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  • 1. Engaged, Empowered and Enabled: The New K-12 Student Vision for Learning Copyright Project Tomorrow 2010. 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 2010
  • 2. Engaged, Empowered and Enabled: The New K-12 Student Vision for Learning Julie Evans Speak Up 2009 Project Tomorrow National Findings jevans@tomorrow.org © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 3. Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions What are the expectations of K-12 students for 21st century learning? How does that student vision compare with the educators’ reality? How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? What does this mean for higher education institutions? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 4. Today’s Agenda: Speak Up National Research Project Student Vision for 21st Century Education Meet the Free Agent Learner! Conversation Time Speak Up Research Project: Views of Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators & Pre-Service Teachers © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 5. Defining 21st century education . . . “I believe that the purpose of education is not to make men carpenters, but to make carpenters men. To be competitive in a workplace that is changing and will change continuously throughout our careers, my peers and I need to be able to read and understand new information at a level never before prevalent. This should be, however, a familiar aim for the forces of academia, however, since what we must learn, in essence, is to learn. I would ensure a broad and balanced education that exposes every student to rigorous inquiry in every discipline, from physics to pottery and makes them active participants in the process of inquiry and learning.” 11th grade student Pittsburgh PA © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 6. 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 Services to help transform teaching and learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 7. Speak Up National Research Project Empowering authentic voices – since 2003: 1.6 million K-12 students 142,000 teachers 82,000 parents 10,500 school leaders 1,900 pre-service teachers 23,000 K-12 schools – from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia, int’l schools . . . 71 schools of education 1.85 million respondents © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 8. 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 Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications Designing the 21st Century School © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 9. Voices of K-12 Students Speak Up 2009 Activities, Attitudes & Aspirations Disconnects & Differences Trends & Leverage Points Other data available on K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Parents & College Students in Teacher Prep Programs © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 10. National Speak Up 2009 Participation: 370,565 K-12 Students 299,677 Teachers 38,642 Parents (in English & Spanish) 26,312 School/District Administrators 3,947 Schools / Districts 5,757 / 1,215 Pre-Service Teachers 1,987 Schools of Education 71 Participating States = all 50 states Top 12 (# of participants): TX, AZ, AL, CA, FL, MD, PA, NC, AR, MO, NY, IL © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 11. National Speak Up 2009 Participation: 370,565 About our K-12 Schools: 97% public, 3% private 38% urban, 31% suburban, 32% rural 54% Title 1 eligible – indicating community poverty 42% majority-minority student population About our Schools of Education/Aspiring Teachers 89% four year public institutions 2/3 undergraduates; 1/3 graduate students © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 12. Release of two national reports March 16 and May 5, 2010 Available at: www.tomorrow.org Creating Our Future: Unleashing the Future: Students Speak Up Educators Speak Up about their Vision for about the Use of 21st Century Learning Emerging Technologies for Learning Speak Up 2009 National Speak Up 2009 National Findings: K-12 Students & Findings: Teachers, Aspiring Parents Teachers & Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 13. Speak Up Data Findings Who am I? Interactive Exercise © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 14. Who am I? Profile characteristics: Access to mobile devices: MP3 player (50%) Handheld game player (52%) Participates Smartphone (12%) in immersive virtual reality Downloads music (35%) environments and uses Internet for (41%) online assessments (40%) Wishes for their ultimate school: Online classes (40%) High tech science tools (55%) E-textbooks (43%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 15. Audience Response: Who am I? 1. 3rd Grade Girl – 8 years old 2. 7th Grade Boy – 13 years old 3. 10th Grade Girl – 16 years old 4. College Student – 1st year 5. K-12 Teacher © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 16. Who am I? 3rd grade girl with average tech skills from a rural community © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 17. Who am I? Profile characteristics: Access to mobile devices: MP3 player (50%) Handheld game player (52%) Participates Smartphone (12%) in immersive virtual reality Downloads music (35%) environments and uses Internet for (41%) online assessments (40%) Wishes for their ultimate school: Online classes (40%) High tech science tools (55%) E-textbooks (43%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 18. Introducing the “Digital Advance Team” Today’s K-12 Students Adopting/adapting technologies for learning Tech trend setters Their use predicts widespread acceptance Out of school use drives in school use Pace car for others Teachers ultimately catch up © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 19. Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010 Students function as a “Digital Advance Team” Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learning Students’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use of technologies within education Lack of relevancy in education exacerbated Persistent digital disconnect between students and adults © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 20. What can the Speak Up findings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 21. What can the Speak Up data tell us about the future of learning? Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 22. Result: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 23. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements in the Student Vision Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 24. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Social–based learning Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create personal networks of experts © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 25. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Un–tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 26. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Digitally–rich learning Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as key to education productivity © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 27. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Social–based learning Communication and collaboration tools © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 28. Students’ use of technology for communication and collaboration outside of school Communicate: IM, email, text Update Facebook profile Communicate: Facebook, discussion boards, chats Gr 9-12 Contribute to blog Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5 Contribute to wiki 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 29. Students’ use of collaboration and communications tools for school work Communicate w/peers Collaborate thru Facebook Communicate w/teachers Post to blogs/wikis Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8 Tweet/micro-blog Gr 3-5 Online tutoring 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 30. Students’ use of social networking sites – for schoolwork and personal activities Primary communications vehicle 59% Use it to get help on schoolwork 34% When I get home, first thing I check 30% Helps me keep better organized 20% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 31. Students’ use of social networking sites – for schoolwork and personal activities Primary communications vehicle 59% Use it to get help on schoolwork 34% When I get home, first thing I check 30% Helps me keep better organized 20% Friends with parents thru site 35% Friends with teacher(s) thru site 18% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 32. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Un–tethered learning Using mobile devices Online learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 33. K-12 students have a lot of personal devices that they would like to use for schoolwork Personal device K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Laptop 27% 32% 53% 70% Cell phone 17% 29% 59% 67% Smart phone 14% 17% 24% 31% MP 3 35% 55% 80% 85% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 34. Students face obstacles using technology at school Top responses from students: 1. I cannot use my mobile device (56%) 2. School filters and firewalls block websites I need (53%) 3. Teachers limit our technology use (37%) 4. Too many rules! (30%) Cannot access my communications tools Rules that limit use of my school’s technology © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 35. How schools could make it easier to use technology – the student point of view Students say: 1. Let me use my own mobile device (60%) 2. Let me use my own laptop (47%) 3. Access my school projects from any computer – home or at school (47%) 4. Give me unlimited Internet access on campus (43%) 5. I want to access my social networking site and communications tools (36%) 6. Give us more electrical outlets (28%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 36. Audience response Students: How would using mobile devices at school help you with your schoolwork? Besides communications and research, what do students say? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 37. Audience response Besides communications and research, how do students say that using “mobile devices” in school will help them with schoolwork? Choose top response: A. Access social networking site B. Access online textbooks C. Learn about school activities D. Share documents, videos and podcasts E. Receive reminders and alerts F. Take videos of class presentations or labs to review later © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 38. Besides communications and research, how do students say that using “mobile devices” in school will help them with schoolwork? Access social networking site 35% Access online textbooks 44% Learn about school activities 41% Share documents, videos and podcasts 36% Receive reminders and alerts 55% Take videos of class presentations or labs 39% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 39. Students believe that mobile devices can enhance personal productivity Communicate with classmates Receive reminders & alerts Organize schoolwork Communicate with teachers G9-12 Access social networking G6-8 Create/share documents or media Upload/download to portal Coordinate calendars 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 40. Students’ suggested use of mobile devices for learning purposes Internet research Take notes or record lectures Work on projects with classmates G9-12 Access online textbooks G6-8 Video class presentations or experiments Play educational games 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 41. Teachers’ biggest concern about using mobile devices at school While 56% of teachers say that the greatest benefit to using mobile devices: increases student engagement in school and learning 76% say their biggest concern however is students will be distracted doing other things (texting, surfing, games) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 42. Parents’ willingness to purchase mobile devices for their child to use at school Parents Evaluate Mobile Devices Purchase 11% 11% 16% 62% Likely Unlikely Not sure School responsibility © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 43. Who is learning online today in K-12 schools? Growth in student participation in online classes 6th- 8th 9th-12th grade grade 2009 2008 2009 2008 Took an online class for school 13% 9% 18% 10% Took an online class for personal reasons 8% 7% 9% 4% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 44. Who is learning online today in K-12 schools? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 45. Who is learning online today in K-12 schools? Do you know someone who has taken an online class? Yes: 65% of high school students Yes: 53% of middle school students 1/3 of parents have taken an online class for work or personal reasons © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 46. Who is learning online today in K-12 schools? Types of online learning environments Online class led by 20% teacher 13% 9% 5% Self-study online class 12% 9% 17% Blended online class 8% 8% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 6th-8th grade students 9th-12th grade students District Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 47. Students’ value proposition on online learning Productivity Earn college credit (49%) Take class not offered (44%) Fits schedule better (37%) Get extra help (35%) My technology skills will improve (31%) Easier to review class materials (29%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 48. Students’ value proposition on online learning Learning Work at own pace (51%) In control of my learning (40%) Easier for me to be successful (28%) Greater sense of independence (28%) More motivated to learn (24%) Feel more connected to school (20%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 49. What is holding back greater adoption? Students say they face barriers in accessing online classes. “I don’t know about the classes offered at my school” (28%) “My school does not offer online classes” (25%) “I don’t know how to find information about online classes” (20%) “I don’t know how to sign up for online classes” (21%) © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 50. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Digitally–rich learning Online textbooks Games Simulations and animations Creating using digital media © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 51. Students’ desires for the features and functionality of online textbooks Three themes emerge from the data: Students want interactivity and relevancy They want tools to facilitate collaboration They want ways to personalize learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 52. Students want their digital textbooks to facilitate collaboration Communicate w ith classmates Create podcasts/videos Students Gr 9-12 Collaboration Tools Students Gr 6-8 Parents Webcams/Video Conferencing 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 53. Students want to use their digital textbooks to personalize learning Electronic notes Calculator Search terms Self directed quizzes Students Dow nload to phone Gr 9-12 Students Presentations Gr 6-8 Parents Organizational tools Self -paced tutorials 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 54. Students want their digital textbooks to be interactive and relevant Games Onl i ne tutors Real ti me data Ani mati ons Vi deo cl i ps Students Gr 9-12 Vi rtual l abs Students Gr 6-8 Parents Expert Podcas ts 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 55. Students’ interest in games transcends ages and gender What do you like most about playing video/online games? Competing with others Play on own Gr 9 Boy Make new friends Gr 9 Girl Gr 3 Boy Interactivity Gr 3 Girl Customize to my interests Role play 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 56. And interest in games within learning increases with age – but without gender bias What would be the benefits of games within learning? Learn more Understand difficult concepts More engaged Go beyond assignment Gr 9 Boy Gr 9 Girl Self-directed Gr 3 Boy Real world relevancy Gr 3 Girl 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 57. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements in the Student Vision Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 58. Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 59. Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning? Are we all on the same page? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 60. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Elements of Social Based Learning Communications tools Principals Aspiring Teachers Students Gr 6-12 Collaboration tools 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 61. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Elements of Un-tethered Learning Online classes Principals Mobile devices Aspiring Teachers Laptops Students Gr 6-12 Internet access 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 62. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Digitally Rich Learning Environments E-portfolios Online textbooks Principals Aspiring Teachers Games Students Gr 6-12 Digital media tools 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 63. Key trends we are watching: Continuing “digital disconnects” Spectrum of digital native-ness Multiple “computers” in the backpack Adaptation trumps adoption Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any pace learning Developing personal expert networks © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 64. Key trends we are watching: Self directed learning for student & teacher Everyone is a content developer Make it relevant to me! Blurring of informal & formal learning lines Beyond engagement: it’s really about productivity! “Long tail” of training & education © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 65. Speak Up 2009 National Data Findings The era of the technology-enabled Free Agent Learner © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 66. Meet the Free Agent Learner! Key Characteristics: Self directed learning Un-tethered to traditional education Expert at personal data aggregation Power of connections Creating new networks of experts Experiential learning is key – make it real Everyone is a content developer Process as important as knowledge gained © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 67. Meet the Free Agent Learner! Sampling of activities Searched online for self-directed learning 37% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 23% Took an online test or assessment on their own 18% Used cell phone apps to self organize 17% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 14% Found experts online to answer questions 12% © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 68. Meet the Free Agent Learner! Sampling of activities: Searched online for self-directed learning 37% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 23% Took an online test or assessment on their own 18% Used cell phone apps to self organize 17% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 14% Found experts online to answer questions 12% Who is this? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 69. Say hello to the Free Agent Learner – a typical middle school student! © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 70. Introducing the “Digital Advance Team” Today’s K-12 Students Adopting/adapting technologies for learning Tech trend setters Their use predicts widespread acceptance Out of school use drives in school use Pace car for others Teachers ultimately catch up © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 71. Recommendations from the K-12 “Digital Advance Team” Learning that is • Enabled • Engaging • Empowered © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 72. New Questions What does this mean for your institution? Are you ready to address the needs of the Free Agent Learner? How well does your current business model support this student vision for learning? Do you adjust your culture, or expect the students to do the adapting? How will your faculty support this new student vision for learning? What is your vision for the future of teaching and learning? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 73. The Future of Learning? What do K-12 education leaders say schools will look like in 2019? © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 74. A vision for education in 2019 “School will become a 24 hour around the clock opportunity with students logging into school from “home.” The role of the teacher will be to lead and assist students in “discovering” the uses for the technology and information. Every student from Pre-K through twelfth grade will have access to learning through the most advanced IT devices available. Learning will occur online at least 80% of the time. School buildings will be open on evenings and Saturdays for remediation, recreation and community activities for the purpose of socialization.” Principal from Michigan © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 75. Speak Up 2010 Online surveys available for: K-12 students Parents (in Spanish too!) Teachers Surveys open for input: Administrators October 18, 2010 Pre-service teachers No fee to participate. No limit on the # of surveys submitted. 100% confidential. Free online report for all Speak Up participating institutions w/ your data: Feb 2011 Release of National Speak Up Findings in Congressional Briefings: Spring 2011 © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 76. Speak Up 2010 School of Education / Teacher Prep Program? Have your students participate in Speak Up 2010 Encourage your regional schools to participate Work with regional schools to enhance their vision for 21st century education Share Speak Up data and reports with your faculty Stimulate new discussions Be the leadership agents of change © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 77. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org National Speak Up Findings Additional data analysis from Speak Up 2009 Presentations, podcasts and webinars Evaluation services Reports and white papers Release October 29: New report on mobile learning © Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 78. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2010. 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 2010