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Much Ado about Digital Content

  1. 1. Much Ado about Digital Content: But what do students really want?FETC 2012: Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO © Project Tomorrow 2011
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions• What are the expectations of K-12 students for leveraging digital content for learning?• How are teachers, librarians and administrators addressing this student vision for digital content?• What are the barriers and the opportunities?• What does the e-textbook discussion tell us about the future of teaching and learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  3. 3. Discussion Agenda: About the Speak Up Project Introduction to the Student Vision Speak Up Highlights: Digital Content Trends to Watch Discussion Speak Up 2010 & 2011 National Findings Views of K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  4. 4. Speak Up National Research ProjectAnnual national research project Online surveys + focus groups Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education Institutions receive free report with their own dataCollect ideas ↔ Stimulate conversations K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators Pre-Service Teachers in Schools of EducationInform policies & programs Analysis and reporting of findings and trends Consulting services to help transform teaching and learning + 2.6 million surveys since 2003 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  5. 5. 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, E-textbooks Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications Designing the 21st Century School © Project Tomorrow 2011
  6. 6. What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  7. 7. Speak Up National Research ProjectKey Findings: Speak Up 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 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  8. 8. Warm UpInteractive Exercise © Project Tomorrow 2011
  9. 9. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  10. 10. ASTUDENT’S LIFE © Project Tomorrow 2011
  11. 11. In my life, I …….. Play games on handheld devices (57%) Take tests online for school (40%) Have a cell phone or smartphone (40%) Read books on my mobile device (53%)Want more internet access at school (50%) and want to take an online class (40%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  12. 12. Who is . . . . . ?1. 1st Grade Boy2. 3rd Grade Girl3. 6th Grade Boy4. 9th Grade Girl5. 12th Grade Boy © Project Tomorrow 2011
  13. 13. Who is a 3rd Grade Girl? (from a rural community)© Project Tomorrow 2011
  14. 14. In my life, I …….. Play games on handheld devices (57%) Take tests online for school (40%) Have a cell phone or smartphone (40%) Read books on my mobile device (53%)Want more internet access at school (50%) and want to take an online class (40%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  15. 15. Emerging from the Speak Up research: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity © Project Tomorrow 2011
  16. 16. Emerging from the Speak Up research: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity This student vision for “technology enabled learning” mirrors how students want to learn in general © Project Tomorrow 2011
  17. 17. The Student Vision for Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  18. 18. Speak Up 2010 National Findings Two national releases in Washington DC April 1 and May 11, 2011 The New 3 E’s of Education:Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Report #1: How today’s students are leveraging emerging technologies for learningReport #2: How today’s educators are advancing a new vision for teaching and learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  19. 19. The New 3 E’s of Education:Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends to Watch: Mobile Learning Online and Blended Learning E-Textbooks and Digital Content © Project Tomorrow 2011
  20. 20. The New 3 E’s of Education:Enabled, Engaged, EmpoweredKey Trends: E-Textbooks & Digital Content © Project Tomorrow 2011
  21. 21. Inside today’s classroom How Students are Using Digital Content for SchoolworkCreate presentations and media Play educational games Conduct virtualexperiments/simulations Use e-textbooks Gr 9-12 Access realtime data/databases Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5 Listen to podcasts 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  22. 22. Inside today’s classroom How Students are Using Digital Content for SchoolworkCreate presentations and media Play educational games Conduct virtualexperiments/simulations Use e-textbooks Gr 9-12 Access realtime data/databases Gr 6-8 Gr 3-5 Listen to podcasts 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Gr 6-8: Increase of 41% in use of e-textbooks from 2010 to 2011 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  23. 23. Students face obstacles using technology at schoolTop responses from students:1. School filters and firewalls block websites I need (59%)2. I cannot use my mobile device (55%)3. I cannot access my social networking sites (51%)4. Too many rules about using technology! (48%)5. Teachers limit our technology use (42%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  24. 24. How schools could make it easier to use technologyStudents say:1. Allow greater access to websites I need (72%)2. Let me use my own mobile device (59%)3. Give me unlimited Internet access on campus (48%)4. Allow access to social networking sites (43%)5. Provide classwork and resources online (41%)6. Let me recharge my devices (36%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  25. 25. Best use of technology – in what class? High school students say: 1. English / Language Arts 2. Science 3. Math 4. Social Studies / History © Project Tomorrow 2011
  26. 26. What if ….We asked students to design the ultimate digital or e-textbook?What features and functionality would they desire? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  27. 27. Students’ desires for the features andfunctionality of digital or e-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 2011
  28. 28. Students’ desires for the features andfunctionality of digital or e-textbooks Three themes emerge from the data: Students want interactivity and relevancy They want tools to facilitate collaboration They want ways to personalize learning E-textbook as proxy for the student vision for a new learning paradigm: social, un-tethered and digitally rich © Project Tomorrow 2011
  29. 29. Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Socially-based Learning Enabled by the E-TextbookCommunications tools Collaboration tools Online tutorsChat rooms with video 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Gr 6-8 Girl Gr 6-8 Boy Middle School Parents © Project Tomorrow 2011
  30. 30. Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Engaging Un-tethered Learning with the E-Textbook Online classes Self assessments Mobile apps Middle School Parents Gr 6-8 BoyDownload to phone Gr 6-8 Girl 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  31. 31. Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Empowering Digitally-rich Content through the E-Textbook Virtual labs Video clips Links to real time data GamesAnimations and simulations Access to 3D content 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Gr 6-8 Girl Gr 6-8 Boy Middle School Parents © Project Tomorrow 2011
