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Researchers' Frequently Asked Questions

About Speak Up

What is Speak Up?
The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, an initiative of Project Tomorrow, is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Since fall 2003, Speak Up has helped education leaders include the voices of their students, parents, community members, teachers and staff in annual and long-term planning. Each year, the Speak Up Project asks students, parents and educators about the role of technology in education both in and out of the classroom, as well as their views and aspirations for how technology should be used in the future. The Speak Up findings represent the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered feedback from key K-12 stakeholders on the use of technology within education. These highly respected findings are used each year to inform policies, programs and plans for schools at every level of governance. 
Speak Up is a convenience sample; schools and districts self-select to participate in project and facilitate the online data collection process for their students, educators and parents. In preparation for data analysis, the data results are matched with school level demographic information, such as Title I, school locale (urban, rural and suburban), and ethnicity selected from the Core of Common Data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). The data is analyzed using standard cross-tab analysis and key variables, such as internet and device access are tested for statistical significance. 

To minimize bias in the data results, Project Tomorrow conducts significant outreach to ensure adequate regional, socio-economic and racial/ethnic/cultural distribution. Additionally, Project Tomorrow staff verifies the national data through a series of focus groups and interviews with representative groups of students, educators and parents.

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When is Speak Up open?
The Speak Up online data collection process is open each fall from October through January. Results will be available to participating schools and districts the following February.

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Who is eligible to participate in Speak Up?
Any school, district or organization that serves K-12 students in the U.S. and internationally can participate in the Speak Up free-of-charge. Data results with state and national benchmarks are available to any organization that participates in Speak Up.

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What types of question decks are available?
Speak Up is available for students, teachers, librarians, principals, district administrators, parents and the general public via our community member question deck.  Student questions are grade and reading level appropriate and are available for grades Kindergarten through 2nd, 3rd through 5th, 6th through 8th and 9th through 12th. Speak Up is designed to take into consideration each group’s unique perspectives. Questions for students and educators are currently available in English only. The parent questions are currently available in English and Spanish.   

Each question deck contains 15 to 30 questions, with one or two open-ended responses. 60% are legacy questions; carried over from year to year to track changes in attitude over time. 40% are created each year to gain insight into emerging technologies and innovations in the classroom. 

Complete question decks can be viewed online only during each collection period during the months of October and January. 

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Speak Up Data Results

When will Speak Up data results be available
Data results will be available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, beginning in February of next year. Speak Up national findings will be released in the beginning of next Spring through a variety of venues, including: Congressional Briefings in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, and our website.

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Can anyone view Speak Up data results?
Schools and districts that participate in Speak Up have free online access via a password protected link to their specific Speak Up results with national benchmarks on our website. To ensure confidentiality, Project Tomorrow will only release district and school level results to the primary contact on file.  If you would like to view your school or district’s Speak Up results and you are not sure how to access them, email the Speak Up team for assistance. 


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Where can I find Speak Up reports from previous years?
During the year, the national findings are released through a series of reports and presentations and can be found on the Speak Up website, click here to view the presentations or reports.

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I would like to use Speak Up data in my research, what steps do I need to take?
We encourage you to use, discuss and write about the Speak Up national findings. If you would like to include the Speak Up data published in our national reports and presentations in your own research, please email the completed Speak Up permissions document to the Speak Up team.

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Can I use Speak Up for my own research?
Speak Up questions and findings are the intellectual property of Project Tomorrow and only the participating schools and districts have access to Speak Up during the collection period. If you would like to use Speak Up during the open collection period, to collect data from a group of participants, please contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org.

Rights to Data
Project Tomorrow retains all legal rights to the data gathered as part of Speak Up and prohibits the use of the data for commercial or unauthorized purposes by any entity. For more information about appropriate use, please contact the Speak Up Team.

 

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