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September 17, 2018

Technology and Educational Equity, Students’ Digital Learning, Congressional Briefing, More – September 2018 Speak Up

From the Speak Up briefing last week.


Speak Up News, September 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Congressional Briefing yesterday attended by more than 100 people and viewed online across the country. Yesterday, we also released both our new briefing paper (the first in a series!) and our updated “10 Things Everyone Should Know about Students’ Digital Learning” infographic. And, we are gearing up for what we hope will be the best Speak Up season yet!

Quick links to everything in this edition of the newsletter:

The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All This briefing paper examines the role of technology use in school as an enabler of equitable learning environments.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018 Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics!
Congressional Briefing Watch a recording of our briefing and find all the materials shared yesterday.
Speak Up 101 Webinar: Are you new to Speak Up or do you need a refresher? Plan to attend one of our introduction webinars.
Register for Speak Up 2018-19: Speak Up opens on October 15th. Be sure your school or district is registered and start planning now!

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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The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All

Last year, 60 percent of school principals said their schools had implemented a one-computer-to-one-student program, an increase of 9 percentage points in one year. The principals and students experiencing those programs are seeing notable, preferred differences in technology use, and teachers who are regular users of digital tools see differences in important student outcomes.

These findings and more are detailed in our new briefing paper, The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All.

“One of the biggest strengths of the Speak Up survey is not only its ability to capture the perspective from multiple roles (parent, teacher, student, administrator) but to have done so over multiple years. The long-view of the Speak Up data indicates that while certain issues will come and go as it relates to education technology, connectivity and learning, the overarching recurring theme is nearly universal support for ensuring all students and schools have equitable access to affordable broadband. And despite the progress we’ve made, the fact remains there is more to do, and the Speak Up survey remains a critical partner in highlighting this reality and shining a bright light on all that connectivity can mean to schools and students.” Joan Wade, Executive Director, Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA)
Read what AASA, NASSP and SETDA also had to say about Speak Up and the new paper in the press release.


Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018

Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics! Get your copy today!

Some findings include:
#1 mobile device that high school students use in class for schoolwork – their own smartphone (58%).
77% of high school students say they prefer to read a printed book or article.
42% of students say they know how to detect bias or opinion in what they read online, and only 38% say they know how to evaluate its accuracy.
51% of students say they use technology more for learning outside of school than in school.

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Expert panel of students and educators from Pennsylvania and Virginia, with Dr. Julie Evans.

Speak Up Congressional Briefing

Thank you to our amazing panel of students and educators!

Yesterday, more than 100 people attended our annual Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC. As always, our panel of students and educators were the highlight, offering their expert opinions and engaging experiences using technology for learning and teaching.

If you missed the briefing, or are looking for any of the materials shared, you can find everything – including a link to WATCH a recording of the briefing – on the event’s landing page on our website.

Check out the tweets from yesterday’s briefing with the #SpeakUpBriefing hashtag, and don’t miss our favorite tweet of the day from @Martin4thGrade!


Speak Up 101 Webinars

Are you new to Speak Up? In need of a refresher? Want to know what’s new this year?

Attend one of our Speak Up 101 webinars for district and school contacts on October 15th! We’ll share all the basics about the research project and how to use it successfully in your school(s). We’ll also review what’s new this year. We’ll walk you through the web platform and take your questions so you’ll be ready to get started!

We currently have two webinars scheduled – both on October 15th (at noonET/9amPT and at 3pmET/noonPT).


Speak Up 2018-19 Registration

Now open!

It’s time to register your school or district to participate in Speak Up 2018-19. 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 here.

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. The process is quick and easy, just click here to log in to your profile to update your information and click submit!

Speak Up will be open October 15, 2018-January 31, 2019.

To learn more about registration, click on the button below or email us at


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 or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

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 | The School Superintendent’s Association, 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 Education 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 | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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September 16, 2018

Start The School Year Inspired With 17 New edWebinars!

Note these up-coming webinars. - edWebinars for Every Educator

Get Smart with EdTech Automaticity in Reading Microcredentials

Start the school year with edWebinars that are free and fun. Register for an upcoming edWebinar and catch up on any you missed. Join edWeb to connect with colleagues around the world who are passionate about teaching and learning!

We hope everyone impacted by Hurricane Florence stays safe. Please remember that all of our edWebinars are recorded and, if you register, you will be sent a link to watch the recording anytime.

