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  • 1. Students, Teachers & Parents “Speak Up” about Education, Technology & 21st Century Learning – Are we listening? Congressional Briefing Release of National Findings March 21, 2007 Julie Evans
  • 2. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents • Annual national research project – Online surveys – Convenience sampling –open for all K-12 schools • Collect data ↔ Stimulate conversations – Students, Teachers, Parents (new!) • Inform policies & programs – Analysis and reporting – Services: custom reports, consulting with schools, Speak Up Your Way! • Since 2003: – 795,000 K-12 students – 48,000 teachers – 15,000 parents – 10,000 schools – all 50 states, DC + DOD schools
  • 3. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents • National initiative of Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization • Our programs and initiatives: – Science Docent Program – Regional Innovation Initiative with AeA – Student Voices Resource Center – NSF National Science Digital Library Project TestDrive – Speak Up National Research Project
  • 4. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents Thank you to our Congressional Supporters Senator Kennedy Representative McKeon Representative Miller
  • 5. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents Many thanks for our Speak Up 2006 Sponsors Advanced Network & Services, Inc.
  • 6. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents And a big round of applause for our network of 100+ nonprofit/association partners » Education » Business » Community Special recognition for our National Outreach Champion Partner: SETDA
  • 7. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents Today’s Expert Panels Representative Schools: Forest Park High School Bull Run Middle School Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School
  • 8. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents Agenda Welcome John Gage Susan Santana Remarks Roberto Rodriguez Brad Thomas Keynote Raymond Simon Release of Findings Julie Evans Panel of Students, Teachers & Parents The Experts Closing Comments Mary Ann Wolf Susan Santana Questions & Answers All
  • 9. Students, Teachers & Parents “Speak Up” about Education, Technology & 21st Century Learning – Are we listening? Highlights from our National Findings
  • 10. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Participation Overview: 232,781 K-12 students, 21,272 teachers & 15,316 parents Students: Elementary (pre K-Gr 5) – 43% Middle School (Gr 6-8) – 35% High School (Gr 9-12) – 21% 50% Girls – 50% Boys 88% say they have a computer @ home Teachers: 80% - Classroom assignment 36% - 4 to 15 years experience 42% - have Masters’ Degree Parents: 29% member of a PTA/PTO/Booster Club 13% volunteer regularly @ school
  • 11. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Participation Overview: All 50 states, DC, Canada, Mexico & American DOD schools Top 10 states: TX, IL, CA, MD, AL, NC, FL, MA, VA, MI School demographics*: 2800 schools 96% public schools – 4% private schools Urban (1/3) Rural (1/3) Suburban (1/3) % of schools that are Title 1 eligible = 41% % of schools w/majority minority school population = 43% * NCES Common Core of Data 2003/2004
  • 12. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 • This year’s survey question themes: Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills Communications, Connections & Self-Expression Math & Science Instruction Global Collaborations Competitiveness & Workforce Preparedness Designing Schools of the Future What can we learn from today’s learners – and their teachers & parents?
  • 13. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the student data: • Communications is still #1 • Online connected-ness creating new definition of “friends” • Online safety & privacy are not top student concerns • Students say: “Make science & math relevant!” • Youngest learners are very tech sophisticated • Continued disconnect between students & adults
  • 14. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Using Technology for Schoolwork 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Research Keyboarding Presentations Tests K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  • 15. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Using Technology for Schoolwork Email teachers – 25% Use online text books – 22% Email – IM classmate about a project – 40% Check on a grade – 22% Take an online class – 9%
  • 16. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Using Technology for Schoolwork – Online learning 35% of students Gr 6-12 interested in taking an online class Why? 1. To get extra help in a subject area 2. To take a class not offered 3. To work at one’s own pace 4. To get college credit – AP class 5. Interest in the topic What subject areas? Math, Foreign Language
  • 17. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology Use – Outside of School 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Email/IM Games Music MySpace K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  • 18. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology Use – Communications Favorite communications tool? Email? IM? Cell phone for texting? Cell phone for talking Favorite: 36% of students Grades 6-12 Daily use: 73% Gr 9-12 57% Gr 6-8 42% Gr 3-5
  • 19. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology Use – Connected-ness Are students using online tools to connect with other students?  Connecting with students in the US - 23%  Connecting with students around the world - 17% Online friends:  44% connect with 20+ online friends monthly  Never met 34% of those friends Redefining what is a “friend”
  • 20. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology Use – Connected-ness Make new friends – 34% Blog (create/post) – 22% Sharing writings online – 16% Create a podcast – 6% Posted a video – 13% MySpace page – 51% Worked on a group project – 24% Play online games – 35% Shared music – 15% Go to websites for TV shows/Movies: 25% of students K-12
  • 21. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Math & Science – how today’s students want to learn • Apply math/science to solve real world problems • Visit places where science happens • Multimedia and interactive simulations • Use equipment and tools • Solve math puzzles • Talk to scientists and mathematicians • Learn math/science that will help me with a job • All kinds of technology Add relevance to the rigor!
