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  • 1. Digital Learning in Texas: What’s Happening and What Are the Possibilities? Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO August 13, 2014
  • 2. Today’s Discussion:  About Speak Up 2013  Myths, reality and goal alignment  Current practices – new possibilities  Planning for Speak Up 2014 Speak Up 2013 National Research Project: Views of K-12 Students, Parents, Teachers, Librarians and Administrators (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 3. ProjectTomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization Programs: • Research & evaluation studies • STEM education programs • Advocacy for digital learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Mission: To ensure that today’s students are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.
  • 4. Annual national research project  Using online surveys + focus groups  Surveys for: K-12 Students,Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Community Members  Special: Pre-ServiceTeachers 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 Speak Up National Research Project + 3.4 million surveys since 2003 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 5.  Learning & Teaching with Technology  21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global Awareness  Math and Science Instruction / Digital Writing  Students’ Career Interests in STEM  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety / Digital Footprints  Administrators’ Challenges / Bandwidth Capacity  Emerging Technologies both in & out of the Classroom  Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content, E-texts  Educational Games, Social Media tools and applications  Flipped Classroom, Print to Digital, Online Assessments  Designing the 21st Century School Speak Up survey question themes (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 6. K-12 Students 325,279 Teachers & Librarians 32,151 Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986 School/District Administrators 4,530 Community Members (new this year!) 1,346 About the participating schools & districts o 9,005 schools and 2,710 districts o 90% public schools – 10% private/parochial/charter/other o 32% urban / 31% rural / 37% suburban o 30% school wide Title 1; 43% majority minority school o All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools National Speak Up 2013 Participation: 403,292 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 7. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 K-12 Students 68,749 Teachers & Librarians 7,108 Parents (in English & Spanish) 2,406 School/District Administrators 768 Community Members (new this year!) 176 About the participating schools & districts 41 districts and 317 schools (with at least 10 surveys) Texas is #1 again – for 11 years! 79,540 surveys submitted
  • 8. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Texas is #1 again – for 11 years! 79,540 surveys submitted Top Districts # of surveys submitted Klein (#1 nationwide) 25,083 McAllen (#2 nationwide) 16,847 Weslaco (#3 nationwide) 13,963 Garland 3,552 Spring Branch 2,646 Frenship 2,106 Highland Park 2,069 Angleton 1,962 Alief 1,910 Cypress-Fairbanks 1,811 Roma 1,396 LaVernia 1,262
  • 9. Why do schools and districts participate in Speak Up? .  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  Use for grant writing and fund development  Content for professional development  To create a new digital learning playbook (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 10. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Speak Up 2013 National Reports www.tomorrow.org
  • 11. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Myth-busting
  • 12. Commonly heard education mythology “New teachers don’t need any training in how to use technology within teaching” “Kids only want to use mobiles so that they can text & play games in class” “Parents won’t accept online textbooks” “Online learning undercuts the role of the teacher.” “There is so much great content online for teachers to use in the classroom – so, what is the problem?” “Just put technology XYZ in the classroom and magically students will learn more!” (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 13. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Goal alignment
  • 14. What is waking administrators up in the middle of the night? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Student safety Use of instructional technology Data analysis for achievement Legislative mandates Staff morale Serving diverse populations Adequate funding Test scores Achievement gap National TX
  • 15. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Texas district administrators’ views: what has greatest potential to impact student success? 1. Enhancing teacher effectiveness (63%) 2. Integrating 21st century skills into curriculum (48%) 3. Leveraging technology more effectively (36%)  Digital content  Blended learning  Tablets and other mobile devices  1:1 programs  Online textbooks  Flipped learning models  Online classes
  • 16. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 What skills are most important for students to develop to ensure their future success? Ability to learn independently Ability with diverse set of people Being creative and thinking outside the box Critical thinking and problem solving skills Teamwork and collaboration skills Technology skills
  • 17. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Defining college and career ready skills: ranking of importance for students –Texas Skills District Admin Teachers Librarians Parents Critical thinking & problem solving 92% 69% 77% 80% Working with diverse group of people 89% 66% 67% 69% Teamwork & collaboration 84% 61% 61% 65% Independent learning 82% 76% 81% 67% Creativity 78% 59% 64% 71% Technology usage 75% 52% 75% 69%
  • 18. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Defining college and career ready skills: ranking of importance for students –Texas Skills District Admin Teachers Librarians Parents Critical thinking & problem solving 92% 69% 77% 80% Working with diverse group of people 89% 66% 67% 69% Teamwork & collaboration 84% 61% 61% 65% Independent learning 82% 76% 81% 67% Creativity 78% 59% 64% 71% Technology usage 75% 52% 75% 69%Technology skills Linkage to student success?
