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Digital Content
= Better Results
Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow
Ryan Lefton, Cengage Learning
February 7, 2014
Today’s Discussion Agenda
 Context: New Speak Up national data
highlights
 Results: Key findings from research on
digita...
ProjectTomorrow, a national
education nonprofit organization
Programs:
• Research & evaluation studies
• School and commun...
Digital Content Discussion
Research & evaluation studies
• Speak Up National Research Project
• Efficacy studies on digita...
Digital Content Discussion
Research & evaluation studies
• Speak Up National Research Project
• Efficacy studies on digita...
Digital Content Discussion
Research & evaluation studies
• Speak Up National Research Project
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Annual national research project
 Using online surveys + focus groups
 Surveys for: K-12 Students,Teachers, Parents,
Adm...
.
 Power of local data
 Use data as input for planning
 To justify budget and purchasing decisions
 Inform new initiat...
Commonly heard mythology
“New teachers don’t need any training in how to use
technology within teaching”
“Parents won’t ac...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Speak Up 2012
National Reports
Speak Up Goes to
Washington, DC
National Release of Speak Up 2013 National Findings
2014 Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, A...
A special pre-release
of the
Speak Up 2013
national data
findings
Just for you today:
Special focus: Digital Content
K-12 Students 325,279
Teachers & Librarians 32,151
Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986
School/District Administrators 4,...
K-12 Students 325,279
Teachers & Librarians 32,151
Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986
School/District Administrators 4,...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Speak Up 2012 National Findings
From Chalkboards toTablets
“Digital Conversion”
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Speak Up 2012 National Findings
From Chalkboards toTablets
Digital Conversion
A shift in what we...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Focus on Digital Content
Views of K-12
Students,
Parents,
Teachers &
Administrators
Speak Up 201...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Students’ use of digital resources for
schoolwork
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
Watch teach...
So, what are the benefits of using digital
content within instruction?
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
The Principals’ List:
1. ...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Digital content usage: What is holding our
schools back?
School principals say:
Providing enough...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Digital content usage: What is holding our
districts back?
School principals say:
Providing enou...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
How do you evaluate digital content quality?
Quality Factors Teachers Say: Administrators say:
T...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
How do you evaluate digital content quality?
Quality Factors Teachers Say: Administrators say:
T...
Teachers: what digital content are you
using in your classroom?
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Type of content Percentage of te...
What teachers say they need: their wish list
for PD
• Using tech to differentiate instruction 45%
• Use tech for formative...
Teachers: how does technology improve
your effectiveness?
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
I’m better organized
I am able to crea...
Digital Content Discussion
Research & evaluation studies
• McKinley Study
“Bringing Digital Content into the
K-12 Classroo...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Study Questions
 What is the impact of using digital content in the
classroom?
 Can d...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Study Methodology
 Mixed methods two year study (2010-11, 2011-12)
 Select group of t...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
McKinley Technology High School
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
McKinley Technology High School
 STEM magnet school inWashington DC
 College – going environme...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
McKinley Technology High School
 Study participants:
o 283 high school students
o 8 teachers
 ...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Study Methodology
 Gale Collections of Digital Content :
o Biography in Context
o Glob...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
McKinley Technology High School
• 8 Teachers in the Study Project in year 2
o 5 from year 1, + 3...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Focus: Year 1
Classroom use of Gale resources:
 Impact on student outcomes
 Teachers’...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 1
Ways to use Gale resources in the classroom:
 Activate students’ prio...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Focus: Year 2
Classroom use of Gale resources
(formal and extra-curricular):
 Integrat...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Ways to use Gale resources in the classroom:
 Activate students’ prio...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: Science Fair...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: Science Fair...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: Science Fair...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: Science Fair...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: National His...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: National His...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources support Project Based Learning
Case Study: National His...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Gale resources expands learning opportunities
Case Study: Use of podca...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Findings: Year 2
Case Study: Use of podcast and video in World History class
 Results:...
Impact of Gale resources on learning
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
To do initial research
To do indepth research
To help with...
Impact of Gale resources on learning
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
Increase student
engagement in
learning
Improv...
Impact of Gale resources on learning
Changing the classroom experience
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
Schoolwork is more engag...
Impact of Gale resources on learning
Changing the learner
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
Improved communications skills
Improv...
So, did Gale make a difference in student
achievement at McKinley Tech High School?
Subject Area Average ECR
Schoolwide
Wo...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Focus: Year 2
Key findings:
 Digital content is most effective when supporting
project...
