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  • 1. NECC 2008 Julie Evans & Shana Glenzer July 1, 2008 Voices of Experience: Top Ten Tips for Online Learning Environments
  • 2. Our discussion today:
    • Review new Speak Up data findings
    • Gain new insights from our expert panel
    • Stimulate new conversations
    • Create our Top Ten Tips list
    • Engage your participation in Speak Up 08
  • 3. What is Speak Up?
    • Annual national research project
      • Online surveys and focus groups
      • Open for all K-12 schools
      • Schools/districts get their own data for planning and budgeting
    • Collect data ↔ Stimulate conversations
      • Students, Teachers, Parents and School Leaders
    • Inform policies & programs
      • Analysis and reporting – national reports
      • Services: custom reports, consulting with schools, Speak Up Your Way !
    • 5 years of empowering authentic voices – since 2003:
      • 1.1 million K-12 students
      • 74,000 teachers
      • 34,000 parents
      • 3,200 school leaders
      • 14,000 schools – from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia
    1.2 million respondents
  • 4.
    • Speak Up is facilitated annually by
    • Project Tomorrow
    • (formerly known as NetDay)
    • About Project Tomorrow:
    • A national education nonprofit organization providing leadership, research and programming to support science, math and technology education in America’s schools
  • 5. What Is Speak Up?
    • Speak Up survey question themes:
      • Learning & Teaching with Technology
      • Web 2.0 / Web 3.0 in Education
      • 21st Century Skills
      • Science Instruction & Global Competitiveness
      • Emerging Technologies in the Classroom
        • Mobile devices
        • Gaming
        • Online learning
      • Designing the 21st Century School
  • 6. Speak Up 2007 Participation Overview
    • K-12 Students 319,223
    • Teachers 25,544
    • Parents (in English & Spanish) 19,726
    • School/District Administrators 3,263
    • Schools 3,729
    • Districts 867
    • States All 50
      • Top 10: TX, CA, AZ, IL, AL, MD, NC, PA, FL, MI
    • About Speak Up 2007 Schools:
      • 97% public, 3% private
      • 32% urban, 40% suburban, 29% rural
      • 43% Title 1 eligible
      • 29% majority-minority student population
  • 7. We would like to recognize our Speak Up 2007 Sponsors:
  • 8. We would like to also acknowledge the support of our Speak Up 2007 National Champion Outreach Partners:
  • 9. Original report released in Oct 2007
    • Learning in the 21 st Century:
    • A National Report of
    • Online Learning
    • Downloadable from:
    • www.blackboard.com
  • 10. New report using Speak Up 2007 data
    • Learning in the 21 st Century:
    • A Trends Update
    • Downloadable from:
    • www.blackboard.com
  • 11. Big questions this year: What are the views & aspirations of students, teachers and school leaders regarding online learning? Are those views changing? What can we learn from a variety of online learning implementations?
  • 12. Expert Panel Discussion with:
    • Earlene Patton Alabama Department of Education Shauna Washburn Frenship Independent School District Susan Wells Clear Creek Independent School District
  • 13. Students, teachers, parents & school leaders “Speak Up” about online learning:
    • Activities,
    • Attitudes & Aspirations
    • Disconnects & Differences
    • Trends & Leverage Points
  • 14. Let’s get to know each other!
    • Audience Response
    • How would you assess your own technology skills compared to your peers?
    • A. Beginner
    • B. Average
    • C.Advanced
  • 15. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 16. Parents, Teachers, School Leaders: What kind of tech user are you?
  • 17. Question to Audience
    • What % of students grades 6-12 consider themselves “advanced tech users?”
          • 6%
          • 24%
          • 70%
  • 18. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 19. What % of students grades 6-12 consider themselves “advanced tech users?”
  • 20. Key findings from Speak Up 2007 Data
    • “ Digital disconnect” is alive and well!
      • Between students and adults
      • Between advanced tech students and other students
      • Between girls and boys
      • Between older and younger students
  • 21. Digital Disconnect
    • A new “battleground” with emerging technologies in education
        • Mobile devices
        • Online learning
        • Gaming technologies
  • 22. Speak Up Data Findings – Students Today’s students are very interested in online learning opportunities.
  • 23. Question to Audience
    • What percentage of middle school students say they are interested in taking an online class?
          • 10%
          • 24%
          • 47%
  • 24. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 25. Speak Up Data Findings – Students
  • 26. Question to Audience
    • What is the #1 reason middle school students want to take an online class?
