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There is still time to participate in Speak Up!

With only three weeks of Speak Up left, there is still time to participate and share your thoughts about education! Surveys are open for input through December 19th at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. If you are new to Speak Up, check out the above tutorial on how to get started, as well as the rest of our tutorial videos here.

Speak Up lesson plans

Do you need a class activity for your students before Thanksgiving break? How about our Speak Up surveys? We offer lesson plans for grades K-12. Click on the following links to download our lesson plans, or click on the above image to visit our promotional materials page for our lesson plans and more.

Are you new to Speak Up and unsure of where to begin?

Get started by viewing our tutorial videos! Pulled from our Planning for Speak Up 2014 webinar last week, these tutorials are no longer than five minutes and introduce the basics of Speak Up, including what the program is about, how to access the survey, how to view your data in February 2015, and more. Check out one of our tutorials below, and click here to view the entire playlist.

Reminder: the Planning for Speak Up 2014 webinar is tomorrow

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014
Google Hangout 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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 on Wednesday 11/12 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 the benefits of participation
  • How your district can participate in Speak Up 2014

 

Sound interesting? Register to attend this special webinar at or contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 11.

Webinar: Planning for Speak Up 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

8:00AM PT / 11:00 AM ET

Speak Up provides a quick and easy way for your students, parents, teachers, librarians, administrators and community members to have a voice in local, state and national discussions about emerging technologies in education. Since 2003, over 3.5 million education stakeholders from over 30,000 schools have participated in Speak Up.
Be a part of this year’s Speak Up movement! Join Julie Evans CEO, Project Tomorrow for a 45 minute webinar on Wednesday, November 12 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 the benefits of participation
▪ How your district can participate in Speak Up 2014

Interested? Register to attend this special webinar or contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 11.

Throwback Thursday

Happy Throwback Thursday! Each week we’ll feature past Project Tomorrow news, events, Speak Up data, and more. This week we’re focusing on past participant Pope John XXIII Catholic School from Arizona, who submitted the below photo for Speak Up America 2013:

Speak Up America is our weeklong campaign, which celebrates Speak Up participants – past, present, and new! Last year’s event featured a photo challenge, a chance to win a free ISTE conference registration, and more – who knows what this year will bring? Stay tuned for news about Speak Up America 2014, which will take place from December 8th-December 12thClick here to learn more about Speak Up America

Additionally, be sure to participate in Speak Up 2014!  Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Data from the surveys – including data regarding online classes – will be released in February 2015. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014!

Speak Up News, November 2014

Happy November and Speak Up monthly newsletter update! Can you believe it? We are already one month into Speak Up and are off to a fantastic start with over 85,000 surveys taken! A big shout out goes to our top 5 states: California, Indiana, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. Be sure to check out our newparticipant map to keep track of who’s Speaking Up.
There are still 7 more weeks to go—Share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community by taking the survey today. Take the survey, and pass it on!
In this newsletter, you will find information regarding…

▪ Speak Up 2014: Teachers, Librarians and Administrators – take the survey today! Surveys are available for input through December 19th, 2014.
▪ School and district leaders: Learn how Speak Up can benefit your school(s) and district.
▪ Speak Up in Action: See what this year’s Speak Up top schools and districts had to say about why they participate in Speak Up.
▪ Speak Up America: Our weeklong celebration of Speak Up participants will take place in December!
▪ Speak Up On the Go: Check out this month’s events.

Happy reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up 2014

Teachers, Librarians and Administrators:

Share your ideas about digital learning by completing a Speak Up survey today

How do you use technology for learning?
Share your perspective in the Speak Up 2014 survey, and help steer the future of education technology.
To achieve real and positive change in the field of education technology, it is crucial that you share your ideas and opinions with policy makers and the broader education community. Make a difference today by expressing your views in the Speak Up 2014 National Research Project!
Surveys are open for input through December 19th, 2014 at:www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014.
For additional information on the Speak Up surveys, including FAQs, promotional materials and more please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup.
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School and District Leaders:

Use Speak Up to learn about the unique digital learning aspirations of your students, parents, staff and community members

Sign up to be a part of this year’s Speak Up Research Project and start learning about the ideas and views of your stakeholders regarding digital learning, both in school and at home.
Promote the online surveys and Project Tomorrow will send you an online report in early February that documents your locally collected data plus the national data to use for benchmarking or to compare results. How do your students compare to other students within your state or the nation in terms of their interest in mobile, online and digital learning? Are the expectations of your parents aligned with national goals? Are your teachers ready for digital learning today?
Join your colleagues nationwide who are already using Speak Up data to inform school or district plans, policies, purchases and programs around digital learning. There is simply no substitute for understanding the specific aspirations of your own students, parents and staff for improving the use of technology within teaching and learning.
Get started today by:

