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  • 1. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about Online Learning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewJulie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO October 22, 2012 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 2. Today’s Discussion: About the Speak Up National Research Project Highlighted data findings: 5 Year Review Panel discussion Speak Up 2011 National Research Project: Views of K-12 Students, Parents, Teachers, Librarians and Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 3. Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions How does the growth in online learning change the value proposition for technologies that personalize learning? What is the impact of the increased interest by students, parents and educators? What is the teachers’ wish list for tech-enabled professional learning communities? Is there a new climate for policies around online learning requirements for students? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 4. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewPanel DiscussionJohn BrimAssistant Executive Director, North Carolina Virtual Public SchoolMichele EatonVirtual Education Specialist, MSD of Wayne Township (IN)Mike KowalskiAdministrator – Online Campus, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)Jeannine RichardsonInstructional Media Integration Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools (VA) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Saluting our Speak Up 2011 Sponsors: © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Speak Up 2011 Congressional BriefingsWashington DCApril 24 and May 23, 2012 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 10. Other Speak Up 2012 Reports & White PapersDefining the Emerging Role of Social Learning Tools to ConnectStudents, Parents & Educators (with Schoolwires)Leveraging Intelligent Adaptive Learning to PersonalizeEducation (with DreamBox)Learning in the 21st Century: Mobile Devices + Social Media =Personalized Learning (with Blackboard)Upcoming:  Print to digital migration considerations white paper  Aspiring teachers report – from schools’ of education data © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 11. Other Speak Up 2012 ReportsOnline learning trends report:Learning in the 21st Century:A 5 Year Retrospective on theGrowth of Online LearningA special collaboration with BlackboardDownloadable @ www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 12. Inviting all K-12 schools and districts to participatethis year – including virtual schools: 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 now thru December 14 Learn more @ www.tomorrow.org/speakup © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 13. What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 14. 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
  • 15. The New Student Vision for Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Online Learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 16. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #1: A majority of teachers, school site administrators and district level administrators have now taken an online class for their own professional development. For teachers, an increase of 148% since 2007. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 17. Educators are increasingly learning online Online Learning Teachers School Site District Experience Administrators Administrators Taught a fully online class 6% 6% 14% Taught a blended online 5% 3% 9% class Took a fully online 52% 52% 65% class for PD Took a blended online 18% 25% 30% class for PD © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 18. Administrators’ RealitiesImpact of recent fiscal crisis on budgets What tech solutions are you considering to help with your budget situation? 1. Digital textbooks 43% 2. Tablets instead of laptops for students 39% 3. Online teacher PD 37% 4. Cloud computing solutions 35% 5. Online classes for students 30% 6. Allowing student use of personal devices 27% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 19. Challenges implementing more online learningSchool principals say:1. Concerns about the quality of student-teacher interactions2. Concerns around course quality or academic rigor3. Lacking infrastructure to support online learning4. Finding teachers to teach online courses5. Student home access to the Internet © Project Tomorrow 2011 19
  • 20. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #2: Teachers’ value proposition on online learning for their own professional development is directly related to their previous online learning experiences. 30% of teachers say that online PD is now their preferred approach for continuing education. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 21. Relationship between online learningexperiences and value proposition 62% Fits schedule 90% 89% 88% 11% Learning community value 34% 28% 36% 8% Supports learning style 33% 27% 34% 28% Saves time 50% 44% 46% 12% Just in time training 32% 26% 34% 5% More connected to profession 17% 13% 20% 33% Review materials as needed 62% 56% 57% 29% Ability to customize learning 58% 52% 61% No online involvement Taken blended online PD Taken fully online PD Taught online class © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 22. Teachers’ wish list for tech-enabledprofessional learning communities  Tools for collaboration with teachers at my school (43%)  Tools for collaboration with teachers at other schools (42%)  Online courses (42%)  Easy access to student data that I can use to inform my teaching (39%)  Centralized repository of teaching resources (38%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 23. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #3: A new, positive correlation exists between educators’ experiences with online learning and their interest in mobile learning in school. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 24. New correlation: Personal mobile device use byonline experience I have taught an online course I have taken an online course for PD No involvement or interest 86% 77% 70% 65% 63% 64% 57% 56% 45% 34% 30% 20% Smart phones Tablet Smart phones Tablet Teachers Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 25. School principals: Reluctant to allow students to use their own mobile devices at school – even for academic purposes Will you allow students to use their own mobile devices? 11% 22% 65% Likely Unlikely Unsure © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 26. Except if they have had a personal onlinelearning experience:  Taught an online class?  35% of principals who have taught an online class say they are likely to allow students to use their mobile devices at school  No online learning experience?  76% of principals without online learning experience say they are unlikely to allow students to use their own mobile devices at school © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 27. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #4: The profile of a typical student interested in taking an online class today is: a middle school girl who values the use of a mobile device in school and sees online learning as her ticket to a more personalized learning environment where she is control of the learning process. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 28. 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
  • 29. Students want to take an online class in: MATH 43% - Gr 6-8 Students 32% - Gr 9-12 Students © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 30. Learning my way – benefits of online learningStudents Gr 6-8 say: o I would be in control of my own learning (52%) o I would be able to work at my own pace (52%) o I would get extra help in a subject that is hard for me (50%) o My technology skills would improve (47%) o It would be easier for me to review class materials as many times as I want (44%) o I would be more comfortable asking my teacher questions (43%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 31. Student interest in taking an online class:5 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
  • 32. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #5: One-third of parents now support increased investments in online learning at their child’s school. An increase of 80% since 2007. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 33. Parents’ views on the benefits of online learning fortheir child © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 34. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewKey Finding #6: 69% of administrators (and surprisingly, almost 50% of middle school students) say that students should be required to take an online class to graduate from high school. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 35. 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
  • 36. When we write the onlinelearning trends update report in2017, what will be our headline stories five years from now? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 37. Students, Parents & Educators Speak Up about OnlineLearning: A 5 Year Retrospective ReviewPanel DiscussionJohn BrimAssistant Executive Director, North Carolina Virtual Public SchoolMichele EatonVirtual Education Specialist, MSD of Wayne Township (IN)Mike KowalskiAdministrator – Online Campus, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)Jeannine RichardsonInstructional Media Integration Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools (VA) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 38. Other Speak Up 2012 ReportsOnline learning trends report:Learning in the 21st Century:A 5 Year Retrospective on theGrowth of Online LearningA special collaboration with BlackboardDownloadable @ www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 39. Inviting all K-12 schools and districts toparticipate this year – including virtual schools: 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 now thru December 14 Learn more @ www.tomorrow.org/speakup © Project Tomorrow 2011
  • 40. 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