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  • 1. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Students and Digital Learning Julie Evans Chief Executive Officer Project Tomorrow Speak Up 2013 National Findings
  • 2. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Students and Digital Learning • Get introduced to Speak Up • Take a test • Learn ten things • Discuss and share ideas
  • 3. Speak Up National Research Project Annual national research project  Using online surveys + focus groups  Surveys for: K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Community Members  Special: Pre-Service Teachers in Schools of Education  Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education  Schools, districts & colleges receive free report with their own data Inform policies, plans & programs  Local: your stakeholder data  State: state level data  Federal: national findings + 3.4 million surveys since 2003
  • 4.  Power of local data  Use data as input for planning  To justify budget and purchasing decisions .  Inform new initiatives – as an evaluation tool  As a tool to engage parents  Demonstrate interest in students’ ideas  Use for grant writing and fund development  Content for professional development  As a competitive tool  To counteract mythology . . . . . . . Why do schools and districts participate in Speak Up?
  • 5. Commonly heard mythology Examples of ed tech mythology “New teachers don’t need any training in how to use technology within teaching” “Parents won’t accept online textbooks” “Kids only want to use mobiles so that they can text & play games in class” “Online learning undercuts the role of the teacher in learning.” “There is so much great content online for teachers to use in the classroom – so, what is the problem?” “Put technology in the classroom and magically students will learn more!”
  • 6. National reports and DC briefings Available at www.tomorrow.org/speakup
  • 7. Speak Up Goes to Washington, DC National Release of Speak Up 2013 National Findings 2014 Congressional Briefing Tuesday, April 8, 20 http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html
  • 8. But just for you today ….. A special pre-release of the Speak Up 2013 national data findings
  • 9. National Speak Up 2013 Participation: 403,292 K-12 Students Teachers & Librarians Parents (in English & Spanish) School/District Administrators Community Members (new this year!) 325,279 32,151 39,986 4,530 1,346 About the participating schools & districts o o o o o 9,005 schools and 2,710 90% public schools – 10% private/parochial/charter/other 32% urban / 31% rural / 37% suburban 30% school wide Title 1; 43% majority minority school All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools
  • 10. Students & Digital Learning What have we learned over the past 11 years?  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
  • 11. Students & Digital Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning Personalized Learning
  • 12. Your Pre-Test • 4 Questions • True or False • Answered during the presentation & in summary at the end Good Luck!
  • 13. 1. 2/3rds of students think flipped learning is a good way to learn T or F 2. Students would rather use a tablet than a laptop for most academic tasks T or F 3. Students would like to take math class online T or F 4. Most students are not over concerned about what they post online about themselves or others T or F
  • 14. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Students and Digital Learning
  • 15. The 21st Century Learner Enabling technologies: what tools and resources are digital learners using? Empowering opportunities: how are they using these tools for learning? Engaging aspirations: what are their expectations for digital learning?
