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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 “Ten Things” about...
Project Tomorrow, a global education
nonprofit organization
Programs:
• Research & evaluation studies
• STEM education pro...
Something new in the air in schools today . . .
• Connecting digital learning with global skill
development
• New classroom models gaining acceptance
• Criticality of con...
• Learning is a 24/7 enterprise for students
• Blurring of informal and formal arenas for learning
• Students as content p...
Key trends from our research:
• Learning is a 24/7 enterprise
for students
• Blurring of informal and
formal arenas for le...
Key finding from our research:
Students, educators and parents agree –
we need a different kind of learning experience to
...
“Knowing it and seeing
it are two different
things.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
“Without data, you are just another person
with an opinion …
Introducing the
Speak Up data to inform new
discussions and b...
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...
DIGITAL
LIVES of
STUDENTS
In this student’s life, they ……..
 Play digital/video games regularly in school (65%)
 Want to learn how to code (54%)
...
Who is . . . . . ?
o 3rd grade girl
o 6th grade boy
o 9th grade girl
o 12th grade boy
Correct
response:
Who is a 3rd
grade girl?
Results from 17,567 3rd grade
girls in fall 2015
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about
Today’s Students and Digital Learning
K-12 Students 415,686
Teachers & Librarians 38,613
Parents (in English & Spanish) 40,218
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 to connect,
collaborate and create
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
students
2013
Gr 9-12
students
2015
I am careful about what I post about myself or
other...
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%
Gr 9-12 students 32% 39%
Who is watching on...
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...
Student access to technology in the classroom
I most often use … Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
My own mobile device 30% 64%
A schoo...
Student access to technology in the classroom –
trend line 2014 vs. 2015
I most often use … Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
My own mo...
Students’ use of mobile devices to support learning
64% of high school students say they use their own
mobile device to su...
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
articles
Take notes in class
Use social media
Communicate w/peers & teacher
Create/watch videos
Create pres...
Importance of
Internet connectivity
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about
Today’s Students and Digital Learning
Home internet access
Type of access Urban Suburban Rural Title 1
Fast, broadband
access
56% 57% 48% 52%
Access through
Wif...
Defining the Homework Gap
1. Teacher assigns digital or
Internet dependent
homework, assignment or
project
2. Student does...
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
In their own words … how students value digital learning
As a result of using technology for learning, I am …
Developing n...
What types of learning experiences are best for learning
science?
Learning experience Gr 6-8 Boys Gr 6-8 Girls
Doing real ...
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 careers
What would be most helpful in exploring a
career?
Gr 6-8
Students
Tr...
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 ...
But, what is
needed to take
this to the next
level?
Something new in the air in schools today . . .
Ideas to think about . . .
1. Ask the right questions – are our practices aligned with
our vision?
2. Build capacity, not ...
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 turn!
For additional information about Speak Up please
contact:
Julie Evans
jevans@tomorrow.org
949-609-4660 x15
Twitter: JulieE...
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Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning

  1. 1. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning Julie Evans @JulieEvans_PT CEO, Project Tomorrow National School Board Association’s 76th Annual Conference April 9, 2016
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion:  Introduction to Project Tomorrow and the Speak Up Research Project  Countdown of “Ten Things” about students & digital learning  Let’s play Jeopardy!  Your turn! Your ideas/comments/questions Copy of presentation? Sign up on sheets or email: jevans@tomorrow.org
  3. 3. Project Tomorrow, a global education nonprofit organization Programs: • Research & evaluation studies • STEM education programs • Advocacy for digital learning Mission: To ensure that all of today’s students are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.
  4. 4. Something new in the air in schools today . . .
