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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.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Participate in Speak Up 2013 and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning!
Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
For the first time, Project Tomorrow, the national organization that facilitates the annual Speak Up surveys, will also provide a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards. Now’s your chance to get involved! Be a part of the conversation and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning.
Next steps to take to get involved with Speak Up this year:
1.) Take the survey today at www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013. Share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community and specifically, the role of technology in preparing today’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in the future. All community members will access the survey through a school in their local community. You can look up a school via zip or state and school name.
2.) Promote the surveys to your friends and family. Start spreading the word about Speak Up to your network of friends and family. Have a friend that is an educator? A parent? A current K-12 student? Member of the community interest in schools? Send them the link to the survey. We have a variety of promotional materials on our website to help spread the word, www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html
3.) Get your local schools and district involved. Every participating school and district receives free online access to their own participant data in February 2014. Speak Up provides your schools and districts with state and national data for benchmarking that can be used to for grant writing, ed tech plans, budgets, professional development and community engagement. Please share this sample intro email/flyer: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo_introduction_letter.html with your local school & district administrators. For additional promotional material to spread awareness, please visit our partner promotional material page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speak_up_PartnerTools.html
About Speak Up 2013
· Online surveys open now through December 20th, 2013.
- Surveys are available this year for: K-12 students, teachers, librarians, principals, district administrators, technology leaders, parents, business partners and community members. The parent survey is also available in Spanish!
- Every K-12 school and district is eligible to participate in Speak Up. Survey access is available to participating schools and districts free of charge. All information is 100% confidential and there is no limit to the number of surveys you can submit.
- Every participating school and district receives free online access to their own participant data in February 2014 including the national and state data for comparison. Why do your own survey? Speak Up provides schools and districts with national data for benchmarking!
- Project Tomorrow annually shares the nationally aggregated data with Congress, the US Department of Education, research organizations and many state governments.
- Survey question topics include: learning and teaching with technology, 21st century skills, games, STEM career exploration, online and blended learning, flipped classrooms, mobile devices, digital and online textbooks, writing with technology, professional development for educators, school-to-home communications, bandwidth capacity, digital citizenship, and preparing for the 2014/2015 online assessments.
- Lend your voice to national advocacy efforts and help improve educational opportunities for ALL kids!
Speak Up is an initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization focused on empowering students to have a greater voice in their education. To learn more about Speak Up, please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup or contact Jenny Hostert at email@example.com, 949-609-4660 x17.
Hello to all of our Project Tomorrow supporters and Happy Friday! We hope the month of October has treated you all well. Exciting events are on the horizon here at Project Tomorrow.
In this blog post, you will find information regarding…
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-The Project Tomorrow team
10 years of Speak Up Surveys 2003-2013
These special recognitions applaud the extraordinary support for Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up surveys provided by a few companies and organizations over the past 10 years.
The awards were announced at the Celebration of 10 Years of Student Voices about Digital Learning event at Haworth Inc. in Washington, D.C. on September 19th, 2013.
The following organizations were honored as Speak Up Heroes:
US Department of Education’s Office of Technology
State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA)
The Jon Bernstein Strategy Group
To learn more about these organizations, and how they have been strong advocates and supporters of Speak Up and Project Tomorrow over the years, please visit our special Speak Up Heroes page:http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU_heroes_2013.html.
We will also be doing a follow up feature next week! So make sure to check back!
Congratulations to our 2013 Speak Up Heroes!
With Speak Up 2013 in full swing, we wanted to take this time to thank our past Speak Up participants! We greatly appreciate all the support and encouragement that went in to making Speak Up 2012 such a success, without you Speak Up would not be possible!
To honor top participating schools and districts, each year Project Tomorrow nominates the top 200 Speak Up schools for our Speak Up 200 recognition program based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making. The schools selected for Speak Up 200 represent a broad range of educational institutions in rural, suburban and urban communities. The complete list of Speak Up 200 recognized schools are highlighted on the Project Tomorrow website at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_200.html.
To read more about this year’s Speak Up 200 schools, please check out the Press Release.
Based upon total participation and demonstrated commitment to engaging their stakeholders in local decisions on education issues, five school districts were also recognized for special distinctions.
Top 5 Speak Up 2012 school districts (based on total participation):
Klein ISD (Texas)
Shelby County School District (Alabama)
Weslaco ISD (Texas)
McAllen ISD (Texas)
Richardson ISD (Texas)
Additionally this year, all of our Speak Up 200 schools will have the opportunity to download a special Gold, Silver, or Bronze badge to place on websites, social media outlets, e-mails, blogs, and more. To download your unique badge, click here.
Congratulations to our Speak Up 200 Schools!
Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. The online survey is open to students, educators, parents and new this year community members. It’s quick and easy to get involved!
To take the survey follow the instructions below:
*Students will be required to enter in the secret word to access the survey.
Register as the primary contact of your school or district (at the link above) to manage your information and assign a student survey password to ensure confidentiality– all students will need to enter in the secret word to take the survey. As the primary contact for your district, school or organization you will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level. In return, you will receive free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons in February 2014.
Our helpful and handy promotional materials are here to help you spread the word about Speak Up to your school/district’s students, parents, teachers, administrators, community partners, and more! View our full list here.
Together, let’s work together to leverage technology to promote better learning for our students nation wide!
Thank you for reading.
Don’t forget to Speak Up now through December 20th!
