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For the past 14 years, the Speak Up Research Project has collected and reported on the views of 4.5 million K-12 students, educators and parents regarding digital learning. Using current and longitudinal Speak Up data, we will provide new insights into the use of games, mobile devices and digital content within learning, and counter mythology with the authentic views of students, teachers and parents regarding technology use within instruction. Going beyond anecdotes and assumptions, this interactive and eye-opening presentation will provide leaders with new metrics for evaluating the pulse of elearning in their school or district.

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  1. 1. Taking the Pulse of eLearning Today: The Views of K12 Students, Educators and Parents Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow @JulieEvans_PT
  2. 2. Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization Programs: • Research & evaluation studies • STEM education programs • Advocacy for digital learning Mission: To ensure that today’s students are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.
  3. 3. Many thanks . . .
  4. 4. Be part of the discussion! #ETC2016 @SpeakUpEd
  5. 5. Something new in the air in schools today . . .
  6. 6. • Connecting digital learning with global skill development • New classroom models gaining acceptance • Criticality of connectivity – in school and at home • Changing ideals for measuring outcomes and results • New approaches to developing teacher capacity • Evolving culture for professional development Key trends from our research:
  7. 7. • Learning is a 24/7 enterprise for students • Blurring of informal and formal arenas for learning • Students as content producers not just consumers, especially in the arts • Game-based learning is changing classroom dynamics • Self-directed, collaborative learning is preferred • Desire for greater personalization Key trends from our research:
  8. 8. Key trends from our research: • Learning is a 24/7 enterprise for students • Blurring of informal and formal arenas for learning • Students as content producers not just consumers, especially in the arts • Game-based learning is changing classroom dynamics • Self-directed, collaborative learning is preferred • Desire for greater personalization • Connecting digital learning with global skill development • New classroom models gaining acceptance • Criticality of connectivity – in school and at home • Changing ideals for measuring outcomes and results • New approaches to developing teacher capacity • Evolving culture for professional development New sense of urgency to get it right
  9. 9. Key finding from our research: Students, educators and parents agree – we need a different kind of learning experience to prepare students for the future
  10. 10. “Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.” Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
  11. 11. “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion … Introducing the Speak Up data to inform new discussions and better decision-making around the use of technology for learning
  12. 12. Annual 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  Questions about how eLearning = 21c education Speak Up Research Project 4.5 million surveys since 2003 Data informs: policies, programs, funding at local, state and federal levels
  13. 13.  Learning & Teaching with Technology  College and career ready skills  Students’ Career Interests in STEM  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety / Data Privacy Issues  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 Ultimate School/Classroom Speak Up survey question themes
  14. 14. o K-12 Students o Teachers o Parents o Administrators Activities Attitudes Aspirations To understand the pulse of e-learning, let’s examine a sampling of key Speak Up data findings from California schools:
  15. 15. Speak Up 2015 national participation: 505,676 Survey Audience # of Surveys Submitted K-12 Students 415,686 Parents (in English and Spanish) 38,613 Teachers & Librarians 40,218 Administrators – school, district, technology, communications 4,536 Community members 6,623
  16. 16. Surveys from California Schools Survey Audience # of Surveys Submitted K-12 Students 34,356 Parents (in English and Spanish) 4,221 Teachers & Librarians 2,837 Administrators – school, technology, communications 404 Community members 724
  17. 17. Mobile Learning Digital Content New Classroom Models Sampling of Speak Up data findings
  18. 18. Mobile Learning
  19. 19. 32% 40% 73% 84% 44% 42% 50% 52% 59% 66% 63% 40% 24% 20% 23% 12% Gr K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Digital Reader Tablet Laptop Smartphone CA students’ personal access to mobile devices
  20. 20. Do CA students have access to mobile devices in their classroom? Types of access CA Teachers report: National Teachers report: Students use their own devices (loaners available too) 19% 17% School assigns devices to students – use at school only 31% 20% School assigns devices to students – use at school and at home 8% 12% Teacher can check out devices to use in class 26% 31% Students do not have regular access to devices 27% 31%
  21. 21. Benefits to using mobile devices in the classroom Top benefits as articulated by CA parents, teachers and administrators: 1. Increases student engagement in learning 2. Extends learning beyond the school day – providing opportunities for self-remediation by students 3. Provides access to online textbooks 4. Enables more personalized learning 5. Supports greater student ownership of the learning process 6. Facilitates stronger teacher-parent-student communications 7. Helps students develop workplace ready skills
  22. 22. Parents are “mobilists” also – and believe in potential of mobile learning 42% of California parents say they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use in school – 15% say they already have!
