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September 11, 2019

Speak Up 2019-20 Registration Open! September 2019 Speak Up News

An item from the Speak Up folks.

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Speak Up News, September 2019

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer! The Speak Up Team is busy preparing for this year’s online data collection process and we’re sure you are as well. As you settle into the school year, get a head start on Speak Up 2019-20 with registration, plan to attend in person or virtually our October 23, 2019 Congressional Briefing, and sign up to attend one of our upcoming webinars – keep reading to learn more.

Quick links:

Speak Up registration is now open! Get a head start on Speak Up 2019-20 by registering your school or district and start planning for the fall.
Speak Up Congressional Briefing! Join us in DC (or online) on Oct.23rd!
Speak Up Webinar Series: Sign up to attend one of our upcoming webinars.
Speak Up Reports: See Speak Up 2018-19 data in action through our recently published reports.

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

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up 2019-2020 Registration

Now open!

It’s time to register your school or district to participate in Speak Up 2019-20. There’s lots of benefits to registering your school or district with a primary contact, learn all about it and our special new offerings for registered contacts on our registration page.

Already a contact? Welcome back, we look forward to working with you again this year. As a reminder, all existing contacts are required to update their organization profile each year. This year we’ve launched a brand-new administrative profile platform to help you manage your Speak Up experience. New features include:

Profile Dashboard with a quick view of survey counts and Speak Up Updates
Easy to follow getting started checklists
New customizable survey settings
New survey access links and landing pages

Log in to your admin profile now to check it out or watch this quick video about all the new changes!

Speak Up will be open for input September 25, 2019 through June 30, 2020!

To learn more about registration, click on the button below or schedule a quick introductory call with the Speak Up team!

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Speak Up Congressional Briefing:

October 23, 2019, noon-1:30pmET

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106.

Join us for our Congressional Briefing and the release of the Speak Up 2018-19 findings. Those that sign up to attend either the in-person event or watch via the livestream will be the first to receive our brand new Speak Up national report in addition to several data-rich infographics.

The highlight of the briefing will be our annual panel of K-12 students and educators who will share their first-hand perspectives on the role of technology in supporting a variety of learning experiences. At the briefing, we will also share with you exciting new information about the 2019-20 Speak Up Research Initiative which launches this year on September 25th in all 50 states and DC.

Please plan to join us and also share this invitation with your colleagues and associates who are interested in the evolving role of digital tools in American education.

Learn more about the briefing and find info about the live stream of the event.

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Speak Up Webinar Series

Are you new to Speak Up, in need of a refresher, or interested in national data findings?

Join our webinar series this Fall, from introductory webinars to data findings releases and much more. We are excited to introduce this new resource.

Upcoming Webinars

Communicating by Generation: Boomer, GenX, and Millennial Parent Preferences
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Register Now
*Get a CE Certificate for this edWebinar Learn more

Speak Up Introductory Webinar
TBA: Will be hosted in September
Register Now

Getting Started with Speak Up
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Register Now or watch our 5 minute on-demand video for district primary contacts on next steps after registering!

Join live or watch our webinar recordings. Sign up now to be notified of upcoming webinar releases.

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2019 Project Tomorrow Speak Up Data Reports

See Speak Up 2018-19 data in action. Project Tomorrow has collaborated with organizations to publish reports that focus on year-to-year trends in the use of digital learning tools to change the classroom-learning paradigm through an in-depth analysis of the latest Speak Up data findings.

Here are some of this year’s reports.

Millennial, Gen X and Boomer Parents
Project Tomorrow and Blackboard
Speak Up 2018-19 National Data
August 2019

Reading the Pulse of the K-12 Communications Leader
Project Tomorrow and Blackboard
Speak Up 2018-19 National Data
May 2019

Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering A New Generation of Creators
Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP
Speak Up 2018-19 National Data
May 2019

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In case you missed it…

We want to hear from you!

As we finalize pieces for the launch of Speak Up 2019-20 (and beyond!) in September we are seeking your input to learn how we can be more effective in supporting your work. The most important goal of the Speak Up Research Initiative is to provide education leaders like you with the information you need to address your mission and inform local decisions about transforming teaching and learning.

Please take a few moments to share your insights, feedback, and recommendations. We will use your feedback to inform the development of our Speak Up 2019-20 surveys, outreach strategies, and future services. We will also use your responses to help us identify future partners for success stories.

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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660

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August 16, 2019

#VoteUp Project Tomorrow to attend SXSW EDU 2020!

