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Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Julie Evans
@JulieEvans_PT
CEO, Project Tomorr...
Today’s Discussion:
 Introduction to Project Tomorrow and the
Speak Up Research Project
 Countdown of “Top 10 Things” ab...
Be part of the discussion!
#NDLA16 @SpeakUpEd
Project Tomorrow, a national
education nonprofit organization
Programs:
• Research & evaluation studies
• STEM education p...
Annual research project
 Using online surveys + focus groups
 Surveys for: K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents,
Administrat...
 Learning & Teaching with Technology
 College and Career Ready Skills
 Students’ Career Interests in STEM
 Professiona...
 Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”
 Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging
technologies for learning
 ...
Social–based learning
Un–tethered learning
Digitally–rich learning
Students & Digital Learning
Personalize
d Learning
Stud...
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
K-12 Students
415,617
Teachers & Librarians 40,208
Parents (in English & Spanish) 37,655
School/District Administrators/Te...
Use of digital tools
for learning
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Current uses of technology for learning
Four types of technology usage by students:
 In school:
o teacher directed
o stud...
Sample Digital
Activities
Grades
3-5
Grades
6-8
Grades
9-12
Take tests online 50% 63% 62%
Use online textbooks 16% 37% 46%...
Sample Digital Activities
Grades
6-8
Grades
9-12
Look up info on a mobile
device – in class
41% 58%
Text classmates for he...
Using technology in my classes
increases my interest in
learning
Agree:
53% of middle
school students
43% of high
school s...
Obstacles to tech
use at school
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Students: Obstacles to using technology at
school
38%
45%
43%
52%
39%
45%
41%
36%
39%
42%
61%
46%
49%
57%
Can't text
Can't...
I would learn more if my
classes used more technology
to support my learning
Agree:
37% of middle
school
students
29% of h...
Social Media
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Social media:
tools to connect, collaborate, create
Instagram:
60% of HS students
53% of MS students
Twitter:
35% of stude...
Massively multi-player
online games (MMOG)
36% of students in Gr 6-8
Facebook
35% of students in Gr 9-12
48% say rarely/ne...
Digital Footprint Actions
Gr 9-12
student
s
2013
Gr 9-12
students
2015
I am careful about what I post about
myself or othe...
Video-based Learning
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
2012 2015
K-2 students 36% 57%
Gr 3-5 students 20%
23%
Gr 6-8 students 28%
34%
Who is watching online videos for learning?
Student question: In what
class are you watching
videos for learning?
What do middle
school students
say?
In what class are you watching videos
for learning?
Middle school students say:
1.Science (69%)
2.Math (63%)
3.Social Stud...
What do students say are the benefits of
watching online videos to support
schoolwork?
.
Benefits of videos K-2 Gr 3-
5
Gr...
Mobile devices
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
39%
46%
72%
86%
47%
45%
49%
53%
57%
59%
58%
40%
25%
23%
24%
16%
Gr
K-2
Gr 3-5
Gr 6-8
Gr 9-12
Digital Reader Tablet Laptop ...
Student access to technology in the
classroom
I most often use … Grade 6-8 Grade 9-
12
My own mobile device 30% 64%
A scho...
Students’ use of mobile devices to support learnin
64% of high school students say they use their
own mobile device to sup...
It is important for every student
to be able to use a laptop, tablet
or Chromebook during the
school day to support learni...
Different tasks =
different mobile
devices
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Read a
book
or
article
s
Take notes in class
Use social media
Communicate w/peers & teacher
Create/watch videos
Create pre...
Internet Connectivity
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Home internet access
Type of access Urban Suburba
n
Rural Title 1
Fast, broadband
access
56% 57% 48% 52%
Access through
Wi...
Do we have a “homework gap?”
Homework gap is about more than at home Internet
access:
o 1/5 of students say that they ofte...
It is important for students to
have consistent, safe Internet
access outside of school time
to be successful in school.
A...
Value of Digital
Classroom
Experiences
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
What model best represents the majority of
your classes?
Classroom Model Grade 6-8 Grade 9-
12
Traditional 55% 58%
Blended...
In their own words … how students value
digital learning
As a result of using technology for learning, I am …
Developing n...
Career Exploration
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Learning
Grade 6-8 Students:
Are you interested in a career in a STEM field?
24%
17%
38%
21%
17%
15%
36%
32%
Not interested
No opin...
Grade 6-8 students:
Are you interested in a career in teaching?
31%
19%
33%
17%
49%
23%
19%
9%
Not interested
No opinion
S...
Grade 6-8 students: different ways to explore ca
What would be most helpful in exploring
a career?
Gr 6-8
Students
Traditi...
Student interest in learning how to code
Yes, I am
interested in
learning how
to code or
program a
computer
Girls Boys
Gra...
