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Your Speak Up 2014 data is now available! Learn how to access your data here:

Your data is in! If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of last year, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say. You get all of the qualitative data as well as the responses to this year’s open-ended questions.
You can also access the results for your state and the overall national findings – so you can see how your community compares.
You’ll need your login and password to access your data. If you don’t have it, go to our website to retrieve your password.

All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2014 can now access their data for free. Here’s how.
1.) Click hereto access your reports.
2) Select either Option 1 to view District results or Option 2 to view individual School results.
3.) Next, enter the state, the first few letters of your district or school name and your admin password.
4.) To view data reports, select the number in the “# of District (School) Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5.) To view your open ended text responses, click on “District (School)” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
6.) Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this Speak Up Data Excel Template. To view your data across audiences and by theme, use our thematic report template to drop in your school or district’s data.
*Please note, at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.
For more than a decade, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you!

Click here to access your data

What Texans Said about Technology and Learning

The 2014 Speak Up data is in! As part of our time at this year’s TCEA Convention, we decided to take a look at what students, parents and educators in the Texas had to say about technology and learning during this year’s surveys. More than 83,000 Texans weighed in – more participation than from any other state!
Texas parents expressed strong concern about their children’s futures and whether or not they think their children’s schools are helping to prepare them for careers:
  • Like parents nationwide, Texas parents have three primary concerns about their child’s future:
    • My child is not learning the right skills in school to be successful in the future (57%)
    • My child is going to need more than a college degree to get a good job (47%)
    • My child is going to have to compete with better educated workers around the globe (45%)
  • Texas parents were also asked about the best ways for their child to acquire the “right skills” for future careers. Their top responses should be very interesting for both education and community leaders:
    • Use technology in classes at school (75%)
    • Get real world job experience through summer or part time jobs or internships (75%)
    • Participate in school leadership activities (66%)
    • Learn an additional language (64%)
    • Participate in sports teams or academic groups (61%)
Texas parents also appear to be leading the nation in terms of their desire for more use of technology to connect with their child’s teachers and school.  
  • 37% of Texas parents say that they would like to use a school or class mobile app for better school-to-home communications (vs. 30% of parents nationwide).
  • 60% of Texas parents would like their child’s teacher to send text messages to their mobile device about class or school news (vs. 48% of parents nationwide).
  • However, only 27% of Texas teachers say they are currently using text messaging to communicate with their students’ parents.
In our review of the data, we noted some interesting “disconnects” between the various groups when it came to access to mobile devices:
  • While 75% of Texas students in grades 6-12 and 86% of school principals say it is important for every student to have access to a mobile device (laptop, tablet or Chromebook) in class to support schoolwork, 53% of Texas teachers say that their students do not have regular access to mobile devices to use in their classrooms.
  • Note: 57% of Texas high school students and 66% of Texas middle school students say that the use of technology in school increases their engagement and interest in the learning process.
We asked about the state of online and virtual classes and found not only a disconnect, but a lack of preparedness by school districts for this mode of learning:
  • More than half of Texas school principals (56%) and parents (52%) think students should be required to take a fully online or virtual class as a high school graduation requirement, but only 34% of high school students agree.
  • Much more work is necessary before such requirements can be implemented. Per Texas school principals, 74% say they are not offering any fully online or virtual classes for their students currently.
  • Of those that are offering this type of learning experience, it is limited to the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies. Only 10% of Texas principals say they are offering online classes in world languages even though 25% of high school students say they would like to learn another language online.
  • Note: Parents’ appreciation for online learning may be based upon their own personal experiences; 51% of Texas parents say they have taken an online class for their own work-related professional development.
Students, parents, teachers and administrators in Texas have different views on the value of various digital tools and resources to support learning. When asked to identify the digital tools that should be included in an “ultimate school” for today’s learners, the Speak Up responses demonstrate that the different stakeholder groups do not yet share a common value proposition on many popular technology initiatives.
Digital Tools for Ultimate School
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Parents
Teachers
Principals
Internet access campus wide
78%
55%
76%
79%
Students use their own mobile devices at school for learning
71%
45%
45%
52%
Mobile apps for education
67%
61%
49%
62%
Digital content
65%
63%
56%
63%
Educational digital games
64%
24%
47%
49%
Online textbooks
60%
64%
50%
63%
As the national interest in the need to prepare students for STEM continues, we have asked about student interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields for years:
  • Aligning with national Speak Up data, 27% of Texas middle school students (Grades 6-8) say they are very interested in a STEM career field. But equally significant is the 36% who say that they are somewhat interested.  Supporting the idea that coding can be a meaningful way to increase student interest in STEM, 57% of Texas middle school students say they would be interested in taking an in-school or after-school class on how to learn to code.
Across Texas, 83,881 total surveys were submitted; 40 Districts submitted at least 10 surveys; 362 schools submitted at least 10 surveys. Break down of participants: 70,090 K-12 Students, 7,939 Teachers & Librarians, 3,813 Parents (in English & Spanish), 783 School/District Administrators, 1,256 Community Members.
 
