The Digital Classroom of
Tomorrow
Julie Evans, CEO – Project Tomorrow
Speak Up 2012 National Research & Trends
October 30,...
“Children learn best when they are engaged
with the content, can manipulate it so that
their learning is flexible, and whe...
Speak Up National Research Project
Annual national research project
 Online surveys + focus groups
 Open for all K-12 sc...
Speak Up survey question themes
 Learning & Teaching with Technology
 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global ...
National Speak Up 2012 Participation: 466,303


K-12 Students
 Teachers & Librarians
 Parents (in English & Spanish)
 ...
Speak Up 2012
National Reports
(c) Project Tomorrow 2013
Digital Conversion
Digital Conversion

K-12 Digital Learner
Digital Conversion

Personalized
Learning
K-12 Digital Learner
“Personalized learning means to me that I
am teaching a child where they are and
what they need in order to be successful....
Speak Up National Findings: 2003 - 2012


Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”



Students regularly adopt and ...
The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow

Views of K-12
Students,
Parents,
Teachers &
Administrators
Speak Up 2012
National
Findi...
Enabled, Engaged, Empowered

Key Trends:
 Mobile Learning

 Online & Blended
Learning
 Digital Content

(c) Project Tom...
Enabled, Engaged, Empowered

Key Trends: Mobile Learning
(c) Project Tomorrow 2013
Students’ personal access to mobile devices
80%

65%
59%58%
47%

52%
48%
45%

45%

45%
36%

38%

26%
19%

18%
12%

Cell Ph...
Students’ plans for using mobiles at school

How would you use a mobile device to help you
with schoolwork?
A. Increase ef...
Students’ plans for using mobiles at school

How would you use a mobile device to help you
with schoolwork?
B. Leverage ca...
Growth in mobile device access
Cell phone
Smartphone
without Internet
access

Tablet
computer

Parents - 2008

90%

32%

5...
Benefits of mobile devices for schoolwork
59%
53%
60%

Extends learning beyond school day

Provides way for students to re...
The New Digital Parents

New Speak Up Question:
What if there were two classes – one allowed use
of student owned devices ...
The New Digital Parents
New Speak Up Question:
What if there were two classes – one allowed use
of student owned devices a...
Enabled, Engaged, Empowered

Key Trends:
Online &
Blended
Learning

(c) Project Tomorrow 2013
Who is learning online?

Types of online learning
experiences

Students:
Gr 6-8

Students:
Gr 9-12

100% online school

6%...
Why take an online class?

For high school students, traditional reasons
are important such as scheduling and college
cred...
Why take an online class? Students say it is about
personalizing learning!
Benefits of
taking an
online class

Students
Gr...
Why offer online learning? Principals say:
Benefits to our
students

2011

2012

Keep students engaged
in school
Provide p...
Parents have first hand experience with online
learning
I have taken an online class:
For work or job training
For an acad...
Online classes for students: A “must have” for
the ultimate school

Students Gr 9-12

46%

Students Gr 6-8

41%

Students ...
Enabled, Engaged, Empowered

Key Trends:
Digital Content

(c) Project Tomorrow 2013
Students: what digital content are you using for
schoolwork?
Create multi-media presos
Use online databases

Use online te...
Teachers’ use of digital content

Type of Digital Content

Elementary Teachers

Videos found online
Games

48%
44%

Real t...
Teachers’ use of digital content
Type of Digital Content

Videos found online

Games

Elementary Teachers

48%

44%

Real ...
Teachers’ use of intelligent adaptive software
Amongst teachers who are using intelligent adaptive
software, what are thei...
But, why are principals interested in intelligent
adaptive software?
Elementary school principals say:
Providing “just rig...
Imagine you are designing the ultimate
school for today’s students,
what technologies would have the
greatest impact on le...
Do we have a shared vision for the
digital classroom of tomorrow?
Schoolwide Internet
Tablets