I am learning things that are
important for my future on my
own outside of school
Agree:
54% of middle
school
students
50%...
Designing the
Ultimate School for
Today’s Learners
Ten Things Everyone Should Know
about Today’s Students and Digital
Lear...
“Imagine you are designing the
ultimate school for today’s
students, what technologies would
have the greatest impact on
l...
.
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90%
Online classes
Tablets
E-textbooks
Games
Schoolwide Internet
Principals Teachers ...
Context for why digital
“Customer” knowledge
Input for plans, programs & PD
Community buy-in
Myth busting
National Speak Up reports and infographics
Targeted and thematic reports
Digital learning trends
Mobile learning & social ...
Online surveys for:
o K-12 students – individual + group
o Parents – English and Spanish
o Teachers
o Librarians/Media Spe...
Your
thoughts,
ideas,
questions
Thank you for this discussion today!
For additional information about Speak Up please
contact:
Julie Evans
jevans@tomorrow...
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  1. 1. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning Julie Evans @JulieEvans_PT CEO, Project Tomorrow
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion:  Introduction to Project Tomorrow and the Speak Up Research Project  Countdown of “Top 10 Things” about students & digital learning  Invitation to participate in Speak Up 2016  Your ideas/comments/questions
  3. 3. Be part of the discussion! #NDLA16 @SpeakUpEd
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6.  Learning & Teaching with Technology  College and Career Ready Skills  Students’ Career Interests in STEM  Professional Development / Teacher Preparation  Internet Safety / Data Privacy Issues / Homework Gap  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  New Classroom Models, Print to Digital, Online Assessments  Designing the Ultimate School/Classroom Speak Up survey question themes
  7. 7.  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 What have we learned over the past 13 years?
  8. 8. Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning Students & Digital Learning Personalize d Learning Student Vision for Digital Learning
  9. 9. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  10. 10. K-12 Students 415,617 Teachers & Librarians 40,208 Parents (in English & Spanish) 37,655 School/District Administrators/Tech Leaders 4,536 Community Members 6,251 About the participating schools & districts o 7,825 schools and 2,676 districts Speak Up 2015 national participation: 504,267
  11. 11. Use of digital tools for learning Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  12. 12. Current uses of technology for learning Four types of technology usage by students:  In school: o teacher directed o student self – initiated  Out of school time: o supporting schoolwork o supporting personal learning
  13. 13. Sample Digital Activities Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Take tests online 50% 63% 62% Use online textbooks 16% 37% 46% Use Google Apps for Education 34% 47% 45% Watch teacher created videos 22% 30% 29% What are examples of teacher-facilitated technology use by students?
  14. 14. Sample Digital Activities Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 Look up info on a mobile device – in class 41% 58% Text classmates for help 38% 56% Find videos to help with homework 34% 39% Use social media sites to facilitate peer collaborations 23% 27% What are examples of student self-directed technology use to support learning?
  15. 15. Using technology in my classes increases my interest in learning Agree: 53% of middle school students 43% of high school students
  16. 16. Obstacles to tech use at school Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  17. 17. Students: Obstacles to using technology at school 38% 45% 43% 52% 39% 45% 41% 36% 39% 42% 61% 46% 49% 57% Can't text Can't use my own mobile Can't access social media Internet is too slow Teachers limit tech use Too many rules Edu websites are blocked Gr 9-12 Gr 6-8
  18. 18. I would learn more if my classes used more technology to support my learning Agree: 37% of middle school students 29% of high school students
  19. 19. Social Media Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  20. 20. Social media: tools to connect, collaborate, create Instagram: 60% of HS students 53% of MS students Twitter: 35% of students in Gr 9-12 Creating/watching videos: 79% of students in Gr 6-8
  21. 21. Massively multi-player online games (MMOG) 36% of students in Gr 6-8 Facebook 35% of students in Gr 9-12 48% say rarely/never use Social media: tools to connect, collaborate, create Snapchat 61% of high school students
  22. 22. Digital Footprint Actions Gr 9-12 student s 2013 Gr 9-12 students 2015 I am careful about what I post about myself or others online 64% 75% I have advised my friends not to post certain things online 39% 45% I have stopped interacting with someone based upon what they posted online 32% 43% I think it is important to have a positive online profile 43% 59% I don’t regularly post about myself online 34% 47% Digital footprints – change in behaviors
  23. 23. Video-based Learning Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  24. 24. 2012 2015 K-2 students 36% 57% Gr 3-5 students 20% 23% Gr 6-8 students 28% 34% Who is watching online videos for learning?
  25. 25. Student question: In what class are you watching videos for learning? What do middle school students say?