  23. 23. Digital Content
  24. 24. Types of digital content Teachers – CA Schools Teachers – Nationwide Videos or movies that I find online 69% 68% Powerpoints, Prezis 66% 68% Game based environments 49% 48% Google Apps 51% 42% Digital content subscriptions 37% 36% Online curriculum 38% 36% What digital content are you using in your classroom?
  25. 25. How are you using videos, movies or animations within instruction? CA teachers report various instructional goals: Activate students’ prior knowledge 72% Engage students in material 71% Introduce a lesson or unit 70% Illustrate a difficult concept 62% Make lesson more relevant 60% Facilitate a class discussion 60% Address different learning styles 57%
  26. 26. Student question: In what class are you watching videos for learning?
  27. 27. CA students: In what subjects have you watched online videos or movies for schoolwork? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Grade 3-5 Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
  28. 28. CA students: What are the benefits of watching videos for learning? Benefits Grade 6-8 who agree I can watch it over and over 64% Easy to access on mobile devices 57% Makes it easier for difficult concepts 56% Connects learning to real world 58% Easy to find all kinds of videos 57% Fits my learning style 55% More engaging; keeps my attention 49% I feel more in control of my learning 46% I learn more from watching a video than reading a book 42%
  29. 29. CA parents: What are the benefits of students watching videos for learning? Top benefits reported: 1. Complements what the teachers shares in class 2. Connects what students are learning to the real world 3. Fits different students’ learning styles 4. Students can self-remediate by watching over again 5. Provides a different learning approach than offered by the teacher
  30. 30. Benefits • Increases student engagement • Enhances relevancy and quality of instructional materials • Personalizes learning • Extends learning day • Differentiates school as innovative Concerns • Teacher training • Providing enough computers/devices • Balancing instructional priorities • Evaluating quality of digital content • Student safety • Integration Principals’ take on digital content
  31. 31. 52% 34% 58% 45% 74% 43% 61% 24% 63% 41% 44% 68% 45% 78% Colleague referral Includes PD Teacher created Teacher evaluated Teacher modifiable Student achievement Research based Principals Teachers Metrics for evaluating digital content quality
  32. 32. Effective use of technology in specific content areas Content areas CA Principals National Principals English/Languag e Arts 70% 58% Science 55% 51% Computer Science 51% 51% Math 48% 43% CTE 39% 52% Principals say:
  33. 33. What do CA teachers say they need to more effectively use digital content in the classroom? 1. Planning time with colleagues 2. Classroom set of laptops, tablets, or Chromebooks for student use 3. Professional development 4. Tech support when I need it 5. Funds to purchase digital content or apps 6. Consistent, reliable, high speed Internet access
  34. 34. New Classroom Models – Virtual, Blended, Flipped
  35. 35. What best represents your CA classroom? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Traditional Blended Flipped Virtual Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12 Teachers
  36. 36. Where are districts seeing positive outcomes from digital initiatives including new classroom models? Digital Solutions Implemented – positive results Implemented – too early for results Considering for this year Using student data to inform instruction 69% 23% 2% Use of digital content in the classroom 51% 31% 7% Online classes for students 36% 25% 10% Blended learning implementations 27% 33% 17% Use of digital textbooks rather than print textbooks 24% 30% 17% Competency based learning 24% 24% 14%
  37. 37. Defining blended learning:  Hybrid learning approach combining supervised learning in a brick and mortar school with self-paced learning that is online  Students have some element of control over time, place, path and pace of their learning online Source: Christensen Institute and iNACOL
  38. 38. Which of these classroom models would be best for your child? CA Parents say: Blended learning class 53% Traditional class 44% Flipped learning class 22% Virtual class 2%
  39. 39. Principals: Benefits of blended learning Benefits Principals – CA schools Principals – nationwide Extends learning beyond class time 65% 68% Personalized learning 64% 58% Increased student engagement 61% 62% Students take more responsibility for learning 51% 51% Enhanced relevancy of curriculum 49% 44% Improved student outcomes 39% 40% Technology is used effectively 35% 37%
