we will be releasing a special announcement on December 3rd at 3PM ET regarding our popular Speak Up social media contests. Check the Speak Up America page and be on the lookout for a special email with the challenge information and contest rules!
Finally, thank you to everyone who has taken the Speak Up survey! Surveys are open through December 19th on our official survey page. Let’s take a look at our survey counts:

Survey counts as of November 24

233,701 (and counting!) overall surveys taken.
Students: 193,844
Teachers: 18,974
Administrators: 2,093
Parents: 16,098
Community Members: 2,692

Speak Up Superstars! Our top participants as of today, based on total survey counts:

Top Schools:
North Carolina Virtual School, NC
Hamilton Southeastern High School, IN
Fishers High School, IN
Klein Forest High School, TX
Buhach Colony High, CA
Top Districts:
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, IN
Klein ISD, TX
Weslaco ISD, TX
Wake County Schools, NC
Anaheim City Public Schools, CA
Top States:
Indiana with 39,886
California with 37,693
Texas with 35,733
North Carolina with 30,512
Maryland with 9,399
As always, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog. Have a great Thanksgiving!

– The Project Tomorrow team

Flashback Friday

Happy Flashback Friday! Each week we’ll feature past Project Tomorrow news, events, Speak Up data, and more. This week we’re focusing on past participant Liberty High School, who submitted the below photo for Speak Up America 2013:


Speak Up America is our weeklong campaign, which celebrates Speak Up participants – past, present, and new! Last year’s event featured a photo challenge, a chance to win a free ISTE conference registration, and more – who knows what this year will bring? Stay tuned for news about Speak Up America 2014, which will take place from December 8th-December 12thClick here to learn more about Speak Up America

Additionally, be sure to participate in Speak Up 2014!  Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Data from the surveys – including data regarding online classes – will be released in February 2015. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014!

#FutureReady

 
Are we preparing our students to be future ready? Yesterday, President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education hosted “ConnectED to the Future,” a summit with over 100 superintendents and other educators from across the country who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. At the event, the superintendents signed the Future Ready District Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to implement digital learning, to empower educators through personalized professional learning, and to help other educators who are looking into digital learning.
Out of the 100+ superintendents in attendance of the event, 21 were leaders of Speak Up participating districts. Our Speak Up surveys ask questions regarding technology’s impact on student achievement, professional development for educators and administrators, and more. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014!

 

To learn more about #FutureReady and yesterday’s event, click here.

Speak Up lesson plans

Do you need a class activity for your students before Thanksgiving break? How about our Speak Up surveys? We offer lesson plans for grades K-12. Click on the following links to download our lesson plans, or click on the above image to visit our promotional materials page for our lesson plans and more.

Are you new to Speak Up and unsure of where to begin?

Get started by viewing our tutorial videos! Pulled from our Planning for Speak Up 2014 webinar last week, these tutorials are no longer than five minutes and introduce the basics of Speak Up, including what the program is about, how to access the survey, how to view your data in February 2015, and more. Check out one of our tutorials below, and click here to view the entire playlist.

Reminder: the Planning for Speak Up 2014 webinar is tomorrow

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014
Google Hangout 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET
Interested in participating in this year’s Speak Up surveys but want to learn more about it? Now’s your chance! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar on Wednesday 11/12 to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year – and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year. Topics to be covered include:

 

  • What are some realities about ed tech in our schools today – from the perspective of students, parents, teachers & administrators?
  • Do we have a shared vision for digital learning?
  • Background Information on Speak Up and the benefits of participation
  • How your district can participate in Speak Up 2014

 

Sound interesting? Register to attend this special webinar at or contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 11.

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

Speak Up provides a quick and easy way for your students, parents, teachers, librarians, administrators and community members to have a voice in local, state and national discussions about emerging technologies in education. Since 2003, over 3.5 million education stakeholders from over 30,000 schools have participated in Speak Up.
Be a part of this year’s Speak Up movement! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar on Wednesday, November 12 to learn about key Speak Up findings from last year and how your school or district can participate in Speak Up this year. Topics to be covered include:

▪ What are some realities about ed tech in our schools today – from the perspective of students, parents, teachers & administrators?
▪ Do we have a shared vision for digital learning?
▪ Background Information on Speak Up and the benefits of participation
▪ How your district can participate in Speak Up 2014

Interested? Register to attend this special webinar or contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 11.

Throwback Thursday

Happy Throwback Thursday! Each week we’ll feature past Project Tomorrow news, events, Speak Up data, and more. This week we’re focusing on past participant Pope John XXIII Catholic School from Arizona, who submitted the below photo for Speak Up America 2013:

Speak Up America is our weeklong campaign, which celebrates Speak Up participants – past, present, and new! Last year’s event featured a photo challenge, a chance to win a free ISTE conference registration, and more – who knows what this year will bring? Stay tuned for news about Speak Up America 2014, which will take place from December 8th-December 12thClick here to learn more about Speak Up America

Additionally, be sure to participate in Speak Up 2014!  Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Data from the surveys – including data regarding online classes – will be released in February 2015. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014!