  • 19. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 42% 59% 42% 41% 56% 36% 56% 57% Parents of high school students High School Teachers High School Principals District Administrators Not important Important Extremely important How important is the effective implementation of technology within instruction on student success?
  • 20. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Current uses of technology Four types of technology usage for learning  In school: o teacher directed or sponsored o student self – initiated to support learning  Out of school time: o doing assignments and homework o supporting personal learning
  • 21. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Digital Activity Texas Elementary School Grades 3-5 Texas Middle School Grades 6-8 Texas High School Grades 9-12 Access class information through online portal 31% 55% 74% Take tests online 35% 38% 49% Use online textbooks 12% 31% 41% Use a mobile device provided by school 23% 29% 42% Watch teacher created videos 14% 20% 28% Students’ Use ofTeacher-FacilitatedTechnology in the Classroom
  • 22. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers’ use of digital tools for professional tasks Teachers who self assess their skills as “advanced” compared to peers:  Internet research to info a lesson (90%)  Watch an online video to learn something (74%)  Text with colleagues (67%)  Customize digital content for class use (56%)  Participate in online PLC (55%)
  • 23. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers’ use of digital tools for professional tasks Teachers who self assess their skills as “advanced” compared to peers:  Internet research  Watch an online video  Text with colleagues  Customize digital content  Participate in online PLC Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 24. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Current practices: Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 25. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Texas K-12 students’ personal access to mobile devices
  • 26. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 “What mobile device I use depends upon the task” Read a book Take notes in class Update social media Communicate w/peers & teachers Write a report Take an online class Different tools for different tasks inTexas
  • 27. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Cell phone without Internet access Smartphone Tablet computer Parents - 2008 90% 32% 5% Parents - 2013 23% 85% 64% Teachers - 2008 80% 20% 6% Teachers - 2013 31% 80% 38% Principals - 2008 74% 27% 10% Principals - 2013 23% 80% 35% Growth in mobile device access: 2008 to 2013
  • 28. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Classroom one-to-one implementations Texas Teachers: Yes, my students have access to at least one mobile device to use for learning Students’ own devices 15% School assigned devices for school use 19% School assigned devices for home/school 12% Teacher can check out devices to use 27%
  • 29. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Benefits of mobile devices for schoolwork 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Improves school to home communications Increases student engagement Personalizes learning Extends learning beyond school day Provides way for students to review materials anytime Access to online textbooks TheTexasValue Proposition for Mobile Learning Principals Teachers Parents
  • 30. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Parents are mobilists also – and believe in potential of mobile learning 65% of Texas parents want their child in a class where they can use a mobile device for learning
  • 31. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Parents are mobilists also – and believe in potential of mobile learning 65% of Texas parents want their child in a class where they can use a mobile device for learning 70% say they would buy a device for their child to use at school!
