Happy Back to School! With summer winding down, it’s time to get back in to the school routine and of course prepare for SPEAK UP 2012! With Speak Up right around the corner (Opening October 3rd!) the Speak Up Team is here to assist with any and all of your Speak Up needs during this year’s survey process! Throughout the Speak Up season, we will keep you updated with topics of interest via our Speak Up e-newsletter. This e-newsletter includes:
- Speak Up 2012 Registration Information
- Project Tomorrow can support your application for the 2012 Race to the Top – District Competition
- Just Released! New White Paper on Intelligent Adaptive Learning
- Speak Up On the Go! Recent and Upcoming Presentations by Julie Evans
- Get the Word out about Speak Up! New Tweet List Now Available for download.
Speak Up Registration Now Open
Join with educators from across the country that use the Speak Up Surveys to identify how their students, teachers, administrators and parents want to use technology for learning, communications and collaboration. Get a jump start on Speak Up participation by registering your school or district today!
To assist with the registration process we are offering to help save you some time by registering your district or school for you. All you have to do is click here to send us an email with your registration request. Please include the name of your district or school, state and any new contact information that needs to be updated. We will then send you a follow up email with a PDF of your school list and passwords to confirm that your district/school has been registered.
If you would like to register on your own please visit our website. Your current admin password is: unavailable please email email@example.com for help.
Check out our website for additional information and updated Promotional Material for Speak Up 2012.
Project Tomorrow is prepared to support your district’s application under the 2012 RTTT-District competition in several ways including with supporting Speak Up data, a letter of support, consulting and evaluative services, and being part of our partnership consortium. Please feel free to contact Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-609-4660 x15 if you would like to involve us in your application development process.
Here are a few examples of how we can help you with your application.
1.) The theme of this year’s district focused competition is personalized learning. Both of the national reports on the Speak Up 2011 data findings focus on how to effectively leverage emerging technologies to create personalized learning environments that support increased teacher effectiveness as well as student achievement. Those reports are available for your use at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html.
2.) If you are looking for additional Speak Up data to support your application, please contact Jenny Hostert at email@example.com. We are happy to do additional data analysis for you.
3.) The application calls for each applying district to respond to the following criteria:
* Stakeholder engagement and support
* Analysis of needs and gaps
* Assessment of student, family and community needs
* Engaging parents and families in decision-making about solutions
The Speak Up surveys and analysis process can help you with each of these criteria. We can use our traditional national surveys as vehicles for data collection OR we can create a set of customized surveys and data collection tools especially for your district and your application. We can also facilitate staff and community workshops to address these needs.
4.) For the past 5 years Project Tomorrow has been working with districts all across the country on the evaluation of the efficacy and impact of emerging technologies in the classroom. With those evaluation services we are able to leverage our Speak Up data as benchmarks, thus providing a richer data platform for impact results. We can do the same for you!
5.) Partnerships provide your application with a competitive priority. We are happy to talk with you about becoming part of your application consortium and providing you with a letter of support.
Best of luck with your RTTT-District application! Please call us if we can help you!
Just Released! New Speak Up Report
Project Tomorrow and DreamBox Learning
Speak Up 2011 National Data
In this special white paper based upon the Speak Up 2011 national findings, Project Tomorrow has partnered with DreamBox Learning to explore a new concept in the use of technology to personalize learning—Intelligent Adaptive Learning™. DreamBox Adaptive Learning gets to the heart of personalizing instruction by leveraging technological advancements to provide a systematic way for students to master skills and knowledge levels at a pace that is especially tailored to their strengths and weaknesses, and for teachers to have unprecedented visibility into data on student achievement to inform their daily practice.
Key research questions discussed for this analysis are as follows:
Why is this the right time for greater interest in intelligent adaptive learning?
What is the value proposition for adaptive learning?
Are teachers ready for this? What do they need to be able to leverage these new tools effectively in the classroom?
Click here to download the report from the Dreambox website.
For additional Speak Up Reports, please visit our website at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html
Speak Up On the Go! Recent and Upcoming Presentations by Julie Evans
Upcoming Presentations and Webinars
How the Growth of Online Learning Impacts the Future of Education
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
2 pm ET/ 11 am PT
Click here to register for this free webinar.
There has been significant growth in the interest levels in online learning and the numbers of students and educators who have now had online learning experiences. Join us for this webinar to hear Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow share the 2011 Speak Up Survey results based on the voices of thousands of students, teachers, and parents about the role of technology in our education system. During this panel-style webinar, we will be joined by district leaders to learn about the ways in which this growth has impacted new learning programs and policies, and has fueled plans for expanding online learning opportunities for students and teachers.
“Coming Soon to Campus: The New “Free Agent” Learner - Are You Ready?”
Friday, September 28, 2012
3 pm ET at Gordon H. Smith Hall, Albany Quadrangle
Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service
The dynamic profusion of emerging technologies, both in school and out of school, is propelling today’s K-12 students to make new demands on education institutions for technology-rich learning experiences and environments. Enabled, empowered and engaged, this next wave of students is bringing to college their own set of objectives for 21st century learning. Get a first-hand glimpse into the activities, attitudes and aspirations of tomorrow’s students through this presentation by Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, who will share the latest Speak Up National Research Project data findings from over 300,000 K-12 students.
Connecting the Dots with Digital Learning
Learning 2.0 Conference
August 22, 2012
Personalized Learning: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
Click here for Infographic
Articles featuring Julie Evans
9 Mobile Technology Learning
Gadgets Go to Class
By: John Cloud
CEO Julie Evans, was quoted in this month’s TIME magazine article “Gadgets Go to Class”. Check out the article on TIME Magazine’s website or in print on p. 48! For full access to the article, please visit the TIME Magazine website. *Subscription required.