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The New "Free Agent Learner"

  1. 1. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Coming Soon to Your School or Campus: The New “Free Agent Learner Are you ready?Are you ready?Are you ready?Are you ready? Speak Up 2010 • National Findings • Regional Findings Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org Villanova University April 7, 2011
  2. 2. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions What are the expectations of K-12 students for 21st century learning? How does that student vision compare with classroom realities? How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? What does this mean for higher education institutions?
  3. 3. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Today’s Discussion: The Big Questions What are the expectations of K-12 students for 21st century learning? How does that student vision compare with classroom realities? How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? What does this mean for higher education institutions? Who is this “Free Agent Learner?”
  4. 4. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Discussion Agenda: About the Speak Up National Research Project Student Vision for 21st Century Education Classroom Realities Key Trends We Are Watching Meet the Free Agent Learner Conversation – Your insights!
  5. 5. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Defining 21st century education . . . “I believe that the purpose of education is not to make men carpenters, but to make carpenters men. To be competitive in a workplace that is changing and will change continuously throughout our careers, my peers and I need to be able to read and understand new information at a level never before prevalent. This should be, however, a familiar aim for the forces of academia, however, since what we must learn, in essence, is to learn. I would ensure a broad and balanced education that exposes every student to rigorous inquiry in every discipline, from physics to pottery and makes them active participants in the process of inquiry and learning.” 11th grade student Pittsburgh PA
  6. 6. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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, Librarians 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 Speak Up National Research Project
  7. 7. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 . . . Speak Up National Research Project 2.2 million respondents
  8. 8. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 Educational Games, Web 2.0 tools and applications Designing the 21st Century School Speak Up survey question themes
  9. 9. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  10. 10. © Project Tomorrow 2010 About our K-12 Schools: 34% urban, 29% suburban, 37% rural 51% Title 1 eligible – indicating community poverty 34% majority-minority student population National Speak Up 2010 Participation: 379,355
  11. 11. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Regional Speak Up 2010 Participation 301na728Parents 74na59Administrators 805na642Teachers & Librarians 16309736802K-12 Students DENJPA
  12. 12. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered How today’s students are leveraging emerging technologies for learning Speak Up 2010 National Findings 1st of two reports
  13. 13. © Project Tomorrow 2010 You are invited:You are invited:You are invited:You are invited: National Release of the 2010 Speak Up Data Findings from K-12 Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12 noon – 1:30 pm Rayburn House Office Building - Room B339 Presentation of Findings and 2nd Report Panel of Educators Interactive Discussion Bring your smart phone!
  14. 14. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What can the Speak Up findings tell us about the future of learning?
  15. 15. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Increasingly, students’ aspirations around the use of emerging technologies within education is a reflection of their desired vision for learning in general. What can the Speak Up data tell us about the future of learning?
  16. 16. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Activities, Attitudes & Aspirations Disconnects & Differences Trends & Leverage Points Voices of K-12 Students Speak Up 2010 Other data available on K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Parents & Librarians
  17. 17. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Speak Up Data Findings Warm Up Interactive Exercise
  18. 18. © Project Tomorrow 2010
  19. 19. © Project Tomorrow 2010 MY ONLINE LIFE
  20. 20. © Project Tomorrow 2010 In my personal life, I …. Use online communications tools (68%) Update Facebook regularly (47%) Play online games (46%) Upload, download, create media (29%) Use Google Docs for collaborative writing (27%) Blog and contribute to wikis (19%)
  21. 21. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Who is? 1. 2nd Grade Boy (8 years old) 2. 6th Grade Girl (12 years old) 3. 10th Grade Boy (16 years old) 4. College Sophomore – Female (20 years old) 5. Teacher or Instructor – under 32 years old
  22. 22. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Who is a 6th Grade Girl (12 years old)?
