ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
“The application of software, hardware and devices should be as customary as a chalkboard, pencil and paper were years ago. To prepare students for the challenges ahead they need to be using the resources that will prepare them for college and/or careers and they need to use their problem solving skills, presentation skills, and communication abilities to develop as "solutionists" in a global world.”
—(School Principal, Wisconsin)
On April 19th, 2013 Project Tomorrow released the report “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected Educator and Parent national findings from the Speak Up 2012 report and moderated a panel discussion with educators and parents who shared their insights and experiences.
Over 100 people attended the Congressional Briefing including congressional staff members, student and staff representatives from some of our Speak up schools, and staff from many of our sponsors, champion outreach partners and non-profit partners.
Project Tomorrow was very pleased to welcome staff from Alliance for Excellent Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Library Association, Amplify, Apple Inc., Archdiocese of Baltimore, Arlington Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, BBP, BCPSS J Ruhrah EMS, Blackboard Inc., CH Global Strategies, Common Sense Media, CoSN, Convergence, DC Public Schools, DC State Board of Education, Digital Learning Experience, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), EDGE Consulting, Education Development Center, Education Free Agent, Einstein Fellows, E & W, Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church City Public Schools, Flipped Learning Network, Institute of Museum and Library Services, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kajeet, Klein Independent School District, Learning First Alliance, Learning.com, Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium, MindShare Learning, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Learning Technologies, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, National Association of College Stores, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc., National Commission on Teacher’s and America’s Future, National Council of Teachers of English, National Education Association, National Museum of American History, Notre Dame University of Maryland, Pearson, Prince George County Public School District, Prince William County Public Schools, Qualcomm Wireless Reach Initiative, Qorvis Communications, Renaissance Learning Inc, RMC Research Corporation, Senate HELP Committee, Smithsonian Institution, StarShine Academy International Schools, State Educational Technology Directors Association, The Century Council, Triangle Coalition, US Army, US Department of Education, US House, US House Committee on Education and the Workforce, US Senate and Verizon.
Educators from Arlington Public Schools (VA), Baltimore City Public Schools (MD), Fairfax County Public School District (VA) and Klein Independent School District shared their insights regarding digital conversion in today’s classrooms.