A request from the folks that bring you the annual Speak Up Survey.

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Hello Speak Up partners, we need your help!

Project TomorrowBrainPOPDigital Promise, and Talladega County Schools have partnered to present important adn innovating Speak Up data at SXSW EDU 2020! Now we need your help to #UpVote our session!

THE NEW EQUITY BATTLEFIELD: COMPUTING FOR ALL
Against a backdrop of growing interest in learning coding as an economic driver and computational thinking as a new literacy, this panel discussion will lean into the equity challenge of realistically addressing “computing for all” in K-12 education. Leveraging timely research and real-world practices, we will address two persistent yet often overlooked questions: 1. What does “computing for all” look like in the average classroom? 2. What support is needed to ensure educational equity?

Take aways for session participants include:
1. Gain new insights about how to effectively integrate computing activities and computational thinking across the curriculum in all content areas.
2. Learn about the views of students, parents and educators on the value of computing experiences especially those from under-resourced communities.
3. Examine new models for supporting teachers and administrators in implementing coding and computational thinking experiences for all students.

Speakers:
Dr. Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Dr. Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning & Innovation, BrainPOP
Dr. Brooke Morgan, Coordinator of Innovative Learning, Talladega County Schools
Josh Weisgrau, Director, Learning Experience Design, Digital Promise

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Voting is simple and easy:

Go to our #PanelPicker page.

Sign into your SXWS account and then click “vote up” near the top left.

If you don’t have a free account with SXSW yet: Create a free account here; click “confirm my account” in the email they will send to you; then visit our #PanelPicker pageand #VoteUp near the top left.

Help us make it into the SXSW EDU 2020 program by casting your vote before August 23rd and by sharing our session #PanelPicker page page with your colleagues and networks!

Fell free to tweet away:

I want to see @ProjectTomorrow at #SXSWEDU

I voted for @ProjectTomorrow to join #SXSW2020

Thank you in advance!
-The Project Tomorrow team

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June 22, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 Recap

And another newsletter from late last week.

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Speak Up 2018-19 Recap

As we get closer to wrapping up this year’s Speak Up survey (survey closes at the end of the month), we wanted to share with you some of our upcoming summer opportunities as well as provide you with a recap of some of the major changes that took place this year and keep you up to date on what’s to come this next academic year! Thank you again for your support of Speak Up and we look forward to working with you again in the Fall!

Quick links:

Join us at SETDA ETLF 2019 Dr. Evans will be presenting tools and resources to SETDA members at this year’s forum.
Attending ISTE 2019?! Join one of Dr. Evans sessions!
Speak Up 2018-19 Tools and Resources Recap
In case you missed it Learn how to view your data and read 2018 published reports!

We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Join us at SETDA Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum (ETLF)

Philadelphia, PA

June 21-June 24, 2019

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This weekend is full of potential learning opportunities! Our CEO, Dr. Julie A. Evans will be attending the SETDA Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum in Philadelphia June 20-June 24, 2019 and we wanted to share with you all the resources she will be bringing!

Dr. Evans will be hosting a breakout session on Saturday, June 22nd- Screen Time vs. Personalized Learning: what education leaders need to know today to create community responsive messaging around digital learning. She will be hosting a round table on Sunday, June 23rd Leveraging Data to Take Digital Learning in Your State to the Next Level. Click here for SETDA ETLF 2019 details and much more!

We would love the opportunity to discuss potential partnerships, please let me know if you would be interested in setting up some time to connect during the forum!

Learn more about all SETDA here.

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Attending ISTE 2019?!

Philadelphia, PA

June 23-26, 2019

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Join Dr. Julie A. Evans during her engaging sessions:

Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering Creativity Everyday
Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Let’s get beyond the coding hype! In this hands-on session, we’ll leverage the Speak Up national results to dive deeply into how learning coding enables students to develop creative skills and become content creators. Using real tools, we’ll explore what educators need to infuse coding into K-8 curriculum.

Too Much Screen Time – Fake News or Real Parental Concern?
Monday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Education leaders are perplexed by parents’ views on technology use: parents worry about too much screen time but say digital learning is important. This session will unpack current research on parents’ views and provide K-12 leaders with insights to address screen time concerns with effective messaging and real data.

About the ISTE Conference & Expo
The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. For more than three decades, educators and education leaders have gathered at the ISTE conference to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching.

The annual event attracts over 16,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policymakers. Attendees also enjoy world-class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats and a massive expo hall.

Click here for ISTE 2019 details

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Speak Up 2018-19 Tools Recap

This year we launched a variety of new tools to improve your experience participating and conducting the Speak Up survey process. Here is a recap of tools you can take advantage of during the 2019-20 academic year.

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No timeline or deadlines, Speak Up is open through the academic school year.
That is right, we have lifted the Speak Up deadlines; this means you and your school/district can plan accordingly and set up your own schedule. The surveys will be open year-round. Partner with us to create a timeline that best fits your schedule.

Customization and personalization of Speak Up data collection tools.
We want to make sure you can customize the tools that you need in order to collect the data you want from your stakeholders. Here are three ways you can collect data.

1. Speak Up 360 – Annual, comprehensive feedback tool to learn about the views of education stakeholders. Speak Up 360 provides education leaders with tools to collect and analyze longitudinal data around multiple themes and from a variety of audiences to support both short- and long-term planning and decision-making.
2. Speak Up Snapshots – Data collection tools focused on particularly timely topics of interest to education leaders. For this year, the focus is on the impact of mobile learning initiatives and the professional learning experiences and aspirations of teachers.
3. Speak Up Flash Indicators – Short 5-question surveys on hot topics in education aimed to collect indicator data to inform current initiatives or decisions. This year’s hot topics include school-to-home communications, school safety, and digital citizenship.

Speak Up Intelligence Guides
This new solution has been developed to help you understand and present your data in the best manner. It is important that you have the tools to be able to identify questions and set up actionable items based on your feedback. We will provide the framework for you using actionable knowledge, throughout the years we are able to help you translate your data with context and experience. If you would like to receive a copy of our Speak Up intelligence guides, please sign up here to be notified when they are released.

Speak Up Cohort
Modeled after a successful Speak Up cohort model in Kentucky, we are excited to introduce this new idea to all districts! A cohort is made up of districts in your state that participate in Speak Up together and learn from each other in the process. This model will help you gather information from important stakeholders in your district as well as facilitate a way for you to collaborate with other district leaders to share insights and experiences while on your digital learning journey. Cohort deliverables can include customized infographics that showcase key actionable district data and a leadership development workshop with Dr. Evans to learn new strategies for leveraging stakeholder feedback to inform plans and messaging around digital initiatives.

Please connect with us at speakup@tomorrow.org for more information or sign up here for more information.

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In case you missed it…

How to access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2018-19 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

If you are a school/district primary contact, please login into your Speak Up admin portal here to access your reports, otherwise, follow the steps below to access your reports. Note, you will need your school or district’s administrative password to login in.

1. Click here to access your reports, then select the 2018 collection period.
2. Select either the District or the School option.
3. Next, the name of your district or school name and the state.
4. Select your district or school from the list and enter your password.
5. To view data reports, select the number in the ” # of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
6. To view your open-ended text responses, click on “District” in the Open-Ended Responses Column.
7. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this *Speak Up Data Excel Template.*

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

Note for 2018-2019 reports: As of 2/15/19 online reports are considered valid and are ready for download. Online reports will continue to refresh with up to date results every Saturday evening through the close of Speak Up. For those that have completed Speak Up, your local results will stay the same, but you will now also have access to real-time results for state and national data until the close of the survey in June.

Exporting your Speak Up data

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

Option 1:
1. Highlight and copy the Speak Up data by survey type from your Speak Up results 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!

Option 2:
New this year! If you would like to quickly download your results into a non-formatted spreadsheet, you can now directly download individual audience reports with the click of a button. Once logged into your data results home page, click on the report you would like to view and at the top of each page there will be a download button that will export your results into an excel spreadsheet.

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

Data Templates

Coming Soon! Click here to be notified when templates are released.

PowerPoint Templates
Data and Discussion Guides for educators and students such as:
1. State of Digital Citizenship Education
2. Addressing the Homework Gap
3. Teacher Professional Learning
4. Preparing Students for the World of Work

Click here for more information.

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Reading the Pulse of the K-12 Communications Leader

In a collaborative report between Blackboard and Project Tomorrow, 700+ Communications Leaders reveal what’s at the heart of communication strategies, how parents are involved in school communications, and which tools are most effective for different types of communication.

Click here to learn more.

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Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering A New Generation of Creators

Our nation’s schools are more focused today than ever before on ensuring that today’s students have the college, career, and
citizenry skills they need to be successful in the future. Guided by high-profile national organizations and advocacy from the
corporate community, K-12 schools are now in the business of connecting students’ classroom learning experiences to their
development of key workplace skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communications, and creativity. In this collaborative report learn about Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP’s findings.

Click here to learn more

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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 materials
▪ 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.

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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4663

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Educational Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA, The School Superintendent’s Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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May 19, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 May News!

A newsletter from late Friday.

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May Speak Up News!

Here is some exciting news for the month of May.

Remember that there is still time to participate! Speak Up is open until the end of the academic year.

Quicklinks:

Announcing a new report on district Communications Officers’ insights about technology use for home and community engagement – many thanks to our partner Blackboard for supporting this new report!
Announcing a new report about how to integrate coding in the K-8 classroom – many thanks for our partner BrainPOP for supporting this new report!
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There is still time to participate in the 2018-19 Speak Up challenge

In case you missed it…
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.

We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Two new reports from Project Tomorrow!

Reading the Pulse of the K-12 Communications Leader

In a collaborative report between Blackboard and Project Tomorrow 700+ Communications Leaders reveal what’s at the heart of communication strategies, how parents are involved in school communications, and which tools are most effective for different types of communication.

Click here to learn more

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Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering A New Generation of Creators

Our nation’s schools are more focused today than ever before on ensuring that today’s students have the college, career, and
citizenry skills they need to be successful in the future. Guided by high-profile national organizations and advocacy from the
corporate community, K-12 schools are now in the business of connecting students’ classroom learning experiences to their
development of key workplace skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communications, and creativity. In this collaborative report learn about Project Tomorrow and BrainPOP’s findings.

Click here to learn more

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Join us at ISTE 2019

June 23-26, Philadelphia, PA

Attending ISTE 2019? Join Dr. Julie A. Evan during her engaging sessions:

Coding in K-8 Classrooms: Empowering Creativity Everyday
Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Let’s get beyond the coding hype! In this hands-on session, we’ll leverage the Speak Up national results to dive deeply into how learning coding enables students to develop creativity skills and become content creators. Using real tools, we’ll explore what educators need to infuse coding into K-8 curriculum.

Too Much Screen Time – Fake News or Real Parental Concern?
Monday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Education leaders are perplexed by parents’ views on technology use: parents worry about too much screen time but say digital learning is important. This session will unpack current research on parents’ views and provide K-12 leaders with insights to address screen time concerns with effective messaging and real data.

About the ISTE Conference & Expo
The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. For more than three decades, educators and education leaders have gathered at the ISTE conference to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching.

The annual event attracts over 16,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators and policymakers. Attendees also enjoy world-class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats and a massive expo hall.

Click here for ISTE 2019 details

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Student and Principal

2019 Speak Up Challenge!

The 2018-19 Student Speak Up Challenge was created with the objective of having students analyze and critically think about the near future of technology use in the classroom. Using the prompt: Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates? This year’s challenge is meant to introduce new technology mediums to students; by creating a blog students can learn new creative ways to write in an interactive way. Vlogs give students an opportunity to emerge in new technologies like filming, video editing, etc.

Two winning students will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. They will also receive a separate $100 Amazon gift card fro their TEACHER! That’s right! Teachers encourage your students participation in this challenge for YOUR chance to win big!

Calling out all Principals! Our 2018-19 Principal Speak Up Challenge has been created to give Principals the opportunity to share what they have learned from their school Speak Up data but also, we want to know: What did your school learn from your data?!

One winning principal will receive a $300 Amazon gift card for his/her school!

The Challenge will be open throughout the rest of the academic year, announcements of the second-round winners will be made early July!

Need inspiration?

“Technology is quickly advancing and it’s going to affect everyone who does or doesn’t use tech.” says 7th grader Anakin Guzzetta, winner of this year’s Speak Up Challenge.

Click here to read the first round Student Blog Winner!

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In case you missed it…

Access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2018-19 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports, then select the 2018 collection period.
2. Select either the District or the School option.
3. Next, the name of your district or school name and the state.
4. Select your district or school from the list and enter your password.
5. To view data reports, select the number in the ” # of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
6. To view your ope-ended text responses, click on “District” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
7. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this *Speak Up Data Excel Template.*

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

Note for 2018-2019 reports: As of 2/15/19 online reports are considered valid and are ready for download. Online reports will continue to refresh with up to date results every Saturday evening through the close of Speak Up. For those that have completed Speak Up, your local results will stay the same, but you will now also have access to real time results for state and national data until the close of the survey in June.

