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February 12, 2016

TechTrends, Vol. 60, Issue 1 – New Issue Alert

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Editor’s Notes

Editor’s Notes

Charles B. Hodges

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Instructional Design and Technology Trends in Teacher Education: An AECT Teacher Education Division Special Issue of TechTrends

Jennifer R. Banas & Drew Polly

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Column: AECT President’s Message

From the President

Kay A. Persichitte

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Column: Positing the Future

The Future of Our Field – A STEEP Perspective

Johannes C. Cronje

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Column: Graduate Member Musings

Gaining the Lead: Accelerating the Leadership Position with GSA

Jason A. Engerman & Firat Sarsar

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Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

Creativity in Mathematics and Beyond – Learning from Fields Medal Winners

Rohit Mehta, Punya Mishra & Danah Henriksen

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Column: History Corner

A Brief History of the Internet in Saudi Arabia

Hamed A. Alshahrani

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Technology and Teacher Education: A Brief Glimpse of the Research and Practice that Have Shaped the Field

Nesrin Bakir

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Examining Current Beliefs, Practices and Barriers About Technology Integration: A Case Study

Pi-Sui Hsu

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Preparing Teachers for Online Instruction with a Graduate Certificate Program

Craig E. Shepherd, Doris U. Bolliger, Tonia A. Dousay & Kay Persichitte

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Online Collaborative Mentoring for Technology Integration in Pre-Service Teacher Education

Helga Dorner & Swapna Kumar

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Iterative and Event-Based Frameworks for University and School District Technology Professional Development Partnerships

Joseph Winslow, Jeremy Dickerson, Carmen Weaver & Fair Josey

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Teaching Technology Integration to K-12 Educators: A ‘Gamified’ Approach

Theodore J. Kopcha, Lu Ding, Kalianne L. Neumann & Ikseon Choi

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Integrating Game-Based Learning Initiative: Increasing the Usage of Game-Based Learning Within K-12 Classrooms Through Professional Learning Groups

André R. Denham, Robert Mayben & Terri Boman

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Professional Development for Promoting 21st Century Skills and Common Core State Standards in Foreign Language and Social Studies Classrooms

Joanne Elizabeth Beriswill, Pamela Scott Bracey, Kathleen Sherman-Morris, Kun Huang & Sang Joon Lee

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Column: ICT International

Learning and Knowledge Analytics in Open Education: a Brief Overview

Juhong Christie Liu, Xiaoqing Gu, Yanyan Sun & Charles Xiaoxue Wang

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11 February 2016: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate K12, Inc. alert from yesterday…


As-it-happens update ⋅ February 11, 2016
K12 (LRN) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue?

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in K12 Inc. (LRN – Snapshot Report). The stock has moved higher by 31.8% in the past …
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Get Your Virtual Registrations In Now!

One for my Kiwi readers…

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Get your virtual registrations in now! by Ginette Van Praag

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Prince Harry takes an Online Class— Rachel Whalley

Virtual is pretty real for us at the Virtual Learning Network Primary School, so we need you to get your skates on, talk to your students and get their registrations into Ginette  right now. A reminder that as we are part of the ALLiS Project – there is no cost attached to some of our programmes this year.  Read more
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February 11, 2016

Check Out the DLDay Event Map, Download the New Logo, and Win an Apple Watch!

And from the neo-liberals…

Digital Learning Day: February 17, 2016
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Register Your Event, Explore the Official DLDay Map

Do you want to know how students and educators across the country will celebrate Digital Learning Day? Theofficial DLDay map is the perfect place to start! This interactive map includes the ability to filter local events by location and event type. Clicking individual pins will reveal additional details and descriptions of each celebration. If you have already registered your event, then you are in good company. If you have not yet added your event to the map, click here to make it official.

Join the Conversation on Digital Equity

The 2016 Digital Learning Day Live! will explore the state of digital equity in schools and communities across America. Join national and local leaders, educators, and students for a look at how the digital divide is impacting their communities and what they are doing to minimize it. Click here to view the video and schedule of live webcasts, Twitter chats, and online events.

Download New Graphics

A lot has changed in education since Digital Learning Day first began five years ago. And this year was a good time to change its visual identity too! Download and save the new logo and campaign graphics to use for customizing t-shirts, posters, flyers, and anything else needed to make your event memorable. Click here to download the graphics for free.