(c) Project Tomorrow 2014
Research Focus: Year 2
Lessons learned:
o It takes time and context matters!
o Don’t overlay – b...
© 2013 Project Tomorrow
A big thank you to:
Your thoughts, comments, questions
National Release of Speak
Up 2013 National Findings
DC Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, Apr 8
Data release to
Speak Up
part...
National Speak Up Findings and reports
Targeted and thematic reports
Online learning trends
Mobile learning & social media...
Thank you.
Let’s continue this conversation.
Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow
jevans@tomorrow.org
949-609-4660 x15
(c) Project...
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  1. 1. Digital Content = Better Results Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow Ryan Lefton, Cengage Learning February 7, 2014
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion Agenda  Context: New Speak Up national data highlights  Results: Key findings from research on digital content usage in the classroom  Your thoughts and questions (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  3. 3. ProjectTomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization Programs: • Research & evaluation studies • 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. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  4. 4. Digital Content Discussion Research & evaluation studies • Speak Up National Research Project • Efficacy studies on digital content usage • Efficacy studies on mobile learning • Research on teacher readiness to use digital content in the classroom (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  5. 5. Digital Content Discussion Research & evaluation studies • Speak Up National Research Project • Efficacy studies on digital content usage (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  6. 6. Digital Content Discussion Research & evaluation studies • Speak Up National Research Project (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  7. 7. Annual national research project  Using online surveys + focus groups  Surveys for: K-12 Students,Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Community Members  Special: Pre-ServiceTeachers in Schools of Education  Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education  Schools, districts & colleges receive free report with their own data Inform policies, plans & programs  Local: your stakeholder data  State: state level data  Federal: national findings Speak Up National Research Project + 3.4 million surveys since 2003
  8. 8. .  Power of local data  Use data as input for planning  To justify budget and purchasing decisions  Inform new initiatives – as an evaluation tool  As a tool to engage parents  Demonstrate interest in students’ ideas  Use for grant writing and fund development  Content for professional development  As a competitive tool  To counteract mythology . . . . . . . Why do school and districts participate in Speak Up every year?
  9. 9. Commonly heard mythology “New teachers don’t need any training in how to use technology within teaching” “Parents won’t accept online textbooks” “Kids only want to use mobiles so that they can text & play games in class” “Online learning undercuts the role of the teacher in learning.” “There is so much great content online for teachers to use in the classroom – so, what is the problem?” “Put technology in the classroom and magically students will learn more!” Examples of ed tech mythology
  10. 10. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Speak Up 2012 National Reports
  11. 11. Speak Up Goes to Washington, DC National Release of Speak Up 2013 National Findings 2014 Congressional Briefing Tuesday, April 8, 2014 http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html
  12. 12. A special pre-release of the Speak Up 2013 national data findings Just for you today: Special focus: Digital Content
  13. 13. K-12 Students 325,279 Teachers & Librarians 32,151 Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986 School/District Administrators 4,530 Community Members (new this year!) 1,346 About the participating schools & districts o 9,005 schools and 2,710 districts o 90% public schools – 10% private/parochial/charter/other o 32% urban / 31% rural / 37% suburban o 30% school wide Title 1; 43% majority minority school o All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools National Speak Up 2013 Participation: 403,292
  14. 14. K-12 Students 325,279 Teachers & Librarians 32,151 Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986 School/District Administrators 4,530 Community Members (new this year!) 1,346 About the participating schools & districts o 9,005 schools and 2,710 districts o 90% public schools – 10% private/parochial/charter/other o 32% urban / 31% rural / 37% suburban o 30% school wideTitle 1; 43% majority minority school o All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools o#1 participating state: TEXAS National Speak Up 2013 Participation: 403,292
  15. 15. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Speak Up 2012 National Findings From Chalkboards toTablets “Digital Conversion”
  16. 16. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Speak Up 2012 National Findings From Chalkboards toTablets Digital Conversion A shift in what we do, but also in our attitudes and values
  17. 17. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Focus on Digital Content Views of K-12 Students, Parents, Teachers & Administrators Speak Up 2013 National Findings
  18. 18. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Students’ use of digital resources for schoolwork 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Watch teacher created videos Play educational games Watch online videos Use online textbook Use online databases Create multi-media presos Access class info Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5
  19. 19. So, what are the benefits of using digital content within instruction? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 The Principals’ List: 1. Increases student engagement 74% 2. Extends learning beyond the school day 60% 3. Prepare students with work ready skills 54% 4. Improves quality of instructional materials 49% 5. Improves relevancy of instructional materials 49% 6. Differentiates school as innovative 46% 7. Provides a way to personalize learning 45% 8. Improves teachers’ skills with technology 44%
