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Congressional Briefing:
Washington 2009

2010 Congressional Briefing
National Release of Speak Up 2009
Teachers, Aspiring Teachers and Administrators

“Students can learn anywhere, home, school or on the road.”
-- District administrator from KY

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Unleashing the Future: Educators “Speak Up” about the Use of Emerging Technologies for Learning

On May 5, 2010 Project Tomorrow released the report “Unleashing the Future: Educators “Speak Up” about the Use of Emerging Technologies for Learning,” which emphasizes the results from Speak Up 2009 Teachers, Aspiring Teachers and Administrators.

The Speak Up 2009 survey represents the voices of more than 300,000 students nationwide, which, for the first time, includes aspiring teachers in an education program at a higher education institution. This report includes responses from more than 5,700 schools and 71 schools of education.

Nearly 100 people attended the Congressional Briefing; including congressional staff members, student and staff representatives from some of our Speak Up schools, and staff from many of our sponsors, champion outreach partners and non-profit partners.

Project Tomorrow was very pleased to welcome staff from AACTE, Afterschool Alliance, Alabama Department of Education, American Federation of Teachers, American Youth Policy Forum, Blackboard, CDW Government LLC, CELT, Center for Excellence in Education, Curriki, Dell, DHS National Cyber Security Division, Digital Learning Environment, Education Daily, Education Free Agent, ETS, Friendship Academy of Science and Technology, iNACOL, Insight Schools, K12 Inc., LogicWing Inc., NASA, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, NCES, NEA, NSBA, NSF, Offices of Congressmen Moran, Latham, Titus and Watson, Representatives Bright and DeGette, and Senators Grassley and Webb, O’Keeffe & Company, Senate HELP Committee, SETDA, Sheridan Group, SMART, The Library of Congress, The National Endowment for the Arts, Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education, Tutor.com, United States Mint, United States Department of Commerce and United States Department of Education.

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Administrators' Vision
Great Teachers

Dr. Julie A.Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO welcomed the participants to the briefing along with Natalie Price, Legislative Assistant, Office of US Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard and Liz White, Senior Marketing Manager, CDW Government LLC who shared their enthusiasm for the findings from Speak Up 2009 Teachers, Aspiring Teachers and Administrators.

Julie shared selected national findings from Speak Up 2009, which focused on how educators are using technology to facilitate learning environments where the students have opportunities to learn using digitally-rich curriculum regardless of time or location.

The results demonstrate that district administrators are more likely than principals or teachers to recognize the value of mobile device usage for learning. However, as the slide below depicts, mobile devices also help students develop collaboration, teamwork, and communication skills.

Educators' Speak Up about perceived benefits of using mobile devices for instruction
Congressional Briefing Statistics

Students from Washington-Lee High School and teachers from Northern Middle School along with aspiring teachers from Frostburg State University shared their insights about the use of technology in their classrooms.

Learn more, check out the national findings.

2008 Sponsors