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TODAY’s Free Webinar: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow

When: TODAY at 2PM ET
Where: register at District Administration Magazine’s website for more information
What: Julie Evans & Alec Iogman’s webinar, “Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow”

Join Julie Evans and Stamford Public Schools’ Elementary Math Curriculum Associate Alec Iogman for District Administration Magazine’s webinar, “Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow.” The FREE webinar benefits superintendents, curriculum directors, technology directors, principals, and others involved with personalized or blended learning – however, anyone may attend.

Webinar information:

Digital tools are transforming learning and teaching, and Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up National Research Project surveys provide insights into how these tools are being used, 21st century skills and STEM instruction in classrooms today. Attend this web seminar to hear from Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, who will share recent survey findings and discuss what the future of personalized, blending learning is expected to look like. She will be joined by a curriculum administrator who led his district’s transition to a blended learning model—a 12-school pilot with a new “Centers Approach.” 
Topics will include:
  • The student vision for digitally-rich, personalized learning
  • How administrators are leveraging technology solutions to decrease costs
  • How technology is being used to personalize learning across the U.S.

Don’t forget to register at District Administration Magazine’s website in order to participate in the webinar. Be sure to mention @SpeakupEd,@ProjectTomorrow, and/or @Julie_EvansPT if you are taking the conversation to Twitter!

About District Adminsitration MagazineDistrict Administration is the most widely received, most regularly read publication for K12 district-level school leaders nationwide. DA provides cutting-edge coverage of education technology, news, curriculum, policy, finance, profiles and more to this exclusive audience across print, digital and in-person event platforms. Year after year, independent research has proven that no other K12 education management publication matches the reach, readership and audience engagement of District Administration.

June 10th Webinar: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow

When: Tuesday, June 10th at 2PM ET
Where: register at District Administration Magazine’s website for more information
What: Julie Evans & Alec Iogman’s webinar, “Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow”

Join Julie Evans and Stamford Public Schools’ Elementary Math Curriculum Associate Alec Iogman for District Administration Magazine’s webinar, “Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow.” The FREE webinar benefits superintendents, curriculum directors, technology directors, principals, and others involved with personalized or blended learning – however, anyone may attend.

Webinar information:

Digital tools are transforming learning and teaching, and Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up National Research Project surveys provide insights into how these tools are being used, 21st century skills and STEM instruction in classrooms today. Attend this web seminar to hear from Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, who will share recent survey findings and discuss what the future of personalized, blending learning is expected to look like. She will be joined by a curriculum administrator who led his district’s transition to a blended learning model—a 12-school pilot with a new “Centers Approach.” 
Topics will include:
  • The student vision for digitally-rich, personalized learning
  • How administrators are leveraging technology solutions to decrease costs
  • How technology is being used to personalize learning across the U.S.

Don’t forget to register at District Administration Magazine’s website in order to participate in the webinar. Be sure to mention @SpeakupEd, @ProjectTomorrow, and/or @Julie_EvansPT if you are taking the conversation to Twitter!

About District Adminsitration Magazine: District Administration is the most widely received, most regularly read publication for K12 district-level school leaders nationwide. DA provides cutting-edge coverage of education technology, news, curriculum, policy, finance, profiles and more to this exclusive audience across print, digital and in-person event platforms. Year after year, independent research has proven that no other K12 education management publication matches the reach, readership and audience engagement of District Administration.

Making Learning Mobile: Leveraging Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning

“This project represents a landmark study in the developing K-12 mobile learning space, this study is important because it gets beyond simply putting a tablet in the hands of students, and it examines how to effectively implement tablets within instruction to improve student learning” 
—Julie Evans, CEO Project Tomorrow

Despite the increase in use of mobile devices as classroom tools, some educators are still skeptical that these devices will distract students rather than enhance the learning environment. We teamed up with Kajeet for Education, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, to provide Chicago 5th grade and Fairfax County 8th grade students with educationally-managed broadband Android tablets using the Kajeet Sentinel Platform® to connect kids in school and at home. The Making Learning Mobile study evaluates how students use the devices (in school and out of school) to support their schoolwork and extend learning beyond the classroom, and also evaluates how teachers use the tablets to enhance the learning environment.

The study found that students used the tablets for more educational activities than expected. 93% of students used the tablet for Internet research, while 39% used it for completing video projects. Other uses of the device include project work, educational games, checking grades, and communicating with teachers and classmates. Furthermore, acces to Internet at home improved greatly when students were able to take their devices home to perform after school research. Students took advantage of this improvement in Internet access, as the Kajeet software on the devices noted that “three-quarters of the device requests for access to learning or academic websies occurred [after school]”; the software also found that students used the Internet and their devices to research topics discussed in class once they got home.

Students were not the only ones who benefited from tablet use within the classroom. Although teachers are more hesitant about using mobile devices within the classroom, the teachers in the study saw positive changes within the classroom due to the use of tablets. One teacher at Falconer Elementary School in Chicago used tablets for educational games, grade checking, and calendar keeping. Another used it for class polling apps, note taking, and educational games. While teachers are cautious about using a new piece of technology within the classroom, the use of tablets provide a “more meaningful environment for student impact, both in terms of classroom activities as well as extending learning beyond the school day.”

While each school in the study yielded different results due to classroom size, age, and etc., the study found a few common results. Students enjoyed using tablets because they provided easier Internet access at school, enabled students to review class materials and textbooks whenever they wanted to. Teachers enjoyed the tablets due to their flexible use in engaging students in learning and ability to increase student-teacher communications.