▪ Having your K-12 students complete their grade level and reading level appropriate 20 minute online surveys – either in school or after school
▪ Facilitate opportunities for your teachers, librarians, technology coordinators and school/district staff to complete their own online surveys
▪ Share the online survey link with your parents via social media, school websites and/or newsletters: bit.ly/SU14survey
▪ Promote participation in the surveys to your wider community – business partners, after school programs, civic leaders, support staff

Need help? Contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org.
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Speak Up in Action

See what this year’s Speak Up top schools and districts had to say about why they participate in Speak Up, and learn how they utilized their school/district’s data! Below are a few quotes from our top schools and districts:
“Via Speak Up, I finally have data that is useful and meaningful; it is an amazing service that is provided to schools. I can’t wait to compare data from last year to this year to see how we’ve changed, how we’ve grown, etc. It is an amazing planning tool.” —Milena Streen, St. Ignatius High School (OH)
“Speak Up reports provide the opportunity for the state to hear student and teacher voices from school districts across the state and compare the state data to the national data. The higher the level of participation by schools, the more impact their voices have. This is especially beneficial for planning and policy decisions at the state level. Speak Up data was invaluable in the development of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 and continues to be used when progress reports on the plan are submitted to the Texas Legislature.” —Anita Givens, former Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency
“Themes included in the survey questions align with a majority of technology initiatives implemented by districts. The Speak Up survey allows school administrators to gauge the student’s access, use and need for additional classroom technologies and supports throughout the learning process.”
—Dr. Kristy Sailors, Blue Valley School District (KS)
Click here to learn more about Speak Up in Action and tell us your Speak Up story!
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Speak Up America starts next month!

Mark your calendars! Speak Up America 2014 takes place from December 8th to December 12th.

In honor of the superb survey period that took place during Speak Up 2013, Project Tomorrow launched the inaugural “Speak Up America” campaign, a weeklong event to celebrate Speak Up participants, past, present and new!
Now in its second year, Speak Up America 2014 will feature infographics using current survey data, a weeklong photo challenge with a chance to win classroom grants, and more! Be on the lookout for more information about Speak Up America 2014 before it starts on December 8th.
Click here to learn more about Speak Up America
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Speak Up on the Go!

Attend Julie’s session at the iNACOL 2014 Symposium in Palm Springs!

The Self-Directed Professional Development Lives of Online Leaders
Education leaders who are designing and delivering online courses are leading the pack in leveraging online tools to transform learning. But, are they also pioneering the use of digital tools to self-direct their own professional development? In this session we will share Speak Up data about how online educators are tapping into informal PLCs and social media to develop online teaching skills, and learn about the first hand experiences of educators participating in ETLO’s online community.Click here to learn more about the symposium and Julie’s session.
Additionally, Julie would love to meet up with any attendees of the iNACOL 2014 Symposium who are interested. Please contact Lisa Chu at LChu@tomorrow.org if you would like to meet Julie Evans during the symposium.

Twitter chat: Blended Learning Benefits

Time: Thursday, November 6th at 8PM ET/7PM CT/5PM PT
Julie will be hosting her third Twitter chat on the benefits of blended learning while she is at the 2014 iNACOL Blended Learning Symposium. During this discussion 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! Click here to sign up.
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If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at 949/609-4660 ext. 17.

Check out our new lively Speak Up information flyer!

This fun, colorful flyer is a great outreach tool to get more of your schools involved in Speak Up. It provides general information about the survey, survey links, and dates with a list of topics and why to participate. Use this as a supplemental attachment to your encouragement emails, promotional flyer handout or as an image on your website. Click on the image below to download the flyer on our website:

Build your own yeti with code!

Happy Halloween! Made With Code by Google has a variety of fun games that can help students get into coding. In honor of today’s spooky holiday, check out their Build Your Own Yeti Game, where you can choose the yeti’s color and movements through the Blockly programming language. Click on the yeti below to get started:

Additionally, our Speak Up survey offers questions about coding and programming this year. A question that we ask high school students is:
If your school offered a class or after school activity to learn how to program or code, how interested would you be in taking that class or participating in that activity?
 
Don’t forget to participate in Speak Up 2014!  Speak Up provides an easy way for students, parents and educators to participate in local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the state and national dialogue about educational technology. Data from the surveys – including data regarding online classes – will be released in February 2015. Click here to register for Speak Up 2014, and be sure to take the survey before it closes on December 19th, 2014!