All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2014 can access their data beginning tomorrow (2/4/15) for free at
Learn more about the Speak Up Research Project

How does your school/district plan on using your Speak Up data?

With the Speak Up 2014 survey data release this Wednesday, February 4th, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how your school/district can use your data. We asked last year’s top participating schools and districts how they used their data – check them out below for ideas on how you can use yours:

“Through the years I have used Speak Up data to help prepare the District’s strategic plan, to plan professional development, and to help shape a shared vision of how technology and core curriculum should be delivered. Survey results have been referenced when planning the district’s budget and prioritizing technology infrastructure and instructional technology investments. Speak Up data has been used to help craft and secure competitive grants and it has led to the consideration and creation of new courses.”
—Paul Caputo, Southern Columbia Area School District (PA)

“Responses from the survey are used as evidence and documentation to support district technology initiatives. Each year, the responses are reviewed by the district’s Technology Advisory Committee and shared with district and building administrators to determine areas of focus for future planning. Additionally, the district incorporates Speak Up data into the Educational Technology Plan.”
—Dr. Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)

“[By using our Speak Up data] we targeted specific questions and asked each school to address those needs in their school teach plans.  We pulled out specific responses on a few specific questions for our district accreditation.”
—Lauren Woolley, Shelby County (AL)

“Speak Up data has helped garner support for 1 to 1 initiatives, increased professional development and changes in instructional best practices and expectations.”
—Rod Carnill, Frederick County Public Schools (VA)

Click here to read more testimonials from past participants, and click here to learn more about the data release.

How does your school/district plan on using your Speak Up data? Let us know by commenting on this post, tweeting us (@SpeakUpEd or @ProjectTomorrow), or posting on our Facebook page.

Save the date – Speak Up 2014 data will be released on February 4th

With the Speak Up 2014 data release date approaching, now is the perfect time to learn how to view your Speak Up data before it’s released on February 4th! Visit our Speak Up Data page in order to sign up to receive a reminder when your data is available, learn how to receive your data, retrieve your password, or look up your organization’s primary contact. Click on the image above or visit our website in order to learn more.

Speak Up permission request form

With the release of the Speak Up 2014 survey data next month and the release of our national reports in the spring, now is the time to start thinking about how you want to use your school or district data and the data found in our national reports. If you are interested in using data from our national reports for your own publications, be sure to fill out a permission request form and send it to speakup@tomorrow.org. Click here to download a copy of the permission request form, or click on the image above.

Digital games used to teach English-language arts

While books, poems, art, and even films have all been used to teach English-language arts to students, some teachers have taken a new route by incorporating digital games into their classrooms. Fullbright Company’s game, “Gone Home,” tells the story of Katie Greenbriar, who comes home to an empty house and missing family members after spending a year abroad. Unlike traditional video games, “Gone Home” focuses on the story rather than leveling up; critics have praised the game as a new way of storytelling, and it has made its way into classrooms as a substitute for traditional text due to its non-linear story that forces players to explore the game’s surroundings and create their own narrative and conclusions.

Toronto-based teacher Paul Darvasi began using “Gone Home” in his all-boys English class in 2013. He created objected for students around various subtopics, such as “1995 Archeology” in which students found objects from the year the game was set. The findings of each subtopic was then presented through PowerPoint, where students were assessed on their presentations. In order to individually assess the students, Darvasi required students to write game reviews and track subtopics via screen shots and notes from the game – all of which correlated to the Common Core State Standards. “In a sense, it played out similar to a typical literature unit,” Darvasi said. “Except that you are substituting written text with a game’s text.”