Social media tools
Digital ...
“If I was a teacher, I would make learning fun with
smartphones, tablets, and websites by letting everyone bring
their own...
More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org
National Speak Up Findings and reports
Targeted and thematic reports
Online learning trend...
Thank you.
Let’s continue this conversation.
Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow
jevans@tomorrow.org
949-609-4660 x15
Twitter: Ju...
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  1. 1. The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Julie Evans, CEO – Project Tomorrow Speak Up 2012 National Research & Trends October 30, 2013
  2. 2. “Children learn best when they are engaged with the content, can manipulate it so that their learning is flexible, and when learning is social- in that they share and exchange ideas about their learning within real world applications. Technology can bring into the classroom the real world and help learning become alive and real in time.” School Principal (NY) Response to Speak Up 2012 Question
  3. 3. 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 of findings and trends  Consulting services to help transform teaching and learning + 3 million surveys since 2003 (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  4. 4. Speak Up survey question themes  Learning & Teaching with Technology  21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global Awareness  Math and Science Instruction  Students’ Career Interests in STEM  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety  Administrators’ Challenges  Emerging Technologies both in & out of the Classroom  Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content, E-textbooks  Educational Games, Social Media tools and applications  Flipped Classroom, Print to Digital, Online Assessments  Designing the 21st Century School (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  5. 5. National Speak Up 2012 Participation: 466,303  K-12 Students  Teachers & Librarians  Parents (in English & Spanish)  School/District Administrators  364,233 56,346 39,713 6,011 About the participating schools & districts o 8,020 schools and 2,431 districts o 30% urban / 43% rural / 27% suburban o All 50 states + DC  Honor Roll of States with highest participation: TX, CA, OH, IN, AL, NC, WI, AZ, FL, PA (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  6. 6. Speak Up 2012 National Reports (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  7. 7. Digital Conversion
  8. 8. Digital Conversion K-12 Digital Learner
  9. 9. Digital Conversion Personalized Learning K-12 Digital Learner
  10. 10. “Personalized learning means to me that I am teaching a child where they are and what they need in order to be successful. It means that I am not just teaching the curriculum, but teaching a child.” Elementary Teacher (NC) Response to Speak Up 2012 Question
  11. 11. Speak Up National Findings: 2003 - 2012  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 that looks like their out of school life! (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  12. 12. The Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Views of K-12 Students, Parents, Teachers & Administrators Speak Up 2012 National Findings (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  13. 13. Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends:  Mobile Learning  Online & Blended Learning  Digital Content (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  14. 14. Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: Mobile Learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  15. 15. Students’ personal access to mobile devices 80% 65% 59%58% 47% 52% 48% 45% 45% 45% 36% 38% 26% 19% 18% 12% Cell Phone Smartphone K-2 Gr 3-5 Tablet Gr 6-8 (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Digital Reader Gr 9-12
  16. 16. Students’ plans for using mobiles at school How would you use a mobile device to help you with schoolwork? A. Increase effectiveness of school: Check grades 78% Take notes for class 69% Access online textbooks 64% Write papers and do homework 56% Use the calendar 56% Learn about school activities 47% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  17. 17. Students’ plans for using mobiles at school How would you use a mobile device to help you with schoolwork? B. Leverage capabilities to increase personalization of learning process: Anytime, anywhere research 73% Receive reminders & alerts 63% Collaborate with peers & teachers 61% Organize schoolwork assignments 54% Access school network from home 52% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  18. 18. Growth in mobile device access Cell phone Smartphone without Internet access Tablet computer Parents - 2008 90% 32% 5% Parents - 2012 35% 73% 49% Teachers - 2008 80% 20% 6% Teachers - 2012 40% 67% 32% Principals - 2008 74% 27% 10% Principals - 2012 29% 70% 30% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  19. 19. Benefits of mobile devices for schoolwork 59% 53% 60% Extends learning beyond school day Provides way for students to review materials anytime 57% 48% 52% 50% Improves school to home communications Increases student engagement 55% 50% Personalizes learning Principals Teachers (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 48% Parents 64% 63% 57% 84% 77%
