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Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
Speak Up Research Results
March 9, 2022
DR. JULIE A. EVANS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PROJECT TOMORROW
Welcome to our discussion today!
▪ Let’s get to know each other!
▪ Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
o 5 things every educator should know today!
▪ Wrap up with some extended learning resources
▪ Let’s talk about these findings – your thoughts and ideas
Getting to know each other!
Introduce yourself to someone you do not know and say hi!
Which adjective best describes how your
colleagues are feeling today?
Apprehensive
Nostalgic
Exhausted
Hopeful
Accepting
About Project Tomorrow
(www.tomorrow.org)
▪ Nonprofit education organization supporting K-12
education since 1996
▪ Mission: to support the development of new capacities
and better decisions within the K-12 ecosystem
▪ Core belief: the power of transformational teaching and
learning to support students’ preparation for future
success.
▪ Programs and research : focus on role of innovation and
new learning models, particularly digital learning.
About the Speak Up Research Project
Speak Up:
▪ A leadership support tool for education leaders in
schools, districts and supporting organizations
▪ A suite of normed online surveys to collect authentic
feedback from your stakeholders – K-12 students,
parents, teachers, site administrators
▪ A Turnkey service with no charge/fee to participating
districts
▪ Provides summary reports with 100% locally collected
data + state and national data for benchmarking
▪ Accessible for all preK-12 schools and supporting
organizations – public, private, parochial, charter, virtual
Since 2003, nationally aggregated Speak Up reports inform
education, business and policy decisions in K-12 education
More resources at Project Tomorrow
www.tomorrow.org
Additional resources
▪ Speak Up Research report and infographics
▪ Evaluation and efficacy reports and infographics from
special projects
▪ Information if your school or district would like to to
use the Speak Up tools and be part of the larger Speak
Up movement
▪ Engage with us to further explore how to support the
more effective use of mobile devices within both K-12
schools and colleges of education
About the Speak Up Research Project
With special opening remarks from
Dr. Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA.
https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html
About Project Tomorrow’s research efforts
To learn more about
the Speak Up
Research and to get
a copy of today’s
presentation.
The pandemic and
necessary shifts and
disruptions in K-12
education have changed
schools forever.
Some people just don’t
know that yet …
Headlines from the Speak Up Research this year:
What has been the impact of the pandemic on K-12 education?
▪ Critical importance of exemplar communications
▪ Increased awareness of social justice issues – especially in education
▪ Heightened focus on social, emotional and mental health considerations
▪ The role of the school in the community is evolving to meet new, unprecedented local needs
▪ Parents have new demands and expectations for education
▪ Students’ interest in new learning models – to align school learning with personal learning
▪ Understanding equity is about much more than access to a Chromebook and hotspot
▪ New momentum is growing for a broader definition of what constitutes effective learning
▪ New vulnerabilities to cyberattacks in our education systems
Are we all seeing the same things?
Do your stakeholders see the state of
education the same way you do?
How are these different sightlines
influencing or affecting your decisions?
Speak Up research findings provide a
way to understand and appreciate the
diverse views and different perspectives
of your key stakeholders.
