Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Educators and Students, Participate in the Speak Up Survey

The 2011 Speak Up survey, conducted by the non-profit organization Project Tomorrow, is currently gathering responses from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and librarians at any and all school districts in the United States. The annual survey will be open for your responses until December 23, 2011.

The Speak Up survey is an opportunity for you and your students to share your experiences and perspectives about the use of technology in education. Last year, the survey gathered input from hundreds of thousands of responders. Each year, the findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers and with schools who participated.

Since 2003 the Speak Up survey has been conducted annually with questions about the use of technology for learning, 21st century skills and schools of the future, as well as emerging technologies (online learning, mobile devices and digital content), science instruction, and STEM career exploration.

Key questions in the 2010 Speak Up survey included:
  • Who is learning online?
  • What is propelling this new level of interest and excitement around online learning?
  • Can online learning really transform the learning process?
  • What is standing in the way of greater adoption of online learning in our nation’s schools?
  • What are the most effective motivators to increase the pool of teachers who want to teach online?

According to Education Week, the 2011 survey asks students, among other thing, if they think they better comprehend information through electronic or print text. Stories of students printing hard copies of material they read online led researchers to develop the question.

The results of the 2011 survey will be made available in spring 2012. To contribute to this large-scale project, visit the Speak Up website before December 23.

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