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About the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning

About Speak Up Snapshots

While some districts get all the feedback data they need from participating in the annual Speak Up project, we have found that others either need additional data to drill down on a topic or only need a specific set of data on one topic. We have created Speak Up Snapshots to help meet those needs, beginning with a mobile learning evaluation tool and a professional learning feedback tool.

Beginning in 2018, schools and districts can choose to 1) participate in Speak Up by selecting one of our annual question decks (current or longitudinal) as needed to collect feedback from their students, staff, parents and/or community, 2) use one or all of these new Snapshots as stand-alone tools 3) use all the Speak Up tools: annual Speak Up questions and Speak Up Snapshots.

Just like our annual survey, there is no cost to participate and you have the option to register as the primary contact to gain access to your data results. Speak Up Snapshots are currently open for participation during the same period as Speak Up.

While we have seen huge growth in technology investments in schools, we know that relatively few schools or districts have conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of all of these mobile devices in the classroom. Building on more than a decade of evaluation studies and insights from the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, this new Snapshot is a research-based tool designed to help school leaders get beyond just “student engagement” as a level of success (or failure) of their mobile learning initiatives to better explain the ROI of their investments.

Learn more about this free Speak Up tool.

The top issue facing school principals today – relative to the use of technology within learning – is how to motivate and train their teachers to change their instructional practices to more seamlessly integrate technology into instruction. While teachers are using more digital content than ever before and have greater access to digital tools including mobile devices in their classroom than ever before, there still is a gap between usage and effectiveness. And, teachers tell us they need and want more professional learning experiences to be able to use technology more effectively. This new Snapshot tool allows administrators to learn more from their teachers about their preferences and interests in professional learning experiences to support more effective use of technology.

Learn more about this free Speak Up tool.

Text, twitter, email, call – how do parents want to communicate with you? 

In 2017, only 37% of parents of school aged children said they were very satisfied with school to home communications.  Signaling a change, only 19% of parents said that hard copy printed flyers sent home with their child were an effective way to communicate with them – but 50% endorsed the idea of receiving text messages about school news.  What does your parent community have to say today? Use this short 5 question survey on how your parents would like to keep up-to-date on information from teachers, schools and the district.

Survey link
Shortened link: http://bit.ly/SUSnapshot137

Gather feedback from your parent community on their wants for school safety with this short 5 question survey. This survey allows you to gather feedback from your parents if you are considering new changes/updates to your school safety procedures and infrastructure. Questions focus on the following:

  • levels of concerns relative to physical safety and protections
  • the safety and security protections and practices in place to create a safe learning environment for all children
  • levels of support for many of the physical protections or practices that are being discussed, including auto door locks triggered by a campus emergency, lock down drills, emergency notification system, metal detectors, fencing, rules about backpacks, school resource officers, school staff have weapons on campus, staff and student ID badges and more

Survey link
Shortened link: http://bit.ly/SUSnapshot138

Do your students know how to be safe online? In 2017, more than half (56%) of high school students and 60% of middle school students said this is true. Given the focus on safety in schools, these numbers seem rather low. Hear from your students about how they are learning to be safe and smart online with this short 5 question survey for students grade 6-12.

Survey link
Shortened link: http://bit.ly/SUSnapshot139

To assist with your collection effort, we’ve created a few sample social media posts and emails that can be used to reach your selected audience here.