Understanding the Student Vision for Learning
Per the students, the essential
elements for an effective
learning environment:
▪ Socially-based
▪ Un-tethered
▪ Contextually rich
▪ Independently driven
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
1. Student use of technology in school to support learning
How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say:
Take online tests
Often – 63%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
1. Student use of technology in school to support learning
How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say:
Take online tests
Often – 63%
Play online learning games: 14%
Create media content: 15%
Use online curriculum: 23%
Create online docs to share: 25%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications
How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say:
Frequency
% of 6th grade students nationwide
Email questions to
my teacher
Text with my
teacher
Often 22% 11%
Sometimes 54% 32%
Never 21% 57%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications
6th graders’ preferences:
▪ Personal email to me – 58%
▪ Messaging app with two-way
communications – 49%
▪ Text message – 47%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications
▪Having two-way communications with my
teacher(s) is important for my learning
success
▪64% of high school students
▪51% of middle school students
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning
Benefits of virtual learning
% of 6th grade students
nationwide who agree
Less school drama 62%
Can learn at your own pace 61%
Can develop technology skills 55%
Learn to be responsible for your own learning 51%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning
Benefits of virtual learning
% of 6th grade students
who agree
% of school principals
who agree
Less school drama 62% 45%
Can learn at your own pace 61% 49%
Can develop technology skills 55% 66%
Learn to be responsible for your own
learning
51% 55%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning
Challenges with virtual learning
% of 6th grade students
who agree
Doesn’t fit the way some students learn best 57%
Miss social aspects of school 55%
Harder to do collaborative projects with
classmates
51%
Miss school routines 46%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning
Challenges with virtual learning
% of 6th grade
students who agree
% of principals
who agree
Doesn’t fit the way some students learn best 57% 86%
Miss social aspects of school 55% 90%
Harder to do collaborative projects with classmates 51% 57%
Miss school routines 46% 75%
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning
27%
16%
52%
72%
Gr 6-12 students in virtual learning settings Gr 6-12 students in F2F learning settings
“I learn best in a virtual classroom setting with my teacher and classmates”
“I learn best in a physical classroom setting with my teacher and classmates”
What is your preferred learning setting?
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
4. Students’ engagement with learning
We all know that students like learning ….
6th graders say:
“I like learning how to do things” – 60%
“I like learning how to make things”- 58%
“I like learning about new ideas” – 55%
But is school intrinsically
motivating or engaging for
students?
Did the pandemic impact
student engagement in
school?
50%
48%
49%
50%
52%
51%
20-21 SY
19-20 SY during
closures
19-20 SY before
closures
Grade 6-12 students’ assessment of engagement
in classroom learning
Engaged Not Engaged
Student response to:
“I am engaged in what
I am learning in school
most of the time”
Our student engagement crisis precedes the pandemic
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
4. Students’ engagement with learning
Does technology use = increased student
engagement in learning?
Adult perspective:
The primary outcome of using technology
within learning is increased student
engagement.
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
4. Students’ engagement with learning
Increased engagement? Doesn’t make the
student top 10 list: only 30% of students in
grades 6 identify increased engagement as a
key outcome of using technology to support
schoolwork
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
4. Students’ engagement with learning
Top benefit of tech use within
learning for 6th graders?
Learning at my own pace – 55%
What types of learning experiences do students say will best prepare them for future
success?
Experience: Having real work experience or internship
Fluency: Developing communications skills including learning a second language
Real world: Participating in authentic problem solving around real-world issues
Leadership: Being part of a leadership group at school
Community: Engaging with the local community on collaborative projects
Technology: Using technology outside of school to pursue self-directed learning
5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
Examples:
▪ Learning how to do something by watching a YouTube video – 75%
▪ Researching information on websites – 71%
▪ Playing online and video games to learn workplace skills – 63%
▪ Watching others play online and video games – 56%
▪ Using voice technologies to get answers to their curiosities – 45%
▪ Working to improve writing skills by getting feedback from online writing forums – 41%
6th graders are Free Agent Learners
Self-directing learning around areas of personal interest, using
their own tools and being in control of the learning process
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success
How students say they learn
best:
“I like learning when I can
be in control of when and
how I learn”
64% of students in
grades 6-12 agree
Teachers’ comfort level with
student choice:
“I am very comfortable
allowing students to have
choice about how they learn”
Only 38% of classroom
teachers agree
The disconnect
between students
and teachers on
student choice in
the classroom is
impacting student
agency
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success
Understanding the Student Vision for Learning
Per the students, the essential
elements for an effective
learning environment:
▪ Socially-based
▪ Un-tethered
▪ Contextually rich
▪ Independently driven
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
Which adjective best describes how your
colleagues are feeling today?
