Are we Ready for the New 21st Century Learners?

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Are we Ready for the New 21st Century Learners?

  1. 1. Tomorrow’s Students: Are We Ready for the New 21st Century Learners? Copyright Project Tomorrow 2007. 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. 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.
  2. 2. Tomorrow’s Students: Are We Ready for the New 21st Century Learners? Julie Evans Chief Executive Officer Project Tomorrow October 25, 2007
  3. 3. Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay) - a national education nonprofit organization Our strengths: Provide national leadership to improve education Incubate and replicate science, math & technology programs that engage K-12 students Leverage online tools, resources and events to build local capacities Conduct national research to inform and stimulate new discussions around education topics
  4. 4. What is Speak Up? • Annual national research project – Online surveys – Open for all K-12 schools – Schools/districts get their own data for planning and budgeting – Facilitated by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group • Collect data ↔ Stimulate conversations – Students, Teachers, Parents and School Leaders • Inform policies & programs – Analysis and reporting – Services: custom reports, consulting with schools, Speak Up Your Way! • 5 years of strong national participation – since 2003: – 795,000 K-12 students – 48,000 teachers – 15,000 parents – 10,000 schools – all 50 states, DC + DOD schools
  5. 5. What is Speak Up? Speak Up 2007: Online surveys opened up on October 15th Surveys submitted as of this morning: 6480 Elementary School Students 9234 Middle and High School Students 1069 Teachers 738 Parents 183 School Leaders More on Speak Up 2007 later . . .
  6. 6. “Technology has changed the way I deliver content to students and the products I expect back from students. The use of technology is more consistent with how the students interact with the world and with what will be expected of them in the future.” High School Science Teacher with 16+ years of teaching experience Daviess County, Kentucky
  7. 7. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Participation Overview: 232,781 K-12 students, 21,272 teachers & 15,316 parents All 50 states, DC, Canada, Mexico & American DOD schools Top 10 states: TX, IL, CA, MD, AL, NC, FL, MA, VA, MI Top School District: Chicago Public Schools School demographics*: 2800 schools 96% public schools – 4% private schools Urban (1/3) Rural (1/3) Suburban (1/3) % of schools that are Title 1 eligible = 41% % of schools w/majority minority school population = 43% * NCES Common Core of Data 2003/2004
  8. 8. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 • The survey question themes: Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills Communications, Connections & Self- Expression Math & Science Instruction Global Collaborations Competitiveness & Workforce Preparedness Designing Schools of the Future
  9. 9. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 • The survey question themes: Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills Communications, Connections & Self-Expression Math & Science Instruction Global Collaborations Competitiveness & Workforce Preparedness Designing Schools of the Future Let’s learn about your students of tomorrow - by examining the behaviors and aspirations of the new 21st century learner!
  10. 10. You just received this text message: dis rm S filD W BNFs of A3 lerning Bt lts Nt B 404 bout d kdz POV RU ReD 2 tlk nw f ys ~~~ yr h& ciao What is your next action?
  11. 11. dis rm S filD W BNFs of A3 lerning Bt lts Nt B 404 bout d kdz POV RU ReD 2 tlk nw f ys ~~~ yr h& ciao What is your next action? 1. Stand up 2. Wave your hand 3. Show us your cell phone 4. I don’t have a clue – I am over 25!
  12. 12. Translation please! dis rm S filD W BNFs of A3 lerning Bt lts Nt B 404 bout d kdz POV RU ReD 2 tlk nw f ys ~~~ yr h& ciao This room is filled with big name fans of anytime, anywhere, anyplace learning. But let’s not be clueless about the kids’ point of view. Are you ready to talk now? If yes, wave your hand. Goodbye.
