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Speak Up News, November 30, 2017

We crossed the 100,000 Speak Up surveys mark this week! Schools across the country are taking full advantage of the free research tool to gather insights from their stakeholders. If you haven't started yet, there is still plenty of time!

Next week is our annual Speak Up America Week. All surveys submitted between December 4th and 8th increase participating schools' chances of winning conference registrations, memberships and professional development opportunities from some of our national and regional partners! We'll also be announcing our classroom photo and video challenges and a new student design challenge. Stay tuned!

We also released a new infographic last week highlighting Speak Up data from teachers. See more below.

Did you know? We have a new set of digital citizenship questions this year! Link to the blog post with more information is below.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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Speak Up America: December 4th-8th!

Speak Up America Week kicks off on Monday, December 4th! Participating schools and districts are eligible to win prizes from several of our national and regional Speak Up partners – this year, we are offering memberships and professional development as well as complimentary conference registrations!

All schools and districts are eligible for the national prizes. The regional prizes are state-specific. If you are in California, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas or Washington, check out the opportunities available to you to win conference registrations.

At the national level, every Speak Up survey submitted from students, educators, parents, and community during Speak Up America Week will enter their schools/districts to win one of these offers:
* one free registration to AASA’s 2018 National Education Conference
* one free registration to AASL's 2018 National Institute
* one district will win access to CoSN's online learning courses, Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning
* one-year complimentary Institutional Membership to iNACOL
* one complimentary individual basic membership to ISTE

Speak Up promotional materials are available to help all participating schools and districts get the word out to their students, parents, staff and community!

Note: Speak Up Appreciation Week is coming up in January with additional chances to win conference registrations.

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Speak Up America Week Photo, Video and Design Challenges

Next week, we will also announce this year's photo and video challenges. These are designed to recognize individual classrooms. The top three prize winners for each will receive Amazon gift cards.

This year, we will also announce a new design challenge for high school students (individuals or team). Finalists will be recognized, and the Speak Up community will vote on the final winner of the challenge.

Stay tuned for details!

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Ten Top Things Everyone Should Know about Teachers and Digital Learning

Our annual Top Ten Things infographic reporting on interesting teacher data was released last week. Findings include:

1. Data, Games & Collaboration
Topping the list of teachers' use of tech to support student learning: Reviewing student achievement & performance data (58%), playing digital games (57%), posting class information to school portal (45%), facilitating student collaborative projects (42%).

6. Time, Tech, Training
To use technology more efficiently, teachers need 1) planning time with colleagues, 2) classroom set of devices for student use & 3) tech support and professional development. Consistent, reliable, high bandwidth Internet access for students in and out of school also topped the list.

8. Teachers Are Learning Online
While 43% say they have had no experiences with online/virtual or blended learning class formats, 37% said they had taken one or more fully online/virtual classes for PD.

View the infographic for all ten findings!

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Speak Up in the News

Speak Up Survey shows mobile learning on the rise - ISTE shared some of the interesting Speak Up findings on mobile use in classrooms.

When the entire class is a game
- The Hechinger Report included Speak Up data on the use of games in class in their article this week on the topic.

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The State of Digital Citizenship Education: Speak Up 2017 Questions

Given the current emphasis on digital citizenship, we added a series of new questions to Speak Up 2017 to help gauge the state of digital citizenship education. We know policymakers and business leaders will be interested in the national-level findings, but we hope that all the local schools and distircts will also use their findings to help them define and refine their own digital citizenship efforts.

Speak Up’s digital citizenship scope covers all the education stakeholder audiences and a variety of topics, including online safety, being an effective consumer of digital content, ethical and legal use, appropriate and inappropriate digital behaviors and more.

Schools and districts will learn:

▪ the types of digital citizenship being explicitly covered by teachers and librarians this year,
▪ what students say they are learning about digital citizenship, and
▪ what parents think are important digital citizenship lessons for their children.
the types of digital citizenship being explicitly covered by teachers and librarians this year,
what students say they are learning about digital citizenship, and
what parents think are important digital citizenship lessons for their children.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA | The School Superintendent's Association, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE, MassCUE, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

 
         
 
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