Apprehensive
Nostalgic
Exhausted
Hopeful
Accepting
“We’ve learned so much over the past year. I hope
that we can build a better future now and not go back
to how school was in the past.”
High school student
March 2021
Our students are hopeful
Which adjective best describes how your
colleagues are feeling today?
Welcome to our discussion today!
▪ Let’s get to know each other!
▪ Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
o 5 things every educator should know today!
▪ Wrap up with some extended learning resources
▪ Let’s talk about these findings – your thoughts and ideas
Speak Up resources for you
Speak Up reports and infographics with the
latest national research results
https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_data_findings.html
Speak Up 2021 Congressional Briefing
Recording
https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html
Learn more about Speak Up: https://tomorrow.org/speakup/about_SU.html
Use the Speak Up resources to inform your plans this year
Want to learn
more?
• Contact me
directly for a
personal
consultation
Value proposition:
• Comparative
data for context
• Normed surveys
for data validity
• No cost to
participate
Publication date – September 2022
(Presales starting in June)
New resource for you
Administrator and teacher workshops on Free Agent Learning –
fall 2022
▪ Who are the Free Agent Learners?
▪ What are the student motivations for self-directed learning?
▪ What can we learn from students’ out-of-school learning
experiences that can support school improvement?
▪ Strategies for incorporating Free Agent Learning into
school/district culture, outcomes and practices
Let’s talk!
What your
questions, ideas,
comments?
Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
Speak Up Research Results
About Project Tomorrow’s research efforts
To learn more about
the Speak Up
Research and to get
a copy of today’s
presentation.
Thank you for joining me today.
Let’s continue this discussion!
DR. JULIE A. EVANS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PROJECT TOMORROW
@JULIEEVANS_PT
JEVANS@TOMORROW.ORG

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Are You As Smart As A 6th Grader About Digital Learning?

  • 1. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? Speak Up Research Results March 9, 2022 DR. JULIE A. EVANS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PROJECT TOMORROW
  • 2. Welcome to our discussion today! ▪ Let’s get to know each other! ▪ Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? o 5 things every educator should know today! ▪ Wrap up with some extended learning resources ▪ Let’s talk about these findings – your thoughts and ideas
  • 3. Getting to know each other! Introduce yourself to someone you do not know and say hi!
  • 4. Which adjective best describes how your colleagues are feeling today? Apprehensive Nostalgic Exhausted Hopeful Accepting
  • 5. About Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) ▪ Nonprofit education organization supporting K-12 education since 1996 ▪ Mission: to support the development of new capacities and better decisions within the K-12 ecosystem ▪ Core belief: the power of transformational teaching and learning to support students’ preparation for future success. ▪ Programs and research : focus on role of innovation and new learning models, particularly digital learning.
  • 6. About the Speak Up Research Project Speak Up: ▪ A leadership support tool for education leaders in schools, districts and supporting organizations ▪ A suite of normed online surveys to collect authentic feedback from your stakeholders – K-12 students, parents, teachers, site administrators ▪ A Turnkey service with no charge/fee to participating districts ▪ Provides summary reports with 100% locally collected data + state and national data for benchmarking ▪ Accessible for all preK-12 schools and supporting organizations – public, private, parochial, charter, virtual Since 2003, nationally aggregated Speak Up reports inform education, business and policy decisions in K-12 education
  • 7. More resources at Project Tomorrow www.tomorrow.org Additional resources ▪ Speak Up Research report and infographics ▪ Evaluation and efficacy reports and infographics from special projects ▪ Information if your school or district would like to to use the Speak Up tools and be part of the larger Speak Up movement ▪ Engage with us to further explore how to support the more effective use of mobile devices within both K-12 schools and colleges of education
  • 8. About the Speak Up Research Project With special opening remarks from Dr. Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA. https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html
  • 9. About Project Tomorrow’s research efforts To learn more about the Speak Up Research and to get a copy of today’s presentation.