  • 32. © 2014 Project Tomorrow Parent by Community / Age of Child(ren) I want my child in a BYOD class I would buy my child a device Parents from urban communities 64% 65% Parents from rural communities 64% 66% Parents from suburban communities 59% 64% Parents from Title 1 communities 63% 64% Parents of elementary students 58% 62% Parents of middle school students 63% 67% Parents of high school students 65% 67% Parents’ desires for mobile learning – in class with devices / willingness to buy devices
  • 33. The BYOD/BYOT trend – what a difference in just two years! Policy/Position Admin 2011 Admin 2013 Do not allow 52% 32% We provide devices 13% 21% Evaluating BYOD/T 19% 22% BYOD/T in place 17% 25% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 34. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Current practices: Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 35. Who is your primary audience for online learning? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Audience % ofTexas Principals Teachers 27% Administrators 24% At risk students 21% Advanced students 14% Students in continuation or alternative schools 12%
  • 36. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Access to online learning in schools Top subjects being offered online inTexas schools:  Math  Science  History  English/Language Arts 67% ofTexas school principals report not offering any online classes for students
  • 37. Why offer online learning? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Reasons for online learning Texas Principals Keep students engaged in school 68% Academic remediation 59% Provide programs for gifted/at risk students 49% Motivate teachers to change teaching methods 42% Personalize instruction 39%
  • 38. Texas parents have first hand experience with online learning I have taken an online class: For work or job training 45% For an academic/college program 38% To learn new skills 27% To explore a hobby 17% For traffic school 17% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 39. Middle school students’ interest in online learning Advantages of personalized learning: I would be in control of my learning 49% To work at my own pace 46% To get extra help in a tough subject 47% It will make it easier for me to succeed 42% I could review materials whenever I needed 40% I would be more motivated to learn 39% More comfortable asking questions in class 39% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 40. Does online really create a different learning experience? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 School efficacy Students in traditional schools Students in online or virtual schools I am motivated to learn because I like school 25% 33% I think my school cares about me as a person 24% 40% I am interested in what I am learning at school 32% 50%
  • 41. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 How widespread is “blended learning” in Texas? Primarily face-to-face instruction with some use of online curriculum, resources and tools to supplement or remediate instruction • 48% of teachers are using videos within class • 83% of librarians are sourcing videos for teachers Other models per Christensen Institute • Regular rotation between online & F2F • Online curriculum w/onsite teacher • Off site teacher – onsite students • Occasional online class • Primarily online class 58% 26% (total all models)
  • 42. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Current practices: Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 43. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Parents and school-to-home communications Aspirations for social media use in Texas? Social Media Usage Parents Nationwide Texas Parents Send me a text message to my device 41% 53% I want to use a mobile app 25% 32% Access school or district Facebook site 14% 18% Let’s Skype or iChat for teacher-parent meeting 9% 10% Tweet me! 3% 6%
  • 44. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Texas teachers’ use of social media in class Text with colleagues 67% Text with parents of students 29% Text with students 12% Maintain class blog 10% Use edu student social networking 18% Update my own social networking site 36% Participate in online PLC 33% Use Twitter as a PD tool 6%
  • 45.  16% have sent out aTweet about an academic topic  10% have participated in a MOOC  23% have played on online game to learn something  24% have used a mobile app to help organize their school work  42% have used a video that they found online to help them with homework (i.e. Kahn Academy effect)  21% have sought homework help thru their Facebook site; 1/3 regularly use Facebook as a collaboration site Texas high school students’ social media use for self-directed learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 46. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Digital Footprint Actions National Texas I am careful about posting and texting information about myself or others 64% 59% I have advised friends to not post certain things about me or others 39% 37% I have stopped interacting with someone based upon their online profile 32% 30% I use digital footprints to find people to connect with 16% 18% I think it is important to have a positive online profile 43% 39% I don’t regularly post much about myself online 34% 30% High school students’ views on their digital footprint
  • 47. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – Current practices: Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 48. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers’ use of digital content in the classroom 14% 52% 32% 32% 21% 63% 12% 18% 13% 39% 23% 42% 8% 17% 14% 24% 15% 46% Videos that I create Animations Real time data Online textbooks Game environments Videos that I find online English teachers Math teachers Science teachers
  • 49. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers’ use of digital content in the classroom “Use of digital content helps students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills” 2009: 27% of classroom teachers 2013: 38% of classroom teachers
  • 50. . (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 2007 2013 K-2 students 60% 68%*** Gr 3-5 students 47% 60%*** Gr 6-8 students 40% 48%*** Gr 9-12 students 23% 30% *** no gender differentiation in frequency of game playing Who is playing games for learning?