  20. 20. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Digital content usage: What is holding our schools back? School principals say: Providing enough computers and Internet access 55% Balancing instructional time constraints 47% Evaluating the quality of digital content 42% Not enough bandwidth 38% Teachers are not trained to use digital content 32%
  21. 21. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Digital content usage: What is holding our districts back? School principals say: Providing enough computers and Internet access 55% Balancing instructional time constraints 47% Evaluating the quality of digital content 42% Not enough bandwidth 38% Teachers are not trained to use digital content 32%
  22. 22. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 How do you evaluate digital content quality? Quality Factors Teachers Say: Administrators say: Teachers can modify the content 68% Research based 45% Created by a teacher 43% Referred by a colleague 36% Certified by education association 32% Student achievement results 28% Source is content expert 24%
  23. 23. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 How do you evaluate digital content quality? Quality Factors Teachers Say: Administrators say: Teachers can modify the content 68% 58% Research based 45% 70% Created by a teacher 43% 36% Referred by a colleague 36% 22% Certified by education association 32% 28% Student achievement results 28% 47% Source is content expert 24% 36%
  24. 24. Teachers: what digital content are you using in your classroom? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Type of content Percentage of teachers Online videos 46% Google drive 29% Games 25% Online textbooks 23% Online curriculum 22% Animations 20% Online databases 11% Simulations 9% Virtual labs 6%
  25. 25. What teachers say they need: their wish list for PD • Using tech to differentiate instruction 45% • Use tech for formative assessments 26% • How to id mobile apps for classroom use 36% • Using a tablet within instruction 31% • How to id quality digital content 34% • How to use games within instruction 26% • Implementing a blended classroom 23% • How to create videos of my lessons 19% • Implementing a flipped classroom 16% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  26. 26. Teachers: how does technology improve your effectiveness? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 I’m better organized I am able to create more interactive and relevant lessons I am creating more student centered learning environments I am more productive I am empowering my students to be more self-directed
  27. 27. Digital Content Discussion Research & evaluation studies • McKinley Study “Bringing Digital Content into the K-12 Classroom” (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  28. 28. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Study Questions  What is the impact of using digital content in the classroom?  Can digital content improve students’ 21st century skills including research skills?  What factors influence the adoption of digital content and resources in the classroom?  What are the lessons learned from this project that can impact other implementations?
  29. 29. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Study Methodology  Mixed methods two year study (2010-11, 2011-12)  Select group of teachers at McKinleyTech HS  Data collection components included: o Pre and post surveys o Student focus groups o Teacher and administrator interviews o Classroom observations o Student achievement metrics  Speak Up data benchmarks  Use of Gale Resources - online databases
  30. 30. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 McKinley Technology High School
  31. 31. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 McKinley Technology High School  STEM magnet school inWashington DC  College – going environment  Six STEM academies  Enrollment of 689 students o 93% African-American o 54% qualify for federal lunch program  Mixed bag in terms of technology access and teacher usage of technology  Typical challenges of most urban high schools
  32. 32. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 McKinley Technology High School  Study participants: o 283 high school students o 8 teachers  Teachers were provided with access to Gale, training and support  Instructions were to integrate Gale into daily instruction
  33. 33. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Study Methodology  Gale Collections of Digital Content : o Biography in Context o Global Issues in Context o Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and National Resources o Literature Resource Center o OpposingViewpoints in Context o Student Resources in Context o US History in Context o World History in Context
  34. 34. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 McKinley Technology High School • 8 Teachers in the Study Project in year 2 o 5 from year 1, + 3 new teachers in year 2 o Content disciplines: • Biology • English • Global Perspectives • Human Geography • Issues in BioTech • Physics • US Government • World History
  35. 35. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Focus: Year 1 Classroom use of Gale resources:  Impact on student outcomes  Teachers’ value proposition on usage  Impact on teacher productivity  Development of workplace ready skills
  36. 36. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 1 Ways to use Gale resources in the classroom:  Activate students’ prior knowledge  Assess student knowledge  Facilitate class discussion  Introduce a lesson  Illustrate a concept  Differentiate instruction  Homework assignment  Class project  Independent study  Student research  Background information Primary usage by the teachers
  37. 37. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Focus: Year 2 Classroom use of Gale resources (formal and extra-curricular):  Integration of the resources into instruction  Resulting changes in teacher practice  Support of student self-directed learning  Development of college level research skills