  • 10. The pandemic and necessary shifts and disruptions in K-12 education have changed schools forever. Some people just don’t know that yet …
  • 11. Headlines from the Speak Up Research this year: What has been the impact of the pandemic on K-12 education? ▪ Critical importance of exemplar communications ▪ Increased awareness of social justice issues – especially in education ▪ Heightened focus on social, emotional and mental health considerations ▪ The role of the school in the community is evolving to meet new, unprecedented local needs ▪ Parents have new demands and expectations for education ▪ Students’ interest in new learning models – to align school learning with personal learning ▪ Understanding equity is about much more than access to a Chromebook and hotspot ▪ New momentum is growing for a broader definition of what constitutes effective learning ▪ New vulnerabilities to cyberattacks in our education systems
  • 12. Are we all seeing the same things? Do your stakeholders see the state of education the same way you do? How are these different sightlines influencing or affecting your decisions? Speak Up research findings provide a way to understand and appreciate the diverse views and different perspectives of your key stakeholders.
  • 13. Understanding the Student Vision for Learning Per the students, the essential elements for an effective learning environment: ▪ Socially-based ▪ Un-tethered ▪ Contextually rich ▪ Independently driven Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
  • 14. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 1. Student use of technology in school to support learning How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say: Take online tests Often – 63%
  • 15. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 1. Student use of technology in school to support learning How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say: Take online tests Often – 63% Play online learning games: 14% Create media content: 15% Use online curriculum: 23% Create online docs to share: 25%
  • 16. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications How often do you . . . ? 6th graders nationwide say: Frequency % of 6th grade students nationwide Email questions to my teacher Text with my teacher Often 22% 11% Sometimes 54% 32% Never 21% 57%
  • 17. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications 6th graders’ preferences: ▪ Personal email to me – 58% ▪ Messaging app with two-way communications – 49% ▪ Text message – 47%
  • 18. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 2. Student use of/preferences for effective teacher communications ▪Having two-way communications with my teacher(s) is important for my learning success ▪64% of high school students ▪51% of middle school students
  • 19. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning Benefits of virtual learning % of 6th grade students nationwide who agree Less school drama 62% Can learn at your own pace 61% Can develop technology skills 55% Learn to be responsible for your own learning 51%
  • 20. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning Benefits of virtual learning % of 6th grade students who agree % of school principals who agree Less school drama 62% 45% Can learn at your own pace 61% 49% Can develop technology skills 55% 66% Learn to be responsible for your own learning 51% 55%
  • 21. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning Challenges with virtual learning % of 6th grade students who agree Doesn’t fit the way some students learn best 57% Miss social aspects of school 55% Harder to do collaborative projects with classmates 51% Miss school routines 46%
  • 22. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning Challenges with virtual learning % of 6th grade students who agree % of principals who agree Doesn’t fit the way some students learn best 57% 86% Miss social aspects of school 55% 90% Harder to do collaborative projects with classmates 51% 57% Miss school routines 46% 75%
  • 23. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 3. Students’ insights on pros and cons of virtual learning 27% 16% 52% 72% Gr 6-12 students in virtual learning settings Gr 6-12 students in F2F learning settings “I learn best in a virtual classroom setting with my teacher and classmates” “I learn best in a physical classroom setting with my teacher and classmates” What is your preferred learning setting?
  • 24. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 4. Students’ engagement with learning We all know that students like learning …. 6th graders say: “I like learning how to do things” – 60% “I like learning how to make things”- 58% “I like learning about new ideas” – 55% But is school intrinsically motivating or engaging for students? Did the pandemic impact student engagement in school?
