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  • 1. Balancing Students’ Aspirations with District Realities New Speak Up Findings from Tech LeadersSpeak Up 2010 Findings Julie EvansCoSN Conference Project TomorrowMarch 15, 2011 jevans@tomorrow.org © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 2. Today’s Discussion: The Big QuestionsWhat are the expectations of K-12 students for 21stcentury learning?How does that student vision compare with schooland district realities – from the perspective ofadministrators and technology leaders?How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting theexpectations of students?What is the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 3. Discussion Agenda: Speak Up National Research Project Student Vision for 21st Century Education Deep Dive into the Tech Leaders and Administrators Data Findings Conversation – Your insights! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 4. 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 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 5. Speak Up National Research Project• 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 Pre-Service Teachers in Schools of Education• Inform policies & programs Analysis and reporting of findings and trends Consulting services to help transform teaching and learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 6. 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 theempowerment of student voices in education. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 7. Speak Up National Research Project• 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 . . . 2.2 million respondents © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 8. Speak Up survey question themes Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship Science and Math Instruction Career Interests in STEM and Teaching Professional Development / Teacher Preparation Internet Safety Administrators’ Challenges Emerging Technologies in the Classroom Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications Designing the 21st Century School © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 9. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 K-12 Students 294,399 Teachers 35,525 Librarians 2,135 Parents (in English & Spanish) 42,267 Administrators 3,578 Technology Leaders 1,391 Schools / Districts 6,541 / 1,340Participating States for Student Surveys: 48 states Top 12 (# of participants): TX, CA, AL, AZ, FL, NC, IL, MD, IN, NV, PA, WI © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 10. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 About our K-12 Schools: 34% urban, 29% suburban, 37% rural 51% Title 1 eligible – indicating community poverty 34% majority-minority student population © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 11. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 Release of national findings: Student & Parent Data: April 1 Educator Data: May 11 Stay tuned to all Speak Up announcements: www.tomorrow.org SpeakUpEd – Twitter and Facebook © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 12. Release of two national reports March 16 and May 5, 2010 Available at: www.tomorrow.orgCreating Our Future: Unleashing the Future: Students Speak Up Educators Speak Up about their Vision for about the Use of 21st Century Learning Emerging Technologies for Learning Speak Up 2009 National Findings: K-12 Students Speak Up 2009 National & Parents Findings: Teachers, Aspiring Teachers & Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 13. Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologiesfor learningStudents’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use oftechnologies within educationLack of relevancy in education exacerbatedPersistent digital disconnect between students and adults © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 14. What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 15. What can the Speak Up data tell us about thefuture of learning? Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 16. Result: A new uniquely “studentvision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 17. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 18. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century LearningThree Essential ElementsSocial–based learningStudents want to leverageemerging communicationsand collaboration tools tocreate personal networks ofexperts © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 19. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century LearningThree Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 20. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century LearningThree Essential Elements Digitally-rich learning Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as key to education productivity © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 21. Social-based learning Digitally rich learning Un-tethered learning Online and blended learning Using mobile devices within instruction E-textbooks and digital content © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 22. New Speak Up Findings from Tech Leaders Tech Leaders & Administrators Implementations Benefits Barriers Aspirations Online and blended learning Using mobile devices within instruction E-textbooks and digital content © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 23. New Speak Up Findings from Tech Leaders Online and blended learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 24. Who is learning online? Growth in student experiences with academic online learning20102009 Students Gr 9-122008 Students Gr 6-8 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Includes: • Online class taught by a teacher • Self-study online class • Blended class environment © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 25. Administrators Speak Up about online learning Who is your primary audience for online classes in your district? 