“Gone Home” has not only affected classrooms in the North America, but international classrooms as well. Alexander Husoy, an English teacher in Norway, came across Darvasi’s blog posts about the game and teamed up with Darvasi to co-deliver the unit in fall 2014. Students from both schools collaborate through blog posts, private Facebook groups, and even Google Hangout in order to create their final project assessments.

Last fall, the 2014 Speak Up survey asked students questions about digital games in the classroom, such as “What would be the benefits of having video, online, or digital games as a part of your regular schoolwork or classroom activities?” Find out the results from this question and more when we release our Speak Up 2014 data in early February – in the meantime, you can view past data and reports here.

Interested in learning more about “Gone Home” and its use in the classroom? Read the original article, “‘Gone Home’: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills” by Ki Sung (MindShift), or visit the official “Gone Home” website.

Thank you for speaking up!

Thank you to the 431,212 students, 44,294 teachers, 4,325 administrators, 35,335 parents, and 6,656 community members who participated in Speak Up 2014! Data results will be released in early February – stay tuned for an official release date.

How did your state, school, and district do? Click on the above map or check out the information below:

Top 5 States based on Total Surveys:
Texas (85,000 surveys)
Indiana (76,000 surveys)
California (75,000 surveys)
North Carolina (64,000 surveys)
Alabama (30,000 surveys)

Top 5 states based on Student Participation as a % of NCES public school student enrollment by state (2011-2012):
Indiana
North Carolina
Alabama
Massachusetts
Nevada

Top 10 Districts Overall based on total surveys
Klein ISD, TX
Onslow County Schools, NC
Wake County Schools, NC
Anaheim City, CA
Hamilton Southeastern Schools, IN
Weslaco ISD, TX
Baltimore City Public School System, MD
Clark County School District, NV
Shelby County School District, AL
Brevard County School District, FL

Top 10 Schools Overall based on total surveys
Fishers High School, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, IN
North Carolina Virtual Public School, NC
Klein High School, Klein ISD, TX
Hamilton South Eastern High School, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, IN
Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD, TX
Klein Forest High School, Klein ISD, TX
San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos Unified School District, CA
Buhach Colony High, Merced Union High, CA
Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD, TX
Hawthorne High, Centinela Valley Union High School District, CA

Today is the last day to participate in Speak Up!

Speak Up 2014

The last day of Speak Up is here!

This year’s survey period has been amazing with over 520,000 surveys already submitted – a record breaking number! We still have a few hours left, so be sure to take the survey by midnight PT!
To keep that Speak Up momentum going for the last few hours of the survey, check out these exciting opportunities and announcements:

▪ Free BbWorld, iNACOL, NCCE and NETA Conference Registrations: Take the survey before midnight PT for a chance to win one of these free registrations! 
▪ Speak Up America: We are thrilled to announce our Speak Up America winners!
▪ Happy Holidays from the Project Tomorrow team!
▪ Start making plans now for ways to use the Speak Up data. Local data results for all participating schools and districts will be released on February 5, 2015.

If you haven’t already please be sure to take the survey before midnight!
Click here to take the survey and pass it on.
Happy reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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There is still time to win a free conference registration!

Speak Up may be ending soon but there are still plenty of opportunities to win free conference registrations! In a special extension of our Speak Up America promotions, our good friends at BlackboardiNACOLNCCE, and NETAhave graciously offered free conference registrations to their respective events! All entries submitted today before midnight are eligible to be entered into a drawing to win a free registration!
Winning is as easy as speaking up! All you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and the local community to take the survey before it closes at midnight. This is a great way to reach out to different audiences that may have a lower participation than you would like, for example to target your K-12 parents, teachers or local community members! The more surveys you get in, the more opportunities you have to win!
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Speak Up America winners

Thank you to all who participated in Speak Up America last week! We are thrilled to announce the winners of our photo challenge, video challenge, BrainPOP classroom subscriptions, and conference registrations:
Onslow 2
Southwood Elementary
Newington Schools

Photo challenge

This year we had so many more #speakupsnapshot entries than we had ever envisioned submitted for our photo challenge! Check out our top 3 photos (above) and the winning schools:

▪ Hunters Creek Middle School from Onslow County, NC
▪ Southwood Elementary School from MSD of Wabash County, IN
▪ Newington Public Schools, NC

Thank you to everyone who submitted a #speakupsnapshot this year! Click here to view all the entries.

