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May 24, 2016

Speak Up News – May 2016

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Speak Up News – May 2016

Happy Monday! Before the school year ends, check out the latest Speak Up News. In this newsletter you’ll find information on Speak Up 2016 registration, our Speak Up data templates, and a recap of recent media coverage of our Speak Up 2015 report.

We hope you have a wonderful summer and 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 fromOctober 12 – December 16, 2016. Get FREE data for your school/district!

Data templates: Download one of our easy-to-use Speak Up data templates! Use your Excel data sheets with these templates to easily display your school/district’s Speak Up data.

Speak Up in the News: Check out the latest media coverage of our Speak Up 2015 report!

Special briefing from NCTET: Our friends at NCTET are hosting an event about the homework gap on June 6th!

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Registration for Speak Up 2016 is now open!

Surveys run from October 12 – December 16, 2016

It’s not too early to start making plans for Speak Up 2016! Get a head start before the school year ends and 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 next fall.

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.


Speak Up data templates are now available!

Are you interested in presenting your data or viewing it by theme? Download ourSpeak Up data templates. We’ve created new thematic templates and presentation templates to help you view and present your data. To use these templates, just copy and paste your Speak Up data results from your results page into the appropriate areas.


Speak Up in the News!

Check out what various news outlets have written about our Speak Up 2015 National Findings report, From Print to Pixel: The role of videos, games, animations and simulations within K-12 education:

How School Districts, States Harness the Power of Digital Learning Data
Center for Digital Education
May 16, 2016

Speak UP! 2016
EdNET Insight
May 13, 2016

Survey Says: More Teachers Are Using Tech in the Classroom
Smarter Schools Beyond Pencils Blog
May 11, 2016

Games, Videos Continue to Make Big Gains in Classrooms, Survey Finds
Education Week
May 11, 2016

3 Reasons Teachers Are Integrating More Games, Videos into the Classroom
Center for Digital Education
May 9, 2016

Project Tomorrow finds gaming growing quickly in classrooms
Education DIVE
May 9, 2016

Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom
eSchool News
May 6, 2016

Project Tomorrow Releases 2015 Speak Up Results, Highlights Gaming
WPLLC Education Report
May 6, 2016

Report: Games and Online Video Gain Traction in Education
THE Journal
May 5, 2016

Games, Videos in the Classroom Double
May 5, 2016


Speak Up Family and Friends: Special Briefing from NCTET

Seizing the Moment: Progress on Bridging the Homework Gap but More Work to be Done

June 6, 2016 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
904 Hart Senate Office Building

In this installment of the Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age Congressional briefing series, the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET)will discuss the progress made by the FCC and Congress in closing the “homework gap”: the chasm that exists between students who have home access to high speed broadband and those who do not. In addition to highlighting changes wrought through the Every Student Succeeds Act and the FCC’s recent Lifeline Modernization Order, this session will also explore the work that remains to be done to ensure all students have access to high speed broadband in the classroom as well as at home.

This event will feature remarks from:

▪ Senator Angus King (I-ME)

▪ FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

▪ Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans

▪ Albemarle County Public Schools (VA) CIO Vincent Scheivert

RSVP by June 5th 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 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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[CNIE-L] ICDE Newsletter – 18 May 2016

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ICDE Newsletter – 18 May 2016  


Register today for the 2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit (20-23 November, 2016, Sydney, Australia)

The 2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit, hosted by Charles Sturt University, will be held 20-23 November 2016 at Cronulla Beach near Sydney, Australia.  The 2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit entitled ‘A New Era of Leadership and Quality: The Business of Open and Distance Learning 2020’ will focus on new trends in executive leadership, changing paradigms, and innovative approaches for distributed leadership and management practice.

The Summit theme will focus on sharing creative and innovative new approaches to leadership, continuous quality improvement and new regional, national and global partnership models. The broader goal of the 2016 President’ Summit is to empower leaders to take a critical look at their own leadership approaches and tap the input from fellow delegates in reformulating their leadership 2020 strategy.

For more information and to register click here…

Latest issue of Open Praxis online: Vol 8, No 2 (2016)

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Webinar on SciPro: Thursday 26 May, 15:00 (Oslo time)

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Webinar on publication of “Teaching Science Online”: Tuesday June 21, 15:00 (Oslo time)

This book presents the guidance of expert science educators from the US and from around the globe. They describe key concepts, delivery modes and emerging technologies, and offer models of practice. The book places particular emphasis on experimentation, lab and field work as they are fundamentally part of the education in most scientific disciplines. For more information and to register here!

Call for interest – 28th ICDE World Conference 2019

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The 2017 ICDE Presidents’ Summit will be held from the 15-16  October. More information will be available shortly.

ICDE Chairs in Open Educational Resources – call for proposals

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Athabasca University’s new publication: Learning in virtual Worlds

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Universitas Terbuka: The Ideal Education Institution for Professionals

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Register for UNESCO-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016: an opportunity to boost Educational Technology research

UNESCO-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016 is born with the drive of: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better learning and a better teaching”. UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE,Moscow, Russia), Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR Research, Spain) and UNESCO Chair on eLearning at UNIR are the organizers of this event to be held in Bogota, Colombia, from June, 22nd to 24th, 2016. More information…

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Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning have worked with several governments and educational
institutions since the OER Paris Declaration to promote the use and adoption of appropriate OER policies and practices. In this publication the editors have identified 15 case studies that document the developments since the 2012 Paris Declaration on OER from the lens of policy, costs and transformation. While national policy development and adoption have been modest, the case studies show the preliminary successes and pitfalls in changing mindsets from a copyright-only regime to a more flexible and open licence practice. More information…

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International News Quick Links:

To stay updated on international news on open, online, distance education keep an eye on the ICDE news page.

 Events Listing:

Members who wish to feature their news, events and projects, please email with the subject header ‘NEWS’.

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