A New Vision for 21st Century Learning: Students "Speak Up" about Emerging Technologies

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A New Vision for 21st Century Learning: Students "Speak Up" about Emerging Technologies

  1. 1. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Welcome to A New Vision for 21st Century Learning: Students “Speak Up” about Emerging Technologies Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org
  2. 2. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Download presentation materials, share ideas, and discuss concepts shared in this session by joining our Edmodo Group with the following code: FETC42 Join the FETC Community at http://www.edmodo.com/fetc
  3. 3. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions • What are the expectations of K-12 students for 21st century learning? • How does that student vision compare with the educators’ reality? • How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? • What is the future of learning?
  4. 4. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Today’s Agenda:  Speak Up National Research Project  Student Vision for 21st Century Education  Meet the Free Agent Learner!  Conversation Time Speak Up Research Project: Views of Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators
  5. 5. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Defining 21st century education . . . “I believe that the purpose of education is not to make men carpenters, but to make carpenters men. To be competitive in a workplace that is changing and will change continuously throughout our careers, my peers and I need to be able to read and understand new information at a level never before prevalent. This should be, however, a familiar aim for the forces of academia, however, since what we must learn, in essence, is to learn. I would ensure a broad and balanced education that exposes every student to rigorous inquiry in every discipline, from physics to pottery and makes them active participants in the process of inquiry and learning.” 11th grade student Pittsburgh PA
  6. 6. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Annual national research project  Online surveys + focus groups  Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education  Institutions receive free report with their own data • Collect ideas ↔ Stimulate conversations  K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators • Inform policies & programs  Analysis and reporting  Services to help transform teaching and learning Speak Up National Research Project
  7. 7. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Speak Up is facilitated annually by Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay) Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) is the leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education.
  8. 8. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Empowering authentic voices – since 2003:  1.9 million K-12 students  180,000 teachers and librarians  124,000 parents  15,500 school and district leaders  30,000 K-12 schools – from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia, int’l schools . . . Speak Up National Research Project 2.2 million respondents
  9. 9. © Project Tomorrow 2011  Learning & Teaching with Technology  21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship  Science and Math Instruction / STEM Career Interests  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety  Administrators’ Challenges  Emerging Technologies in the Classroom  Online Learning, Mobile Devices, Digital Content  Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications  Designing the 21st Century School Speak Up survey question themes
  10. 10. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Saluting our Speak Up Sponsors:
  11. 11. © Project Tomorrow 2011 And the 75+ other national education and business associations & nonprofit groups that promote Speak Up to their stakeholders, members & affiliates. Thank you to our K-12 National Champion Outreach Partners:
  12. 12. © Project Tomorrow 2011  K-12 Students 294,399  Teachers 35,525  Librarians 2,135  Parents (in English & Spanish) 42,267  School/District Administrators 3,578  Technology Leaders 1,391  Schools / Districts 6,541 / 1,340 Participating States for Student Surveys: 48 states Top 12 (# of participants): TX, CA, AL, AZ, FL, NC, IL, MD, IN, NV, PA, WI National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  13. 13. © Project Tomorrow 2011 About our K-12 Schools: – 34% urban, 29% suburban, 37% rural – 51% Title 1 eligible – indicating community poverty – 34% majority-minority student population National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  14. 14. © Project Tomorrow 2011 National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 Release of national findings: Student & Parent Data: April 1 Educator Data: early May Stay tuned to all Speak Up announcements: www.tomorrow.org SpeakUpEd – Twitter and Facebook
  15. 15. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010  Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”  Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learning  Students’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use of technologies within education  Lack of relevancy in education exacerbated  Persistent digital disconnect between students and adults  Emergence of the new Free Agent Learner!
  16. 16. © Project Tomorrow 2011 What can the Speak Up findings tell us about the future of learning?
  17. 17. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. What can the Speak Up data tell us about the future of learning?
