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Speak Up News – March 2015

Quick links:

▪ Announcing our first Congressional Briefing! Learn more about the date and details of our first briefing.
▪ Mobile Learning Week 2015: Catch up on UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week through Julie Evans’ takeaway blog posts.
▪ Flipped Learning Report: We teamed up with the Flipped Learning Network to create a whitepaper based on Speak Up 2014 data. 
▪ Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Learn how to create Future Ready schools through the Friday Institute’s upcoming MOOC. 
▪ Your survey results are now available! All Speak Up 2014 participants can access their school or district data.
▪ Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans. 

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

-The Project Tomorrow team


National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings

2015 Congressional Briefing

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Washington, D.C.
Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.
The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with students and educators. This year’s national report on the findings will be distributed to all attendees.
Click here to RSVP to attend the briefing; click here to request a copy of the report.
If your district is interested in having students participate in our student panel, please contact Lisa Chu at lchu@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext. 12. If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext 17.

Mobile Learning Week 2015

February 23-27 in Paris, France

Mobile Learning Week 2015 – hosted by UNESCOand UN Women – includes inspiring keynotes, plenary sessions, and a myriad of small, TedTalk like sessions on all kinds of topics related to girls, women, and mobile learning. This annual symposium spans the course of five days in Paris, France, and features 100+ speakers, 12 workshops, 80 presentations, and 1000+ participants from over 70 countries worldwide in order to explore the intersection of technology, education, and gender.
This week, Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans is in Paris to participate in two workshops. The first workshop, “Inspiring girls through games and coding: A hands-on exploration,” held by our friends at BrainPOP, focuses on girls’ interest in playing learning games, creating their own games, and learning how to code using mobile devices – with data provided by Speak Up. The second workshop, “Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Gender-sensitive Mobile Learning Projects within Educational Settings” was held by Julie herself, along with Dr. Kari Stubbs from BrainPOP, and addresses how to design mobile learning projects that are constructed with gender-sensitivity as well as cultural awareness. You can learn more about this workshop on our website.
Be a part of the experience by following Julie on Twitter (@JulieEvans_PT) for live updates. You can also read Julie’s daily takeaway blog posts – which feature recaps of each day of the symposium – on the Project Tomorrow blog.

New Whitepaper from the Flipped Learning Network

Speak Up 2014 National Research Project Findings

Flipped Learning continues to trend for third year
To continue watching the Flipped Learning trend, for the third year in a row we have partnered with the Flipped Learning Network to ask specific questions on flipped learning in the Speak Up 2014 surveys. In this new whitepaper, the Flipped Learning Network focuses on data from teachers, librarians, building and district administrators, technology leaders and students regarding their use of videos in the classroom, digital content, and other flipped learning related experiences. Additionally, educators and administrators weighed in on professional development when learning how to flip a class. Students lent their voices on flipped learning, videos as homework, and how (and how often) they use learning and social media tools. To read the full report, click here.

Leading the Digital Learning Transition: Creating Future Ready Schools

March 2 – April 26

Learn more and register here
This Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) is designed for school and district leaders, and any others involved in planning and implementing K-12 digital learning initiatives. Everyone involved in digital learning (also known as blended learning, e-learning and instructional technology) in a K-12 school or district is welcome to join the course.
This course will help you:

▪ Understand the potential of digital learning in K-12 schools
▪ Assess progress and set future goals for your school or district
▪ Begin to develop a plan to achieve your digital learning goals.

The DLT MOOC-Ed consists of five units scheduled over eight weeks. Participants are invited to work in all the units or to select those that are most relevant to their personal learning goals. A certificate of completion to obtain CEUs is available for those who complete certain requirements. There is no cost for participating in the DLT MOOC-Ed.
Dr. Glenn Kleiman and Dr. Mary Ann Wolf are the program directors, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course.
Other MOOC-Ed courses currently open for registration include Learning Differences, Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning, Coaching Digital Learning, and Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations. More information about these courses can be found at mooc-ed.org.

Your Speak Up data is now available!

If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of 2014, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say.
Click here to view your data, retrieve forgotten passwords, and more.

Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

The Road To TEACH
Wednesday, March 11
The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning
Tuesday, March 17
CoSN 2015 Annual Conference
Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.
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.
Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, 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.