  32. 32. ASTUDENT’SONLINE LIFE © Project Tomorrow 2011
  33. 33. #1 way to get students more interested andengaged in science …according to students © Project Tomorrow 2011
  34. 34. What is . . . . ?1. Having a teacher that is excited about science2. Creating multi-media presentations of findings3. Doing real research using online databases4. Using animations5. Reading the science textbook © Project Tomorrow 2011
  35. 35. What is doing real research with online databases?© Project Tomorrow 2011
  36. 36. Students’ “speak up” about the ultimate mathclass Students say: Collaborate with classmates on problem solving 52% Ability to text my teacher with questions 42% I have a connection with my teacher 42% My teacher is excited about math 39% Access to online tutors 35% Access to online textbooks 32% Ability to use mobile devices to video problems 31% Access to online classes 24% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  37. 37. Inside today’s classroom: teachers’ view Digital Content in the Classroom Podcasts/Videos E-Textbooks Real-time Data Educational Games Animations Virtual Field Trips Simulations Teachers: Usage Virtual Labs 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  38. 38. Inside today’s classroom: teachers + librarians Digital Content in the Classroom Podcasts/Videos E-Textbooks Real-time Data Educational Games Animations Virtual Field Trips Simulations Librarians: Recommend Teachers: Usage Virtual Labs 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  39. 39. Inside today’s classroom: + administrators Digital Content in the Classroom Podcasts/Videos E-Textbooks Real-time Data Administrators: Value Educational Games Librarians: Recommend Animations Teachers: Usage Virtual Field Trips Simulations Virtual Labs 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  40. 40. Teachers & professional development arounddigital content useTeachers’ top recommendations:1. Access to collection of vetted resources2. F2F professional development3. Video clips of teachers’ using digital content4. Professional learning community @school5. Online course © Project Tomorrow 2011
  41. 41. Benefits of using digital contentPrincipals’ perspective:1. Increases student engagement2. Extends learning beyond the school day3. Prepares students for world of work4. Improves teachers’ skills with technology5. Decreases dependence on publishers © Project Tomorrow 2011
  42. 42. Given the demand and the interest, what isstanding in the way of greater adoption?Principals say the most significant barriers are:1. Lack of technology infrastructure2. Balancing instructional time constraints3. Lack of teachers’ skill with using digital content4. How to evaluate the quality of purchased digital content5. Locating free, standards aligned digital content Source: Speak Up 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  43. 43. What is most important when evaluating quality ofdigital content?Administrators say:1. Student achievement (57%)2. Teacher evaluation (49%)3. Created by teachers (33%)4. Certified by ed org (32%)5. Source is content expert (32%)6. Conference demo (28%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  44. 44. What is most important when evaluating quality ofdigital content?Administrators say: Teachers say:1. Student achievement 1. Created by teachers (55%) (57%) 2. Colleague referral (50%)2. Teacher evaluation (49%) 3. Teacher evaluation (42%)3. Created by teachers (33%) 4. Student achievement4. Certified by ed org (32%) (38%)5. Source is content expert 5. Certified by ed org (37%) (32%) 6. Source is content expert6. Conference demo (28%) (29%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  45. 45. What is most important when evaluating quality ofdigital content?Administrators say: Teachers say:1. Student achievement 1. Created by teachers (55%) (57%) 2. Colleague referral (50%)2. Teacher evaluation (49%) 3. Teacher evaluation (42%)3. Created by teachers (33%) 4. Student achievement4. Certified by ed org (32%) (38%)5. Source is content expert 5. Certified by ed org (37%) (32%) 6. Source is content expert6. Conference demo (28%) (29%) © Project Tomorrow 2011
  46. 46. How do parents determine quality for digital resources theybring into their home? Quality Factors Parents 1. My child finds the tools engaging 64% 2. Aligned to my child’s curriculum 62% 3. My child’s teacher is using the same tools in the classroom 53% 4. Recommended by my child’s teacher, school librarian or other 48% educator 5. My child is doing better in school after using similar tools 48% 6. Aligned to content standards (state or national) 41% 7. Our school purchased a license for the tools and allows home 38% access 8. Developed by an organization with expertise in the field 38% 9. Student achievement results 36% 10. Developed by a classroom teacher 35% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  47. 47. The Student Vision for Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  48. 48. Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and serviceswould have the greatest positive impact on learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  49. 49. Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and serviceswould have the greatest positive impact on learning? Are we all on the same page? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  50. 50. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Enabling Social Based Learning Online tutorsDigital media toolsCollaboration toolsIn class chat rooms 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  51. 51. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Engaging Un-tethered LearningCampus wide internet access Tablets Online classes Smart phones 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  52. 52. Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Empowering Digitally-rich Learning Games Online textbooksDatabases & videos Virtual reality 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators © Project Tomorrow 2011
  53. 53. What is the bottom line? Today’s studentswant learning that is: Enabled Engaging Empowered © Project Tomorrow 2011
  54. 54. 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 2011
  55. 55. 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 2011
  56. 56. More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org• National Speak Up Findings and reports• Speak Up 2011 data: release to participating districts on Feb 1• Speak Up 2011 data: national release in April• Presentations, podcasts and webinars• Evaluation services & reports• Speak Up 2012! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  57. 57. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: JulieEvans_PT Copyright Project Tomorrow 2011.This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is grantedfor 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 2011

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