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  • 1. Coming Soon to Campus: The New “Free Agent” Learner Are You Ready?Johannah Sherrer Memorial LectureJulie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO September 28, 2012 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 2. 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 education realities? What are the implications of the K-12 students’ expectations for your campus? What are the emerging trends in digital learning that we all should be watching? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 3. 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 education realities? What are the implications of the K-12 students’ expectations for your campus? What are the emerging trends in learning that we all should be watching? Who is this Free Agent Learner? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 4. Discussion Agenda:  Speak Up National Research Project  Student Vision for 21st Century Education  Key Trends We Are Watching  Introducing the Free Agent Learner! Speak Up 2011 National Findings Views of K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 5. Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organizationPrograms:• Research & evaluation• School and community programs• Events for students Mission: To ensure that today’s students are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 6. Speak Up National Research ProjectAnnual national research project  Online surveys + focus groups  Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education  Institutions receive free report with their own dataCollect ideas ↔ Stimulate conversations  K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators  Pre-Service Teachers in Schools of EducationInform policies & programs  Analysis and reporting of findings and trends  Consulting services to help transform teaching and learning + 2.6 million surveys since 2003 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 7. 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, E-textbooks  Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications  Designing the 21st Century School © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 8. Speak Up 2011 Congressional BriefingsWashington DCApril 24 and May 23, 2012 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 9. National Speak Up 2011 Participation: 416,758  K-12 Students 330,117  Teachers & Librarians 38,502  Parents (in English & Spanish) 44,006  School/District Administrators 4,133  About the participating schools & districts o 5,616 schools and 1,250 districts o 24% urban / 35% rural / 41% suburban o All 50 states + DC  Honor Roll of States with highest participation: TX, CA, AL, IN, AZ, NC, FL, WI, VA, MD © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 10. Too many data! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 11. What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 12. Speak Up National Research ProjectKey Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2011 Students function as a “Digital Advance Team” Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learning Students’ frustrations focus on the unsophisticated use of technologies within education Persistent digital disconnect between students and adults Exacerbation of lack of relevancy in current education Students want a more personalized learning environment © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 13. Warm UpInteractive Exercise © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 14. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 15. ASTUDENT’S LIFE © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 16. In my life, I …….. Play games on handheld devices (57%) Take tests online for school (40%) Have a cell phone or smartphone (40%) Read books on my mobile device (53%)Want more internet access at school (50%) and want to take an online class (40%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 17. Who is . . . . . ?1. 8 year old girl – 3rd grade2. 11 year old boy – 6th grade3. 14 year old girl – 9th grade4. 17 year old boy – 12th grade © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 18. Who is a 8 year old girl in 3rd grade? (from a rural community)© Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 19. In my life, I …….. Play games on handheld devices (57%) Take tests online for school (40%) Have a cell phone or smartphone (40%) Read books on my mobile device (53%)Want more internet access at school (50%) and want to take an online class (40%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 20. Emerging from the Speak Up research: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity This student vision for “technology enabled learning” mirrors how students want to learn in general © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 21. The New Student Vision for Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 22. The New Student Vision for LearningThree Essential Elements Social–based learning Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create personal learning networks of experts © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 23. The New Student Vision for LearningThree Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 24. The New Student Vision for 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
  • 25. The New Student Vision for Learning Key Trends:  Mobile Learning  Online Learning  Digital Content/Tools © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 26. The New Student Vision for Learning Key Trends: Mobile Learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 27. Students and their mobile devices Students’ personal access to mobile devices K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 82% 77% 52% 50% 48% 49% 37% 33% 25% 26% 21% 21% 18% 17% 17% 17% 18% 13% 8% 9% Cell phone (no Smartphone Digital reader MP3 Tablet device internet access) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 28. What obstacles do students face using technology@ school? Students’ Top 5: 1. Websites that I need are blocked 59% 2. I cannot use my mobile device 55% 3. I cannot access social media tools 51% 4. Too many rules! 48% 5. Teachers limit our tech use 42% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 29. Students have solutions!Option #1: Let me use my own tools and devices at school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 30. Let me use my own mobile device! Gr 9-12 59% Gr 6-8 56% Gr 3-5 27% BTW: I need more outlets for re-charging (34%)! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 31. Students have solutions!Option #1: Let me use my own tools and devices at schoolOption #2: Provide me with tools that replicate what I am already doing outside of school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 32. Students and mobile learning How would you use a mobile device to help you with schoolwork? A. Increase effectiveness of school: Check grades 81% Take notes for class 67% Access online textbooks 62% Write papers and do homework 56% Use the calendar 50% Learn about school activities 47% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 33. Students and mobile learning How would you use a mobile device to help you with schoolwork? B. Leverage capabilities to increase personalization of learning process: Anytime, anywhere research 72% Receive reminders & alerts 61% Collaborate with peers & teachers 55% Organize schoolwork assignments 53% Access school network from home 51% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 34. Online access – outside of school High School Student Internet Access Outside of School: Broadband vs. Mobile My home computer has fast internet access (such as DSL) I access the internet through 3G/4G mobile device 75% 77% 72% 59% 55% 53% Urban Suburban Rural © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 35. Key Trends:Online Learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 36. Who is learning online? Types of online learning Students: Students: experiences Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 100% online school 7% 6% Online self study class 10% 13% Teacher led online class 10% 13% Online class for personal 9% 10% interests © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 37. Student interest in taking an online class5 year retrospective Yes I am interested No I am not interested 53% 47% 45% 42% 38% 33% 32% 24% Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 9-12 (2007) (2011) (2007) (2011) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 38. Both students and parents are interested inonline learning If you have not taken an online class, would you like to? Yes! Students in Grades 3-5 27% Students in Grades 6-8 47% Students in Grades 9-12 45% What would you recommend as a good investment to enhance student achievement? 