• National Speak Up Study Released on Capitol Hill: Data Shows Lack of Technology in K-12 Classrooms Limits Access to Educational Resources & Discourages Student Engagement

    • A national survey of more than 368,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators documents the increasingly significant digital disconnect between the values and aspirations of students about how technology can improve the learning process and student outcomes, and the practices of teachers and administrators who are less comfortable with using technology in the classroom.  The findings of the 2009 Speak Up Survey, conducted by Project Tomorrow

    • In response to this digital disconnect, according to the report, “K-12 students are increasingly taking responsibility for their own learning, defining their own education path through alternative sources, and feeling not just a right but a responsibility for creating personalized learning experiences.”

    • Significant findings illustrated within the research report include:
      • Schools place constraints on students’ use of social collaboration tools within the schools, and students are not waiting for schools to provide the tools for their use.
      • While students are actively developing social-based learning skills outside of school, many schools are not taking advantage of either the tools or the students’ knowledge about how to effectively use these tools within the classroom.
      • Students are leveraging a wide range of technology-enabled communications and collaboration tools to build a personalized network of experts to create a more relevant learning environment for themselves.
      • Only 20% of parents correlate social collaborative tools to student achievement; however 60% of parents value the districts’ websites as their top choice for driving student achievement.

    • “As a result of the acceptance by parents of the value of the school website, these portals have a significant potential to be the forum for enhanced home-to-school communications and collaborations with the inclusion of some of the Web 2.0 tools already used by the students and parents,” according to the report.

    • “If we are serious – and we are – about getting many more kids over a much higher bar, we have to transform our schools and empower teachers and students with the best possible technology of the day,” said Cator. “Learning from districts about how they are using technology at the school and classroom levels is incredibly important – as we see technology offering unique opportunities to invigorate and inspire teachers and students.”

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