  • 51. What doTexas students say are the benefits of playing educational games? . (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Benefits of Games Students Gr 3-5 Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Helps me understand difficult learning concepts 43% 54% 46% School would be more fun 37% 48% 41% Games engage me in learning 35% 44% 41% Learn more about a subject 41% 39% 32%
  • 52. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Digital content use in schools 50% ofTexas administrators say that use of digital content can increase students’ readiness – linking real world problem solving to academic content Two challenges however: • Enough computers and devices for students • Bandwidth capacity issues
  • 53. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Digital content use in schools Do you have enough bandwidth and connectivity to support school or district goals?  Only 20% ofTexas tech leaders say yes
  • 54. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Digital content use in schools Do you have enough bandwidth and connectivity to support school or district goals?  Only 20% ofTexas tech leaders say yes If you had enough, how would you use it?  More video within instruction (76%)  More multi-media in the classroom (70%)  Better use of online curriculum (67%)
  • 55. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook – New possibilities?
  • 56. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 ImprovedTechnology Use Solutions Students in Grades 6-8 Students in Grades 9-12 Allow greater access to websites I need for learning 65% 68% Let me use my own mobile device 56% 53% Let me recharge my mobile device 45% 47% Provide schoolwide Internet access 49% 43% Provide class work, assignments & resources online 43% 41% Provide access to my social media 36% 37% Provide 24/7 access to my teachers 29% 32% Texas students’ ideas for improving technology use at school
  • 57. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Perceived benefits of technology use for students Teaching in an online class Teaching using digital content Teaching in a 1:1 mobile class Developing creativity 50% 44% 49% Developing problem solving and critical thinking skills 57% 44% 45% Taking ownership of their learning 57% 35% 37% Learning to work collaboratively 30% 34% 37% Understanding how to apply academic concepts to real world problems 58% 37% 42% Increased motivation to learn 50% 60% 55% How has use of technology in your classroom enhanced student skills and success?
  • 58. Texas teachers’ wish list for PD Capacity building + skill development Using tech to differentiate instruction 41% Use tech for formative assessments 23% How to id mobile apps for classroom use 32% How to id quality digital content 32% Using a tablet within instruction 30% How to use games within instruction 26% How to implement a blended class model 23% How to create videos of my lessons 24% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 59. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Professional Development Wish List 1st year 1-3 4-10 11-15 16+ How to differentiate instruction using technology 51% 48% 44% 44% 46% Identifying digital content 39% 33% 33% 34% 35% Identifying mobile apps 39% 37% 36% 36% 35% Using games 37% 29% 26% 24% 26% Using tablets 32% 31% 31% 30% 31% Implementing a blended classroom 27% 24% 23% 23% 22% Teachers’ wish list for professional development in technology use Years of experience
  • 60. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Texas students’ wish list for their ultimate school How can your schools meet their expectations? 1. Access to the Internet school wide 2. Use my own mobile device 3. Use mobile apps for education 4. Laptop for every student to use 5. Online textbooks 6. Ability to communicate via text 7. Learn using educational games 8. Chat rooms in class for collaboration
  • 61. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Texas students’ wish list for their ultimate school How can your schools meet their expectations? 1. Access to the Internet school wide 2. Use my own mobile device 3. Use mobile apps for education 4. Laptop for every student to use 5. Online textbooks 6. Ability to communicate via text 7. Learn using educational games 8. Chat rooms in class for collaboration Mobile Online Social Digital
  • 62. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Creating a new digital learning playbook –  Encourage myth-busting  Align goals  Understand current practices & possibilities  Value student aspirations
  • 63. ◦ K-12 students ◦ Parents – English and Spanish ◦ Teachers and Librarians/Media Specialists ◦ School Site Administrators ◦ District Administrators ◦ Technology Leaders ◦ Community Members Participate in Speak Up 2014! © Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 64. Why should your district participate in Speak Up? .  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  Use for grant writing and fund development  Content for professional development  To counteract mythology  To create a new digital learning playbook (c) Project Tomorrow 2014
  • 65. Speak Up logistics © Project Tomorrow 2014  All schools registered already!  Password or secret word not required for survey taking (except students: students can access the survey using your state password: su4tx)  PT support team: Jenny and Lisa  Data back to you in February: Register a school or district contact person to get updates and access your data Learn more about www.tomorrow.org/speakup
  • 66. http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/texas.html
  • 67. National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Digital learning trends Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive software Digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies Speak Up 2014 opens on October 6 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org
  • 68. Your thoughts, comments, questions (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  • 69. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT 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. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014