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Speak Up Snapshots Frequently Asked Questions

What are 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 both of these new Snapshots as stand-alone tools 3) use all the Speak Up tools: annual Speak Up questions, Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot and Teacher Professional Learning Snapshot. To learn more about Speak Up Snapshots offered this year please visit: https://tomorrow.org/speakup/about_SU_Snapshots.html

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What Speak Up Snapshots are currently available?
Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot
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.

Teacher Professional Learning Snapshot
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.

 

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When are Speak Up Snapshots available?
The snapshots are currently open for participation during the same period as Speak Up. The Speak Up online data collection process is open each fall from October through January with the exception of the Mobile Learning Impact Snapshot which will also open for input in the spring. Results will be available to participating schools and districts the following February for fall input. Summer for spring input.

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Is there a cost to participate?
Just like Speak Up, this is 100% a free service. Participating schools and districts can view their data against benchmark national and state results, online, free of charge after the end of each collection period via our online data findings portal.

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How long does it take to complete the Speak Up Snapshots?
Each Speak Up snapshot consists of only 15 questions and should take no longer than 12-15 minute to complete.

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Is there a special registration process for Speak Up Snapshots?
No, Speak Up annual and Speak Up Snapshots are the same registration process. You can register your school or district for participation at: https://speakup.tomorrow.org/register.aspx

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Can I use Speak Up Snapshots in addition to annual versions of Speak Up?
Yes, you can use an annual version of speak up, either the current year’s questions or longitudinal versions plus any of the Speak Up snapshot tools offered. Each Speak Up snapshot can be accessed via its own standalone page which can be combined with your annual version link.

Standalone pages do require your participants to look up their school and select their survey type to access their survey.

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Can I use Speak Up Snapshots as a standalone survey?
Yes, each Speak Up snapshot can be accessed via its own standalone page and does not require you to participate in annual versions of Speak Up. You can access the standalone pages at:

Standalone pages do require your participants to look up their school and select their survey type to access their survey.

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