Engaging Parents’ Support for Emerging Technologies in the Classroom

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  • 1. Engaging Parents Support forEmerging Technologies in the Classroom Key findingsfrom Speak Up 2008 Julie Evans Chief Executive Officer Project Tomorrow National School Boards Association T+L Conference Denver (in a snowstorm) October 28, 2009

2. Our Agenda Today

  • What is Speak Up?
  • Invitation to participate in Speak Up 2009
  • Review of selected national data findings
  • Trends to Watch
  • Panel discussion
  • How to engage parents support

3. Introducing our expert panel: Mary Ann Guidos Technology Integration Supervisor Orange City School District (OH) Janet Herdman Executive Director, IT Services North Kansas City Schools (MO)Kathy Politis Director, Instructional Technology,Fulton County Schools (GA)Jan Wee Information & Technology Director Holmen School District (WI) 4.

  • Annual national research project
    • Online surveys + focus groups
    • Open for all K-12 schools
    • Schools/districts get back their own data for planning and budgeting
  • Collect data Stimulate conversations
    • K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Pre-Service Teachers
    • National Findings Release annually in Washington DC
  • Inform policies & programs
    • Analysis and reporting national reports, state reports, district reports
    • Services: custom reports, consulting services, webinars
    • NCES back end database provide statistically significant samplings
  • 6 years of empowering authentic voices since 2003:
    • 1.3 million K-12 students
    • 103,000 teachers
    • 54,000 parents
    • 6,300 school leaders
    • 18,000 schools from all 50 states, DC, American military base schools, Canada, Mexico, Australia

What is Speak Up? 1.5 million respondents 5.

  • Speak Up is facilitated annually
  • byProject Tomorrow
  • (formerly known as NetDay)

Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org)is the leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. 6.

    • Learning & Teaching with Technology
    • Web 2.0 in Education
    • 21 stCentury Skills: Information/Media Literacy Skills
    • Science & Math Instruction & Global Competitiveness
    • Emerging Technologies in the Classroom
      • Mobile Devices
      • Online Learning
      • Digital Content
      • Games
    • Designing the 21st Century School

Speak Up survey question themes 7. Online surveys available for: K-12 students Parents Teachers Administrators New!Pre-service teachers Speak Up is open! Take surveys:Oct 19 Dec 18, 2009Inviting allK-12 Schools, Districts and Schools ofEducationto participate in Speak Up 2009Free online report for all Speak Up participating districts w/ your local data: Feb 2010 Release of National Speak Up Findings in Congressional Briefings: Mar & May 2010 No fee to participate. No limit on the # of surveys submitted. 100% confidential. 8.

  • Collectunique datafrom stakeholders
  • Give stakeholders avoicein national/state policy
  • Supportspecific initiativessuch as digital content, online learning, mobile devices, 1:1 programs or new teacher professional development programs
  • Model for students the value ofcivic engagementand being part of a national discussion
  • Recognition as aninnovation leader
  • Demonstrate to students, teachers and parents that theirideas are valuedby their education leaders
  • Understand the future of K-12 education
  • Learn more atwww.tomorrow.org

Why do schools, districts, & states participate in Speak Up? 9. We would like to recognize our Speak Up 2009 Sponsors: 10. Speak Up 2008 Key National Data Findings 11.

  • K-12 Students 281,500
  • Teachers 29,644
  • Parents (in English & Spanish) 21,309
  • School/District Administrators 3,114
  • Schools 4,379
  • Districts 868
  • StatesAll 50
    • Top 10: TX, CA, AZ, AL, IL, MD, FL, NC, NE, WI
    • About Speak Up Schools:
        • 95% public, 3% private, 2% virtual
        • 35% urban, 32% suburban, 33% rural
        • 45% Title 1 eligible
        • 34% majority-minority student population

National Speak Up 2008 Participation 12. Speak Up 2008 Data Findings Who am I?Warm Up Exercise 13. Who am I?Profile characteristics:

  • Wishes for their ultimate school
    • Online classes (27%)
    • High tech science tools (39%)
    • Online tools for organization (35%)
  • Access to mobile devices:
    • MP3 player (44%)
    • Game player (53%)
    • Laptop (44%)

Participates in immersive virtual reality environments (39%) Uses Internet for educationresearch (51%) and onlineassessments (35%) 14. Audience Response: Who am I?

