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Don’t miss Julie’s second Twitter chat – tomorrow at 8pm ET!

Julie Evans will be hosting her second Twitter chat TOMORROW (Tuesday, October 28th)! Join her at 8pm ET to discuss digital content and games. Check out some information below:

Digital Content and Games in the Classroom

Time: Tuesday, October 28th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

Join Julie as she discusses the role of digital content and games in the classroom. Discussion will include findings from our September 2014 report with BrainPOP, “Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students.”
Additionally, the following questions will be discussed during the chat:

  1. Thinking beyond engagement, what are the most important benefits of using digital content and games within instruction?
  2. How does the use of digital content in the classroom help students develop college and career ready skills?
  3. What barriers or obstacles prevent teachers and administrators from expanding their use of digital content or games in the classroom?
  4. What is the best determinant of quality in evaluating digital content and games for classroom use?
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets! We hope to see you on Twitter tomorrow night at 8pm ET! Click here to sign up and receive a reminder for tomorrow’s chat.

Join Julie for her first Twitter chat – tonight!

Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, is hosting her first Twitter chat TONIGHT! Join her at 8PM ET to discuss mobile learning. Check out some information below:

Topic: Evaluating Mobile Learning

Time: Tuesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

While attending the 2014 mEducation Alliance International Symposium, Julie will take content from the event and our report with Kajeet, “Making Learning Mobile: Leveraging Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning” onto Twitter during the “Evaluating Mobile Learning” Twitter chat. Join her to discuss how schools can use and evaluate mobile learning!
Additionally, the following questions will be discussed during the chat:
  1. Why mobile learning? What are three words/phrases that represent the top benefits of using mobiles in the classroom?
  2. What is needed to ensure that a mobile learning project is a success?
  3. What is the best way to evaluate or measure that a project is successful?
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets! We hope to see you on Twitter at 8PM ET!

Julie Evans is now on Twitter!

Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, is now on Twitter! She will be hosting THREE Twitter chats over the next few weeks regarding mobile learning, digital content and games in the classroom, and the benefits of blended learning. All chats will take place at 8pm Eastern Time. You can follow Julie at @JulieEvans_PT.
Below you will find all the information you need to join us on Twitter:
Evaluating Mobile Learning Join us on Tuesday, October 21st at 8pm ET to discuss mobile learning
Digital Content and Games in the Classroom Do you use digital content and games in the classroom? Join us on Tuesday, October 28th to discuss!
Blended Learning Benefits What are the benefits of blended learning in schools? Let us know on Thursday, November 6th!
As always, don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Evaluating Mobile Learning

Time: Tuesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

While attending the 2014 mEducation Alliance International Symposium, Julie will take content from the event and our report with Kajeet, “Making Learning Mobile: Leveraging Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning” onto Twitter during the “Evaluating Mobile Learning” Twitter chat. Join her to discuss how schools can use and evaluate mobile learning!
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!
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Digital Content and Games in the Classroom

Time: Tuesday, October 28th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

Join Julie as she discusses the role of digital content and games in the classroom. Discussion will include findings from our September 2014 report with BrainPOP, “Digital Teachers, Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students.”
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!
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Blended Learning Benefits

Time: Thursday, November 6th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT

Julie will be hosting a discussion on the benefits of blended learning while she is at the 2014 iNACOL Blended Learning Symposium. During this Twitter chat, she will include topics mentioned at the symposium, as well as data from past Project Tomorrow reports, such as our report, “2013 Trends In Online Learning Virtual, Blended And Flipped Classrooms” with Blackboard K-12.
If participating, be sure to use the hashtag #SUchat in your Tweets!
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Project Tomorrow! Be sure to stay updated on all things Project Tomorrow by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog. Again, don’t forget to follow Julie Evans at @JulieEvans_PT!

Free webinar this Thursday: Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning and Empower Student Thinking

Where: online for free!
When: Thursday, August 14 at 3PM ET/12PM PT
What: “Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning & Empower Student Thinking”
 
Sponsored by DreamBox Learning

In this webinar you’ll hear from Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, about the latest findings from the Speak Up National Research Project, and how digital tools are transforming teaching and learning. Topics will include learning with technology, 21st century skills, and STEM instruction. She will be joined by Dr. Tim Hudson, former high school math teacher and K–12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Parkway School District in Missouri, and now Senior Director of Curriculum Design at DreamBox Learning, Inc., who will lead the discussion on how digital experiences in the K–8 math classroom can empower students to think independently, receive specific feedback, and self-direct their learning to achieve rigorous learning outcomes.