  13. 13. Let’s talk about . . . Activities, Attitudes & Aspirations Disconnects & Differences Trends & Leverage Points
  14. 14. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the student data: • Communications is #1 • Online connected-ness creating new “friends” • Online safety & privacy are not top student concerns • Self-directed learning on the rise • Students say: “Make science & math relevant!” • Continued disconnect between students & adults • Increasing tech sophistication of the youngest learners
  15. 15. Let’s add some context: K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity* 1994 – 3% 1996 – 14% 1998 – 51% 2000 – 77% 2002 – 92% * NCES data
  16. 16. K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity 2nd Graders – where are they now? 1994 – 3%: Your 3rd Year Students 1996 – 14%: Your 1st Year Students 1998 – 51% 2000 – 77% 2002 – 92%
  17. 17. K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity 2nd Graders – where are they now? 1994 – 3%: Your 3rd Year Students 1996 – 14%: Your 1st Year Students 1998 – 51%: 10th grade now Your freshman in 2010 2000 – 77%: 8th grade now Your freshman in 2012 2002 – 92%: 6th grade now Your freshman in 2014
  18. 18. Setting the context : K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity 1998 – 51%: 10th grade now – your freshman in 2010 2000 – 77%: 8th grade now – your freshman in 2012 2002 – 92%: 6th grade now – your freshman in 2014 Who are the real digital natives? Are we ready for those natives?
  19. 19. Besides computers, what other devices are K-12 students using? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Cell Phones MP3 Game Players K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-12
  20. 20. How are K-12 students using technology for schoolwork? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Research Keyboarding Presentations Tests K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  21. 21. How are K-12 students using technology for schoolwork? Email teachers – 25% Use online text books – 22% Email – IM classmate about a project – 40% Check on a grade – 22% Take an online class – 9%
  22. 22. How are K-12 students using technology for schoolwork? Online learning 35% of students Gr 6-12 interested in taking an online class Why? 1. To get extra help in a subject area 2. To take a class not offered 3. To work at one’s own pace 4. To get college credit – AP class 5. Interest in the topic What subject areas? Math, Foreign Language
  23. 23. Technology Use – Outside of School: The Big Four 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Email/IM Games Music MySpace K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  24. 24. Technology Use – Outside of School: Communications Favorite communications tool? Email IM Cell phone for talking Cell phone for texting
  25. 25. Technology Use – Outside of School: Communications Favorite communications tool? Email IM Cell phone for talking Favorite: 36% of students Grades 6-12 Daily use: 73% Gr 9-12 57% Gr 6-8 42% Gr 3-5
  26. 26. Technology Use – Connected-ness Are students using online tools to connect with other students?  Connecting with students in the US - 23%  Connecting with students around the world - 17% Online friends:
  27. 27. Technology Use – Connected-ness Are students using online tools to connect with other students?  Connecting with students in the US - 23%  Connecting with students around the world - 17% Online friends:  44% connect with 20+ online friends monthly  Never met 34% of those friends
  28. 28. Technology Use – Connected-ness Are students using online tools to connect with other students?  Connecting with students in the US - 23%  Connecting with students around the world - 17% Online friends:  44% connect with 20+ online friends monthly  Never met 34% of those friends Redefining what is a “friend”
  29. 29. Technology Use – Connected-ness Make new friends – 34% Blog (create/post) – 22% Sharing writings online – 16% Create a podcast – 6% Posted a video – 13% MySpace page – 51% Worked on a group project – 24% Play online games – 35% Shared music – 15% Go to websites for TV shows/Movies: 25% of students K-12
  30. 30. Why do K-12 students value good tech skills? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Get a job College success World awareness Do well in school Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  31. 31. How do students want to learn science? 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 InvestigationsScience Places Scientists Sim ulations R esearch Equipm ent R ealW orld Problem s Job Skills Natl 6-8 Natl 9-12
  32. 32. K-12 student interest in STEM careers? Not interested in a STEM Career 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Students
  33. 33. Obstacles to using technology for schoolwork Grades 3-5 Access issues: – Lack of computers – Inconvenient locations – Slow Internet access Grades 6-12 Control issues: – Rules against tech tools – Teachers control when/where use – School filters
  34. 34. “What if you were designing a new school for students just like you?”
