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“Learning in the 21st Century: Parents’ Perspectives, Parents’ Priorities”

“Integrate technology tools in all core class instruction. Make online textbooks available. Offer online tutorials for students having difficulties understanding what is being taught in the classroom. Remember, every student’s learning process is different.” —Parent from Viera, FL

Report CoverProject Tomorrow and Blackboard released Learning in the 21st Century: Parents’ Perspectives, Parents’ Priorities during a breakfast meeting at the NSBA T+L 2009 Conference (Denver, CO) on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. This report, based on the Speak Up 2008 National Research Project, puts the spotlight on parents by examining their views on the role of technology in education. It also explores the parents’ beliefs on how well the schools are doing to prepare the students for the jobs and careers of the future.

Parents’ Perspectives, Parents’ Priorities is our newest report in the series Education in the 21st Century and represents the voices of over 21,000 parents. In this landmark report, we are hearing both the angst and the aspirations of this important, but often overlooked, stakeholder group on key education issues. These issues include questions such as:

  • Do parents believe that effective technology use at school is important for their child(ren)’s success?
  • Are parents’ satisfied with the use of technology at their child(ren)’s school?
  • What types of technology investments do they think schools should make to improve learning?
  • How do America’s parents answer this question: Is your child’s school doing a good job preparing your child for the jobs of the future?

Special thanks to our panelists:

  • Janet Herdman – North Kansas City School
  • (MO) Audie Rubin – Jefferson County Schools (CO)
  • Robin Stricklin – Jefferson County Schools (CO)


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