  40. 40. Principals: Challenges with blended learningChallenges Principals – CA schools Principals – nationwide Educating parents on their role 63% 61% Identifying best practices for teachers 59% 47% Securing funding to support plans 58% 49% Metrics for evaluating program success 45% 45% Identifying/procuring curriculum or content 43% 37% Identifying best model for your school 44% 41% Integration of the content within instruction 26% 25%
  41. 41. California parents are more willing to help with funding for digital learning Willingness to support a school technology fee? 15% 14% 22% 21% 62% 64% Parents- CA Parents- Nationwide Not Sure Unlikely Likely
  42. 42. Another type of new learning environment CA students are “self-blending” outside of school to pursue self-directed, academic passions o Watching a video to learn how to do something (79%) o Research a website to learn more about a topic (77%) o Using social media to follow experts or learn what people are thinking about (55%) o Playing online games or simulations (50%) o Using online writing tools to improve writing skills (38%)
  43. 43. Something new in the air in schools today . . . But, what is needed to take our digital learning plans to the next level?
  44. 44. “Imagine you are designing the ultimate school for today’s students, what technologies would have the greatest impact on learning?” Favorite Speak Up Question: Education Decision-Makers
  45. 45. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Online classes Laptop for every student Digital textbooks Games Schoolwide Internet Principals Teachers Parents Gr 6-8 students Do we have a shared vision in California around digital learning solutions?
  46. 46. . 1. Engaging parents in digital learning plans What topics would you like to know more about? o Apps/software that could help my child with learning at home o Technology in use at my child’s school o Internet safety in place at my child’s school o Student data privacy policies o What technology I should have at home to help my child succeed at school o How can I work with my child’s teacher to improve learning o Different classroom models at my child’s school
  47. 47. 2. Supporting teachers with appropriate professional development What is on your wish list for professional development? o Using technology to differentiate instruction o Using educational games within instruction o Using technology tools for formative assessment o Using mobile devices in the classroom o Identifying mobile apps for classroom use
  48. 48. 3. Appreciating the benefits of digital learning from the student perspective As a result of using technology, I am … o Developing creativity skills o Collaborating with other students more o Learning in a way that fits my personal style o Applying knowledge to practical problems o Better understanding class materials o In control of my learning o Developing critical thinking skills o Communicating with my teachers more often
  49. 49. 4. Articulating needs for enhanced teacher skills with digital tools to our preparation programs Principals’ expectations for new teachers: o Know how to differentiate instruction with technology (80%) o Use digital content effectively within instruction (72%) o Use technology to communicate with parents & students (70%) o Create/source multi-media for classroom use (68%) o Fluency with online assessments (63%) o Manage a class where every student has a device (58%)
  50. 50. Key finding from our research: Students, educators and parents agree – we need a different kind of learning experience to prepare students for the future
  51. 51. Understanding the pulse of e-learning today – look beyond the obvious and realize that it is really about new learning paradigms
  52. 52. National Speak Up reports and infographics Targeted and thematic reports Digital learning trends Mobile learning & social media Games in the classroom Blended learning outcomes Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org New national report to be released in April 2016
  53. 53. Online surveys for: o K-12 students – individual + group o Parents – English and Spanish o Teachers o Librarians/Media Specialists o School Site & District Administrators o Technology Leaders o Community Members All schools are invited to participate Surveys open October 2016 Participate in Speak Up! Sign up to receive information at: www.tomorrow.org
  54. 54. Your thoughts, ideas, questions
  55. 55. Thank you for this conversation today! Julie Evans jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT and SpeakUpEd Copyright Project Tomorrow 2016 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.

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