1. Teachers (53%) 2. Students (40%) 3. Administrators (36%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 26. How is online learning implemented? Administrators: Types of Online Learning Provided to Students Self directed class Blended class 2010 2009 100% class - other teachers 100% class - our teachers 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 27. Administrators: what barriers do you faceimplementing online learning for students?Top responses:1. Limited funding2. Creating rigorous online courses3. Concern about course quality4. Evaluating the quality of online courses5. Inadequate technology or support © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 28. Evaluating the quality of online courses –what is most important? Evaluating Online Courses - what matters most? Align to content standards Ease of use Student achievement Integrates digital content Includes embedded assessment Course completion rates Developed by expert org Recommended by state/prof org Administrators Developed by instructional experts Tech Leaders Used by similar district 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 29. New Speak Up Findings from Tech LeadersAdditional findings: online and blended learning 62% of Tech Leaders say their district is currently implementing online learning 46% of Tech Leaders say that in the future they will move online courses “into the cloud” 39% of Administrators identify online classes as part of their ultimate school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 30. New Speak Up Findings from Tech Leaders Using mobile devices within learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 31. Potential uses of mobile devices for schoolworkTop vote getters with students:Check grades 74%Internet research 68%Take notes for class 59%Text or IM classmate or teacher re: schoolwork 53%Use the calendar 50%Access online textbooks 44% It’s all about productivity! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 32. Potential benefits of mobile devices forschoolworkTop vote getters with administrators:Increases student engagement 84%Extends learning beyond school day 66%Personalizes learning 64%Improves home communications 60%Access online textbooks 56% More about engagement! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 33. Value of mobile devices within technology planTop vote getters with tech leaders:Minimizes tech expenses 53%Improves home communications 52%Provides 1:1 opportunity 50%Provides access to online textbooks 47%Better use of scarce resources 31%Puts responsibility on parents to provide devices 30% More about managing resources! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 34. So, what is holding you back from allowing students to use their own devices?Administrators say: Tech Leaders say:1. Teachers not trained 1. Concerns about2. Current district policies network security3. Concerns about network 2. Staff capacity to security support4. Concerns about theft 3. Student access5. Devices can distract 4. Id curriculum students 5. Acceptable use policies © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 35. Administrators: How likely are you this year toallow students to use their own mobile devicesfor instructional purposes at school? Administrators say: Likely Unlikely 22% 63% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 36. New Speak Up Findings from Tech LeadersAdditional findings: mobile learning 37% of Tech Leaders say their district is not sure what approach to take but definitely are interested in mobile learning! Only 5% of Tech Leaders are advancing a BYOT approach at this time 35% of Administrators identify mobile devices as part of their ultimate school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 37. New Speak Up Findings from Tech Leaders E-textbooks and digital content © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 38. Students’ desires for the features andfunctionality of digital textbooks Three themes emerge from the data: Students want interactivity and relevancy They want tools to facilitate collaboration They want ways to personalize learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 39. Potential benefits of digital content withininstructionTop vote getters with administrators:Increases student engagement 72%Extends learning beyond school day 64%Prepares students for work 62%Improves teacher tech skills 52%Personalizes learning 51%Increases relevancy of instruction 51%Decreases dependence on publishers 51% Engagement + Relevancy © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 40. So, what are the barriers to integrating digital content in your curriculum?Administrators say: Tech Leaders say:1. Computer access 1. Funding to purchase2. Teacher training digital content3. Evaluating digital 2. Teacher training content quality 3. Computer access4. Alignment to curriculum 4. Evaluating digital5. Concern about legal content quality policies and internet 5. Concern about legal safety issues policies and internet safety issues © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 41. Evaluating the quality of digital content –what is most important? Evaluating Digital Content: what matters most? Student achievement Teacher evaluation Created by teachers Certified by ed associations Compiled by state dept of ed Conference demo Administrators Created by content experts Teachers Referred by colleague 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 42. New Speak Up Findings from Tech LeadersAdditional findings: digital content 60% of Tech Leaders say they recommend digital content to administrators and teachers as an agent for education transformation 25% of Tech Leaders say they are currently implementing digital or e-textbooks 46% of Tech Leaders would consider a digital content library “in the cloud” 54% of Administrators identify digital textbooks as part of their ultimate school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 43. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 44. “My school (or district) is doing agood job of using technology toenhance student achievement.” © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 45. “My school (or district) is doing a good job of using technology to enhance student achievement.”Would your stakeholders agree with this statement? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 46. “My school (or district) is doing a good job ofusing tech to enhance student achievement.” Student Aspirations vs. District Realities Strongly disagree Disagree Administrators Tech Leaders Agree Students Strongly agree 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 47. The Future of Learning? What do administrators sayschools will look like in 2019? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 48. 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 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 49. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 Release of national findings: Student & Parent Data: April 1 Educator Data: May 11 Stay tuned to all Speak Up announcements: www.tomorrow.org SpeakUpEd – Twitter and Facebook © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 50. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org• National Speak Up Findings• Additional data analysis from Speak Up 2010• Presentations, podcasts and webinars• Evaluation services• Reports and white papers © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 51. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2011.This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is grantedfor 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. © Project Tomorrow 2011

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