  • Kindergarten Boy
  • 3rd Grade Girl
  • 7th Grade Boy
  • 10th Grade Girl
  • Teacher

15. Who am I?3 rdGrade Girl with Average Tech Skills 16. Meet todays 3rd grade girls:

  • Wishes for their ultimate school
    • Online classes (27%)
    • High tech science tools (39%)
    • Online tools for organization (35%)
  • Access to mobile devices:
    • MP3 player (44%)
    • Game player (53%)
    • Laptop (44%)

Participates in immersive virtual reality environments (39%) Uses Internet for educationresearch (51%) and onlineassessments (35%) 17. Introducing the Digital Advance Team Americas K-12 Students Adopting/adapting technologies for learning Tech trend settersTheir use predicts widespread acceptance Out of school use drives in school use Pace car for others Teachers ultimately catch up 18. Introducing the Digital Advance Team Lets listen in and learn!What we are hearing:Districts are using Speak Up data asinput for decisions on how to effectivelyleverage historic new education funding 19.

    • Digital disconnect is alive & well:
    • the gap between how
    • todays students learn and
    • how they live!

Key findings from Speak Up data: 20.

    • Digital disconnect is alive & well:
      • Between students and teachers
      • Between advanced tech students and other students
      • Between girls and boys
      • Between older and younger students

Key findings from Speak Up data: 21. How arestudents using technology for schoolwork? 22. How important is the effective implementation ofinstructional technology to student success? 23. How satisfied areparentswith technology use at their childs school? 24.

  • Lukewarm satisfaction with:
  • Internet safety (45%)
  • Amount of technology available (35%)
  • Tech skills my child is learning (34%)
  • How technology is used for academics (33%)
  • Teachers skills in using technology (31%)

Parentsatisfaction with technology at school 25. How satisfied are todaysstudentswith technology use at their school? 26. How satisfied are todaysstudentswithtechnology use at their school? Students say: Not very! 27.

  • Top responses:
  • School filters and firewalls block websites I need
  • Teachers limit our technology use
  • Too many rules!
      • Cannot use my own devices
      • Cannot access my communications tools
      • Rules that limit use of my schools technology

Besides time, what are the major obstaclesstudentsface using technology at school? 28.

  • Top responses:
  • Let me use my own laptop, cell phone or mobile device
  • Give me unlimited Internet access
  • Let me access my school projects from any computer home or at school

How schools could make it easier forstudents to work electronically? 29.

  • The mobile learner
  • Its a Web 2.0 World
  • Ill take that class to go!
  • The ultimate online textbook
  • Exploring STEM careers

Digital Advance Team Trends 30.

  • The mobile learner
    • Cell phones
    • Laptops
    • MP3 players
    • Smartphones & PDAs

Speak Up 2008 Findings 31. The Mobile Learner 32.

  • Communications
    • Email teachers, classmates
    • Access personal websites
  • Collaborations
    • Projects and calendars
  • Creativity
    • Create/share documents, videos
  • Productivity
    • Research, downloads, ed games
    • Get alerts and reminders

Howstudentswant to use mobile devicesto support learning 33.

  • Its a Web 2.0 World

Speak Up 2008 Findings 34.

    • How are students using Web 2.0 tools?
      • Communications
      • Creation
      • Collaboration
      • Contribution

Speak Up 2008 Findings 35. Web 2.0 Applications 36. Web 2.0 Applications 37. Web 2.0 Applications 38. How arestudents using Web 2.0 toolsfor schoolwork? Significant changes from 2007: Email/IM/Text Using social networkingsite to collaborate withclassmates 150% 27% 39.

  • Ill take that class to go!
      • Online learning

Speak Up 2008 Findings 40. Online learning and K-12students Current online learning experience: 16% of high school students 14% of middle school students 41. Online learning and K-12students Is there interest in taking online classes?Yes!Interest in taking an online class:+ 40% of high school students + 35% of middle school students + 15% of students grades 3-5 42. Online learning and K-12students Is there interest in taking online classes?Yes!Interest in taking an online class:+40% of high school students + 35% of middle school students 21% 46% 43. Why arestudentsinterested in online classes? 44.

  • Puts me in control of my learning (47%)
  • Easier to review class materials (38%)
  • Easier for me to succeed (32%)
  • More comfortable asking questions (29%)
  • More motivated to learn (27%)

How would online classes make school more interesting forstudents ? 45. Policy:Online class requirement forhigh school graduation? 46.

  • The ultimate online textbook
  • What if . . . . students designed
  • that new textbook?

Speak Up 2008 Findings 47.