Free edWebinars with CE Certificates

Leo Brehm
Monica Cougan

Get Smart with EdTech: Track Usage on Every Device
Monday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Jeremy Bunkley, Director of Information Technology Services, School District of Clay County, FL; and Leo Brehm, Product Manager, CatchOn
Hosted by Monica Cougan, Product Marketing Manager, ENA

Christie Lillard

Strategies for Lesson Planning and Instruction for English Language Learners
Monday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Christie Lillard, English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, New York City

Terrie Noland

Why Reading Is Like Driving a Car: Automaticity is Critical
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Terrie Noland, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally

Roxanne Thompson
Keith Kline

Screening for Success:
The Importance of Handwriting Assessments in Every K-5 Classroom
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Roxanne Thompson, OTR, Learning Without Tears National Presenter; and Keith R. Kline, OTR/L, Learning Without Tears National Presenter

Myles Cooley

Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health and Learning Disorders
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Myles Cooley, Ph.D., Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author

Sara Delano Moore

Mastering Subtraction: Using Visual Models to Promote Deep Learning
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, ORIGO Education

Free edWebinars with CE Certificates

Decimals: What’s the Point?
Monday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Drew Corley, PhD, Senior Learning Scientist, Amplify Education

Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials
Monday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Jennifer Kabaker, Director of the Educator Micro-credentials Initiative, Digital Promise; Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State University; and James Frye, Assistant Principal and STEM Coordinator, Newton-Conover STEM Middle School, Conover, NC

How to Survive an Online Class
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Monte Tatom, Associate Professor of Education, Freed-Hardeman University, TN

Level Up! Boost Literacy with Inquiry-Based Vocabulary Instruction
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Leslie Maniotes, Education Consultant and Professional Development Coach

The Power of Teamwork Inside (and Outside) of the Classroom
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Darri Stephens, Director, Community Marketing, Wonder Workshop; and Carrie Willis, Technology Director, Valley Preparatory School, Redlands, CA

Correcting the 5-Star Flaw: Edtech Measurement from Grading to IMPACT
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Dr. Amanda Cadran, Director of Implementation & Customer Success, Lea(R)n; Sarah Hanawald, Executive Director, ATLIS (Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools); and Dr. Daniel Stanhope, Vice President of Research & Analytics, Lea(R)n

Unstuck and On Target:
Improving Executive Function, On-Task and Flexible Behavior
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Lynn Cannon, M.Ed., Social Learning Specialist; and Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Get Real! Augmented, Virtual, and Other Realities in the Classroom
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jaime Donally, Author, Speaker, and Edtech Consultant

Executive Functioning Skills in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services

Unlock Learning Potential with a Strong Math Culture
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by David Woods, Director of Curriculum and Reporting, DreamBox Learning

Developing a Cyberbullying Prevention Program
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time


Presented by Evan Abramson, Director of Technology, Millburn Township Public Schools, NJ

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September 15, 2018

Speak Up Briefing Live At 9AM PT/12PM ET!

Note these materials from a briefing earlier in the week.


As a reminder, the livestream of today’s Speak Up Congressional Briefing will begin at 9AM PT/12PM ET at Today’s briefing will include a presentation of national findings and a panel discussion with K-12 students and teachers.

Access today’s ppt presentation and virtual packet which contains today’s agenda, information regarding our speakers, our first of a series of Speak Up briefing papers “The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All”, and more. The brief is also available for download at

We encourage you to take the conversation online and live tweet during the briefing. Don’t forget to mention @SpeakUpEd/@ProjectTomorrow and/or #SpeakUpBriefing so we can see what you have to say!

Again, today’s livestream will begin at 9AM PT/12PM ET at or We look forward to seeing you online!


Jenny Hostert

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September 11, 2018

Invitation Tables d’échanges REFAD et autres nouvelles…

The two winter sessions that REFAD is offering may be of particular interest to K-12 practitioners.

Les deux sessions d’hiver offertes par REFAD pourraient intéresser particulièrement les praticiens de la maternelle à la 12e année.

Invitation Tables d’échanges REFAD et autres nouvelles…

** Invitation en tant que présentateur(trice)s / Table d’échanges techno-pédagogiques en formation à distance  **

Thèmes des rencontres:
Automne 2018
– Accueillir les étudiants en FAD: un travail d’équipe ? (rôle de l’institution et fonction tutorale)
– Comment aider les étudiants ayant des besoins particuliers à poursuivre leurs études collégiales ou universitaires en FAD ?
Hiver 2019
– Formation et soutien aux enseignants et formateurs en formation à distance
– Stratégies pour accroître l’interactivité des cours en ligne (design et mise en oeuvre)

Bonjour à tous,

En rapport avec les deux premiers thèmes de l’automne suggérés plus haut, vous êtes cordialement invités à venir présenter vos pratiques exemplaires ou émergentes, ou encore venir partager vos expériences, votre point de vue, et votre vision de la formation à distance via la Table d’échanges techno-pédagogiques, édition 2018-2019, organisée par le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD;

Une série de quatre audioconférences, sans frais, permettra à un(e) intervenant(e)s par rencontre de présenter en introduction d’une dizaine de minutes, de manière informelle, différents projets ou différentes conceptions de la formation à distance. Chaque site participant présent sera ensuite invité à réagir. * Un appel pour ces sites participants sera effectué ultérieurement. *

Nous vous invitons à nous confirmer votre intérêt à venir partager vos expériences. Ces rencontres, qui se feront par audioconférences assistées par Internet auront lieu les jeudis suivants de 12h00 à 13h00 (heure de l’Est) :
– Le jeudi 18 octobre 2018 sous le thème Accueillir les étudiants en FAD: un travail d’équipe ? (rôle de l’institution et fonction tutorale)
– Le jeudi 15 novembre 2018 sous le thème Comment aider les étudiants ayant des besoins particuliers à poursuivre leurs études collégiales ou universitaires en FAD ?
– Le jeudi 7 février 2019 sous le thème Formation et soutien aux enseignants et formateurs en formation à distance
– Le jeudi 7 mars 2019 sous le thème Stratégies pour accroître l’interactivité des cours en ligne (design et mise en oeuvre)

Nous vous invitons donc à considérer positivement cette demande et à nous confirmer dès aujourd’hui votre intérêt et votre participation en communiquant avec nous (s.v.p. avant le 5 octobre 2018) à Vous n’avez qu’à nous indiquer la date et un des deux thèmes des 18 octobre ou 15 novembre que vous retenez pour votre présentation.

N’hésitez surtout pas à nous rejoindre si des informations complémentaires s’avéraient requises.

Salutations cordiales,
L’équipe REFAD

Pour un lien en ligne du communiqué:

(Ce projet est possible grâce à un financement du ministère du Patrimoine canadien et du Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes)

***** Infolettre CAPRES *****

La dernière infolettre du Consortium d’animation sur la persévérance et la réussite en enseignement supérieur (CAPRES)

***** Médias sociaux comme outil de marketing *****

La Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA; vous présente un nouvel outil concernant l’utilisation des médias sociaux comme moyen de promouvoir vos cours : Médias sociaux comme outil de marketing. Cet outil touche les réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter et Pinterest et traite également de blogues et de vidéos.

Le communiqué via le CDÉACF:

***** “Chiller” sur YouTube *****

La plateforme la plus populaire auprès des jeunes est un espace d’exploration identitaire, révèle une étude.

Actualités UQAM:

Créer ses propres vidéos ou utiliser celles qui sont sur le web? Inverser sa classe sans y passer ses nuits

Quelle que soit la qualité des vidéos pédagogiques que l’on trouve sur le web, il semble qu’elles n’arrivent jamais à ravir le cœur de nos étudiants aussi bien que ne le feraient des vidéos que nous aurions réalisées nous-mêmes. Mais créer des vidéos maison prend du temps… Pour un enseignant qui souhaite utiliser des vidéos pour faire la classe inversée, un compromis est-il possible?


***** Veille scientifique du CRIFPE *****

Livres, mémoires et thèses, rapports et études. Veille scientifique du Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE) via

***** Êtes-vous vraiment en sécurité sur Internet? *****

La sécurité informatique est un monde qui peut paraître obscur pour les novices et c’est pourquoi l’équipe de Crypto.Québec a décidé d’écrire un guide sur le sujet, explique Anne-Sophie Letellier, coauteure d’On vous voit – Comment déjouer les malveillants sur Internet.


* Également via Radio-Canada Universités : payer plus pour avoir moins?,Les chargés de cours appellent à l’aide, et Comment attirer des enseignants francophones? (Malgré un investissement fédéral d’une trentaine de millions de dollars pour aider au recrutement des enseignants dans les écoles françaises, la pénurie est toujours importante cette année)

***** Infolettre Carrefour Éducation *****

Septembre 2018, numéro 204, vol.20, numéro 1:

* Aussi via Carrefour Éducation le guide thématique Comment favoriser l’estime de soi à l’école ?

10 solutions pour contrer le décrochage scolaire chez les garçons

Alors que le décrochage scolaire des garçons suscite l’inquiétude, six des plus grands experts du milieu de l’éducation au Québec proposent 10 solutions concrètes pour corriger le tir, un exercice jamais fait auparavant.

Le Journal de Québec:

***** La première classe *****

Prise de conscience de la réalité des écoles de langue française en contexte minoritaire via Francosphère ACELF (Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française)

Cégeps: pour en finir avec le débat entre utilitarisme et humanisme 

Le cégep peut, en arrimant son développement aux besoins d’aujourd’hui et de demain et en évoluant constamment, nous mener encore plus loin comme société.

Le billet d’opinion via Huffington Post Québec:

Première rentrée pour plusieurs enseignants franco-ontariens

Pour plusieurs jeunes élèves, la rentrée scolaire 2018 correspond à leurs premiers pas sur les bancs de l’école. Mais pour certains enseignants aussi, cette rentrée sonne comme une première, celle d’un premier poste ou de nouvelles responsabilités. #ONfr a rencontré quatre d’entre eux.

* Voir aussi Une rentrée scolaire particulière pour les Franco-Ontariens

***** Infolettre Canal Savoir *****

L’infolettre de septembre via

Un programme informatique axé sur les compétences humaines

À l’occasion du CréaCamp du 13 avril à Québec, l’École branchée a rencontré Isabelle Labbé, enseignante d’anglais et d’informatique à l’école secondaire Roger-Comtois, qui nous parle de l’évolution et de la vision derrière le programme informatique intégraTIC.

* Aussi via l’École branchée Innover, c’est d’abord se donner le temps

***** Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne *****

Le dernier bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne de Contact Nord (anglais-français) :

À quoi ressemble une journée type sur Internet pour les jeunes de 12 à 25 ans ?

La saison estivale se termine, laissant la place à l’automne… et à la rentrée! Pour beaucoup, septembre, c’est le retour à la normale. Au menu de la journée? Études, travaux, jeux… et Web! À partir de données cumulées en 2017, le CEFRIO ( vous propose aujourd’hui un survol des habitudes en ligne – en semaine et les fins de semaine – chez les 12 à 25 ans au Québec.

La Collection de vidéos éducatives / Infolettre

L’infolettre de la Collection de vidéos éducatives de la Société GRICS via

À quoi ressemblera le métier d’enseignant dans 10 ans ? 

Comme tous les professionnels, les enseignants voient leur métier bouleversé par le numérique. D’un côté, tablettes et logiciels intelligents commencent à envahir salles de classe et amphithéâtres. De l’autre, les professeurs doivent enseigner des matières et des compétences qui seront peut-être obsolètes demain

Série #ProfDuFutur (France / via LinkedIn):

Au Canada, la précarité menace de plus en plus le personnel enseignant universitaire

Parmi les chargés de cours ayant participé à l’étude, 87% estiment que leur emploi a eu des répercussions négatives sur leur santé mentale, caractérisé notamment par l’anxiété chronique.

Le Devoir:

Six facteurs qui influencent le parcours scolaire des décrocheurs

Quels sont les facteurs qui influencent le parcours scolaire des décrocheurs ou des élèves qui pensent à décrocher? Pour répondre à cette question, la firme Léger a procédé à unsondage Web auprès de 1 009 Québécois âgés de 18 à 34 ans. Trois profils d’élèves composaient le groupe sondé : les décrocheurs, les raccrocheurs et les persévérants, c’est-à-dire ceux qui ont sérieusement pensé à décrocher, mais qui ne l’ont pas fait.

Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE):

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September 10, 2018

CIDER Session September 12, 2018

Note this CIDER session on Wednesday.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our opening session for the 2018-19 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. This free, online session will feature Dr. Rory McGreal introducing hearable technologies for online learning.

Title: Hearables for online learning: The beginning

Hearables are wireless smart micro-computers with artificial intelligence that incorporate both speakers and microphones. They fit in the ears and can connect to the Internet and to other devices; they are designed to be worn daily. One form of specialised hearables are the earphone language translators that offer potential in language teaching.

This opens up the possibility of taking full advantage of these devices to support other forms of mobile learning in both traditional and distance education. Hearables can support the delivery of lectures, educational podcasts, notifications, and reminders through a wide variety of applications, while supporting interactivity. Intelligent hearables can determine the context and choose the right time and place to deliver the best content. These devices can become one of the principal ways we interact in learning and provide continuous support for independent, personalised, just-in-time, and self-directed learning contexts.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


Open Call! Do you have research you would like to share with the CIDER audience? Contact us at to propose a session for our 2018-19 season. A few spaces are still available for both established researchers and emerging voices.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL)

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

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