  • 16. Enabling technologies: Mobile Devices
  • 17. Mobile Devices Personal access – not school provided Device K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 smartphone 22% 50% 73% 89% tablet 41% 69% 60% 50% laptop digital reader 41% 18% 61% 39% 66% 47% 67% 40%
  • 18. Mobile Devices School provided – student reported Device K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 tablet 11% 21% 20% 16% 30% 31% 33% laptop
  • 19. Enabling technologies: Internet
  • 20. Internet: measuring connectivity beyond broadband  64% of students in grades 6-12 access the Internet through a 3G/4G device  23% through a TV or Wii connection  Big issue : contention for access at home
  • 21. Enabling technologies: Video
  • 22. Video  Over 1/3 of students are accessing online videos on their own to get help with homework  23% are accessing videos created by their teacher
  • 23. Video  23% are accessing videos created by their teacher Flipped learning? Almost 2/3 of students say this approach would be good way for them to learn
  • 24. Empowering opportunities: Use of mobile devices for schoolwork
  • 25. Use of mobile devices for schoolwork – students say: 1. To do traditional school activities more efficiently 2. To transform the learning process
  • 26. Use of mobile devices for schoolwork to transform learning        Anytime research – info in their hands Access edu games Collaborate with classmates Receive reminders and alerts Take photos of assignments Participate in class polls Text teachers questions during class 60% 43% 40% 33% 24% 18% 12%
  • 27. Empowering opportunities: Different tasks = different tools
  • 28. Different tasks = different tools Academic Task Gr 6-8 Preferred Tool Communications Smartphone Create video Smartphone Social media Smartphone Read a book/article Digital reader Write report Laptop Take notes Laptop Internet research Laptop Create media presentations Laptop
  • 29. Different tasks = different tools Academic Task Gr 6-8 Preferred Tool Communications Create video Tablet? 2nd 3rd or choice for students Smartphone Smartphone Social media Smartphone Read a book/article Digital reader Write report Laptop Take notes Laptop Internet research Laptop Create media presentations Laptop
  • 30. Empowering opportunities: Digital footprints
  • 31. Digital footprints: students’ views They are careful: about what they post about themselves and others (64% of students Gr 9-12) They advise friends to be careful (39% of students Gr 9-12) They stop interacting based upon online profiles (32% of students Gr 9-12) They believe a positive digital profile is important (44% of students in Gr 9-12)
  • 32. Engaging aspirations: Aspirations: Online learning
  • 33. Online learning 41% of middle school students with no online learning experience want to take an online class Why? • Be in control of learning (52%) • Work at own pace (51%) • Get extra help (47%) • Improve tech skills (47%)
  • 34. Online learning 41% of middle school students with no online learning experience want to take an online class And in what subject area?
  • 35. Online learning 41% of middle school students with no online learning experience want to take an online class And in what subject area? MATHEMATICS
  • 36. Engaging aspirations: Aspirations: Games within learning
  • 37. Games within learning Preferred devices today:  Laptop 60%  Smartphone 54%  Console 54%  Tablet 44%
  • 38. Games within learning Preferred devices:  Laptop  Smartphone  Console  Tablet #1 Benefit of games within learning: 60% 54% 54% 44% Make it easier to understand difficult concepts
  • 39. Games within learning Preferred devices:  Laptop  Smartphone  Console  Tablet 60% 54% 54% 44% #1 Benefit of games within learning: Make it easier to understand difficult concepts Desired way to learn about STEM careers? Play game about careers
  • 40. Engaging aspirations: Aspirations: Using social media in school
  • 41. Would you include use of social media tools in your ultimate school?
  • 42. Engaging aspirations: Aspirations: Using mobile devices within learning
  • 43. Laptops, tablets & digital readers, oh my! What should be in the ultimate school? Laptops? 56% Digital readers? 51% Tablets? 48%
  • 44. Laptops, tablets & digital readers, oh my! What should be in the ultimate school? Laptops? 56% Digital readers? 51% Tablets? 48% Keyboards for mobile devices? 44%
  • 45. Laptops, tablets & digital readers, oh my! What should be in the ultimate school? Laptops? Digital readers? Tablets? Keyboards for mobile devices? 56% 51% 48% 44% Allow me to use my own device at school 62%
  • 46. The 21st Century Learner Enabling technologies: what tools and resources are digital learners using? Empowering opportunities: how are they using these tools for learning? Engaging aspirations: what are their expectations for digital learning?
  • 47. Students & Digital Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning Personalized Learning
  • 48. Let’s score your Pre-Test • 4 Questions • True or False What is your “Students and Digital Learning” score?
  • 49. 1. 2/3rds of students think flipped learning is a good way to learn True 2. Students would rather use a tablet than a laptop for most academic tasks False 3. Students would like to take math class online True 4. Most students are not over concerned about what they post online about themselves or others False
  • 50. Your thoughts, comments, questions
  • 51. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Online learning trends Mobile learning & social media Social learning Intelligent adaptive software New digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies
  • 52. National Release of Speak Up 2013 National Findings DC Congressional Briefing Tuesday, April 8 Speak Up 2014 surveys open in October Data release to Speak Up participants Wednesday, February 5
  • 53. 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 2014 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.