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

Speak Up 2014 Snapshot for Parents

This is a special blog posting by Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, to share some selected , preliminary data findings from Speak Up 2014 (data collected from November 25th from 16,200 parents of school aged children nationwide). The final data results will be published in a series of national reports in spring 2015.
Mobiles for learning?  Parents say yes!
Over the past 12 years, some of the most significant data findings from the Speak Up surveys have revolved around mobile devices and their use within the classroom.  While we continue each year to uncover new findings about how teachers and students are using laptops, tablets and smartphones to support learning, both in school and at home, I think the data from parents about their opinions on mobile learning, and their willingness to support this trend should be of equal importance to school and district leaders.  Parents not only mobilists themselves (users of mobile devices) but increasingly they also see these devices as essential learning tools for their children.
When asked to identify the benefits of student use of mobile devices within instruction, parents’ top responses in this year’s Speak Up surveys reflect a triad of core advantages associated with digital learning.
First, parents see mobile devices as providing their students with a gateway to increased access to learning content, most notably online textbooks (71 percent).   Parents place a high value on the role of digital content within learning today – and laptops, tablets, digital readers and even smartphones are an easy and convenient way for students to use that content anytime, anywhere.  The component of “anywhere learning” is further facilitated by the second core advantage of mobile devices.  Parents like the idea that their children could use a mobile to review class materials afterschool (67 percent), thus extending the learning day beyond the traditional 3 pm school bell.   This extension of the classroom experience, enabled by the mobile devices, also appears to yield an additional benefit of improving school to home communications for many parents as well (59 percent).  Finally, the third core advantage of mobile learning is the idea that these compelling, always on devices can increase student engagement in learning.  Almost 6 out of 10 parents say that increasing student engagement is a significant benefit of incorporating laptops and tablets within classroom instruction; teachers and administrators agree!
Parents’ perceptions about the benefits of mobile devices are more than a hypothetical discussion however.  Half of all parents of school aged children who completed a Speak Up survey  this year said they would like their child to be in a class where he/she could use their own mobile device to support learning.   While administrators’ views on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies is changing, this vote of approval for that kind of policy change should be a wakeup call for many school districts today.  Equally compelling for district leaders, parents appear to be willing to support that aspiration with a financial investment.  While 14 percent of parents say that they have already purchased a mobile device for their child to use specifically in school for academic purposes, an additional 44 percent say they would be willing to purchase a device for their child to use in class   if school policy allowed for that.  
Want to understand how supportive your school parents are for mobile learning?  Every school and district that participates in Speak Up and promotes the surveys to their parents, students and staff, receives a free report with both local and national data findings.  Speak Up 2014 surveys are open for input until December 19.  Local reports will be available February 5.  Here is your link to the surveys:  http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/

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.

New Speak Up White Paper

We are excited to announce the release of the new Speak Up White paper:

This new Speak Up white paper, analyzes findings on the experiences, insights, and desires of World Language educators in the United States and their use of technology, and is based on responses from over 56,000 K-12 teachers participating in the 2012 Speak Up survey. World Language teachers currently use technology at higher rates than the national teaching population to improve their personal productivity and effectiveness, personalize learning based on student need, and maximize student achievement in language acquisition courses for 21stcentury learners. The paper, a collaborative effort between Rosetta Stone Education and Project Tomorrow, also explores policy and infrastructure constraints that limit full technology integration in schools.

Key findings from this special analysis are
  • World Language teachers are currently using technology at higher rates than the national teaching population.
  • World Language teachers are using technology to improve their personal productivity and effectiveness.
  • World Language teachers are using technology to personalize learning based on student need
  • Policy and infrastructure constraints continue to limit full technology integration in schools.
  • World Language teachers believe that technology has a fundamental role in maximizing student achievement in language acquisition courses for 21stcentury learners.

Click here to download a copy of the report from the Rosetta Stone Education’s website.

If you think this data is interesting and would like to gain a better understanding about your stakeholders’ perspectives about the use of technology for learning, participate in Speak Up 2013. Speak Up is now open for input and will run through December 20th.

Speak Up Surveys are free, and schools and districts can receive access to their school and/or district’s data in February 2014.

To take the survey, visit http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2013, students will be required to enter in a survey password. Register as the primary contact of your school or district (at the link above) to manage your information, assign a student survey password to ensure confidentiality (all students will need to enter in the secret word to take the survey) and select an administrative password that will be used to access your local participant data beginning February 5, 2014. The data will be released on 2/5/14 in celebration of Digital Learning Day!

To learn more about signing up as the Primary Contact of your school(s) please click here.

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.

Questions about Speak Up? E-mail us at SpeakUp@tomorrow.org.

Join the Speak Up conversation on Twitter! #SpeakUp2013 & @speakuped

Have a wonderful day.

– The Project Tomorrow team