  20. 20. The New Digital Parents New Speak Up Question: What if there were two classes – one allowed use of student owned devices and one did not. How likely is it that you would want your child in the class that allowed the devices? (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  21. 21. The New Digital Parents New Speak Up Question: What if there were two classes – one allowed use of student owned devices and one did not. How likely is it that you would want your child in the class that allowed the devices? 66% of parents said they want their child in that “mobile using class” (42% said very likely!) (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  22. 22. Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: Online & Blended Learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  23. 23. Who is learning online? Types of online learning experiences Students: Gr 6-8 Students: Gr 9-12 100% online school 6% 7% Online self study class 8% 15% Teacher led online class 9% 15% Online class for personal interests 8% 10% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  24. 24. Why take an online class? For high school students, traditional reasons are important such as scheduling and college credit. For middle school students, it’s about changing the learning paradigm. For all students, potential for personalization of learning is highly valued. (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  25. 25. Why take an online class? Students say it is about personalizing learning! Benefits of taking an online class Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Work at my own pace 56% 56% Be in control of my own learning 54% 57% Review class materials whenever I need to 47% 46% Easier for me to succeed 43% 35% Greater sense of independence 39% 42% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  26. 26. Why offer online learning? Principals say: Benefits to our students 2011 2012 Keep students engaged in school Provide programs for gifted/at risk students 47% 62% 38% 54% Eliminate textbook costs Offer scheduling alternatives for students 38% 47% 30% 40% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  27. 27. Parents have first hand experience with online learning I have taken an online class: For work or job training For an academic/college program To learn new skills To explore a hobby For traffic school 43% 29% 22% 13% 7% 23% who have not taken an online class would like to! (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  28. 28. Online classes for students: A “must have” for the ultimate school Students Gr 9-12 46% Students Gr 6-8 41% Students Gr 3-5 38% Parents 36% Administrators 51% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  29. 29. Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: Digital Content (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  30. 30. Students: what digital content are you using for schoolwork? Create multi-media presos Use online databases Use online textbook Watch online videos Play educational games Watch teacher created videos 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8 (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Gr 3-5
  31. 31. Teachers’ use of digital content Type of Digital Content Elementary Teachers Videos found online Games 48% 44% Real time data 24% Online curriculum 21% Online textbooks 19% Animations 19% Self-created videos 6% Intelligent adaptive software 5% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  32. 32. Teachers’ use of digital content Type of Digital Content Videos found online Games Elementary Teachers 48% 44% Real time data 24% Online curriculum 21% Online textbooks 19% Animations 19% Self-created videos 6% Intelligent adaptive software 5% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Growth of 69% since 2008
  33. 33. Teachers’ use of intelligent adaptive software Amongst teachers who are using intelligent adaptive software, what are their goals? Collect meaningful assessment data 71% Create a learning centric classroom 70% Help student visualize difficult concepts 69% Practice or reinforce skills 68% Introduction of new concepts 66% Address different learning styles 64% Increase student engagement 63% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  34. 34. But, why are principals interested in intelligent adaptive software? Elementary school principals say: Providing “just right” instruction 67% Differentiating instruction within large classes 66% Enabling self-directed learning 65% Supporting teachers with real time reporting 54% Increasing the effectiveness of using technology 46% (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  35. 35. Imagine you are designing the ultimate school for today’s students, what technologies would have the greatest impact on learning? Do we have a shared vision for digital learning? (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  36. 36. Do we have a shared vision for the digital classroom of tomorrow? Schoolwide Internet Tablets Social media tools Digital textbooks Games Use own mobile device Online classes 0% Principals 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Teachers Parents (c) Project Tomorrow 2013 Students
  37. 37. “If I was a teacher, I would make learning fun with smartphones, tablets, and websites by letting everyone bring their own to school. In my class, we would have textbooks on tablets so there would be no cutting down trees. Kids in my class would have everything on their smartphones, tablets, and they could download apps for science, math and reading. It would be a lot of fun if there were smartphones, tablets, and websites at school. The kids in my class would really love it.” Fifth Grade Boy (PA) Response to Speak Up 2012 Question
  38. 38. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Online learning trends Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive software New digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies Participate in Speak Up 2013! Online surveys open now thru Dec 20 www.tomorrow.org/speakup (c) Project Tomorrow 2013
  39. 39. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT Copyright Project Tomorrow 2013 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 2013

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