    • Desired features:
    • Electronic notes and highlighting (63%)
    • Self assessments (62%)
    • Links to real time data (52%)
    • Games (57%) and simulations (55%)
    • Powerpoint presentations of lectures (55%)
    • Access to online tutors (53%)
    • Create own podcasts and videocasts (48%)

Studentsdesign an online textbook 48.

  • - Ability to download information tomy cell phone
    • Gr 3-5:25%
    • Gr 6-8:53%
    • Gr 9-12:53%

Students design the online textbook Desired features continued: 49.

  • Exploring STEM careers

Speak Up 2008 Findings 50. Students:Exploring STEM Careers 51.

  • Top responses:
  • Meet with successful career professionals
  • Work part time jobs in the fields
  • Use tools professionals use
  • Day in the Life podcasts and videos

Students:Exploring STEM careers What would increase your interest? 52.

    • Isyour schooldoing a good job
    • preparing students for jobs of the future?

53.

    • Isyour schooldoing a good job preparing students for jobs of the future?

Response:Yes Principals 56% Teachers 42% 54.

    • Is your school doing a good job preparing students for jobs of the future?

Response:Yes Principals 56% Teachers 42% Parents 32% Students 39% 55. What if you could design theultimate school . . . . what technologies would have the greatest impact on your learning? Favorite question for districts seekingstakeholder inputinto technology investment decisions 56.

  • Games and virtual simulations
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Personal laptops for each student
  • Student access to email and IM at school
  • Using mobile devices for learning
  • Online classes
  • Digital content

Audience Response:What do K-12 students say is the #1 tech tool or service that will impact their learning? 57.

  • Students in Kindergarten thru 12 thgrade say the same thing every year:

What dostudentssay is the #1 tech toolor service that will impact their learning? 58.

  • Students in Kindergarten thru 12 thgrade have
  • said the same thing for the last 6 years:

What dostudentssay is the #1 tech toolor service that will impact their learning? Give me a laptop for my personal use at school and at home 59. What if you could design the ultimate school? 60. Parentsshopping list:What parents say aregood school investments in technology

  • Top responses:
  • Tools to help child organize their work48%
  • Online textbooks 41%
  • Interactive whiteboards 40%
  • Computer projection devices 36%
  • Digital resources 32%
  • Digital media tools 30%
  • Laptop for every student 27%

61. Recommendations from the Digital Advance Team

  • Are we listening?
  • Un-tether learning
  • New learning spaces
  • Social based learning
  • Digital resources add relevancy
  • Go beyond classroom walls

62. Recommendations from the Digital Advance Team

  • Are we listening?
  • Learning that is
  • Enabled
  • Engaging
  • Empowered

63. Recommendations from the Digital Advance Team

  • Are we listening?
  • Learning that is
  • Enabled
  • Engaging
  • Empowered

How do weget there? 64. Introducing our expert panel: Mary Ann Guidos Technology Integration Supervisor Orange City School District (OH) Janet Herdman Executive Director, IT Services North Kansas City Schools (MO)Kathy Politis Director, Instructional Technology,Fulton County Schools (GA)Jan Wee Information & Technology Director Holmen School District (WI) 65. Recommendations from the Digital Advance Team

  • Are we listening?
  • Learning that is
  • Enabled
  • Engaging
  • Empowered

How do weget there? 66.

  • Reports such as:
  • National Speak Up 2008 Findings (Mar 2009)
  • Learning in the 21 stCentury: A National Report of
  • Online Learning(Oct 2007, Updated Jun 2008, 2009)
  • Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators
  • Students, Teachers and Parents Speak Up aboutScience Education (Jun 2008)
  • Leadership in the 21 stCentury:
  • The New Visionary Administrator
  • (Oct 2008)

More Speak Up?www.tomorrow.org 67. More Speak Up?www.tomorrow.orgNewest report to be released on October 29th! Learning in the 21st Century: Parents Perspectives,Parents Priorities A collaboration with Blackboard Inc. Downloadable from: www.blackboard.com/k12/education21c 68. Online surveys available for: K-12 students Parents Teachers Administrators New!Pre-service teachers Surveys open for input:Oct 19 Dec 18, 2009Participate in Speak Up 2009!Free online report for all Speak Up participating districts w/ your local data: Feb 2010 Release of National Speak Up Findings in Congressional Briefings: Mar & May 2010 No fee to participate. No limit on the # of surveys submitted. 100% confidential. 69. www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2009/ 70. The Future Voice of Education? It is here today . . . 71. The Future Voice of Education? It is here today . . .I believe that "the purpose of education is not to make men carpenters, but to make carpenters men." To be competitive in a workplace that is changing an