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“Trends in Digital Learning: Students’ Views on Innovative Classroom Models”

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Trends in Digital Learning:  Students’ Views on Innovative Classroom Modelshighlights the latest Speak Up data with a particular focus on understanding the student perspective on the impact and benefits of innovative classroom models that are effectively leveraging technology. As a focused case point, this report examines the experiences of students who are in virtual schools or who have taken an online class in addition to their traditional face-to-face instruction. 

Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to create a series of annual reports that focus on the 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 national findings.  In this latest update report, we examine the trends from our analysis of the Speak Up data collected in fall 2013.  More than 403,000 K-12 students, parents, educators, and community members participated in Speak Up 2013, and their insights of students, particularly on online learning, are the impetus for this year’s trends report.

Key Findings from this year’s report include:

  • Students in online learning environments demonstrate greater usage of digital tools including use of those tools to develop enhanced writing skills.
  • 53% of students would like for their schools to let them use their own mobile devices within instruction to support their schoolwork.
  • 50% of middle school students who have taken an online class on their own feel that online learning makes it easier for them to succeed.
  • Students are looking for a classroom environment that more closely replicates the way they are using digital tools outside of school to support greater communications and collaboration.
  • Nearly 50 percent of virtual high school students say they were interested in what they were learning in school, while only 32 percent of traditional high school students said the same.

Click here to download a copy of the report from the Blackboard, Inc. website.

Report Release Event at ISTE
Please join us for breakfast and the launch of the latest Project Tomorrow and Blackboard report on Online and Blended Learning. During this special executive breakfast, Julie will discuss the online learning trends from the Speak Up 2013 national data and moderate a panel discussion with K-12 students. Be the first to learn about this new data on online and blended learning and receive a free copy of the report!

Online Learning Trends Breakfast at ISTE
Hosted by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow
When: Monday, June 30th
Time: 7:30am to 8:30am
Where: Omni CNN Center International Ballroom AB
190 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Please visit Blackboard's website at http://bbbb.blackboard.com/PTBreakfast2014 to RSVP or contact Jenny Hostert at jhostert@tomorrow.org  to confirm your attendance.

If you think this data is interesting and would like to gain a better understanding about your stakeholders’ perspectives about the use of technology for learning, participate in Speak Up 2014. The online surveys will be open Oct 6 – Dec 19, 2014 and survey results will be available on Digital Learning Day 2015 (February 4, 2015).

It is quick and easy to activate your district (or school). Sign up for Project Tomorrow News to receive updates about Speak Up!

Speak Up is generously underwritten this year by the following innovative companies

Apex Learning Blackboard Brain Pop CDW Dreambox Qualcomm Wireless Reach Scholastic