For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2015
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Contact: Amber Taylor
Irvine, Calif. —More than 500,000 students, parents and teachers will share their views on technology and learning to inform policy at the local, state and national levels as part of the 13th annual Speak Up National Research Project. Between now and December 18th, all K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members across the country have the opportunity to participate in the online surveys. Speak Up is an annual initiative of Project Tomorrow, a leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning experiences through research and high impact school programs.
Speak Up is a free service to the education community. Schools and districts who register to participate receive both their survey data and the national data at no cost. More than 10,000 schools and 3,000 districts are expected to register and promote the online surveys to their stakeholders again this year because of the value of the Speak Up data in informing their plans and policies for the school year.
“We have been able to provide this free service to schools and districts all across the country for 13 years,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Participating schools tell us they appreciate all that they are able to learn from their annual Speak Up surveys and that the results are provided at no cost to them which saves their instructional funds for the classroom.”
“Our district chose to go ‘all in’ with Speak Up in 2014 as a way to gather data to inform decision making around technology integration in our classrooms. Looking back, Speak Up provided the targeted data we sought...and so much more,” said Susan Drumm, Instructional Technology Coach, Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Indiana. “Speak Up national data, considered beside our district data, has been a catalyst for ongoing, meaningful dialogue among all stakeholders of our learning community -- faculty, students, parents, our Board of School Trustees, and the community at large. It is through these conversations that we have solidified our vision for a new paradigm of teaching and learning for a new generation.”
“Speak Up data provides insight at the district level for the current use of technology in and out of school. Data not only shows level of use, but what technology is considered important to the users and what is fading from regular reliance,” said Mark Evans, Program Coordinator, Texas Virtual School Network & High School Tech Apps/Tech Ed, Klein Independent School District in Texas. “Data from the multi-faceted perspectives helps to give a more rounded view of perceptions, attitude, need, and reliance of technology. The results help to guide the district and campuses to better plan and prepare for technology, especially in terms of funding, training, and integration into the classroom.”
Speak Up is the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. Past Speak Up national reports are available at www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html.
Some of the new questions on this year’s surveys explore:
“The questions on this year’s Speak Up surveys include new topics that reflect the current challenges and opportunities with digital learning today,” said Evans. “Speak Up is unique because we ask participants about the value they place on using technology and their expectations for digital learning as well as how they are using these technologies, both in and out of the classroom.”
This year’s surveys also include a new set of questions exclusively for science teachers. To explore teachers’ thoughts on the intersection of digital tools with Next Generation Science Standards, Project Tomorrow developed this special survey with the help of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
The Speak Up National Research Project represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private, parochial and charter schools all around the country. The parent survey is also available in Spanish.
Project Tomorrow shares the national data findings from the survey in the spring with federal, state and local policymakers. All participating education entities will gain access to their own stakeholder data in February 2016.
Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up surveys are completely confidential and completing the online surveys takes only 20 minutes. Speak Up is open to every public and private school and district in the United States, American schools on military bases and other interested schools worldwide.
Since 2003, nearly 4 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 org anizations including Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Fuel Education, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone and Scholastic Education.
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, CUE, Digital Learning Day, 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, State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).
For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.