  38. 38. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Ways to use Gale resources in the classroom:  Activate students’ prior knowledge  Assess student knowledge  Facilitate class discussion  Introduce a lesson  Illustrate a concept  Differentiate instruction  Homework assignment  Class project  Independent study  Student research  Background information Project Based Learning
  39. 39. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: Science Fair in Biology Class  Teacher was new to Gale  Teacher goals: o Use outside resources to create relevancy and quality o Make it easy to use in class o Support development of research skills  Teacher and students used Global Issues in Context
  40. 40. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: Science Fair in Biology Class 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Searches Retrievals Sessions 2011/Global Issues 2010/Global Issues Global Issues in Context – increased usage 2011 200% 66% 39%
  41. 41. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: Science Fair in Biology Class 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Seaches Retrievals Sessions 2011/Global Issues 2010/Global Issues Purposeful Sporadic
  42. 42. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: Science Fair in Biology Class  Results:  Met teacher’s goals  Increased student engagement  Higher quality projects  Richer class discussions  Easy to use  Proved case for teacher on value of Gale  Continued teacher usage with seamless integration
  43. 43. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: National History Day Projects  Teachers had used Gale in year 1  Year 1 familiarity led to this idea for usage  Teachers’ goals: o Support development of research skills o Improve quality of submissions o Provide out of school access  Teacher and students used US and World History in Context
  44. 44. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: National History Day Projects US &World History in Context – increased usage 2011 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 Searches Retrievals Sessions 2011 US + World History 2010 US + World History 4X 5X 3X
  45. 45. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources support Project Based Learning Case Study: National History Day Projects  Results:  Met teachers’ goals  Increased student engagement  Higher quality projects – more relevant  Extended learning opportunities  Opened teachers’ eyes to Gale use with projects  Changed teacher practice
  46. 46. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Gale resources expands learning opportunities Case Study: Use of podcast and video in World History class  2nd year project teacher  Teacher goals: o Bring real world into class o Facilitate class discussion o Support development of media literacy skills  Teacher and students used Global Issues in Context
  47. 47. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Findings: Year 2 Case Study: Use of podcast and video in World History class  Results:  Met teacher’s goals  Increased student engagement  Richer class discussions with increased participation  Expanded learning opportunities  Created memorability  Sustained change in teacher practice
  48. 48. Impact of Gale resources on learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% To do initial research To do indepth research To help with homework To learn more about a topic on my own To better understand a school topic All Girls Boys How students said they used Gale (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  49. 49. Impact of Gale resources on learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Increase student engagement in learning Improve student research skills Enhance quality of student work Students are more self-directed learners Teachers Students (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  50. 50. Impact of Gale resources on learning Changing the classroom experience 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Schoolwork is more engaging Group projects are more successful Class is more interesting New ideas/perspectives are introduced Better prepared for class discussions Boys Girls (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  51. 51. Impact of Gale resources on learning Changing the learner 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Improved communications skills Improved critical thinking skills Greater confidence in sources Better learner/student More control of my learning Acquired new skills for college Boys Girls (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  52. 52. So, did Gale make a difference in student achievement at McKinley Tech High School? Subject Area Average ECR Schoolwide World History Classes that used Gale Biology Class that used Gale Social Studies 2.2 2.7 NA Science 2.2 NA 2.6 All Subjects 2.2 2.7 2.6 Yes! (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  53. 53. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Focus: Year 2 Key findings:  Digital content is most effective when supporting project based learning  Changes in teacher practice first require a personal value proposition with the tools  Teachers value digital content to enhance lessons or improve learning experiences  Students see digital content as way to develop workplace and college skills
  54. 54. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Research Focus: Year 2 Lessons learned: o It takes time and context matters! o Don’t overlay – but integrate o Administrative support is critical to success o Top down + bottom up is better strategy than hero teacher model o Students have great ideas – use them! o “One size fits all” rarely does!
  55. 55. © 2013 Project Tomorrow A big thank you to:
  56. 56. Your thoughts, comments, questions
  57. 57. National Release of Speak Up 2013 National Findings DC Congressional Briefing Tuesday, Apr 8 Data release to Speak Up participants Wednesday, Feb 5 Speak Up 2014 surveys open in October
  58. 58. National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Online learning trends Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive software New digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Research reports: digital content, mobile learning, 21st century skill development, professional development Learn more at www.tomorrow.org (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  59. 59. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
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