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  • 1. Online Learning Expectations and Experiences of Tomorrow's Teachers New Research from Speak Up Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO October 28, 2013
  • 2. Our discussion agenda  About the Speak Up National Research Project  Context for this new research  Introduction of key report findings  Questions for further consideration  Panel Discussion & Audience Questions Speak Up 2012 National Findings Views of Tomorrow’s Teachers in College Teacher Preparation Programs © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 3. Meet Our Panel of Experts Val Emrich Director of Instructional Technology Maryland State Department of Education Dr. Laurie A. Henry Co-Director, P21 College & Career Readiness Lab Associate Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy University of Kentucky Ann W. Linson Superintendent East Noble School Corporation, Indiana © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 4. 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 + 3 million surveys since 2003 © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 5. Let’s set some context from the Speak Up 2012 K-12 survey data Source: + 466,000 online surveys submitted from K-12 students, parents and educators © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 6. Administrators’ Realities What has the greatest potential to enhance student achievement? School Site District Level Enhancing teacher effectiveness 57% 58% 21st century skills integration 49% 54% 37% 49% Common Core Standards 49% 48% Engaging parents as co-teachers 37% 31% 20% 23% Leveraging technology Enhancing pre-service preparation programs © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 7. Administrators’ Realities: teachers’ adoption Administrators acknowledge criticality of teacher training and comfort with using technology as key to implementation Enabling Technology Administrator Concern Mobile learning Teachers don’t know how to incorporate mobiles within instruction – 35% Online classes Cannot find teachers interested/skilled in teaching online classes – 26% Digital content Teachers need training on how to leverage digital content effectively – 42% Teachers are reluctant to use digital content we have – 20% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 8. Do we have a shared vision for the future of digital learning in our schools? Online textbooks Online classes Students Games Teachers Principals Collaboration tools BYOD 0% 20% 40% © Project Tomorrow 2013 60% 80%
  • 9. Principals’ expectations for the next generation of teachers Ability to use technology to: 1. Communicate with parents & students 70% 2. Create and use multi-media 69% 3. Differentiate instruction 60% 4. Conduct online assessments 61% 5. Integrate digital content/e-textbooks 58% 6. Incorporate student owned mobiles 49% 7. Teach an online course 36% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 10. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers www.tomorrow.org A special collaborative report with Blackboard, Inc. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 11. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Research questions: 1. What technologies are pre-service teachers using in their personal and educational lives? 2. How are they learning to integrate technology into instruction? What are they learning? 3. How do the expectations of principals align with the actual experiences of pre-service teachers? 4. What are the expectations of pre-service teachers for using technology in their future classroom? © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 12. National Speak Up for Aspiring Teachers  1,351 college student respondents  81% female, 19% male  75% enrolled in undergrad programs  25% in grad programs  41% aspiring to a multi-subject credential  46% aspiring to a single subject credential  Future teaching goals: o 4% pre-school, early education o 43% elementary school o 14% middle school Survey open period: o 35% high school Spring 2012 © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 13. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #1: Tomorrow’s teachers are using a wide range of emerging technologies in their personal lives as well as to prepare for their future teaching assignments. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 14. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #1: Social Media Usage Aspiring Teachers Current Teachers Participating in an online community 17% 14% Blogging 20% 11% Using Twitter to communicate or follow others Writing via a Google Docs™ program or similar product Communicating via discussion boards, chat sites and social networking 30% 10% 35% 16% 74% 50% Updating a personal social networking site 80% 55% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 15. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #1: Aspiring teachers are tapping into tech-enabled, self-directed learning to support their career preparation  Online podcasts and video (45%)  Finding mentors online (42%)  Facebook as a collaboration site (35%)  Taking online assessments (22%)  Twitter as a professional learning tool (20%) © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 16. Late Morning Warm Up Exercise (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 17. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 18. LIFE OF AN ASPIRING TEACHER (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 19. Key factor in determining my future success as a teacher (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 20. What is . . . . . ? 1. Online peer support group 2. Online professional development 3. Class website or school portal 4. Tech tools/resources in my classroom 5. Data on student achievement (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 21. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Thinking about your future teaching assignment, what will be most important for your success? Besides supportive principal and colleagues … 1. Tech tools/resources in my classroom 63% 2. Online professional development 61% 3. Data on student achievement 58% 4. Class website or school portal 36% 5. Online peer support group 27% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 22. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: Tomorrow’s teachers look to field study and student teaching mentors as well as university professors as role models of using technology effectively. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 23. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: What is the best way for you to learn about how to integrate technology into instruction? 1. Field observations and student teaching 2. Observation of college professors 3. Classmates © Project Tomorrow 2013 68% 62% 56%