  18. 18. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Result: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity
  19. 19. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning
  20. 20. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Activities, Attitudes & Aspirations Disconnects & Differences Trends & Leverage Points Speak Up 2009 Data Results + Preliminary Speak Up 2010 Data Results
  21. 21. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Social–based learning Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create personal networks of experts
  22. 22. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students’ use of collaboration and communications tools for school work 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Online tutoring Tweet/micro-blog Post to blogs/wikis Communicate w/teachers Collaborate thru Facebook Communicate w/peers Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5
  23. 23. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students’ use of technology for communication and collaboration outside of school 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Contribute to wiki Contribute to blog Communicate: Facebook, discussion boards, chats Update Facebook profile Communicate: IM, email, text Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5
  24. 24. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students’ use of social networking sites – for schoolwork and personal activities Primary communications vehicle 59% Use it to get help on schoolwork 34% When I get home, first thing I check 30% Helps me keep better organized 20%
  25. 25. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students’ use of social networking sites – for schoolwork and personal activities Primary communications vehicle 59% Use it to get help on schoolwork 34% When I get home, first thing I check 30% Helps me keep better organized 20% Friends with parents thru site 35% Friends with teacher(s) thru site 18%
  26. 26. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls
  27. 27. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students face obstacles using technology at school (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Top responses from students: 1. I cannot use my mobile device (53%) 2. School filters and firewalls block websites I need (51%) 3. Teachers limit our technology use (35%) 4. Too many rules! (30%) • Cannot access my communications tools • Rules that limit use of my school’s technology
  28. 28. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How schools could make it easier to use technology (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Students say: 1. Allow greater access to websites I need (67%) 2. Let me use my own mobile device (55%) 3. Give me unlimited Internet access on campus (43%) 4. Let me use my own laptop (40%) 5. I want to access my social networking site and communications tools (38%) 6. Provide classwork and resources online (36%) 7. Let me recharge my devices (30%)
  29. 29. © Project Tomorrow 2011 K-12 students’ personal access to mobile devices (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Device K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Cell phone 21% 29% 51% 56% Smart phone 16% 19% 34% 46% Laptop 37% 42% 60% 67% MP3 37% 55% 79% 85% iPad 10% 8% 13% 10%
  30. 30. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How would you use your mobile device to help you with schoolwork? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Top vote getters: Check grades 74% Internet research 68% Take notes for class 59% Text or IM classmate or teacher re: schoolwork 53% Use the calendar 50% It’s all about productivity!
  31. 31. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How likely are you this year to allow students to use their own mobile devices for instructional purposes at school? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Administrators say: Likely 22% Unlikely 63%
  32. 32. © Project Tomorrow 2011 So, what prevents you from allowing students to use their own devices at school? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Administrators say: 1. Teachers are not trained 2. Concerns about network security 3. Concerns about theft 4. Devices could be distraction 5. Digital equity issues
  33. 33. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Would parents purchase a mobile device for their child to use at school? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Parents say: Likely 67% Unlikely 11%
  34. 34. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Would parents purchase a data plan to support their child’s use of the mobile device at school? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Parents say: Likely 54% Unlikely 16%
  35. 35. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings) Growth in student experiences with academic online learning 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 2008 2009 2010 Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 6-8 Includes: • Online class taught by a teacher • Self-study online class • Blended class environment
  36. 36. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Productivity Class schedule – better fit (54%) Earn college credit (53%) Get extra help (38%) Review materials as needed (38%) Learning In control of my learning (52%) Work at own pace (49%) Improve my tech skills (36%) The student value proposition on online learning (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings)
  37. 37. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students
  38. 38. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is learning online? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students 1/3 of parents have taken an online class for work or personal reasons
  39. 39. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students face obstacles with online learning If you have not taken an online class, why not? “I don’t know about the classes offered at my school” (34%) “My school does not offer online classes” (29%) “I don’t know how to sign up for online classes” (24%) “I don’t know how to find information about online classes” (23%)
  40. 40. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Who is your primary audience for online classes in your district? 1. Teachers (53%) 2. Students (40%) 3. Administrators (36%) Administrators Speak Up about online learning (preliminary Speak Up 2010 data findings)
  41. 41. © Project Tomorrow 2011 How is online learning implemented? Administrators: Types of Online Learning Provided to Students 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 100% class - our teachers 100% class - other teachers Blended class Self directed class 2010 2009
  42. 42. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Priorities for online learning What are the top 5 priorities you are addressing with online classes for students? 1. Keep students engaged in school 2. Offer academic remediation 3. Increase graduation rates 4. Offer scheduling alternatives 5. Provide programs for at risk students/credit recovery students
  43. 43. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Digitally-rich learning Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as key to education productivity
  44. 44. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Three themes emerge from the data:  Students want interactivity and relevancy  They want tools to facilitate collaboration  They want ways to personalize learning Students’ desires for the features and functionality of online textbooks
  45. 45. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students want their digital textbooks to facilitate collaboration 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Webcams/Video Conferencing Collaboration Tools Create podcasts/videos Communicate w ith classmates Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 6-8 Parents
  46. 46. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students want to use their digital textbooks to personalize learning 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Self-paced tutorials Organizational tools Presentations Dow nload to phone Self directed quizzes Search terms Calculator Electronic notes Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 6-8 Parents
  47. 47. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students want their digital textbooks to be interactive and relevant
  48. 48. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Students’ interest in games transcends ages and gender 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Role play Customize to my interests Interactivity Make new friends Play on own Competing with others Gr 9 Boy Gr 9 Girl Gr 3 Boy Gr 3 Girl What do you like most about playing video/online games?