Video challenge

In its first year, our #VoicesofSpeakUp video challenge received many wonderful entries, each answering the question, ““Why is using digital tools for learning important for your future?” Check out our 2 video challenge winners, and click on the links below to watch the winning videos:

▪ Saint John XXIII Catholic School from Scottsdale, AZ
▪ Escola Antoni Gaudi from Barcelona, Spain

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BrainPOP Classroom Certificates

Our friends at BrainPOP have offered not one, but two free classroom certificates this year! The winners of the free certificates are:

▪ Bradie M Shrum Elementary from Salem Community Schools, IN
▪ Magma Ranch K-8 School from Florence Unified School District, AZ

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ISTE Conference Registrations

Thanks to our good friends at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), we are proud to announce the 2 districts who have won free 2015 ISTE conference registrations:

▪ Shelby County School District, AL
▪ Wake County Public School System, NC

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TCEA Conference Registration

This year the wonderful folks at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) offered a free TCEA 2015 Conference & Exposition registration to one lucky Texas school district. The winning district is Mission Consolidated Independent School District in Mission, TX. Congratulations!
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CUE Conference Registration

Congratulations to Clark County Schools, NV andAnaheim City School District, CA on winning free registrations to the CUE 2015 Annual Conference! Thank you CUE for this amazing opportunity!
Thank you once again to everyone who participated in Speak Up America this year! Don’t forget – there is still time to participate in Speak Up and win more conference registrations!
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Happy holidays!

Thank you all for your support of Speak Up this year! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday break! The Project Tomorrow office will be closed December 22, 2014 through January 5, 2015. We look forward to speaking up with you in the new year!

Last minute Speak Up outreach ideas

The final week of Speak Up is here! Do you need help encouraging participation in your school or district? Try sending out these short emails before the survey closes this Friday, December 19th. Feel free to change the text to better fit your school or district’s needs.

 
Email #1:
The last week of Speak Up is here!
 
Encourage your district to take the Speak Up survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014! Be a part of this year’s Speak Up Research Project and start learning about the ideas and views of your students, parents, faculty, and community members regarding education, technology, 21st century skills and more.  Not only can Speak Up help inform school or district plans, policies, purchases and programs around digital learning – all Speak Up surveys submitted this week will enter your district into drawings with opportunities to win free BbWorld 2015 and regional conference registrations!
 
Start learning about the aspirations of your district at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. Speak Up 2014 is open for input through Friday, December 19th, 2014, with survey data released in February 2015.
Email #2:
District leaders: Learn about the aspirations of your district through Speak Up
 
Sign up to be a part of this year’s Speak Up National Research Project, a quick and free survey designed with you and your district’s needs in mind! With the survey period closing on Friday, December 19th, this is your last chance to learn what your students, parents, faculty, and community think about education, technology, and 21st century skills. Take the survey this week and not only will your district receive its data in February 2015 to help with your digital learning plans, but your district will also be entered into drawings to win free BbWorld 2015 and regional conference registrations!
 
Start learning about the aspirations of your district at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. Speak Up 2014 is open for input through Friday, December 19th, 2014, with survey data released in February 2015.
Email #3:
Do you need help with planning policies, purchases and programs around digital learning? Do you want a chance to win a $225 classroom or school grant and conference registrations? Participate in Speak Up, a national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow, before it closes on Friday, December 19th! By participating in Speak Up, your students, parents, faculty and community have a chance to share their thoughts about education, technology, and 21st century skills. Furthermore, you will receive free online access to this data with state and national comparisons to help with your own digital learning plans beginning February 2015. Now is the time to Speak Up about education – be sure to participate before Friday, December 19th.
 
Start learning about the aspirations of your district at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. Speak Up 2014 is open for input through Friday, December 19th, 2014, with survey data released in February 2015.
Email #4:
Take the Speak Up survey before December 19th and learn about the aspirations of your district!
Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org)!   By encouraging participation in Speak Up you will have the unique opportunity to have your views—as well as the views of your educators, students, their parents and the local community—included in the increasingly important U.S. national and state discussions on digital learning policies, programs, and funding. More importantly, you will receive free online access to your participant results with state and national comparisons to use for your own technology assessment needs, budgeting, planning, or evaluation, beginning February 4, 2015! Participate in Speak Up today before the survey period closes on Friday, December 19th.

