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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.

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.
·         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