Next Generation of Learners

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Next Generation of Learners

  1. 1. Next Generation of Learners – Florida Style! Speak Up 2010 Florida Data Results High School Student Surveys Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org © Project Tomorrow 2011
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion Questions• Who is this “next generation learner?”• What do we know about this learner?• How are we “adapting” to the needs of this new learner profile? Focus: Florida high school students © Project Tomorrow 2011
  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• Inform policies & programs Analysis and reporting Services to help transform teaching and learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  4. 4. Speak Up is facilitated annually by Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay) Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org)is the leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to theempowerment of student voices in education. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  5. 5. Speak Up National Research Project• Empowering authentic voices – since 2003: 1.9 million K-12 students 180,000 teachers and librarians 124,000 parents 15,500 school and district leaders 30,000 K-12 schools – from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia, int’l schools . . . 2.2 million respondents © Project Tomorrow 2011
  6. 6. Speak Up survey question themes Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship Science and Math Instruction / STEM Career Interests Professional Development / Teacher Preparation Internet Safety Administrators’ Challenges Emerging Technologies in the Classroom Online Learning, Mobile Devices, Digital Content Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications Designing the 21st Century School © Project Tomorrow 2011
  7. 7. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 K-12 Students 294,399 Teachers 35,525 Librarians 2,135 Parents (in English & Spanish) 42,267 School/District Administrators 3,578 Technology Leaders 1,391 Schools / Districts 6,541 / 1,340 Participating States for Student Surveys: 48 states Top 12 (# of participants): TX, CA, AL, AZ, FL, NC, IL, MD, IN, NV, PA, WI © Project Tomorrow 2011
  8. 8. Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010Students function as a “Digital Advance Team”Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologiesfor learningStudents’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use oftechnologies within educationLack of relevancy in education exacerbatedPersistent digital disconnect between students and adultsEmergence of the new Free Agent Learner! © Project Tomorrow 2011
  9. 9. What can the Speak Upfindings tell us about the future of learning? © Project Tomorrow 2011
  10. 10. What can the Speak Up data tell us about thefuture of learning? Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. © Project Tomorrow 2011
  11. 11. Result:A new uniquely “student vision” forleveraging emerging technologies todrive achievement and educationalproductivity © Project Tomorrow 2011
  12. 12. Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  13. 13. Special partnership with Florida Department of Education Customized questions Focus on personalized learning To inform state and district plans © Project Tomorrow 2011
  14. 14. National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355 Florida participation: K-12 Students Elementary 6812 Middle School 4481 High School 3120 Teachers & Librarians 2170 Parents (in English & Spanish) 1148 School/District Administrators 241 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  15. 15. Florida High School Student ProfileSnapshot 67% view themselves as average tech users 50% have a smart phone 53% say best use of technology is in English class 56% say school is doing a good job using technology for learning © Project Tomorrow 2011
  16. 16. Speak Up National Data Findings The era of the technology-enabled Free Agent Learner © Project Tomorrow 2011
  17. 17. Meet the Free Agent Learner! Key Characteristics: – Self directed learning – Un-tethered to traditional education – Expert at personal data aggregation – Power of connections – Creating new networks of experts – Experiential learning is key – make it real – Everyone is a content developer – Process as important as knowledge gained © Project Tomorrow 2011
  18. 18. Meet the Free Agent Learner! Florida National Self-directed learning 53% 40% source Took online class 33% 11% Facebook 25% 23% collaboration Podcasts/videos 24% 18% Cell phone app for 22% 21% organization Found experts online 16% 13% Used writing tools 15% 14% © Project Tomorrow 2011
  19. 19. What is the activity or teaching approachthat is the best way for you to learn? 1. Doing hands on, interactive experiments (56%) 2. Teacher led traditional class (45%) 3. Teacher led online class (37%) 4. Watching videos (34%) 5. Working in small groups on projects (33%) Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  20. 20. What is the best way for you to demonstrate toyour teacher what you have learned? 1. Creating media (47%) 2. Mini quizzes with clickers (38%) 3. Online tests (36%) 4. Group projects (28%) 5. E-portfolios (25%) Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  21. 21. As a result of technology, the role of the teacherin many classes is changing. Which of these doyou think is the most effective role for a teachertoday? Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  22. 22. Which of these do you think is the most effectiverole for a teacher today? Different roles: Teacher resource recommender 55% Teacher coach 48% Teacher collaborator 46% Teacher assessor 42% Teacher facilitator 40% Teacher content expert 37% Teacher partner 36% Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  23. 23. What if your science class was like this:Each day you received a personalized set of learning goalsand you worked at your own pace moving ahead in thecurriculum only once you had mastered the material. Duringclass you would have the flexibility to use computer basedgames, collaborate with other students on experiments andproblem solving exercises, receive one-on-one tutoring froma teacher as needed, and use a variety of digital resourcesand tools. What would be the benefits of this kind oflearning environment for you? Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  24. 24. What would be the benefits of this kind oflearning environment for you? I like working at my own pace 67% I would be in control of my learning 58% I would have a greater sense of independence 49% It would be easier for me to succeed 45% I would be more motivated to learn 44% It would be easier to review class materials 43% I would learn more science 42% Florida High School Students 2010 © Project Tomorrow 2011
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2010.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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