  26. 26. In what class are you watching videos for learning? Middle school students say: 1.Science (69%) 2.Math (63%) 3.Social Studies/History (57%) 4.English/Language Arts (48%)
  27. 27. What do students say are the benefits of watching online videos to support schoolwork? . Benefits of videos K-2 Gr 3- 5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 I can watch videos to self- remediate 47% 45% 62% 60% Easy to find a variety of videos 54% 49% 56% 49% Makes it easier to understand difficult concepts 53% 49% 55% 54% Teaches me in a different way than my teacher does 43% 36% 42% 43%
  28. 28. Mobile devices Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  29. 29. 39% 46% 72% 86% 47% 45% 49% 53% 57% 59% 58% 40% 25% 23% 24% 16% Gr K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Digital Reader Tablet Laptop Smartphone Students’ personal access to mobile devices
  30. 30. Student access to technology in the classroom I most often use … Grade 6-8 Grade 9- 12 My own mobile device 30% 64% A school provided laptop 36% 39% A school provided tablet 21% 12% A school provided Chromebook 33% 21% School computers in a lab, library, media center 43% 37% Do not regularly use 18% 10%
  31. 31. Students’ use of mobile devices to support learnin 64% of high school students say they use their own mobile device to support learning while at school  56% text classmates about schoolwork questions  51% take photos of assignments or text book pages  50% use mobile apps for learning  35% take notes on a mobile device  15% text their teachers with questions also!
  32. 32. It is important for every student to be able to use a laptop, tablet or Chromebook during the school day to support learning Agree: 75% of middle school students 76% of high school students
  33. 33. Different tasks = different mobile devices Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  34. 34. Read a book or article s Take notes in class Use social media Communicate w/peers & teacher Create/watch videos Create presentations Take online tests Write reports What device I use depends upon the task to do
  35. 35. Internet Connectivity Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  36. 36. Home internet access Type of access Urban Suburba n Rural Title 1 Fast, broadband access 56% 57% 48% 52% Access through Wifi 71% 75% 50% 69% No or slow access 17% 14% 22% 20% Students in grades 6-8 nationwide:
  37. 37. Do we have a “homework gap?” Homework gap is about more than at home Internet access: o 1/5 of students say that they often have a problem doing digital or Internet-dependent homework when outside of school o 25% regularly go to school early or stay late to use school Internet o Parents are making decisions about who has priority for limited home digital resources o 68% of teachers say they don’t assign digital projects or homework due to concerns re: homework gap
  38. 38. It is important for students to have consistent, safe Internet access outside of school time to be successful in school. Agree: 64% of middle school students 71% of high school students
  39. 39. Value of Digital Classroom Experiences Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  40. 40. What model best represents the majority of your classes? Classroom Model Grade 6-8 Grade 9- 12 Traditional 55% 58% Blended 28% 31% Flipped 10% 7% Virtual 3% 2% Other 3% 3%
  41. 41. In their own words … how students value digital learning As a result of using technology for learning, I am … Developing new skills • Creativity • Critical thinking and problem solving Changing my learning behavior • More likely to complete homework • Collaborating more with my classmates • Communicating with my teacher more often • Participating more in class discussions Enhancing my self-efficacy as a learner • Learning at my own pace • Learning in a way that fits my learning style • In control over my learning
  42. 42. Career Exploration Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  43. 43. Grade 6-8 Students: Are you interested in a career in a STEM field? 24% 17% 38% 21% 17% 15% 36% 32% Not interested No opinion Somewhat interested Very interested Boys Girls
  44. 44. Grade 6-8 students: Are you interested in a career in teaching? 31% 19% 33% 17% 49% 23% 19% 9% Not interested No opinion Somewhat interested Very interested Boys Girls
  45. 45. Grade 6-8 students: different ways to explore ca What would be most helpful in exploring a career? Gr 6-8 Students Traditional Approaches: o Get real life experience – PT job, internship, volunteering 71% o Take field trips to see career in action 63% o Shadow a career professional for the day 48% New Digital Approaches: o Watch videos about different jobs 50% o Play a digital or online game about a career 43% o Learn about careers through social media 39%
  46. 46. Student interest in learning how to code Yes, I am interested in learning how to code or program a computer Girls Boys Grades 3-5 55% 62% Grades 6-8 47% 57% Grades 9- 12 37% 51% Sweet spot for nurturing interest is Grades 3-5
  47. 47. I am learning things that are important for my future on my own outside of school Agree: 54% of middle school students 50% of high school students
  48. 48. Designing the Ultimate School for Today’s Learners Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  49. 49. “Imagine you are designing the ultimate school for today’s students, what technologies would have the greatest impact on learning?” Favorite Speak Up Question: Superintendents & School Boards
  50. 50. . 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Online classes Tablets E-textbooks Games Schoolwide Internet Principals Teachers Parents Gr 6-8 students Do we have a shared vision around digital learning solutions?
  51. 51. Context for why digital “Customer” knowledge Input for plans, programs & PD Community buy-in Myth busting
  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 discussion today! For additional information about Speak Up please contact: 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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