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 using the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
Since 2003, the annual Speak Up survey has collected data from students, parents, educators and the local community about technology, learning, and schools. On Monday December 7th, Project Tomorrow kicked off “Speak Up America 2015,” a weeklong event that celebrated past, present, and new Speak Up participants. This event a daily release of Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of top participants and opportunities to win free conference registrations and multiple chances to receive a classroom or school grant!
Thank you to everyone that donated 15 minutes of their time for the future of education on National Speak Up Day!
The highlight of the Speak Up America 2015 Campaign took place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 with National Speak Up Day! National Speak Up Day was the day to encourage participation, with a special opportunity to win a free 2016 ISTE Conference registration. Thank you to everyone that participated not only in National Speak Up Day but also in the entire Speak Up survey period!
Our annual Speak Up America Photo and Video Challenges were as popular as ever, with five opportunities to win a $225 classroom/school grant. In order to enter the challenge, all participants had to do was take a picture with the Speak Up 2015 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 country! Our winners include schools from Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama. Congratulations to all of our winners! Be sure to join in on the fun next year by taking part in our Speak Up America 2016 challenges. Check below for a list of winners:
Speak Up America Photo Challenge Winners:
Speak Up America Video Challenge Winners
Thanks to our good friends at Blackboard Inc., CoSN, iNACOL, and ISTE, we gave away free conference registrations to a few lucky districts! Check out the winning districts below:
Thanks to our good friends at ISTE, we are thrilled to send not one but two districts to this year’s conference and expo in Denver, CO! Congratulations Klein ISD, TX and School City of Hammond, IN!
California and Nevada Districts: Our good friends at CUE offered not one or two but THREE free conference registrations and memberships (a $320 value each) to two California districts and one Nevada district! Congratulations to San Marcos Unified, CA, Centinela Valley Union High School District, CA, and Washoe County SD, NV!
Poway Unified, CA will be heading to the CETPA Conference in Sacramento with their free registration! Thanks CETPA, and congratulations Poway Unified!
Congratulations, Elkhart Community Schools in Indiana for winning the 2016 Indiana Connected Educators (ICE) Conference registration! Big thanks to ICE for providing the free registration!
During our Speak Up America campaign, we pulled a special snapshot of preliminary data for students, parents, teachers, communications officers and community members. Each day we released a special video and/or infographic on NEW Speak Up findings. Check below to view each preliminary data snapshot:
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Arfstrom Consulting and Girls Thinking Global, we hosted our first ever special book giveaway! All participating parents, educators, and community members were eligible to enter the giveaway by submitting their names to a random drawing. View who won each book below: