The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2014
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Irvine, Calif. —More than 325,000 students, educators and parents have “spoken” so far as part of this year’s Speak Up surveys about how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. December 8-12 is Speak Up America Week as the deadline for the surveys, on December 19, approaches.
As part of this special week, Project Tomorrow will be releasing preliminary findings from the 2014 surveys completed so far. Today’s findings are about teachers http://projecttomorrowblog.blogspot.com. Among the 17,913 teachers who responded by Nov. 24th, they say “how to use technology to differentiate instruction” (51 percent) and “how to use educational games in the classroom” (35 percent) are at the top of their wish list for professional development this year. And, 37 percent of teachers in 2014 say they have participated in an online class for professional development facilitated by a college or university; 17 percent say that they have had the same experience – facilitated by their own school district.
Schools, districts and participants also have the chance to win prizes and grants just for expressing their views on some of the hottest topics in education.
One of last year’s winners reported back, “I have been participating in the Speak Up survey ever since it started [in 2003]. Technology has grown in my classroom by leaps and bounds since then, but as with any technology, there is always something new to add to the classroom,” said Dr. Karl Ochsner, Pope John XXIII Catholic School in Arizona. “After winning the $500 prize last year, I purchased an XYZ 3D printer to integrate STEM into my classroom. My students since then have created iPhone cases, key chains, tie clips and more. Even though the survey data is an invaluable tool at our school, getting the opportunity to purchase the latest in technology was icing on the cake!”
The annual Speak Up surveys are used by schools, districts, states and national leaders as they make decisions about policies and funding.
“With one week to go before the surveys close, we are reminding everyone that they should have a voice in the future of education, so Speak Up, America!” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, about this week-long campaign to encourage participation.
Learn more about all the Speak Up America Week activities at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica.html:
Since 2003, more than 3.7 million K-12 students, educators and parents from more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone, Schoolwires and SMART Technologies.
Project Tomorrow partners with more than 75 different education associations, organizations and think-tanks for outreach to the schools and development of the survey questions including the American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, edWeb.net, eSchool News, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, Southern Regional Education Board and State Education Technology Directors’ Association.