Want to learn more about the Making Learning Mobile study? Check out “Tablets for Fifth Graders? Teachers Try Different Tactics” by Katrina Schwartz on MindShift. You can also register for the webinar at http://tinyurl.com/webinarMLM and download the complete report from both school districts on the Kajeet website athttp://www.kajeet.com/4u/education/MLM-form.html.



Report Release:

Making Learning Mobile 1.0:
Leveraging Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning

“This project represents a landmark study in the developing K-12 mobile learning space, this study is important because it gets beyond simply putting a tablet in the hands of students, and it examines how to effectively implement tablets within instruction to improve student learning”   —Julie Evans, CEO Project Tomorrow
As part of the Making Learning Mobile study, Chicago 5th grade and Fairfax County 8th grade students were provided with educationally-managed broadband Android tablets using the Kajeet Sentinel® platform to connect kids in school and at home. The objective of the study was to evaluate how the students used the devices, in school and out of school, to support their schoolwork and extend learning beyond the classroom.  While the majority of 8th graders in the Fairfax County study had high-speed Internet access at home, only 39 percent of the Chicago 5th graders had similar access.  Therefore, the Chicago study represented an opportunity to provide first-time home access to the Internet for many families, a ground-breaking initiative within Chicago schools.
While each study resulted in different findings based on the student grade level and demographics, some common results included:
  • Students appreciated having a personal tablet because it made it easier for them to get online at school, review class materials whenever they wanted and read online textbooks outside of school all without competing for home computer access.
  • Teachers creatively used the tablets in a variety of ways to engage students in learning, to increase student-teacher communications, and to support instruction.
The Making Learning Mobile study is continuing this school year within Chicago Public Schools.
Register for the webinar at http://tinyurl.com/webinarMLM and download the complete report from both school districts on the Kajeet website at: http://www.kajeet.com/4u/education/MLM-form.html.
About Kajeet®
Kajeet, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, is solving the digital divide in schools. Kajeet for Education provides portable Wi-Fi hotspots with school-managed off-campus Internet connectivity.  Giving teachers or administrators the ability to set access hours and filter out non-educational content, the Kajeet Sentinel® platform, gives students the access to essential academic resources on the Internet anytime, anywhere. The Kajeet SmartSpot™ is compatible with all devices students use today and is 100 percent compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). For more information, please visit us at www.kajeet.com/education.
About Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow®, the national education nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering student voices in education discussions, designed and implemented this program evaluation for Kajeet for Education.  Project Tomorrow has 17 years of experience in the K-12 and higher education sector and regularly provides consulting and research support to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education institutions about key trends and research in science, math and technology education.

Speak Up Planning Webinar Recording Now Available!

New to Speak Up? 

Watch our “All About Speak Up!” Recorded Webinar!!

As a kick off to Speak Up 2013 in your schools share our Speak Up Introductory Webinar recording with your school contacts. This 45 minute recorded webinar, hosted by Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans, includes background information on Speak Up, benefits of participation,  key Speak Up findings from last year’s survey as well as how your school  or district can participate in Speak Up this year. The recorded webinar can be accessed via Blackboard Collaborate here: Speak Up 2013 Planning.

 About Speak Up

The Speak Up National Research Project annually collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views of K–12 students, parents, and educators about critical digital age education and technology issues. The survey questions reflect many pertinent education topics impacting classrooms today—such as mobile learning, flipped classrooms, digital textbooks, virtual and blended learning, games, common core assessments and social media. Since 2003, more than 3 million K–12 education stakeholders have shared their ideas about digital learning through the Speak Up surveys. And we need your ideas too.
Speak Up is currently open for input through December 20, 2013. There is no cost to participate; no limit on the number of surveys that can be submitted; and all data collected is 100% confidential. The survey is available to anyone in having a voice on critical education and technology trends. 
To “Speak Up,” simply visit www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013  to take the survey. 
To learn more about Speak Up or to get your school, district or organization involved with Speak Up this year, please visit our website at www.tomorrow.org/speakup or contact Jenny Hostert on the Project Tomorrow team at jhostert@tomorrow.org / 949.609-4660 ext. 17.

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2013

Powered by Blackboard Collaborate
Friday, November 15, 2013
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 this Friday 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 benefits of participation
How can your district participate in Speak Up 2013
Sound interesting? Register to attend this special webinar here or contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended, & Flipped Classrooms

 
 
Who was able to participate in the “2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended, & Flipped Classrooms” webinar?
 
What new insights into online education did you take away? Please share your thoughts with us!
 
“The digital conversion means different things to different education leaders in K-12. But this year’s Speak Up Survey data reveals an exciting new trend – they seem to agree that online learning options are providing more ways to engage students. Join us for this panel-style webinar to learn about the latest trends in K-12 online learning. Hear from K-12 teachers and administrators about how they are utilizing technology to connect with parents and provide students flexibility and access to more learning tools.”
 

If you were unable to participate in the webinar, we have the link to the recorded presentation below:
 
A special thank you to Mark Evans, Program Coordinator, K-12 Technology Applications at Klein Independent School District in Texas, & Ena Wood, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Arlington Public Schools in Virginia for their participation & expert opinions.
 
We also want to thank Blackboard Inc, and Lindsay Evans, Manager, K-12 at Blackboard Inc. for their support, sponsorship, and moderation of the webinar.
 
-The Project Tomorrow Team