  23. 23. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Uses online communications tools (68%) Updates Facebook regularly (47%) Plays online games (46%) Uploads, downloads, creates media (29%) Uses Google Docs for collaborative writing (27%) Blogs and contributes to wikis (19%)
  24. 24. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Key Findings: Speak Up 2003 – 2010 Students function as a “Digital Advance Team” Students regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learning Students’ frustrations with the unsophisticated use of technologies within education Lack of relevancy in education exacerbated Persistent digital disconnect between students and adults
  25. 25. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Result: A new uniquely “student vision” for leveraging emerging technologies to drive achievement and educational productivity
  26. 26. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning
  27. 27. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Social–based learning Students want to leverage emerging communications and collaboration tools to create personal networks of experts
  28. 28. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Un-tethered learning Students envision technology-enabled learning that transcends classroom walls
  29. 29. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Creating Our Future: Students Speak Up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning Three Essential Elements Digitally-rich learning Students see the use of relevancy-based digital tools, content and resources as key to education productivity
  30. 30. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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
  31. 31. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: Mobile Learning
  32. 32. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Students and their devices: PA 6%9%6%13%Tablet device (iPad) 87%81%62%46%MP3 66%58%42%36%Laptop 42%26%15%12%Smart phone 61%54%30%24%Cell phone (without internet access) Gr 9-12Gr 6-8Gr 3-5K-2Device Table 1: Personal Access to Mobile Devices
  33. 33. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Students and their devices: PA 6%9%6%13%Tablet device (iPad) 87%81%62%46%MP3 66%58%42%36%Laptop 42%26%15%12%Smart phone 61%54%30%24% Cell phone (without internet access) Gr 9-12Gr 6-8Gr 3-5K-2Device Table 1: Personal Access to Mobile Devices 44%34%Smart phone Gr 9-12 Nat’lGr 6-8 Nat’lDevice 42% increase over 2009
  34. 34. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Students – Grades 6-8: How would you use your mobile device to help you with schoolwork? 1. To increase effectiveness of school: PA NJ Check grades 69% 59% Take notes for class 61% 66% Access online textbooks 45% 55% Use the calendar 43% 48% Learn about school activities 42% 40%
  35. 35. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Students – Grades 6-8: How would you use your mobile device to help you with schoolwork? 2. To leverage capabilities for greater impact: PA NJ Anytime, anywhere research 64% 64% Collaborate with peers & teachers 48% 52% Organize schoolwork/assignments 44% 47% Create and share documents 36% 42% Record lectures/labs 34% 41%
  36. 36. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Administrators: So, what prevents you from allowing students to use their own devices at school? Administrators say: 1. Teachers are not trained 2. Concerns about network security 3. Concerns about theft 4. Devices could be distraction 5. Digital equity issues
  37. 37. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Administrators: How likely are you this year to allow students to use their own mobile devices for instructional purposes at school? Administrators say: Likely 22% Unlikely 63%
  38. 38. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Would parents purchase a mobile device for their child to use at school? Parents say: Likely 67% Unlikely 11%
  39. 39. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Parents’ willingness to support mobile learning Parents: Would you buy a mobile device for your child to use at school? (by grade of child in school) 10% 11% 14% 63% 8% 10% 13% 69% 7% 8% 12% 70% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Unsure Unlikely School responsibility Likely K - Gr 5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12
  40. 40. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Would parents purchase a data plan to support their child’s use of the mobile device at school? Parents say: Likely 54% Unlikely 16%
  41. 41. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: Online and Blended Learning
  42. 42. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Who is learning online? Growth in student experiences with academic online learning 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 2008 2009 2010 Students Gr 9-12 Students Gr 6-8 Includes: • Online class taught by a teacher • Self-study online class • Blended class environment
  43. 43. © Project Tomorrow 2010 If you haven’t taken an online class, would you like to? Student Interest in Online Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 PA NJ DE
  44. 44. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is holding back greater adoption? Students say they face barriers in accessing online classes “I don’t know about the classes offered at my school” (34%) “My school does not offer online classes” (29%) “I don’t know how to sign up for online classes” (24%) “I don’t know how to find information about online classes” (23%) “I can’t afford to pay for an online class” (17%)
  45. 45. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Why take an online class? For high school students, traditional reasons: scheduling and college credit. For middle school students, it’s about changing the learning paradigm.
  46. 46. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Why take an online class? For high school students, traditional reasons: scheduling and college credit. For middle school students, it’s about changing the learning paradigm. Get extra help in a tough subject More comfortable asking questions In control of my own learning More motivated to learn Work at my own pace Review class materials whenever I want Share ideas with my classmates
  47. 47. © Project Tomorrow 2010 MY ONLINE LIFE
  48. 48. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Students’ favorite tool for collaborating with peers on school projects and assignments
  49. 49. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is? 1. Online chat 2. Skype 3. Email 4. IM and text messaging 5. Facebook
  50. 50. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is IM and text messaging?
  51. 51. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Favorite collaboration tool for schoolwork: Online chat 49% Skype 32% Email 50% IM and text messaging 59% Facebook 47%
  52. 52. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered Key Trends: E-Textbooks & Digital Content
  53. 53. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What if …. We asked students (and parents) to design the ultimate digital textbook? What features and functionality would they desire?
  54. 54. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Three themes emerge from the data: Students want interactivity and relevancy They want tools to facilitate collaboration They want ways to personalize learning Students’ desires for the features and functionality of digital textbooks
  55. 55. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Un-tethered Learning Enabled bythe E-Textbook 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Chat rooms with video Online tutors Collaboration tools Communications tools Gr 6-8 Girl Gr 6-8 Boy Middle School Parents
  56. 56. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Engaging Social-based Learning with the E-Textbook 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Download to phone Mobile apps Self assessments Online classes Middle School Parents Gr 6-8 Boy Gr 6-8 Girl
  57. 57. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Designing the Ultimate E-Textbook Empowering Digitally-rich Content through the E-Textbook 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Access to 3D content Animations and simulations Games Links to real time data Video clips Virtual labs Gr 6-8 Girl Gr 6-8 Boy Middle School Parents
  58. 58. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Info and media literacy skills: what’s important? 43%72% Understand how to evaluate the authenticity of resources 43%53%Know how to detect bias in resources 49%46% Know how to analyze and interpret media stories 37%25%Ability to produce digital media reports 54%61%Ability to prepare written/verbal research reports 53%73% Ability to identify information sources for research High School Students TeachersInformation and Media Literacy Skill Table 2: PA Teachers and Students differ on the relative importance of information and media literacy skills
  59. 59. © Project Tomorrow 2010 MY ONLINE LIFE
  60. 60. © Project Tomorrow 2010 #1 way to get students interested and engaged in science … per the students themselves
  61. 61. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is? 1. Having a teacher that is excited about science 2. Creating multi-media presentations of findings 3. Doing real research using online databases 4. Using animations 5. Reading the science textbook
  62. 62. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is doing real research with online databases?