  35. 35. “What if you were designing a new school for students just like you?” Students Kindergarten thru Grade 12 all say the same thing: A laptop for every student
  36. 36. Designing ultimate school for 21st century learners Other ideas (from students Gr 6-12): Use cell phones/MP3 players/Handhelds – 46% Use email/IM/blogs – 45% Digital moviemaking equipment – 45% Interactive whiteboards – 44% Online textbooks – 39% Online classes - 35% Lessons/assignments on my MP3 player – 34%
  37. 37. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the teacher data: • Impact of technology – “teaching & instructional support” • Time is still the #1 obstacle to using tech more in school (Not enough time for science either) • Online safety & privacy are top concerns for student tech use • Teachers embracing email as key tool for parent communications • Impact of professional development • Majority don’t believe schools are doing a good job preparing kids for 21st century
  38. 38. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the parent data: • Satisfaction with school technology? Mixed results. • Strong preferences for home-school connections • Online safety & privacy concerns for student tech use • Support students having cell phones @ school • Value math & science for all students – Concerned about global job competition • Majority do not believe that their local schools are doing a good job preparing kids for 21st century
  39. 39. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Student Tech Use Concerns 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Gr 6-12 Students Teachers Parents Cyberbullying Privacy Spam Bad websites Digital equity Online cheating Girls & Tech Predators Too much time
  40. 40. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Which 21st century skills are most important? Parents: #1 – Critical thinking #2 – Problem solving #3 – Work ethic
  41. 41. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Which 21st century skills are most important? Parents: #1 – Critical thinking #2 – Problem solving #3 – Work ethic Teachers: #1 – Critical thinking #2 – Problem solving #3 – Technology skills
  42. 42. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Which 21st century skills are most important? Parents: #1 – Critical thinking #2 – Problem solving #3 – Work ethic Teachers: #1 – Critical thinking #2 – Problem solving #3 – Technology skills Students: #1 Tied: Critical thinking & Technology skills
  43. 43. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 How well is your school doing in preparing you/children/students to compete for the jobs and careers of the 21st century? Response “Yes” • Students – 38% • Parents – 48% • Teachers – 47%
  44. 44. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 How well is your school doing in preparing you/children/students to compete for the jobs and careers of the 21st century? Response “Yes” • Students – 38% • Parents – 48% • Teachers – 47% Over 50% of parents and teachers & 62% of high school students believe their schools are not doing a good job.
  45. 45. Trends to Watch Spectrum of digital native-ness New uses for communications devices and tools Connecting without boundaries – new friends Technology as tool – not fad or fun Inclusion of student ideas into planning and investments
  46. 46. Leverage Points for Higher Education Use this data to inform your teaching and learning practices Embrace emerging technologies creatively Leave your own paradigms/assumptions at your own desk Ask real questions – do the research Include your students in planning and decisions
  47. 47. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Briefings & Conferences including podcast of the Congressional Briefing – visit www.tomorrow.org New report: Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning (done in conjunction with Blackboard Inc.)
  48. 48. Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Presentations and workshops this year for higher education community: ELI Annual Meeting DePauw University - 2007 K-12 Bridge Symposium Brown University - Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning 20th Anniversary Conference
  49. 49. Speak Up 2007 Online surveys for K-12 students, teachers, parents (in English & Spanish) and school leaders All US and Canadian K-12 schools can participate – get aggregated data back with national benchmarks This year’s survey question themes: •Learning & Teaching with Technology •Web 2.0 in education •21st Century Skills •Science Instruction & Global Competitiveness •Online Learning •Emerging Technologies in the Classroom •Designing the Ultimate School of the Future Surveys open October 15 – December 15
  50. 50. Speak Up 2007 Sponsors:
  51. 51. Speak Up 2007 Use our data Share information about Speak Up with your affiliated K-12 schools Help us with data analysis Engage us in your activities and events
  52. 52. Julie Evans Chief Executive Officer 949-609-4660 jevans@tomorrow.org Tomorrow’s Students: Are we ready for the 21st century learners? Thank you for your participation today!

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