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak Up 2013 Asks about Technology Use in and Out of School, How Parents are Learning about Common Core State Standards and Bandwidth Capacity for Digital Content
Online Survey: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/
Irvine, Calif. – This year’s Speak Up annual surveys continue to pave new ground in education technology research by polling K-12 students, educators and parents about the use of mobile devices, online classes, games and digital content within learning. As more students have their own smartphones, tablets and laptops, this year’s Speak Up 2013 surveys will ask school districts and teachers about the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Additionally, in light of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Speak Up is also asking educators this year about their school’s bandwidth capacity to better understand if schools have enough Internet access to support the use of high quality digital content such as videos and animations within classroom instruction.
For the first time, Project Tomorrow, the national organization that facilitates the annual Speak Up surveys, will also provide a special online survey for community members. Local employers, after school providers, school board members and homeowners without children in the local schools can now provide their views on the role of technology in preparing students for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. This new set of data will provide valuable insights for schools and districts as well as state and federal policymakers on the importance of digital tools and resources for college and career readiness. Additionally, both parents and community members will also be asked about their awareness of the new Common Core State Standards, and the sources, both digital and non-digital, of their information about the new standards.
With the upcoming implementations of these new curriculum standards and associated online assessments, students’ writing abilities are more important than ever. Correspondingly, the new Speak Up surveys also ask parents, teachers and administrators to comment on the impact of technology on students’ writing abilities.
After more than a decade and 3 million participants, Speak Up continues to be the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use of – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. Again this year, the online surveys ask students, parents and educators to envision their ultimate 21st century school and to identify the technology tools that would be essential to support increased student achievement and learning.
“The plethora of digital tools and resources available to educators today, from tablets to digital books, makes it challenging for school leaders to know how to make the right decisions and sound investments,” noted Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Speak Up provides an easy and no-cost way for these leaders to gain valuable input from the key stakeholders in education – the students, their parents, teachers, administrators and now, even community members – to support new technology plans, policies and decisions.”
The national online Speak Up 2013 survey is open now until December 20th.
The Speak Up online surveys will be completed by more than 400,000 K-12 students, educators and parents around the country. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations that are used every year by individual schools, districts, state departments of education and national leaders.
The Speak Up National Research Project represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private, parochial and charter schools all around the country.
Project Tomorrow will share the national data findings from the survey in the spring with federal, state and local policymakers. Additionally, every school or district that participates in Speak Up receives a free online report with all of their locally collected data – and the national data findings to use for benchmark comparison. All participating education entities will gain access to their own stakeholder data in February 2014.
Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up surveys are completely confidential and completing the online surveys takes only 20 minutes. Speak Up is open to every public and private school and district in the United States, American schools on military bases and other interested schools worldwide.
Since 2003, more than 3 million K-12 students, educators and parents from more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, K12, Inc., Rosetta Stone, Schoolwires and SMART Technologies.
Project Tomorrow partners with more than 75 different education associations, organizations and think-tanks for outreach to the schools and development of the survey questions including the American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb.net, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, Southern Regional Education Board and State Education Technology Directors’ Association.
Past Speak Up national reports are available at www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html.
For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.
Happy October to all of our followers and supporters!
We hope the beginning of the month has treated you all well.
This Blog Post is specifically dedicated to the launch of SPEAK UP 2013! Below, you’ll find all the information you need on what’s new for 2013. Happy Reading, and remember to Speak Up now through December 20th!
–The Project Tomorrow team
1. Speak Up 2013 Questions
2. Registering for Speak Up
3. New changes to Speak Up 2013
4. Taking the Surveys
5. Speak Up 2013 Promotional Materials
New Questions about Gaming, Writing, Student Digital Footprints
Speak Up is officially open for input now through December 20th, 2013 at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013!
This year, students will again be asked about their use of mobile tools, social networks and gaming as part of their learning in and out of the classroom. The survey will explore the concept of gaming in learning a little deeper this year to provide a comparison to similar questions asked in 2009. Students will also be asked about how they manage their digital footprints (i.e. the information about them that is available online).
Teachers and administrators will be asked about how technology used in the classroom, what they think new teachers need to know about technology use and how prepared they are for technology use. Parents will be asked about how their children use technology for learning, about their level of support for technology use in schools and familiarity with common core assessments.
For the first time, students and educators will be asked about how technology is being used (or not used) to teach and improve writing skills. Also new this year is a survey for community members, including child care providers, business leaders, grandparents, school board members, or anyone interested in local schools. Please be sure to share the Speak Up surveys with your network of friends and family- every voice counts! Together, let’s work towards leveraging technology to promote enhanced learning in our K-12 schools!
Additional questions topics include: learning and teaching with technology, 21st century skills, games, STEM career exploration, online and blended learning, flipped classrooms, mobile devices, digital and online textbooks, writing with technology, professional development, school-to-home communications, digital citizenship, and common core assessments.
To view PDF copies of the Speak Up 2013 questions, please visit our website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_surveys.html
Registering for Speak Up 2013
After more than a decade and 3 million participants, Speak Up continues to be the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning.
All schools (public, charter and private) are eligible to participate in Speak Up—all you have to do is encourage your students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members to go online and take the 20 minute survey at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013now through December 20th! *Please note students will need a secret word to access the survey, which can be assigned during the primary contact registration process.
Get your school(s) and local community involved today! Sign up as the primary contact of your school or district to manage your information and assign an administrative password to access your local data starting February 5, 2014 (in celebration of Digital Learning Day).
You may sign up as a primary contact for your district via our website http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013/Register.aspx, or if you prefer, we are more than willing to complete the registration process for you– All you have to do is click here to send us an email with your registration request. Please include the name of your district or school, and state. We will then send you a follow up email with a PDF of your school list and passwords to confirm that your district/school has been registered.
For more information on registering as the primary contact please visit: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/MainContactInformation.htmlor our FAQ page