36% of parents say “online classes” © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 39. Parents’ views on the benefits of online learningfor their child © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 40. Why take an online class? For high school students, traditional reasons: scheduling and college credit. For middle school students, it’s about changing the learning paradigm.  Get extra help in a tough subject  More comfortable asking questions  In control of my own learning  More motivated to learn  Work at my own pace  Review class materials whenever I want  Share ideas with my classmates © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 41. Students: How do you define success withyour schoolwork? 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Good grades Getting into a good Family pride School honors Personal learning college goals Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 42. ASTUDENT’S LIFE © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 43. I would be mostinterested in taking an online class in this subject © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 44. What is . . . . . ?1. English – Language Arts2. Science3. Math4. History – Social Studies5. Foreign Language © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 45. MATH43% - Gr 6-8 Students32% - Gr 9-12 Students © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 46. Yes, students should be required to take an onlineclass for graduation 2008 2011 69% 49% 46% 40% 36% 31% 26% 27% Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Parents Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 47. Key Trends: Digital Content and Tools © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 48. Inside today’s classroom How Students are Using Digital Content for Schoolwork Create presentations and media Play educational gamesConduct virtual experiments/simulations Use e-textbooks Gr 9-12 Access realtime data/databases Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5 Listen to podcasts 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 49. Welcome to Math Class! Traditional class Traditional class Traditional class with teacher with teacher with a mix of directed directed teacher directed instruction – instruction but instruction and lectures, textbook with some student directed assignments, technology used learning and the group projects or to support use of technology labs instruction tools to support both the teacher and students © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 50. Welcome to Math Class! Traditional class Traditional class Traditional class with teacher with teacher with a mix of directed directed teacher directed instruction – instruction but instruction and lectures, textbook with some student directed assignments, technology used learning and the group projects or to support use of technology labs instruction tools to support both the teacher and students 43% 33% 9% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 51. Welcome to Math Class! Traditional class Traditional class Traditional class with teacher with teacher with a mix of directed directed teacher directed instruction – instruction but instruction and lectures, with some student directed textbook technology used learning and the assignments, to support use of technology group projects or instruction tools to support labs both the teacher and students 20% STEM Interest? 27% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 52. ASTUDENT’S LIFE © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 53. #1 way toimprove math class © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 54. What is . . . . . ?1. Having a teacher who is excited about math2. Using an online textbook3. Solving real world problems4. Collaborating with classmates5. Using a mobile device in class © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 55. What is collaborating with classmates on solving problems?© Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 56. Middle school students’ “speak up” aboutthe ultimate math class  Collaborate with classmates on problem solving 50%  Ability to text my teacher with questions 42%  I have a connection with my teacher 38%  My teacher is excited about math 37%  Solving real world problems 32%  Ability to use mobile devices to video problems 32%  Access to online tutors 30%  Access to online textbooks 31%  Take an online math class 27% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 57. What do you prefer to read? Online digital text Printed text © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 58. “I prefer to read digital materials ratherthan printed materials” © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 59. Print vs. Pixel? It’s situational! Students: • Short articles? Read online 37% • Greater distractions with digital 37% • Study for a test? Give me print! 39% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 60. The New Student Vision for Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 61. Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions  What are the expectations of K-12 students for personalizing learning with digital tools?  How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students?  What is the parent perspective on digital learning and emerging technologies?  What are the emerging trends in learning that we all should be watching? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 62. Key trends we are watching: • Continuing “digital disconnects” • Spectrum of digital native-ness • 24/7 access redefined • Inadequacy of the 1-to-1 paradigm • Everyone needs a personal learning network • Responsible use vs. acceptable use • Blurring of informal & formal learning lines © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 63. Key trends we are watching: • Collaborations driving 21st century skills • Game-ification momentum – learning as process • Students as content producers • Changing ideals for assessment • It’s really all about productivity! • Maximizing personalized learning • Emergence of Free Agent Learners! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 64. Speak Up National Data Findings The era of the technology-enabled Free Agent Learner © Project Tomorrow 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 65. 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 – Develops content as a learning experience – Process as important as knowledge gained © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 66. “DIY Learning” at work . . . . o 1 in 10 students have sent out a Tweet about an academic topic o 12% have taken an online class they found on their own o 15% have tutored other students online or found an expert to help them o 1/5 have used a mobile app to help organize their school work o 1 in 4 have used a video that they found online to help them with homework o 30% of Gr 6-8 students and 46% of Gr 9-12 have used Facebook as an impromptu collaboration tool for classroom projects © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 67. Say hello to the Free Agent Learner – a typical middle school student!© Project Tomorrow 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 68. Say hello to the Free Agent Learner – a typical middle school student!On your campus in 2016© Project Tomorrow 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 69. The New Questions Are you ready for the Free Agent Learner? Are the other members of your campus community ready? What will be the impact of this new student vision on your business model? What are you doing today to address this vision of your future students? How are our K-12 schools addressing these needs? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 70. Inviting all K-12 schools and districts to participate this year Speak Up 2012 – 10th Anniversary Special online surveys to collect and report on the views of the K-12 students, teachers, librarians, administrators and parents on the role of technology within teaching and learning. Surveys open Oct 3 – Dec 17 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 71. Other Speak Up 2012 Reports Online learning trends report: Learning in the 21st Century: A 5 Year Retrospective on the Growth of Online Learning Social learning white paper: Defining the Emerging Role of Social Learning Tools to Connect Students, Parents & Educators  Intelligent adaptive learning white paper – released in Sept  Print to digital migration considerations white paper – fall release  Mobile learning report – Release date: October 12  Aspiring teachers report – winter release (from schools of education) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 72. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT 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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