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Congressional Briefing:
Speak Up Washington 2011

2012 Congressional Briefing National Release of Speak Up 2011 K-12 Teachers, Librarians and Administrators

“Districts are looking into BYOD approaches not only because so many students have their own mobile devices and because parents of all income levels are willing to purchase the devices, but because administrators are dealing with the reality of shrinking budgets and the need to incorporate more technology in learning.”
— Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow

Personalizing the Classroom Experience –
Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning

On May 23rd, 2012 Project Tomorrow released the report “Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connect the Dots with Digital Learning” at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC. Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, discussed selected Educator national findings from the Speak Up 2011 report and moderated a panel discussion with educators who shared their insights and experiences.

Key findings:

  • 20% of district administrators regularly use Twitter to communicate with others

  • Teachers, librarians and administrators are turning to online classes to support their professional development. More than half of the teachers and principals (52 percent) said they have taken an online class for training purposes and almost two-thirds of district level administrators (65 percent) as well. This represents a significant shift in the past five years especially for teachers; in 2007 only 21 percent of teachers had taken an online PD course at that time.

  • Much like their students, educators are going online to meet their professional development needs- 40% of teachers, and 50% of Principals use online professional learning communities.

  • Administrators see technology as a solution to decreased district budgets. Over a quarter of district administrators (27 percent) identified the option “students use their own mobile device in class” as a technology solution they are exploring to mitigate the impact of decreased budget funds for education technology

  • Educators increasingly recognize the value of incorporating digital content into their schools and classrooms, with 74% of administrators reporting that digital content increases student engagement and 50% reporting that it helps to personalize instruction.
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Over 75 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 Adobe, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Library Association, Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington, Arlington Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, Blackboard Inc., Committee on Education and the Workforce, Common Sense Media, CoSN, Diocese Wheeling-Charleston, Discovery Education, EdTech Strategies, LLC, Education Free Agent, Emaginos.com, ETS, EverFi, Inc., Fairfax County Public Schools, Flipped Learning Network, House Education and Workforces Committee, International Society for Technology in Education, Johnson County Community College, K12, Inc., LearniT-TeachiT, Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium, Miidlesrooms, 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 School Boards Association, Pearson, Prince William County Public School District, Nogales Unified School District, PowerofUS, Senate HELP Committee, Software and Information Industry Association, State Educational Technology Directors Association, US Department of Education, US House, US Senate and UVA.

Educators from Baltimore County Public Schools (MD), Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (WV) and Fairfax County Public School District (MD) shared their insights regarding personalizing their own learning.

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