Enter to Win an Apple Watch

It’s not too late to add your favorite digital resources, websites, or lesson plans to theDigital Learning Day resource collection.Search for activity ideas from the existing collection submitted by educators orsubmit your own resources for the chance to win an Apple Watch. A panel of expert judges will review the collections and a winner will be announced on Digital Learning Day!

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Speak Up 2015 Data Now Available

From the inbox yesterday…

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Your Speak Up data is in!

We are excited to release the Speak Up 2015 data results to all participating organizations! If your school or district participated in Speak Up between October and December of last year, it’s time to dig in and see what your students, teachers, parents and community members had to say. Keep reading to learn how to access your data and more.

Quick links:

Your survey results are now available! Learn how to access your Speak Up data results.

Exporting your data is easy: Simply print the results or copy and paste them into one of our templates.

Need help with your Speak Up data? Learn more about our Speak Up services.

Digital Learning Day is next Wednesday. Find out how YOU & the schools, students, and educators in your network can participate.

Speak Up on the go! Learn more about upcoming presentations with our CEO, Julie Evans.

For more than a decade, Speak Up has been providing this service to schools and districts around the country. We’re excited to see how this data informs your initiatives, policies and practices. Drop us a note and let us know how you use the data this year or how we can make the surveys even more useful next year. We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team


Access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts around the country who registered for Speak up 2015 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports.
2. Select either Option 1 to view District results or Option 2 to view individual School results.
3. Next, enter the state, the first few letters of your district or school name and your admin password.
4. To view data reports, select the number in the “# of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
5. To view your open ended text responses, click on “District ” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
6. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this Speak Up Data Excel Template. To view your data across audiences and by theme, use ourthematic report template to drop in your school or district’s data.

*Please note, at least one survey must be present to display the survey results with state and national comparisons.

Exporting your Speak Up data

Exporting your Speak Up data is quick and easy! Just follow these steps:

1. Highlight and copy the Speak Up data by survey type from our Speak Up data homepage.
2. Paste your data into our template Excel spreadsheet (click here to download) – the survey types are already organized by tab.
3. The file is already formatted to print, making it easy to view your data!

Click here to learn more about accessing your data, or watch our quick how-to videohere.


Need help?

The Project Tomorrow staff is available to help you effectively use your data, here are just a few of the services we can provide you:

▪ Identify the top 5 trends in your school, district or state with national benchmarks
▪ Create a Speak Up presentation that you can use to share your Speak Up results in your school or district
▪ Provide Speak Up fast facts that can be used on your website, newsletters or promotional material
▪ Present your Speak Up data in person or via a webinar
▪ Prepare a summary of your specific Speak Up findings (school, district or state) that can be distributed to your stakeholders
▪ Write a case statement, using the Speak Up data, highlighting the benefits of investing in technology (school, district, state or national)
▪ Prepare a customized narrative report about your Speak Up data (school, district or state)

Contact the Speak Up Team, to learn more about our consulting services and fees.


Digital Learning Day 2016

Project Tomorrow is helping spread the word about Digital Learning Day on February 17th, 2016, and we would like you to join in!

It’s a day thousands of schools and local communities across the country recognize great teaching practices and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes with the help of digital tools.

As a grassroots effort, Digital Learning Day encourages students, teachers, leaders, and communities to be part of transforming our education system. That means thinking differently about how technology can be used to support more engaged, deeper learning opportunities for all students. Get involved by adding an event or activity to the official Digital Learning Day map or joining the online conversation using #DLDay.


Speak Up On the Go!

Upcoming presentations

Webinar: Digital Learning and Technology Trends at Private Schools
Hosted by Sevenstar
Wednesday, February 17th
Register here

Nebraska Distance Learning Association Spring Conference
Thursday, February 25th
Omaha, NE
Keynote session: 9AM, Walnut Grand Ballroom
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today’s Students and Digital Learning: Breakout session 1, 10:30-11:15

BYOD sessions: ETC! 2016
California State University, Stanislaus
Saturday, February 27th

Workshop: Pink or Blue? Examining Gender in Games
Austin, TX
Tuesday, March 8
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 410

Session: Digital Equity Challenges: Strategies for Bridging the Home/School Connection
COSN 2016
Washington D.C.
Tuesday, April 5th
9:1510:15 a.m. – Cardoza

NSBA 2016 conference
Boston, MA
April 9-11

Speak Up Congressional Briefing
TBA (Mid-April)
Washington, DC
Click here to sign up for alerts on our upcoming briefing!

Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.


Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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