  63. 63. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The Student Vision for 21st Century Learning Social–based learning Un–tethered learning Digitally–rich learning
  64. 64. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Do you face obstacles using technology at school? Students say YES! Top responses from high school students: PA Nat’l 1. School filters and firewalls 65% 59% 2. I cannot use my mobile device 63% 52% 3. I cannot use my own laptop 40% 29% 4. Teachers limit our technology use 37% 37% 5. Too many rules! 34% 31%
  65. 65. © Project Tomorrow 2010 How schools could make it easier for you to use technology Recommendations of high school students: 1. Allow greater access to websites I need (71%) 2. Let me use my own mobile device (56%) 3. Give me unlimited Internet access on campus (44%) 4. Let me use my own laptop (41%) 5. Provide classwork and resources online (36%) 6. Let me recharge my devices (32%) 7. Access my social networking site and communications tools (31%)
  66. 66. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The use of technology in schools today Do you agree with this statement? “My school is doing a good job of using technology to enhance learning and student achievement.”
  67. 67. © Project Tomorrow 2010 “My school is doing a good job of using technology to enhance learning and student achievement.” Yes! • 74% of high school teachers • 72% of high school principals • 62% of parents of high school aged children
  68. 68. © Project Tomorrow 2010 “My school is doing a good job of using technology to enhance learning and student achievement.” Yes! • 74% of high school teachers • 72% of high school principals • 62% of parents of high school aged children But only 47% of high school students agree!
  69. 69. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning?
  70. 70. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Imagine you are designing the ultimate school. Which technology tools and services would have the greatest positive impact on learning? Are we all on the same page?Are we all on the same page?Are we all on the same page?Are we all on the same page?
  71. 71. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Enabling Mobile Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Bring own device to school Laptops Smart phone iPad Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators
  72. 72. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School: Engaging Online Learning 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Chat rooms for students Collaboration tools Online classes Online tutors Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators
  73. 73. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Ultimate School: Are we on the same page? Ultimate School:Empowering Digital Content 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Adaptive software Games and virtual simulations Online or e-textbooks Campus wide internet access Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Students Parents Administrators
  74. 74. © Project Tomorrow 2010 What is the bottom line? Today’s students want learning that is: Enabled Engaging Empowered
  75. 75. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 Key trends we are watching:
  76. 76. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 Key trends we are watching:
  77. 77. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The era of the technology-enabled Free Agent Learner Speak Up National Data Findings
  78. 78. © Project Tomorrow 2010 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 Develops content as a learning experience Process as important as knowledge gained Introducing the Free Agent Learner!
  79. 79. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Meet the Free Agent Learner! Searched online for self-directed learning 47% Used cell phone apps to self organize 20% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 18% Took an online test or assessment on their own 15% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 15% Sought academic help thru Facebook 15% Created podcasts/videos to share knowledge 14% Sampling of activities
  80. 80. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Meet the Free Agent Learner! Searched online for self-directed learning 47% Used cell phone apps to self organize 20% Found podcasts/videos to learn about something 18% Took an online test or assessment on their own 15% Used online writing tools to improve writing skills 15% Sought academic help thru Facebook 15% Created podcasts/videos to share knowledge 14% Sampling of activities Who is this?Who is this?Who is this?Who is this?
  81. 81. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Say hello to the Free Agent Learner – a typical middle school student!
  82. 82. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Today’s Discussion: The Original Big Questions What are the expectations of K-12 students for 21st century learning? How does that student vision compare with classroom realities? How well are today’s K-12 schools meeting the expectations of students? What does this mean for higher education institutions? Who is this “Free Agent Learner?”
  83. 83. © Project Tomorrow 2010 The New Big Questions What does this mean for your institution or district? Are you ready to address the needs of the Free Agent Learner? Does your operational plan support this student vision for learning? How will your faculty accommodate this new student vision for socially-based, un-tethered, digitally-rich learning? What is your vision for the future of teaching and learning?
  84. 84. © Project Tomorrow 2010 National Speak Up Findings and reports Additional data analysis from Speak Up 2010 Presentations, podcasts and webinars Evaluation services Reports and white papers Participate in Speak Up 2011! More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org
  85. 85. © Project Tomorrow 2010 Thank you. Let’s continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Copyright Project Tomorrow 2011. 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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