  49. 49. © Project Tomorrow 2011 And interest in games within learning increases with age – but without gender bias What would be the benefits of games within learning? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Real world relevancy Self-directed Go beyond assignment More engaged Understand difficult concepts Learn more Gr 9 Boy Gr 9 Girl Gr 3 Boy Gr 3 Girl
  50. 50. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about theirVision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning
  51. 51. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning?
  52. 52. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning? Are we all on the same page?
  53. 53. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Elementsof Social Based Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Collaboration tools Communications tools Admin Parents Students
  54. 54. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Elements of Un-tethered Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Internet access Laptops Mobile devices Online classes Admin Parents Students Ultimate School: Are we on the same page?
  55. 55. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Ultimate School: Digitally Rich Learning Environments 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Digital media tools Games Online textbooks E-portfolios Admin Parents Students Ultimate School: Are we on the same page?
  56. 56. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Continuing “digital disconnects” • Spectrum of digital native-ness • Multiple “computers” in the backpack • Adaptation trumps adoption • Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any pace learning • Developing personal expert networks Key trends we are watching:
  57. 57. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • Self directed learning for student & teacher • Everyone is a content developer • Make it relevant to me! • Blurring of informal & formal learning lines • Beyond engagement: it’s really about productivity! • “Long tail” of training & education Key trends we are watching:
  58. 58. © Project Tomorrow 2011 The era of the technology-enabled Free Agent Learner Speak Up National Data Findings
  59. 59. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Key Characteristics: – Self directed learning – Un-tethered to traditional education – Expert at personal data aggregation – Power of connections – Creating new networks of experts – Experiential learning is key – make it real – Everyone is a content developer – Process as important as knowledge gained Meet the Free Agent Learner!
  60. 60. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Meet the Free Agent Learner! Searched online for self-directed learning 34% Used cell phone apps to self organize 20% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 18% Took an online test or assessment on their own 15% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 15% Found experts online to answer questions 12% Sampling of activities
  61. 61. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Meet the Free Agent Learner! Searched online for self-directed learning 34% Used cell phone apps to self organize 20% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 18% Took an online test or assessment on their own 15% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 15% Found experts online to answer questions 12% Sampling of activities Who is this?
  62. 62. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Say hello to the Free Agent Learner – a typical middle school student!
  63. 63. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Recommendations from the K-12 “Digital Advance Team” Learning that is • Enabled • Engaging • Empowered
  64. 64. © Project Tomorrow 2011 • National Speak Up Findings • Presentations, podcasts and webinars • Evaluation services • Reports and white papers Want more Speak Up after FETC? www.tomorrow.org
  65. 65. © Project Tomorrow 2011 The Future of Learning? What do K-12 education leaders say schools will look like in 2019?
  66. 66. © Project Tomorrow 2011 A vision for education in 2019 “School will become a 24 hour around the clock opportunity with students logging into school from “home.” The role of the teacher will be to lead and assist students in “discovering” the uses for the technology and information. Every student from Pre-K through twelfth grade will have access to learning through the most advanced IT devices available. Learning will occur online at least 80% of the time. School buildings will be open on evenings and Saturdays for remediation, recreation and community activities for the purpose of socialization.” Principal from Michigan
  67. 67. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2010. This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.
  68. 68. © Project Tomorrow 2011 Evaluations Step 1: Go to http://edmodo.com/fetcevals Step 2: Select session number (FETC42), session title, and evaluate.

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