Enabled, Engaged, Empowered: The New Student Vision for Digital Learning
2013 Campus Leadership Academy Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO February 5, 2013
Big Questions What are the expectations of K-12 students for digital learning? How does that student vision compare with the teachers’ & administrators’ reality? What is the unique parent perspective on digital learning? How well are our K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? What are the key trends on the horizon?
Discussion Agenda Speak Up National Research Project Student Vision for Digital Learning Parent, Teacher & Administrator Perspective Speak Up 2012 National Findings Views of K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators
Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organizationPrograms:• 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.
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 + 3 million surveys since 2003
Speak Up survey question themes Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global Awareness Math and Science Instruction Students’ Career Interests in STEM Professional Development / Teacher Preparation Internet Safety Administrators’ Challenges Emerging Technologies both in & out of the Classroom Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content, E-textbooks Educational Games, Social Media tools and applications Flipped Classroom, Print to Digital, Online Assessments Designing the 21st Century School
Speak Up survey question themes Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global Awareness Math and Science Instruction Students’ Career Interests in STEM Professional Development / Teacher Preparation Internet Safety Administrators’ Challenges Emerging Technologies both in & out of the Classroom Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content, E-textbooks Educational Games, Social Media tools and applications Flipped Classroom, Print to Digital, Online Assessments Designing the 21st Century School Activities Value Propositions Aspirations
National Speak Up 2012 Participation: 466,303 K-12 Students 364,233 Teachers & Librarians 56,346 Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,713 School/District Administrators 6,011 About the participating schools & districts o 8,020 schools and 2,431 districts o 30% urban / 43% rural / 27% suburban o All 50 states + DC Honor Roll of States with highest participation:TX, CA, OH, IN, AL, NC, WI, AZ, FL, PA
What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning?
Speak Up National Findings: 2003 - 2012 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
The New Student Vision for LearningSocial–based learning PersonalizedUn–tethered learning LearningDigitally–rich learning
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
The New Student Vision for LearningThree Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls
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
School Site Administrators’ Realities Wake Up in the Middle of the Night Issues Test scores 48% Staff morale 45% Curriculum standards 44% Adequate funding 40% Student behavior 40% School safety 35%Using data to assess achievement 30% Adequate technology 28% 0% 20% 40% 60%
Administrators’ RealitiesWhat has the greatest potential to enhancestudent achievement? School Site District LevelEnhancing teacher effectiveness 57% 58%21st century skills integration 49% 54%Leveraging technology 37% 49%Common Core Standards 49% 48%Engaging parents as co-teachers 37% 31%
Administrators’ RealitiesWhat tech solutions are you considering to helpwith your budget situation?1. Tablets instead of laptops for students 42%2. Online teacher PD 40%3. Cloud computing solutions 28%4. Blended online classes for students 28%5. Allowing student use of personal devices 26%6. Digital textbooks 25%7. Online classes for students 20%
Different views on value of ed tech How important is theDistrict Admin effective use of technology to student success? Principals Parents Extremely important Important Teachers Somewhat important 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
The New Student Vision for Learning Key Trends: Mobile Learning Virtual/Online Learning Digital Content & Social Media
Your assignment: Debunk myths Uncover hidden digital divides Evaluate your vision Do you have a shared vision of the future?