  5. 5. • 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:
  6. 6. • 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:
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Key finding from our research: Students, educators and parents agree – we need a different kind of learning experience to prepare students for the future
  9. 9. “Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.” Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
  10. 10. “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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12.  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
  13. 13. DIGITAL LIVES of STUDENTS
  14. 14. In this student’s life, they ……..  Play digital/video games regularly in school (65%)  Want to learn how to code (54%)  Take tests online in class (50%)  Have a personal tablet – not school provided (55%)  Prefer reading on a tablet to reading a printed book (57%)  Watch videos to learn math (59%)  Interested in a future job in a STEM field (45%)
  15. 15. Who is . . . . . ? o 3rd grade girl o 6th grade boy o 9th grade girl o 12th grade boy
  16. 16. Correct response: Who is a 3rd grade girl? Results from 17,567 3rd grade girls in fall 2015
  17. 17. Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  18. 18. K-12 Students 415,686 Teachers & Librarians 38,613 Parents (in English & Spanish) 40,218 School/District Administrators/Tech Leaders 4,536 Community Members 6,623 About the participating schools & districts o 7,825 schools and 2,676 districts o 25% urban / 35% rural / 40% suburban o All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools Speak Up 2015 national participation: 505,676
  19. 19. Use of digital tools for learning Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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?
  22. 22. 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?
  23. 23. Using technology in my classes increases my interest in learning Agree: 53% of middle school students 43% of high school students
  24. 24. Obstacles to tech use at school Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Social media to connect, collaborate and create Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Digital Footprint Actions Gr 9-12 students 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
  31. 31. Video-based learning Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  32. 32. 2012 2015 K-2 students 36% 57% Gr 3-5 students 20% 23% Gr 6-8 students 28% 34% Gr 9-12 students 32% 39% Who is watching online videos for learning?
  33. 33. Student question: In what class are you watching videos for learning? What do middle school students say?
  34. 34. 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%)
  35. 35. 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%
  36. 36. Mobile devices Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  37. 37. 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 (not school provided)
  38. 38. 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%
  39. 39. Student access to technology in the classroom – trend line 2014 vs. 2015 I most often use … Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12 My own mobile device Fall 2014 23% 58% Fall 2015 30% 64% A school provided Chromebook Fall 2014 21% 16% Fall 2015 33% 21%
  40. 40. Students’ use of mobile devices to support learning 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!
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. Different tasks = different mobile devices Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  43. 43. Read a book or articles 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
  44. 44. Importance of Internet connectivity Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  45. 45. Home internet access Type of access Urban Suburban 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:
  46. 46. Defining the Homework Gap 1. Teacher assigns digital or Internet dependent homework, assignment or project 2. Student does not have safe or consistent access to technology and the Internet to do that schoolwork 3. Result = equity gap
  47. 47. 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 outside of school o 25% regularly go to school early or stay late to use school Internet; 19% say a fast food restaurant or coffee shop is where they are doing their homework 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
  48. 48. 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
  49. 49. Value of digital classroom experiences Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. What types of learning experiences are best for learning science? Learning experience Gr 6-8 Boys Gr 6-8 Girls Doing real research 70% 71% Having a skilled teacher 62% 62% See science in action 72% 80% Collaborate with classmates 58% 66% Use real lab tools 59% 64% Use online simulations 43% 36%
  52. 52. Career exploration Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  53. 53. 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
  54. 54. 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
  55. 55. Grade 6-8 students: different ways to explore careers 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%
  56. 56. 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
  57. 57. 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
  58. 58. Designing the ultimate school for today’s learners Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning
  59. 59. “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
  60. 60. . 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 Does your district have a shared vision around digital learning solutions? (sampling of possible responses)
  61. 61. But, what is needed to take this to the next level? Something new in the air in schools today . . .
  62. 62. Ideas to think about . . . 1. Ask the right questions – are our practices aligned with our vision? 2. Build capacity, not just compliance 3. Impact of school-based digital learning extends beyond 2:30 pm 4. Doing the same things better OR doing better things with digital tools, content and resources 5. Engaging stakeholders in an authentic way to get beyond mythology
  63. 63. 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 May 2016
  64. 64. 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/ School Board Members All schools and districts are invited to participate Surveys open October 2016 Participate in Speak Up! Sign up to receive information at: www.tomorrow.org
  65. 65. Your turn!
  66. 66. 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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