      • Take class not offered at my school
      • Get extra help in a subject
      • Earn college credit
      • To work at my own pace
      • To learn more about the subject
  • 27. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 28. Speak Up Data Findings – Students
  • 29.
    • Teachers are also very interested in online learning – for their classroom and their own professional development.
    Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
  • 30. Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
    • Online learning in the classroom
    • Used LMS in class – 11%
    • Explored for fit in classroom – 33%
    • Interest in learning more – 31%
  • 31. Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
    • Professional development
    • Have you taken online class?
        • Professional development: 21%
        • Career advancement: 16%
        • Personal enrichment: 12%
  • 32. Question to Audience
    • What percentage of teachers said
    • “ online classes” were their preferred method
    • of professional development?
          • 10%
          • 26%
          • 39%
  • 33. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 34.
    • 26% of teachers now say that online
    • classes are their preferred method of
    • professional development –
    Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
  • 35.
    • 26% of teachers now say that online
    • classes are their preferred method of
    • professional development –
    • an increase of almost 3 times over
    • 2006 data findings
    Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
  • 36. Speak Up Data Findings – Teachers
  • 37. Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders
    • Schools and districts are implementing all kinds of online learning.
  • 38. Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders How is online learning being implemented?
  • 39. Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders
    • Administrators say student engagement is #1 reason for online learning.
  • 40.
    • Why offer or expand online learning?
    • Student engagement 45%
    • Scheduling alternatives 38%
    • Offer personalized instruction 34%
    • Teacher interest in teaching 33%
    • Student requests 33%
    Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders
  • 41. Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders
    • And face similar barriers to the implementation of other emerging technologies.
  • 42. Speak Up Data Findings - School Leaders
    • What the barriers to implementation of online learning?
        • Funding 68%
        • Need for PD 32%
        • Digital equity 30%
        • Integration into curriculum 28%
        • Competing priorities 25%
  • 43. What if you could design the ultimate school …
    • what technologies would have the greatest impact on your learning?
  • 44.
    • What do students say is the #1 tech tool or service that will impact their learning?
      • Digital equipment for creating projects
      • Games and virtual simulations
      • Personal laptops for each student
      • Student access to email and IM at school
      • Using devices like cellphones, MP3 players and PDAs
      • Online classes
    Question to Audience
  • 45. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results ..and the Speak Up 2007 National results are..
  • 46. Speak Up Data Findings – Students
    • What do students say is the #1 tech tool or service that will impact their learning?
      • Students in Kindergarten thru 12th grade say the same thing every year:
  • 47. Speak Up Data Findings – Students
    • What do students say is the #1 tech tool or service that will impact their learning?
      • Students in Kindergarten thru 12th grade say the same thing every year:
        • “ Give me a laptop for my personal use at school and at home”
  • 48. Speak Up Data Findings Students & Teachers
  • 49. Key benefits of online learning in education today: Expansion of learning opportunities Personalization of learning Engagement in learning
  • 50. Learning in the 21st Century: A Trends Update
    • Downloadable from:
    • www.blackboard.com
    • Let’s discuss:
    • http://speakupblog.tomorrow.org/
    • More Speak Up data?
    • http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/index.html
  • 51. Speak Up 2008 Fall 2008
    • Have a voice in national discussions
    • Learn about the ideas of your own stakeholders
    • Inform your plans, budgets and programs
    • Participating schools and districts get free online access to your own quantitative data – with national benchmark data
  • 52. Let’s Hear from our Expert Panel
    • Earlene Patton
    • Alabama Department of Education Shauna Washburn
    • Frenship Independent School District
    • Susan Wells
    • Clear Creek Independent School District
  • 53. Top Ten Tips for implementing online learning -- compiled from NECC panelists
    • Get buy in from curriculum department
    • Identify funding sources – it is available
    • Provide pre-training and professional development
    • Involve school sites in planning process: rights, roles, contents
    • Start small – implement a “required” course
    • Incorporate rigorous, embedded digital content
    • Take advantage of vendor consulting to help “jump-start” the implementation.
    • Implement an online courses based to address “greatest need”
    • Involve parents and secure buy-in for their child to participate
    • Provide support during implementation & documentation in a variety of formats
    • Identify credible materials to incorporate into master course
  • 54. NECC Audience Responses Senteo Results
  • 55. It has been great to learn from you today.
    • If you have any questions, please contact us: Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans @tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15
    Copyright Project Tomorrow 2008. 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.