Start learning about the aspirations of your district at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. Speak Up 2014 is open for input through Friday, December 19th, 2014, with survey data released in February 2015. 

For more outreach ideas, visit our promotional materials page: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html.

One week to go – Speak Up Closes Dec. 19th!

Speak Up 2014

Thanks for Speaking Up America!

Thank you to everyone that participated in Speak Up America 2014! Over 85,000 students, parents, educators and members of the community spoke up about digital learning this week, and the Speak Up community took on social media by storm with multiple Photo & Video challenge submissions and a Twitter chat with our fabulous CEO, Julie Evans on new and surprising preliminary data findings from this year’s surveys.
This year’s survey period has been amazing with over 421,000 surveys already submitted! We still have a week to go, so be sure to participate before the surveys close on Friday, December 19th.
To keep that Speak Up momentum going, we are excited to announce new Speak Up happenings and promotions taking place all next week:

▪ Free BbWorld Conference Registration: Learn how you can win a free BbWorld Conference Badge just by participating in Speak Up. 
▪ Free Regional Conference Registrations to NCCE and NETA extended into next week!
▪ EXTENDED: Photo and Video Challenge: You now have four chances to win a $250 classroom or school grant.
▪ Speak Up 2014 preliminary data snapshots review 
▪ Last call, get your Speak Up surveys in by Friday December 19th: Need some ideas to help get more of your stakeholders involved. Check out our list of last minute promotional ideas.
▪ Start making plans now for ways to use the Speak Up data. Local data results for all participating schools and districts will be released on February 5, 2015.

If you haven’t already please be sure to take the survey before December 19th! Already taken the survey? Start spreading the word about the survey to your network of friends and family! Word of mouth is always the best promotion, help us expand our reach!
Click here to take the survey and pass it on.
Happy reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Save the Date now for #BbWorld15 in Washington DC because here’s your chance to win one full conference badge!

Speak Up America week may be over but the fun is just about to begin! In a special extension of our Speak Up America promotions, our good friends and wonderful sponsors of Speak Up, Blackboard has offered a free BbWorld 2015 conference badge to gift to one lucky Blackboard district during our final week of Speak Up!
Winning is as easy as speaking up! All you need to do is encourage your staff, students, their parents and the local community to participate in Speak Up during the final week of Speak Up. This is a great way to reach out to different audiences that may have a lower participation numbers than you would like, for example to target your K-12 parents, teachers or local community members! The more surveys you get in, the more opportunities you have to win!
In addition to your free BbWorld conference badge, the selected recipient attending the conference will also have the opportunity to join our CEO Julie Evans for dinner in Washington DC. Here’s your chance to pick our CEO Julie Evans’ brain on all things digital learning!
It’s never too early to start getting excited for next year, so go ahead and pencil BbWorld in for July 21-23, 2015 at Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. To learn more about #BbWorld15 and all the great happening from this year’s conference please visit: http://www.blackboard.com/sites/Bbworld14/
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.
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Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington districts turn up the volume and Speak Up!

As part of our Speak Up America campaign, our good friends at NCCE and NETA offered us free conference registrations to their upcoming 2015 conferences. With Speak Up America week coming to a close, we’ve received quite a few requests for an extension on these popular regional conference registration opportunities. To ensure everyone has a chance to Speak Up we will be extending this great promotion to all district’s in these states so that everyone has the same amazing opportunity to win.
So Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington get out there and SPEAK UP! Be sure to assign a primary contact to your school or district, otherwise we will have no way of contact you and more importantly we’ll have no way to send you your 2014 Speak Up data results come Feb. 2015!
Know an educator in one of these states? Please help spread the word, and pass along information about this great opportunity. Learn more about these great conference registrations below:
Nebraska Districts: Mark your calendars for April 23rd-24th and be “On the Move” for the 2015 NETA Spring Conference with an opportunity to win a free conference registration for one lucky member of your team ($125 value). Our friends at NETA have offered a free conference registration to one lucky district in the state, all you need to do is encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up during the final week of Speak Up! The more surveys you get in, the more chances to you have to win! Learn more about the NETA conference and all of its great offerings here.
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington Districts: Our friends at the Northwest Council for Computer Education have graciously offered a free NCCE conference registration ($375 value) for their upcoming March 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon. Like our other free registration opportunities, all you need to do to enter is encourage your staff, students, parents, and the local community to participate in Speak Up. Each survey from your district acts as an entry into the contest – the more surveys taken in your district, the more chances you will have to win! Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here. Also be sure to check out NCCE’s Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog at: http://blog.ncce.org/.
*Transportation and housing costs are not included.
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Photo and Video Challenge Extended through Wednesday, December 17th!