Discussion topics will include:

  • How K-12 learning and teaching is being transformed by digital tools
  • How administrators, teachers, and students are using technology to support learning
  • What the future for personalized, blended learning in the elementary and middle school classroom looks like
Don’t forget to take the conversation online by mentioning @SpeakUpEd, @ProjectTomorrow, @JulieEvans_PT, and/or @Dreambox_Learn on twitter!

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

When we think of augmented reality (or AR) we tend to think of video games in which players fully immerse themselves in the digital experience. While AR does stand for the augmentation of what users see in the “real world” with additional information, the point of mobile AR – the use of mobile devices to augment one’s experience – is not to immerse participants in their devices but to give them a heightened sense of their surroundings.

During the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference in March, participants used their phones

Lucy Grant (Educational Technology
Consultant), Barbara Treacy (Director
of EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online Program),
and Julie Evans participating
during the 2014 CoSN AR Experience.
(Photo provided by Heidi Larson)

to transform their surroundings during an Augmented Reality experience guided by Heidi Larson, Chris Dede, Matt Dunleavy, and a team of developers. Together the participants explored the benefits and challenges of the use of AR in classrooms, and were even able to sample their own AR history experience and discuss other AR experiences (i.e. for a social science experience, students could augment a town hall setting and take on the roles of voter, tax payer, and mayor). They found that students could benefit from AR by being able to study a topic in depth, work in teams, and learn more by teaching each other. Furthermore, teachers and chief technology officers may face challenges when it comes to building AR experiences but the payoff would be immense, as the experiences could be re-used from one year to the next.

While some AR experiences require time and a highly skilled team of developers, not all do. There are some simple versions that can just make presentations or pictures of students talk and show images or videos. Given this information, the options for AR use within the classroom are limitless and definitely worth exploring.

To learn more about the 2014 CoSN AR Experience, check out Heidi Larson’s original article “Augmented Reality: Good for Schools?

Heidi Larson specializes in virtual education, online collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. For over 10 years, she has advanced the efforts of EDC initiatives in these and other key aspects of education reform. Heidi is the State Outreach and Cross-REL/Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands at EDC and the Ed Tech Community of Practice lead for the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grantees. She is also developing online instructional modules about the use of social media in growing a business for EDC’s Social Technology Enabled Professional program. One of Heidi’s interests is how mobile technology and social media can benefit teaching and learning for educators and administrators, as well as students.

Using Online Learning Tools to Prepare America’s Students for Success

Recently, our CEO Julie Evans sat down with our friends at Learning Outside the Lines to discuss how superintendents and teachers should look to a student-driven vision of the 21st Century Classroom using digital learning tools to foster collaboration, open access, and enriched learning, to personalize learning and best meet student achievement goals. 
Click on the video above to listen to Julie’s thoughts on this topic and several other key issues related to online learning and STEM education.
Learning Outside the Lines is provided by Fuel Education; it is an online publication brings together the insights of experts in online learning with superintendents, technologists, and those administering online learning programs to address the transformation of education. Learning Outside the Lines covers a range of topics from blended and fully online learning and the integration of technology into the classroom, to alternative education programs, remedial education, and current learning standards. Their experts engage in these discussions, share their experiences, and outline best practices to help define a better, brighter, educational future for your school district. Click here to learn more about the Learning Outside the Lines and Fuel Education.

CoSN 2014 Attendees!

It’s not too late to stop by CEO of Project Tomorrow, Julie Evans’s panel session Tomorrow (3/21) at 10:30AM with Chris Dede!

New Strategies for Transformational Learning: Building Professional Development Capacity through Mobile Technologies

Presenters Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow with Chris Dede
Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies
Harvard University
Description Mobile learning for both students and educators is expanding and evolving rapidly. This session highlights insights from several mobile learning initiatives that span the range of new tools, media, and instructional strategies. Its focus is how mobile devices enable novel, effective forms of professional development that increase engagement and learning by both educators and students. Descriptions of exemplary projects across the country will provide you with strategies for leveraging mobile technologies to address key professional development challenges as well as enhance student instruction.
Focus Area Vision & Leadership
Essential Skill 1 Instructional Focus & Professional Development
Essential Skill 2 Leadership and Vision
Audience School System Administrators
Room Cardoza

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.

Number of Teen Facebook Users on the Decline? Speak Up Research Shows So.

