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Around the Web Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday…
Do you know what that means? It is Around the Web Wednesday!

Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!
Be sure to check back each week for our Around the Web Wednesday Series
Have you registered for Speak Up 2013? Surveys are open through Dec. 20th! Make sure to take the survey so your voice can be heard! Surveys open to students, parents, educators and community members!
Enjoy your day.
-The Project Tomorrow team

Speak 2013 launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!

Happiest Monday to all our followers and supporters!

Speak Up 2013 launches October 2nd!
This week is an important week here at Project Tomorrow and at schools and districts across the nation…Do you know why?
That’s right, you guessed it! Speak Up 2013 is just about here! The 2 day countdown is on. Speak Up 2013 officially launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!
There is still time to register your school or district in Speak Up 2013. Registration can be found here. Be sure your school/district has a primary contact registered so that your data results can be viewed in February 2014. This year, no password is required for educators, but a student password is required, and can be created by the main/primary contact.
You may be asking yourself a few questions:
Where can I learn more about Speak Up? Click here. 
What are some of the few question themes on this year’s survey? Blended and flipped classrooms, digital footprints, attitudes toward technology, and digital games are just a few of the themes on this year’s surveys. Moreover, this year, we have a new community members survey. These surveys are meant to be taken by anyone in the community who wants to voice their opinions concerning technology in education.
Spread awareness surrounding Speak Up 2013 using our handy and convenient promotional materials which can be found here.
During the survey period, get the latest updates by following us here on this blog, twitter, and facebook.
Who will be speaking up on Wednesday, October 2nd? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
– The Project Tomorrow team

National Flipped Day, September 6th

National Flipped Day
Who participated in National Flipped Day last Friday, September 6th? 
If you participated, we would love to hear all about it! Be sure to share with us in the comments below your experiences. If you are a teacher who regularly uses the flipped learning approach, we also want to hear from you. Let’s get the conversation started!
Not quite sure what flipped learning is all about? Read our blog post highlighting it here
Our Speak Up surveys will feature questions on flipped and blended learning, among other important and timely educational topics. Register your school or district today! http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/
Thank you to all our followers and supporters who voted for Julie in the SXSWEdu panel. We appreciate you all.
– The Project Tomorrow team

Schoolwires® Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement Oct. 22

Happy Thursday!

Take some time to read about the Symposium on Parent Engagement October 22nd! Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, will be presenting on timely matters concerning education. 

Be sure to vote for Julie in the SXSWEdu panel. Tomorrow, September 6th, is the last day to vote! Click the webtile below for more information.

Tomorrow is is also National Flipped Day! Flip your classroom and tell us about your experiences on October 2nd, when Speak Up surveys launch. Visit this link for more information: http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/03/national-flipped-day-encourages-flipping-classrooms-with-free-lessons.aspx

As always, be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Have a great evening.

-The Project Tomorrow team

Schoolwires® Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement Oct. 22
Research, ideas and best practices to engage parents as partners and advocates in education
State College, Pennsylvania, Sept. 4, 2013 — To help districts engage with parents more deeply this new school year, Schoolwires is hosting a Symposium on Parent Engagement on October 22. The online event will include presentations by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow®, Dr. Karen Mapp, director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and administrators from K-12 districts across the country.
Today’s digital parents have different expectations when it comes to the effective use of technology in the classroom and school-to-home communications,” said Evans. “These expectations are driving change in the way school districts engage parents to support student success. Yet too many districts still rely primarily on one-way information sharing that falls short of parent expectations.”
Administrators can learn effective new strategies for communicating with digital parents during the online Symposium on Parent Engagement on Oct. 22 from 11 am to 4 pm CT. Presenters will include:
·         Dr. Karen Mapp, director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will deliver a keynote on Family Engagement Research. Mapp is one of the nation’s leading experts in educational leadership and partnerships among educators, families and community members that support student achievement. Her keynote will help attendees better understand how to build capacity for families to become more engaged and the specific components LEAs and schools need to create successful family engagement initiatives.
·         Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will summarize the latest research from the Speak Up National Project  around the “New Digital Parent” and explain the impact this group has on school district communication, 21st century learning, and family outreach plans.
·         Bernie Rhinerson, former Chief of Staff at San Diego Unified School District, will discuss leveraging mobile apps and social communications to reach tweeting, texting digital parents.
·         A panel of administrators from K-12 districts will discuss their family engagement programs. The panel includes Mary Wegner, Assistant Superintendent, Sitka Schools, Alaska; Steven Anderson, Director of Instructional Technology, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina; John Schreck, Webmaster, Riverside Unified School District, California; and Christine Corliss, District Webmaster/Publicity Coordinator, Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools, New Jersey.
Attendees can register for the Symposium on Parent Engagement at the Schoolwires website.
Engaging parents is critical not only to the success of an individual student, but also to the overall improvement of schools,” said Christiane Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer, Schoolwires. “In addition to discovering new communication strategies, participants in the symposium will learn about critical research on digital parents and family engagement, and how they impact student success.”
To complement the online symposium, Schoolwires partnered with Project Tomorrow to create a companion Administrator’s Guide to Reaching Digital Parents. The guide includes findings from the 2012 Speak Up National Research Project that tracks interest in the use of emerging technologies to address the specific needs of K-12 students, parents and educators. Among the most noteworthy findings of the survey is the importance of effective school-to-home communications as a way to engage parents in the learning process. However, a quarter of school and district administrators (26 percent) see effective communications with parents as a major challenge today. The guide will help administrators better understand today’s digital parents, and provide best practices that districts can model to better engage parents to support student achievement. The guide can be downloaded in advance of the symposium at the Schoolwires website.
About Schoolwires
Schoolwires, Inc. provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 1,500 educational entities, including K-12 school districts and schools in the United States and China. The company’s technologies are designed to foster community, student, teacher and parent engagement in the classroom, locally and internationally. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a safe social learning and networking system, a family of mobile solutions, and an enterprise technology platform. Schoolwires brings together a district’s essential technologies, information, and content to effectively engage the K-12 community in support of district and student success. The company currently serves an estimated 10 million users and has been recognized as one of the top privately held education companies for the seventh consecutive year by Inc. magazine. Schoolwires was incorporated on April 5, 2000 and is headquartered in State College with offices in Beijing, China.
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