Thank you to all who have submitted their#SpeakUpsnapshot photos this week! On Monday we will be choosing one winner from this week’s photo challenge entries to receive a $250 classroom/school grant.
Due to multiple requests, we have decided to extend the photo and video challenge through Wednesday, December 17th. We understand that many of you plan on participating in Speak Up next week and we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to win. Therefore, all photo and video entries submitted next week through Wednesday, December 17th by 12PM ET will be entered into a separate contest with a total of four opportunities to win $225 in classroom or school grants! With more opportunities to win, receiving $225 in classroom or school grants has never been easier – so get your cameras ready and submit your photos and videos today!

Photo and video challenge rules

Winning a $225 grant has never been easier! All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up America 2014 Badge highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload the photo to one of our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or the photo challenge page. All pictures submitted through Wednesday, December 17th will be entered into a contest with up to four opportunities to win $225, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
Video challenge
Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp

“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your future?”
We want to see you and your class “Speak Up” in action! In our social media video challenge, Project Tomorrow wants to know:
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”
All you need to do is create a short 15-30 second video answering the question above. Use this opportunity to get your class involved by making this into a class project. Submissions can come in the form of videos, animations (PowToon), slideshows, voice snippets and more! The more creative the better!
All videos submitted next week will be entered into our special Speak Up challenge contest extension, with opportunities to win a $225 grant! With only three videos submitted so far, your chances of winning have never been higher!
*All submissions already entered into the contest will also be included in next week’s contest.
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Daily Speak Up 2014 Preliminary data snapshots

In celebration of our Speak Up America, we pulled a special snapshot of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, librarians and principals. Each day, during Speak Up America Week, we released a special video infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Check out each snapshot below:

▪ Teachers
▪ Parents
▪ Students
▪ Librarians
▪ Principals

Click here to view all the snapshots.
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With one week to go there is still plenty of time to get the word out about Speak Up. If you just registered your district or are looking for new ways to promote the survey how about trying one of these ideas:

▪ Host a Speak Up Day: Pick a day in December to have your K-12 community complete the Speak Up Surveys!
▪ Focus on one survey type: Each survey receives their own data set with national comparisons (k-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12, parent, teacher etc.) a focus on teachers, parents and/or administrators is an easy push and a great way to receive a meaningful dataset. Some recommendations would be to send an email or phone recording to parents or email blast to your teachers. Click here for a variety of sample emails.
▪ Highlight the Speak Up survey on your website using one of our Speak Up logos (with a link to the survey). Click here for the code to embed on your website. Make sure to include your survey password!
▪ Use social media networks such as facebook or twitter to get the word out about Speak Up to your stakeholders. Try retweeting one of our @speakuped tweets or post these sample tweets, just click on Tweet this!:

Participate in Speak Up and share your ideas about how to leverage technology in schools to promote better learning: bit.ly/SU14survey >>> Tweet This!
Join the #edtech conversation and share your viewpoints on 21st century education with @SpeakUpEd: http://bit.ly/SU14survey >>> Tweet This!
23 questions + 15 minutes of your time = valuable research for the education community! Take the survey today @ http://bit.ly/SU14survey >>> Tweet This!
Are you “Speaking Up” about digital learning this year? Make your voice heard participate in Speak Up 2014 at http://bit.ly/SU14survey >>> Tweet This!
Participate in Speak Up and share your thoughts and views on the importance of education within your community http://bit.ly/SU14survey >>> Tweet This!
There’s still time to experience the value of #SpeakUp by collecting &using the data to garner support for your key technology initiatives! >>> Tweet This!
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Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, K12, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, SMART Technologies, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.