  • 24. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: What is the best way for you to learn about how to integrate technology into instruction? 1. Field observations and student teaching 2. Observation of college professors 3. Classmates 68% 62% 56% Big question: are these always the most effective role models? © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 25. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: What technology tools or techniques are you learning to use in your methods classes? Top 3: 1. How to use Office tools 2. Create a multi-media presentation 3. How to use an interactive whiteboard © Project Tomorrow 2013 71% 64% 55%
  • 26. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: What technology tools or techniques are you learning to use in your methods classes? Top 3: 1. How to use Office tools 2. Create a multi-media presentation 3. How to use an interactive whiteboard Another big question: Are these the right priorities? © Project Tomorrow 2013 71% 64% 55%
  • 27. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #2: What technology tools or techniques are you learning to use in your methods classes? Top 3: 1. How to use Office tools 2. Create a multi-media presentation 3. How to use an interactive whiteboard 71% 64% 55% How to teach an online class? 8% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 28. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #3: School principals’ expectations for the digital experiences of pre-service teachers does not align with actual experiences in teacher prep programs. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 29. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Principals’ expectations vs. pre-service teachers’ experiences – are we in alignment? Ability to create and use video, podcasts and other media Identifying and evaluating quality digital content to use in class Incorporating student owned mobile devices Using social media within instruction with students How to teach an online class 0% Aspiring Teachers 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Principals © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 30. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #3: Evolving needs in the classroom Principals’ Expectations 2008 2012 Ability to integrate student owned mobile devices within instruction Experience and training in teaching an online class 24% 49% 12% 36% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 31. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #4: Tomorrow’s teachers place a higher value on the role of technology in student success and their own productivity than current in-service teachers do. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 32. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #4: Impact of technology within my classroom on: My students’ academic success Aspiring Teachers Current Teachers Develop their creativity 76% 35% More motivated to learn 75% 50% More participatory in discussions 68% 25% Able to apply knowledge to problem solving Deeply explore their ideas 64% 26% 59% 17% Own their own learning 57% 22% Work together more often 52% 22% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 33. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #4: Impact of technology within my classroom on: My effectiveness as a teacher Aspiring Teachers Current Teachers 86% 70% 59% 59% 57% 57% 51% 47% 37% 23% 38% 30% 54% 20% Create more interactive lessons Better organization Student centered learning approach More connected to my students Create more relevant lessons Encourage students to be more selfdirected Facilitate student collaborations © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 34. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #5: Tomorrow’s teachers have a long wish list of their own expectations for technology in their future classrooms. © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 35. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Key Finding #5: Technology Tools and Strategies I want in my Ultimate Classroom Aspiring Teachers Ability to access the Internet anywhere on campus Laptop or netbook for every student to use at school 71% 71% Interactive whiteboards Online textbooks Digital content for classroom use Digital media creation tools Handheld student response systems Tablet computers Ability for students to use their own mobile devices Online classes 59% 48% 45% 42% 42% 42% 39% 25% © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 36. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Questions for further consideration K-12 Leadership: • How are you communicating your needs for new teachers’ skills to your higher ed partners? • Are you prepared to meet the expectations of tomorrow’s teachers? • How can you tap into their digital interests to spur school or district wide innovation? © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 37. Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers Questions for further consideration Schools of Education Leadership: • How well are your prep programs meeting the needs of your partnering K-12 districts? • Are you evaluating student teacher placements based upon the cooperating teachers’ tech expertise? • How can you leverage your students’ digital skills for additional informal learning? © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 38. Let’s talk with our experts Val Emrich Director of Instructional Technology Maryland State Department of Education Dr. Laurie A. Henry Co-Director, P21 College & Career Readiness Lab Associate Professor of Early Adolescent Literacy University of Kentucky Ann W. Linson Superintendent East Noble School Corporation, Indiana © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 39. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Online learning trends – new! Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive software New digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies Participate in Speak Up 2013! Online surveys open now thru Dec 20 www.tomorrow.org/speakup (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 40. Participate in Speak Up! Speak Up K-12 surveys open now thru 12/20    Available for all K-12 schools and districts Surveys for students, parents, community members and educators Share with your local schools Speak Up Higher Ed surveys open on Feb 5 • Take the faculty survey • Promote survey to your students • Share info with your school of education or teacher preparation programs © Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 41. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org Other sessions at the conference this week: Blending, Flipping and Personalized: How Online Learning is Transforming Teacher Practice Tuesday @ 1:30 pm Southern Hemisphere II Data Presentation + Panel Discussion The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Wednesday @ 11:15 am Southern Hemisphere III Data Presentation + Panel Discussion (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 42. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT and SpeakUpEd Copyright Project Tomorrow 2013 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. © Project Tomorrow 2013