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April 24, 2017

Principals’ Views on New Teachers & Tech, AR/VR in Schools, 1st Year Teachers Speak Up and More – Speak Up News, April 20, 2017

From the folks at Project Tomorrow.

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Speak Up News, April 21, 2017

We’re excited to share some new Speak Up 2016 data findings! Below you’ll find links to Speak Up data on the interest in augmented and virtual reality in schools, views of first year teachers on technology use, and principals’ views on what sorts of tech skills they are looking for in new teachers. We’ve also extended the deadlines for participation in Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up and Speak Up International!

Quick links:

Newly released Speak Up 2016 data: Infographics and blog posts featuring data on AR/VR, first year teachers, and principals’ views on new teachers & tech!
Extended deadlines for Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up and Speak Up International: We’ve extended our survey deadlines to June 2!

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

-The Project Tomorrow team


Newly released Speak Up 2016 data

This month we released three new blog posts and infographics featuring some of our Speak Up 2016 data! Check them out below:

Principals Are Looking for Tech Savvy New Teachers

In the midst of our Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up research project to learn more about the experiences and aspirations of the next generation of teachers, we took a look at what school administrators told us last fall during Speak Up 2016. A few highlights:

Principals told us they expect new teachers to:

Know how to use technology to differentiate instruction (76%)
Interpret and use data to support student learning and improve teaching practice (71%)

Principals value technology use for teaching and learning:

84% of school leaders say it is important or very important for every student to be able to use a mobile device during the school day to support schoolwork
89% of school leaders say a new teacher candidate’s skills or experiences using technology within teaching is important or very important when evaluating his/her fit or qualifications

Click here to read the full blog post


Augmented and Virtual Reality in K-12 Education: Current Status and Aspirations

Augmented and virtual reality in K-12 classrooms is still predominantly in pilot implementations. Through Speak Up 2016, we asked questions to learn more about the current use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in classrooms around the country, and about how students, parents and educators are thinking of these learning tools for the future. Check out a sample of the featured data below:

5% of teachers say they are using AR or VR in their classroom. This was the same no matter the size or type of school district and years of teacher experience. We did see a higher percentage of computer science/technology (11 percent) and science teachers (9 percent) in high schools using AR or VR.
9% of students in Grades 6-8 and 8 percent of students in Grades 9-12 say they have experienced AR or VR in a classroom setting.

Check out Education Week’s Digital Education blog, Augmented, Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K-12, Survey Finds, and T.H.E. Journal, Gauging Enthusiasm for Augmented & Virtual Reality in Education, coverage of these findings.

Click here to download the infographic


First Year in the Classroom: Speak Up 2016 Findings

Of the more than 37,000 teachers who participated in Speak Up 2016, nearly 900 were in their first year of teaching. Here’s a sample of what we learned about them:

When asked how often they assign homework or projects that require students to access the Internet outside of school or class time, 54% of first-year teachers said rarely or never compared to 47% of those with more than 11 years experience.
Compared to their more experienced peers, first year teachers reported less technology use for professional tasks.
78% were in traditional classroom settings

Click here to download the infographic


Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up and Speak Up International now open through June 2

You asked, we listened! In order to accommodate different academic calendars, we’ve extended our Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up and Speak Up International deadlines to June 2.

There is still plenty of time to register your school/program for either study! Check out more details below:


Speak Up (Goes) International

Project Tomorrow is conducting a research project highlighting international school exemplars in the use of technology within education.

We are seeking international school administrators, staff and students to participate in a 20-minute online survey to share perspectives and insights on the benefits and challenges associated with digital learning. Participation is open to all international schools where instruction is primarily in English.

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Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up!

Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up is a unique opportunity for America’s next generation of teachers to “speak up” about how they want to use technology in their future K-12 classrooms. Each year, more principals tell us they are looking for new teachers to start with a particular set of technology skills. Project Tomorrow wants to know how the next generation of teachers is preparing for that challenge, and what this incoming cohort is expecting when it comes to technology in their new classrooms.


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: Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, 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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