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September 3, 2016

Speak Up News – September 2016

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Speak Up News – September 2016

We hope you all had a wonderful summer! In this newsletter you’ll find information on Speak Up 2016 registration, upcoming events and speaking engagements, and our summer reports and infographics.

We look forward to working with you in the fall for Speak Up 2016!

Quick links:

Speak Up 2016: Speak Up 2016: Sign up to take part in our annual survey from October 12 – December 16, 2016. Get FREE data for your school/district!
2016 Digital Learning Reports from Blackboard and Speak Up: This summer we released two new digital learning reports with our friends at Blackboard.
Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series: Don’t miss this fall’s series, featuring two webinars with Julie Evans.
Social Media Use In and Out of School: We’ve released an all new infographic featuring our Speak Up 2015 social media data.
Vote for our session for SXSWedu 2017! Help send us and BrainPop to SXSWedu again!
Speak Up at AASL: Heading to this year’s AASL Gaming Conference? Don’t miss Julie Evans as the keynote speaker!

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


Registration for Speak Up 2016 is now open!

Surveys run from October 12 – December 16, 2016

Is your school or district’s main contact information up-to-date? Register your school or district for the 2016 surveys at Remember, registration and participation is FREE! Contribute to our national research project and inform your work at the same time!

Registration also includes access to free promotional materials and helpfulwebinars in the beginning of the school year.

If you are a returning school or district contact, you can automatically register for Speak Up 2016 by logging in with last year’s contact information. Click here to visit the administrator log in page.


2016 Digital Learning Reports from Blackboard and Speak Up

In June, our friends at Blackboard released two new reports featuring data from Speak Up 2015 on personalized learning and community engagement. Check out some key findings from each report and how you can download copies below:

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Trends in Digital Learning: How K-12 leaders are empowering personalized learning in America’s schools

▪ One-third of district administrators nationwide endorse “individualized education plans for every student” as a key local strategy for improving students’ readiness for college and career expectations.
▪ A majority of administrators (51 percent) see the path to reaching these outcomes as the more effective use of technology within the classroom.
▪ Teachers say they are using technology to encourage student self-monitoring of learning (55 percent), examine student performance trends to differentiate instruction (50 percent) and providing regular feedback to their students on performance (48 percent).

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Trends in Community Engagement: How K12 Schools are Meeting the Expectations of Parents for Digital Communications

▪ Two-thirds of school principals now want new teachers to be proficient in using digital tools such as social media apps for communications with parents and students.
▪ 87 percent of parents indicated this year that a personal email was the most effective vehicle for communicating with them, an increase of 36 percent since 2010.
▪ 55 percent of parents would like their child’s teacher or school to simply “text them” when they want to communicate information. In 2010, text messaging was the preference of only five percent of parents.


Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

Our friends at Blackboard are hosting their Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series this fall, featuring two upcoming webinars with Julie Evans! Check them out below:

Digital Learning Trends Making an Impact on Student Engagement and Development

September 19, 3:30pm EST
The increased use of technology, both in school and out of school, creates an urgency for teachers to embrace digital learning to make the student educational experience more productive and personal. The annual Speak Up National Research Project provides an exclusive window into the views of education leaders, teachers and students on personalized learning and innovative learning environments. In this webinar, we will share the latest Speak Up national findings from over 521,000 K-12 students, parents and educators with an emphasis on how the use of digital content, tools and resources in innovative classrooms are having a large impact on students’ engagement and development of critical college and career ready skills.

Survey Reveals the Impact of Digital Tools on K-12 Communications

September 29, 2pm EST
In this webinar, Dr. Julie Evans will share the results from Project Tomorrow’s first ever Speak Up survey of K-12 communications officers. Findings reveal emerging digital tools, those tools’ perceived value, and their tangible results on engagement. Additional parent research on communication preferences and expectations will also be shared.

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Social Media Use In and Out of School

Speak Up 2015 Findings

Students use social media as part of their learning – to collaborate, explore and share. We asked students last fall about how they use social media for learning, what specific tools they use and what related challenges they are experiencing. Click here to read our blog post and download our infographic with these findings.


SXSWedu 2017: Making Critical Thinking Real with Digital Tools

Vote for our session with BrainPop for SXSWedu 2017!

We’ve teamed up with BrainPop again to bring you another SXSWedu 2017 session about digital tools! Check out a description below, and be sure to give us a “thumbs up” before voting ends THIS FRIDAY on September 2nd!

Making Critical Thinking Real with Digital Tools

Everyone from employers to educators are talking about the need for today’s students to develop effective critical thinking and problem solving skills – but few people know what that really looks like in a classroom or how to measure student competency in a meaningful way. This workshop is designed to take the conceptual understanding of critical thinking to a more practical reality. Grounded in research about employers’ expectations and educators’ challenges in this area, the workshop will use innovative digital content and games to demonstrate how students can effectively develop problem solving muscles, and how teachers can measure student competencies. Features Arts,Science, & Civics.


▪ Kari Stubbs, PhD, BrainPOP
▪ Julie Evans, Ed.D., Project Tomorrow

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Speak Up at the AASL Gaming Conference

Don’t miss Julie Evans’ keynote session!

Calling all AASL members! Are you going to this year’s AASL Gaming As Meaningful Education Conference in Rochester, NY from September 23-24? If so, don’t miss Julie Evans’ keynote session about harnessing the power of digital learning with gaming, featuring our Speak Up data on games and digital content.

Registration for the conference is still open! Click here to register for the annual conference by September 16!

GAME Infographic Poster

Our friends at AASL have created an infographic for the conference, featuring Speak Up gaming data from throughout the years! Click here to download the infographic.

For more on gaming data, download our Speak Up 2015 report, From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education, here.


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. 12.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, 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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