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Speak Up News, December 7, 2017

We're hosting a webinar this Friday, December 8th, to wrap up Speak Up America week and to offer any school leaders the chance to learn more about Speak Up, get a sneak peek at some of this year's data and to ask any questions you may still have about Speak Up participation.

We just released new data on computer science and coding findings from Speak Up 2016 and some sneak peeks at preliminary 2017 data from teachers, students and parents.

Be sure classrooms and students are aware of our photo, video and design challenges this year. Deadline for entires is January 12th.

And, don't forget, it's Speak Up America Week! All surveys submitted this week increase participating schools' chances of winning conference registrations, memberships and professional development opportunities from some of our national and regional partners!

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 2017 Webinar, December 8th

Join Julie Evans this Friday afternoon for a Speak Up 2017 webinar! If you are new to Speak Up, still making plans for participation or a Speak Up veteran, there will be something for everyone! And, we will leave plenty of time for your questions!

Register today for the webinar on Friday, December 8th at 3pmET/noon PT.

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Student Interest in Computer Science and Coding

In honor of Computer Science Week and Hour of Code, we released Speak Up 2016 findings from students, parents, administrators and community members about their views on computer science and coding:

▪ 63% of middle school students said they would be interested in a class or after school activity to learn how to do computer programming or coding (up from 52% in 2014).
▪ In 2013, 20% of HS students were interested in taking an online programming/coding class. In 2016, 42% said they were interested & 15% were already taking these classes online.
▪ Among students who are already in computer programming programs or classes, 41% of middle schoolers and 46% of high schoolers say they are very interested in a career in a STEM field. Comparatively, only 1/3 of all students in grades 6-12 say they are very interested in a STEM career.
63% of middle school students said they would be interested in a class or after school activity to learn how to do computer programming or coding (up from 52% in 2014).
In 2013, 20% of HS students were interested in taking an online programming/coding class. In 2016, 42% said they were interested & 15% were already taking these classes online.
Among students who are already in computer programming programs or classes, 41% of middle schoolers and 46% of high schoolers say they are very interested in a career in a STEM field. Comparatively, only 1/3 of all students in grades 6-12 say they are very interested in a STEM career.

Check out the blog post for more!

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Speak Up 2017 – Sneak Peek at Preliminary Data!

We pulled some preliminary data from surveys submitted from more than 10,000 teachers, 26,000 high school students and 8,000 parents during the early weeks of Speak Up 2017. Take a peek at what they are saying this year about their views on technology and learning, digital citizenship, views on math education and more:

▪ Only half of all high school students say they are learning about any digital citizenship skills in school; 49% say their parents have had the biggest influence on what they know about being a good digital citizen, followed by learning on my own (41%) and classroom teacher (39%).
▪ While 64% of teacher say they are better able to differentiate instruction because of technology, 46% put this topic on their wish list for PD.
▪ 37% of parents said the best mobile situation for their child would be to use a mobile device that the school assigns for use at school and at home (top selection of several mobile device situations).
Only half of all high school students say they are learning about any digital citizenship skills in school; 49% say their parents have had the biggest influence on what they know about being a good digital citizen, followed by learning on my own (41%) and classroom teacher (39%).
While 64% of teacher say they are better able to differentiate instruction because of technology, 46% put this topic on their wish list for PD.
37% of parents said the best mobile situation for their child would be to use a mobile device that the school assigns for use at school and at home (top selection of several mobile device situations).

Check out the blog post for more!

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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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