  • 25. 50% 48% 49% 50% 52% 51% 20-21 SY 19-20 SY during closures 19-20 SY before closures Grade 6-12 students’ assessment of engagement in classroom learning Engaged Not Engaged Student response to: “I am engaged in what I am learning in school most of the time” Our student engagement crisis precedes the pandemic Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 4. Students’ engagement with learning
  • 26. Does technology use = increased student engagement in learning? Adult perspective: The primary outcome of using technology within learning is increased student engagement. Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 4. Students’ engagement with learning
  • 27. Increased engagement? Doesn’t make the student top 10 list: only 30% of students in grades 6 identify increased engagement as a key outcome of using technology to support schoolwork Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 4. Students’ engagement with learning Top benefit of tech use within learning for 6th graders? Learning at my own pace – 55%
  • 28. What types of learning experiences do students say will best prepare them for future success? Experience: Having real work experience or internship Fluency: Developing communications skills including learning a second language Real world: Participating in authentic problem solving around real-world issues Leadership: Being part of a leadership group at school Community: Engaging with the local community on collaborative projects Technology: Using technology outside of school to pursue self-directed learning 5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
  • 29. Examples: ▪ Learning how to do something by watching a YouTube video – 75% ▪ Researching information on websites – 71% ▪ Playing online and video games to learn workplace skills – 63% ▪ Watching others play online and video games – 56% ▪ Using voice technologies to get answers to their curiosities – 45% ▪ Working to improve writing skills by getting feedback from online writing forums – 41% 6th graders are Free Agent Learners Self-directing learning around areas of personal interest, using their own tools and being in control of the learning process Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success
  • 30. How students say they learn best: “I like learning when I can be in control of when and how I learn” 64% of students in grades 6-12 agree Teachers’ comfort level with student choice: “I am very comfortable allowing students to have choice about how they learn” Only 38% of classroom teachers agree The disconnect between students and teachers on student choice in the classroom is impacting student agency Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? 5. Students’ insights on learning experiences for future success
  • 31. Understanding the Student Vision for Learning Per the students, the essential elements for an effective learning environment: ▪ Socially-based ▪ Un-tethered ▪ Contextually rich ▪ Independently driven Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning?
  • 32. Which adjective best describes how your colleagues are feeling today? Apprehensive Nostalgic Exhausted Hopeful Accepting
  • 33. “We’ve learned so much over the past year. I hope that we can build a better future now and not go back to how school was in the past.” High school student March 2021 Our students are hopeful Which adjective best describes how your colleagues are feeling today?
  • 34. Welcome to our discussion today! ▪ Let’s get to know each other! ▪ Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? o 5 things every educator should know today! ▪ Wrap up with some extended learning resources ▪ Let’s talk about these findings – your thoughts and ideas
  • 35. Speak Up resources for you Speak Up reports and infographics with the latest national research results https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_data_findings.html Speak Up 2021 Congressional Briefing Recording https://tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html Learn more about Speak Up: https://tomorrow.org/speakup/about_SU.html
  • 36. Use the Speak Up resources to inform your plans this year Want to learn more? • Contact me directly for a personal consultation Value proposition: • Comparative data for context • Normed surveys for data validity • No cost to participate
  • 37. Publication date – September 2022 (Presales starting in June) New resource for you Administrator and teacher workshops on Free Agent Learning – fall 2022 ▪ Who are the Free Agent Learners? ▪ What are the student motivations for self-directed learning? ▪ What can we learn from students’ out-of-school learning experiences that can support school improvement? ▪ Strategies for incorporating Free Agent Learning into school/district culture, outcomes and practices
  • 38. Let’s talk! What your questions, ideas, comments? Are you as smart as a 6th grader about digital learning? Speak Up Research Results
  • 39. About Project Tomorrow’s research efforts To learn more about the Speak Up Research and to get a copy of today’s presentation.
  • 40. Thank you for joining me today. Let’s continue this discussion! DR. JULIE A. EVANS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PROJECT TOMORROW @JULIEEVANS_PT JEVANS@TOMORROW.ORG