The New Student Vision for LearningKey Trends: Mobile Learning
Students’ personal access to mobile devices 80% 65% 59%58% 52% 47% 48% 45% 45% 45% 38% 36% 26% 19% 18% 12% Cell Phone Smartphone Tablet Digital Reader K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
Students’ plans for using mobiles at schoolHow would you use a mobile device to help youwith schoolwork? A. Increase effectiveness of school: Check grades 78% Take notes for class 69% Access online textbooks 64% Write papers and do homework 56% Use the calendar 56% Learn about school activities 47%
Students’ plans for using mobiles at schoolHow would you use a mobile device to help youwith schoolwork?B. Leverage capabilities to increase personalizationof learning process:Anytime, anywhere research 73%Receive reminders & alerts 63%Collaborate with peers & teachers 61%Organize schoolwork assignments 54%Access school network from home 52%
Students: different devices for different tasksCreate a presentation? LaptopCommunicate with classmates/teacher? SmartphoneRead a book or article? Digital readerTake notes in class? Tablet
What obstacles do you face usingtechnology at school?Students say:1. Websites that I need are blocked 58%2. I cannot access social media tools 47%3. I cannot use my mobile device 46%4. Too many rules! 46%5. Teachers limit our tech use 41%
Let me use my own mobile device! Gr 9-12 55% Gr 6-8 55% Gr 3-5 31%
The BYOD/BYOT trend – what a differencea year makes! Policy/Position Admin 2011 Admin 2012 Do not allow 52% 37% Discretion of building 16% 21% principal Discretion of teacher 21% 32% We provide devices 13% 18% Evaluating BYOD/T 19% 28% BYOD/T in place 17% 30%
The New Student Vision for LearningKey Trends:Virtual/OnlineLearning
Districts are tapping into many types ofonline learning Online teacher professional development Virtual conferences and webinars Blended learning classes for students Fully online classes for students Building your own online courses Fee based online summer school 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% District Administrators
Who is learning online? Types of online learning Students: Students: experiences Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 100% online school 6% 7% Online self study class 8% 15% Teacher led online class 9% 15% Online class for personal 8% 10% interests
Online classes for students: A “must have”for the ultimate school Students Gr 9-12 46% Students Gr 6-8 41% Students Gr 3-5 38% Parents 36% Administrators 51%
Parents have first hand experience withonline learningI have taken an online class:For work or job training 43%For an academic/college program 29%To learn new skills 22%To explore a hobby 13%For traffic school 7% 23% who have not taken an online class would like to!
Why take an online class?For high school students, traditional reasons:scheduling and college credit.For middle school students, it’s about changing thelearning 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
The New Student Vision for LearningKey Trends: Digital Content & Social Media
Social media for learningStudent “DIY Learning” at work …. 17% have sent out a Tweet about an academic topic 14% have taken an online class they found on their own 1 in 5 took an online assessment to find out how they compared to other students 1/4 have used a mobile app to help organize their school work 29% have used a video that they found online to help them with homework (i.e. Kahn Academy effect) 30% have sought homework help thru their Facebook site; 38% regularly use Facebook as a collaboration site
New question area for Speak Up this year –who is flipping?Experience with flipped learning Teachers Principals (about their teachers)Did this – with my own videos 3% 27%Did this – with online videos 6% 19%I’m interested in this 18% 27%Concern: student home access 53% 47%Concern: need PD in creating videos 27% 33%Concern: need PD in finding videos 21% 31%Concern: need PD in what to do in class 17% 31%
And what do students think? Good way for me to learn: Students Gr 9-12 63% Students Gr 6-8 59%
What do you prefer to read?Online digital text Printed text
Pixel vs. Print Preferences Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Personal reading: 37% 27% digital Schoolwork reading: 36% 29% digital
The New Student Vision for LearningSocial–based learning PersonalizedUn–tethered learning LearningDigitally–rich learning
Other 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
Other 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!
How to use Speak Up data Input for planning Justify budget and purchasing decisions Inform new initiatives – as an evaluation tool . Tool to engage parents Demonstrate interest in students’ ideas Use for grant writing and fund development Content for professional development As a competitive tool And more . . . . . . .
More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.orgNational Speak Up Findings and reportsTargeted and thematic reports Online learning trends Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive softwarePresentations, podcasts and webinarsServices: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacystudies
Next up for usSchool and district data release – February 6 ◦ In conjunction with Digital Learning DayNational 2012 Speak Up Reports ◦ Congressional Briefings in Washington DC ◦ Reports available on our website ◦ April and MayNew targeted reports ◦ Pre-service teachers report - Thursday ◦ Online learning trends report – ISTE ◦ More to come ….
How to participate with us Focus groups with students, parents and educators Evaluation and research projects . Participate in mini surveys Follow us via social media and thru our listserv Sharing ideas and best practices Speak Up 2013 – sign up in spring, surveys in the fall www.tomorrow.org
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