  • 22. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Students and their interest in careers in science, math, technology and engineering Not interested in a STEM Career 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Students
  • 23. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Schools Today : Obstacles to Using Technology Grades 3-5 : Access issues – Lack of computers – Inconvenient locations – Slow Internet access Grades 6-12 : Control issues: – Rules against tech tools – Teachers control when/where use – School filters
  • 24. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Obstacles to Using Technology? Grades 3-5 : Access issues – Lack of computers – Inconvenient locations – Slow Internet access Grades 6-12 : Control issues: – Rules against tech tools – Teachers control when/where use – School filters Designing K-12 Schools of the Future? Students K-12: Laptop for every student
  • 25. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the teacher data: • Impact of technology – “teaching & instructional support” • Time is still the #1 obstacle to using tech more in school (Not enough time for science either) • Online safety & privacy are top concerns for student tech use • Teachers embracing email as key tool for parent communications • Impact of professional development • Majority don’t believe schools are doing a good job preparing kids for 21st century
  • 26. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 What do teachers believe about the value of technology for teaching and learning? Top vote getters: • Access to more accurate information – 64% • Richer lesson plans – 53% • Better able to engage students – 52% • Meet varying needs of students – 48% • Better able to assess student progress – 35% Has technology enhanced student performance & achievement? 75% say yes: student engagement in learning
  • 27. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 How have teachers used online resources within the past 12 months . . . Teachers' Use of Online Resources 41% 46%38% 5% 28% 14% Used lesson plan Modified lesson plan Used ideas for own lesson plan Posted lesson plan Updated lesson plan None of the above
  • 28. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Professional development Has the in service training through your school/district adequately prepared you for using technology for teaching? Very much – 28% Somewhat – 54% Not at all – 10% Need more training? • Integration into core curriculum areas • Productivity tools • Instructional tools 82% are satisfied with in-service trainings
  • 29. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Designing K-12 Schools of the Future Teachers say . . . 1. Interactive white boards 2. Wireless laptops for students to use at school 3. Ways to communicate with parents 4. Ways to use email, IM, blogs with students & parents 5. Digital cameras and video facilities and equipment
  • 30. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up for Students, Teachers & Parents 2006 Key findings from the parent data: • Satisfaction with school technology? Mixed results. • Want school info “pushed” out via email • Online safety & privacy top concerns for student tech use • Support students having cell phones @ school • Value math & science for all students – Real concern about global job competition • Majority do not believe schools are doing good job preparing kids for 21st century
  • 31. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology at my child’s school? Satisfied . . . (more than 50%) • Amount of technology available to students • Internet safety and privacy of personal information
  • 32. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology at my child’s school? Satisfied . . . (more than 50%) • Amount of technology available to students • Internet safety and privacy of personal information Dissatisfied . . . (less than 31%) • Priority placed on tech use • Technology integration into subject areas • Amount of time spent using technology
  • 33. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Technology at my child’s school? What if you were on a tech committee, what would be a good investment to improve student achievement? 1. Computers in classrooms – 61% 2. Software to support academic subjects – 60% 3. A useful school website – 60% 4. Advanced computer classes for students – 55% 5. Tools to help parents and teachers communicate – 51%
  • 34. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 How do you want to hear from your child’s school? School Communications Tools 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Parents Flyers/Newsletters Website postings Emails to home Emails to work Phone calls School portal Teacher's blog Info mailed home
  • 35. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Math, Science, Global Competition 55% say good understanding of math & science important for all students Concerns for child’s future? – Not being able to afford a home (21%) – Having to compete with better educated global workers (37%) – Getting into a good college (44%)
  • 36. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 How well is your school doing in preparing your children/students to compete for the jobs and careers of the 21st century? Response “Yes” Parents – 48% Teachers – 47%
  • 37. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 How well is your school doing in preparing your children/students to compete for the jobs and careers of the 21st century? Response “Yes” Parents – 48% Teachers – 47% Over 50% of parents and teachers believe their schools are not doing a good job.
  • 38. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Should students be able to use their cell phones at school? Response “Yes” – for emergencies and to connect with parents. Students: 82% - grades 6-12 Parents: 77% Teachers: 56%
  • 39. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Concerns about Student Online Use Student Tech Use Concerns 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Gr 6-12 Students Teachers Parents Cyberbullying Privacy Spam Bad websites Digital equity Online cheating Girls & Tech Predators Too much time
  • 40. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Trends to watch – Spectrum of digital native-ness New communications devices and tools Connecting without boundaries – new friends Technology as tool – not fad or fun Inclusion of student, teacher & parent ideas into planning and investments
  • 41. (c) Project Tomorrow 2007 Speak Up : Next steps Briefings & Conferences National Report Customized reports Special Focus Reports – sampling of topics: – 21st century skills – Online learning – Global collaborations – Communications and self-expression Speak Up 2007 – October 1, 2007
  • 42. Let’s listen to our experts! Students, Teachers & Parents “Speak Up” about Education, Technology & 21st Century Learning