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Speaking Up America 2014

Stay tuned for more details about Speak Up America 2015! In the meantime, check out our recap of last year’s weeklong event below:

Since 2003, the annual Speak Up survey has collected data from students, parents, educators and the local community about technology, learning, and schools. This year 521,694 students, parents, educators, and community members participated in Speak Up, with over 85,000 of those surveys taken during Speak Up America week alone! In its second year, Speak Up America celebrated past and present participants with opportunities to win classroom grants, free conference registrations, and more.

Below you will find all the great promotions and happenings that took place during Speak Up America 2014. Be sure to check back next year to learn about all the fun and exciting events that will be taking place during Speak Up 2015!


National Speak Up Day

Thank you to everyone that donated 15 minutes of your time on National Speak Up Day for the future of education!

The highlight of the Speak Up America 2014 Campaign took place on Wednesday December 10, 2014 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak Up Day was the day to encourage participation, with a special opportunity to win a free 2015 ISTE conference registration and a Twitter chat with Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans about surprising Speak Up 2014 preliminary data. Thank you to everyone that participated not only in National Speak Up Day but in the entire Speak Up survey period!

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Photo and Video Challenge

This year we launched our popular Speak Up America Photo Challenge and our first annual Speak Up America Video challenge, where four lucky schools had the opportunity to win $225 grants and one lucky school had the opportunity to win a $250 grant. In order to enter the challenge, all participants had to do was take a picture with the Speak Up 2014 participant badge or film a 15-30 video answering the question, ““Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”, and then post to one of our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or by email with the hashtag #SpeakUpsnapshot (photo challenge) or #VoicesofSpeakUp (video challenge).

We had a fantastic turnout with entries from all over the world! Our winners include schools from North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, and Spain. Congratulations to all of our winners! Be sure to join in on the fun next year by taking part in our Speak Up America 2015 challenges. Check below for a list of winners:

Speak Up for America Photo Challenge Winners

  • Hunters Creek Middle School from Onslow County, NC
  • Southwood Elementary School from MSD of Wabash County, IN
  • Martin Kellogg Middle School from Newington Public Schools, CT

Photo Challenge Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted a #speakupsnapshot this year! Click here to view all the entries.

 

Speak Up for America Video Challenge Winners

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Free ISTE Conference Registrations

International Society for Technology in Education 2015 Conference and Expo

ISTE 2015Thanks to our good friends at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), we received two 2015 ISTE conference registrations (a $392 value) to gift to two of our Speak Up districts just for their participation in the survey during the Speak Up America Campaign. Congratulations to our winners Shelby County School District, AL and Wake County Public School System, NC for taking home the Speak Up America free ISTE conference registrations! Be sure to check back next year for the great promotions and happenings that will be taking place throughout the survey period and Speak Up America week.

In addition their free ISTE conference registration, the selected recipients attending the conference will also have the opportunity to join our CEO Julie Evans for dinner in downtown Philadelphia.

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Free Regional Conference Registrations

This year the awesome folks at CUE, NCCE, NETA, and TCEA offered free conference registrations to districts from their respective regions. All districts had to do in oreer to win was encourage their staff, students, parents, and local community to participate in Speak Up. Every participant entered each district into the conference registration drawings to win – the more surveys that districts had, the better!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the free regional conference registrations:

TCEA Conference Registration
This year the wonderful folks at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) offered a free TCEA 2015 Conference & Exposition registration to one lucky Texas school district. The winning district is Mission Consolidated Independent School District in Mission, TX. Congratulations!

 

TCEA 2015

CUE Conference Registration
Congratulations to Clark County Schools, NV and Anaheim City School District, CA on winning free registrations to the CUE 2015 Annual Conference! Thank you CUE for this amazing opportunity!

CUE 2015

 

NCCE Conference Registration
Thank you once again to our friends at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) for offering a free registration to their 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to the winning school – Lakeside High School from Nine Mile Falls School District, WA!

NETA Conference Registration
Congratulation to Mullen Public Schools, NE on winning a free registration to the 2015 NETA conference in Omaha, NE! Thank you to the Nebraska Educational Technology Association for the free registration and wonderful opportunity!

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Free BbWorld 2015 Conference Registrations

In a special extension of our Speak Up America promotions, our good friends and wonderful sponsors of Speak Up, Blackboard, offered a free BbWorld 2015 conference badge to gift to one lucky Blackboard district during our final week of Speak Up! Congratulations to Klein ISD, TX on winning the registration!


Free 2015 iNACOL Symposium Registrations

Our friends at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) graciously donated a free 2015 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium registration to one lucky Speak Up district. Congratulations to Albemarle County Public Schools, VA – we hope you have a great time at the symposium in Florida!

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Free one-year BrainPOP classroom certificates

BrainPOPOur good friends and wonderful sponsors of Speak Up, BrainPOP, graciously offered two free BrainPOP classroom certificates good for one year of BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP ESL and BrainPOP Español ($670 value) to gift to the top participating Speak Up elementary school during Speak Up America Week.
This year’s BrainPOP promotion was a very tight race with TWO schools tying for the top spot. Rather than selecting the winner based on a tie-breaker, BrainPOP generously offered an additional BrainPOP classroom subscription, enabling us to gift this extremely valuable resource to both of our top Speak Up America elementary schools! Congratulations to Bradie M Shrum Elementary from Salem Community Schools, IN and Magma Ranch K-8 School from Florence Unified School District, AZ!

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Speak Up 2014 Preliminary data snapshots

In celebration of our second annual Speak Up America campaign, we pulled special snapshots of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Each day during the Speak Up America campaign we released a special infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Click each audience to view the 2014 preliminary data infographic for that group, or to view them all go to: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakupamerica_snapshot2014.htm

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

Apex Learning Blackboard Brain Pop Dreambox Qualcomm Wireless Reach Rosetta Stone Scholastic