Last week, for the first time, Facebook confirmed this trend when Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman stated “a decrease in (teenage) daily users, especially younger teens” during a quarterly earnings call.  With the rise of parents on facebook and new social media apps like twitter, instagram and vine teens are finding new ways to stay connected. CEO of Project Tomorrow, Julie Evans began reporting this trend in early April 2013 based on findings found in the Speak Up 2012 national data results. During the June 4, 2013, Speak Up Congressional briefing on the National Findings for K-12 students, Julie stated :
This is an interesting trend that we have been actually watching over the past couple of years though we have not reported on it before. And it’s this idea around students’ decrease in using facebook as a tool. We do still see a majority of high school students that say that they are regularly maintaining a facebook page but to be honest with you it has been on a pretty steady decline since 2007– About a 21% decline from the highpoint that we noted in 2007.”
Although Facebook usage has shown a decline, Speak Up data has shown an increase in teen students using Twitter with 3 out of 10 students in Grade 6-12 using the social media site. To further this research, this year we’ve added a new option asking participants about usage of social media apps such as instagram, snap chat and vine.
What are your thoughts on the decline of teen usership of facebook? Read more about it in the CNN article “On Facebook, a growing teenage wasteland”, here.
Want to learn more about your students, K-12 parents and educators’ social media usage? Participate in Speak Up and get your own local participant data on this growing trend! This year, our Speak Up Surveys will once again ask questions related to student, parent and educator social media use. Question topics include:
Social media tools or applications used inside and outside of school/work. 

The type of sites used socially and those for schoolwork/professional tasks.
and new this year, we are asking about social media app usage- such as instagram, snapchat and vine.
Speak Up Surveys are open for input through Dec. 20th, 2013. All schools (public, private, charter) are eligable to participate in Speak Up and all participating schools and districts will receive free online access to their participant data in February 2014. Results regarding student, parent, and educator social media usage will also be a part of that data.
To participate in Speak Up go to www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013, surveys are available to students, educators, parents and community members. To learn more about how to get your school(s) involved please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup@tomorrow.org or visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
Our helpful and handy promotional materials can assist you in spreading the word about Speak Up to your students, parents, teachers, administrators, and more! View our full list here.
Join the Speak Up conversation on Twitter! #SpeakUp2013 & @speakuped
Have a wonderful day.
– The Project Tomorrow team 

Are you attending the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium?

Happy Monday! We hope you had a relaxing and fun filled weekend!





This week Project Tomorrow’s CEO, Julie Evans will be presenting at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in Orlando, Florida! If you are attending the  iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium , please be sure to stop by and see Julie at one of the following sessions:
*Online Learning Experiences and Edpections of Tomorrow’s Teachers: New Research from Speak Up
*Blended, Flipping and Personalized: How Online Learning is Transforming Teacher Practice
*The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow
 

Online Learning Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers: New Research from Speak Up

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, October 28 2013
Asia 5
track:   Research & Evaluation
Tomorrow’s teachers may have the keys to finally unlock the potential of online learning tools and strategies to transform teaching and learning, but much depends upon their experiences in their preparation program and how well future school leadership can support their expectations for essential technology tools and resources. In this session, we will review new Speak Up findings on this topic and discuss the research with a panel of teacher educators and school principals.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!

Blending, Flipping and Personalized: How Online Learning is Transforming Teacher Practice

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, October 29 2013
Southern Hemisphere II
track:   Research & Evaluation
Online learning debates primarily focus on student outcomes. However, the real impact of leveraging online learning tools should be about changing teacher practice. The 2012 Speak Up National Research Project polled 56,000 teachers nationwide on the impact of online learning on their practice as well as student outcomes. In this session, we will review new findings around blended, flipped, and personalized learning and learn from a teacher panel about their experiences and expectations.
Panelists:
·         Dr. R. Mark Beadle, CEO and Head of School, Sevenstar
·         Renee Citlau, National Online Teacher of the Year and from Anaheim Union High School District (CA)
·         William Lange, Blended Learning Coordinator with Maricopa Unified School District (AZ)
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!

The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, October 30 2013
Southern Hemisphere III
track:   Blended Learning Programs
One of the most challenging issues facing administrators, teachers and parents today is keeping up with the digital tools available for learning. This panel discussion will focus on the key findings on maximizing student learning from the 2012 survey conducted by the Speak Up National Research Project. Specifically, the panel member discussion, which will consist of teacher (s) and administrator (s), will comment on the results from the survey.
Click here to learn more and sign up for the session!
Please be sure to check our website next week at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_presentations.htmlfor copies of the powerpoint presentations!
Have you participated in Speak up?! Please share your experiences below! And remember to share the Speak Up surveys with your network of friends and family- every voice counts!

Take the survey today at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013

–The Project Tomorrow Team