For Immediate Release:
April 24, 2012

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Speak Up 2012

 

Speak Up 2012 Survey Opens, Marks 10th Year Students Have Been Asked about Technology and Learning

Students, Parents and Teachers Share Their Opinions on Schools Through December 21st
http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/

Irvine, Calif. —This year marks the 10th time the national Speak Up survey has asked students about how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. This year, students will be asked about their use of mobile tools, social networks and gaming as part of their learning in and out of the classroom. Teachers and administrators will be asked what tools they use and what they want to use and how prepared they are for technology use, and parents will be asked how they feel about the role of technology in their children’s lives and learning.

The national online Speak Up 2012 survey is open now until December 21st.

Students will also be given the chance this year, through two open-ended questions, to “brief the President” on their ideas for improving education and to describe how they would make one of their classes more interesting and valuable if technology was better used in that class.

The Speak Up online survey will be completed by more than 400,000 K-12 students, educators and parents around the country. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations that are used every year by individual schools, districts, state departments of education and national leaders.

“We are excited to look at how students’ responses have changed over the last decade, and to look at how the responses have changed from those who were 7-years-old the first time they took the Speak Up survey and who are now seniors in high school,” said Julie Evans, president and CEO of Project Tomorrow, the organization that conducts the Speak Up survey. “Ten years ago, we were asking about email accounts. Last year, we were talking about students designing and using gaming to learn. That’s a huge shift.”

The 2012 online surveys – open to all K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians and administrators at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2012/ – offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools. The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private, parochial and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate.

Project Tomorrow will share the national data findings from the survey in the spring with federal, state and local policymakers. Additionally, every school or district that participates in Speak Up receives a free online report with all of their locally collected data – and the national data findings to use for benchmark comparison.

Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the online survey takes only 20 minutes. Schools and district must register to participate in Speak Up. Speak Up is open to every public and private school and district in the United States, American schools on military bases and other interested schools worldwide.

Since 2003, more than 2.6 million K-12 students, educators and parents from more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Blackboard, Inc., DreamBox, Hewlett-Packard, K12, Inc., Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative, Rosetta Stone, Schoolwires and SMART Technologies.

Project Tomorrow partners with more than 75 different education associations, organizations and think-tanks for outreach to the schools and development of the survey questions including the American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking, Digital Learning Day, Digital Promise, iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, Southern Regional Education Board and State Education Technology Directors’ Association.

About Project Tomorrow
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to 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. For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.

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