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April 14, 2015

Speak Up News – April 2015

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Speak Up News – April 2015

Happy April! We are excited to release our Speak Up 2014 student data at our first Congressional Briefing later this month! Keep reading for more information on how you can RSVP for the event in Washington, D.C., request a copy of the report, and watch our video live stream of the event, as well as additional webinar and education technology opportunities that are taking place this month.

Quick links:

National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings: Learn more about our first Congressional Briefing and how you can RSVP to this event.

Can’t make it to our first Congressional Briefing? RSVP for our live stream of the event and request a copy of the report.

Speak Up Data Luncheon at ISTE 2015: Learn how to use your Speak Up data at this special workshop for school and district leaders.

Speak Up PowerPoint Templates: Need to present your school or district data? Check out our easy to use PowerPoint templates..

Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning: Get a sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students.

Moving Beyond Textbook Replacement to Personalize the Student Learning Experience: Attend our free webinar with FuelEducation on April 15th!

NSBA Education Technology Site Visits: Join NSBA to see innovative strategies in action as school districts highlight effective technology solutions.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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National Release of Speak Up 2014 National Findings

2015 Congressional Briefing

Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:001:30PM
Hart Senate Office Building Room 902
Washington, D.C.

Please join us for the release of the Speak Up 2014 National Findings. This is the first of two Congressional Briefings on the data results from the 521,000 online Speak Up surveys submitted from education stakeholders nationwide in fall 2014.

The April 30th briefing will include a presentation of the national findings and a moderated panel discussion with students and educators. This year’s national report on the findings will be distributed to all attendees.

Will you be in Washington, D.C. on the day of the briefing? Click here to RSVP to attend the in-person event.

Can’t make it to the Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C.?

No problem! We’ll be live streaming the event as it happens. Click here to RSVP for the live stream.

Additionally, you can request a copy of the report once it is released. Click here to request a copy of our Speak Up 2014 Findings Report.

If you need additional information about Speak Up or the Congressional Briefing, please feel free to contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org or (949) 609-4660 ext 17.

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Using Speak Up Data to Inform Your Digital Learning Plans – a special workshop for school and district leaders

Save the date!

Sunday, June 28
2:30PM to 5PM
Philadelphia, PA (in conjunction with ISTE 2015)

Plan to attend this special, first-ever workshop for school and district leaders on how to leverage Speak Up data from your education stakeholders to inform and guide your digital learning plans. You have collected the views and aspirations of your students, parents, teachers, community members and staff — now how do you use that data to kickstart a new initiative, change the perceptions of your teachers, gain the support of your school board, parents and community, or develop new funding sources to support your plans? We will cover all of that and more in this special workshop that will feature strategies for using the Speak Up data — and testimonials from school district leaders on their successes. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided also.

Interested in learning more – or want to save your seat for this limited enrollment opportunity? Contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org.

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Speak Up PowerPoint templates

Are you interested in presenting your school or district data? Download our two new PowerPoint templates – all you need to do is follow the instructions in the notes and drop in your data.

Click here to download the PowerPoint templates

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Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About K-12 Students’ Views on Digital Learning

Sneak peek at the 2014 National Findings for K-12 Students

We are excited to release a sneak peek of the 2014 National Findings for K-12 students in honor of Digital Learning Day! Last fall, 431,231 K-12 students nationwide spoke up about digital learning and more – here’s a preview of what we learned:

▪ 42% of 6th-8th graders say taking an online or virtual class should be a requirement for graduation.

▪ Amongst girls, 64% of 3rd-5th and 50% 6th-8th graders want to code.

▪ 46% of 9th-12th graders are Twitter users now – 4 times more than in 2011 when only 11% were tweeting

To read the full list of things everyone should know about K-12 students’ views on digital learning, click here.

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Moving Beyond Textbook Replacement to Personalize the Student Learning Experience

Free webinar with FuelEducation

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
2PM Eastern Daylight Time

Many schools and districts have implemented a 1:1 initiative or various other types of digital tools to enrich learning. But how do educators move beyond textbook replacement to enhance the learning experience and truly customize learning for each student?

In this webinar, Julie Evans will share national findings from Project Tomorrow’sSpeak Up Research Project. Conducted annually, the Speak Up Projects collects and reports on the authentic views of K-12 students, parents and educators nationwide on the benefits as well as challenges of digital learning. Belvoir Christian Academy will share how they have overcome the obstacles of diminishing resources and low enrollment to create a successful personalized learning experience for their middle school students. Cathy Butterworth, a former administrator, will share the story of how she has evolved to being a mentor teacher of the Belvoir online program and how she has adapted to her new role.

Attendees will learn:

▪ How to create engaging digital content that moves beyond textbook replacement

▪ Best practices for evolving the teaching style to complement a digital learning model

▪ How students perceive personalized learning and why they find it more beneficial

Click here to register for the event

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Register for the NSBA Site Visits

Education Technology Site Visits

National School Boards Association

Join our friends at the National School Boards Association to see innovative strategies in action as school districts highlight effective technology solutions. You’ll have a chance to tour schools, ask questions, and see first-hand the energy and enthusiasm these new practices bring to the classroom. Return with new ideas and fresh perspectives on how technology can help transform your district.

There are three site visit opportunities later this month in Virginia, Ohio, and Washington:

April 22 – 24, 2015
Prince William County Public Schools, Manassas, VA
Click here for more information

April 26 – 28, 2015
Mentor Public Schools, Mentor, OH
Click here for more information

April 29 – May 1, 2015
Kent School District, Kent, WA
Click here to learn more

Interested in visiting one of these districts? Click here to register for a site visit.

If you need additional information about the NSBA Education Technology Site Visits, please contact Ann Flynn, Director of Education Technology, at aflynn@nsba.org.

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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 our Speak Up Operations Manager, Jenny Hostert, at jhostert@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up 2014: Blackboard Inc., BrainPOP, Fuel Education, DreamBox Learning, Schoolwires, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, Secondary Education Teachers’ Association, and the Southern Regional Education Board.

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1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Eleanore's Ramblings… and commented:
    Here’s something interesting for adults and kids alike. Teachers, what do you think?

    Comment by DrEMiller — April 15, 2015 @ 8:52 am | Reply


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