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 your Speak Up results 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 video here.

Data Templates

Coming Soon!

PowerPoint Templates
Data and Discussion Guides for educators and students such as:
1. State of Digital Citizenship Education
2. Addressing the Homework Gap
3. Teacher Professional Learning
4. Preparing Students for the World of Work

Click here for more information.

***

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 materials
▪ 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.

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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4663

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Educational Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA, The School Superintendent’s Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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April 15, 2019

Speak Up 2018-19 NEWS!

A newsletter that was received over the weekend.

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April Speak Up News!

We are excited to share exciting Speak Up news during the month of April.There is still time to participate! Speak Up is open until the end of the academic year.

First round student winner for the 2018-19 Speak Up challenge
National Library Week
How America’s Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap

In case you missed it…
Speak Up Data Seminars
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.

We love hearing from you! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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2019 Speak Up Challenge Winner!

“Technology is quickly advancing and it’s going to affect everyone who does or doesn’t use tech.” says 7th grader, winner of this year’s Speak Up Challenge.

The 2018-19 Student Speak Up Challenge was implemented with the objective of having students analyze and critically think about the near future of technology use in the classroom. Using the prompt: Help us predict the future of learning! What will “school” be like in 2025? How will new technologies change the way students go to school, learn, and interact with their teachers and classmates? This year’s challenge is meant to introduce new technology mediums to students; by creating a blog students can learn new creative ways to write in an interactive way. Vlogs give students an opportunity to emerge in new technologies like filming, video editing, etc.

Without further ado the first-round winners of the 2018-19 Speak Up Challenge is 7th grader Anakin Guzzetta from Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City!Click here to read the entire Blog.

We are very proud and happy to have received the first round of entries by our first deadline. Congratulations to all participants!

Speak Up keeps shaking things up! We are giving participants a second chance by extending the competition for a second round! The Challenge will be open throughout the rest of the academic year, announcements of the second round winners will be made early July!

Calling out all Principals! Our 2018-19 Principal Speak Up Challenge has also been extended! Principals we want to hear from you! We want to know: What did your school learn from your data?!

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National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! Librarians it is not too late to join Speak Up we want to hear from you! Click here to participate and get your survey started!
We asked librarians:
How do librarians say they are finding out about new digital content to recommend to teachers?
1. Doing their online searches (77%)
2. Asking other librarians (76%)
3. Through their Professional Learning Network (70%)
* Innovative: 51% say they are seeking input from students!

Did you know that:
Most important qualities of digital content for instructional use – according to librarians are:
•Content is updated regularly – 86%
•Availability in multiple reading levels – 81%

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How America’s Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap: Speak Up 2017 Findings

In an effort to bring greater internet access to students who don’t have connections at home, new legislation was introduced to encourage schools to provide wireless internet connections on school buses. Check out the full article here.

Project Tomorrows 2018 report on Homework Gap is referenced in the above article stating that: 13 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 cannot do their homework because they lack internet access outside of school. Check out the entire report here.

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In case you missed it…

How to use your data to create actionable knowledge

Dr. Evans hosted two seminars on Speak Up Data this past month for District Leaders. In case you were unable to join us, here are the recordings. Enjoy!

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Access your Speak Up results online

All schools and districts who registered for Speak up 2018-19 can now access their data for free – here’s how:

1. Click here to access your reports, then select the 2018 collection period.
2. Select either the District or the School option.
3. Next, the name of your district or school name and the state.
4. Select your district or school from the list and enter your password.
5. To view data reports, select the number in the ” # of District Surveys” column to display that survey type.
6. To view your open ended text responses, click on “District” in the Open Ended Responses Column.
7. Print the results or copy and paste them into your own file or this *Speak Up Data Excel Template.*

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

Note for 2018-2019 reports: As of 2/15/19 online reports are considered valid and are ready for download. Online reports will continue to refresh with up to date results every Saturday evening through the close of Speak Up. For those that have completed Speak Up, your local results will stay the same, but you will now also have access to real time results for state and national data until the close of the survey in June.

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 your Speak Up results 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 video here.

Data Templates

Coming Soon!

PowerPoint Templates
Data and Discussion Guides for educators and students such as:
1. State of Digital Citizenship Education
2. Addressing the Homework Gap
3. Teacher Professional Learning
4. Preparing Students for the World of Work

Click here for more information.

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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 materials
▪ 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.

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Have you Spoken
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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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4663

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Educational Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA, The School Superintendent’s Association, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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