Enabled, engaged and empowered. If you’re new to Speak Up surveys, just know that this is the biggie: The Speak Up National Research Project each year polls K-12 students, parents and educators on the role of technology for learning in and out of school and is the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Beginning in Fall 2003, over 2.2 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have spoken up—sharing their thoughts and insights through Speak Up. K-12 educators, higher education faculty, business and policy leaders use Speak Up data to inform federal, state and local education programs. So, when Speak Up reports that these trends are hot: mobile learning, online and blended learning and digital content—it’s more than just one person’s opinion. In Fall 2010, Project Tomorrow surveyed 294,399 K-12 students, 42,267 parents, 35,525 teachers, 2,125 librarians, 3,578 school/district administrators and 1,391 technology leaders representing 6,541 public and private schools from 1,340 districts. Here are a few more particularly interesting findings from the most recent survey:
• Over twice as many teachers and administrators have a personal smart phone today than in 2008.
• While only 11 percent of teachers regularly updated their social networking site in 2007, over 44 percent are active Facebook users in 2010. Forty-five percent of administrators are also Facebook users now.
• Reflecting the exploding interest in digital content and e-textbooks, four times more administrators (35 percent) are concerned today about how to evaluate the quality of digital resources than just one year ago (9 percent).
• Thirty percent of teachers are now using podcasts and videos in their classroom instruction – an increase of over 50 percent since 2008.
• Teacher interest in teaching an online class has grown by 76 percent in just two years.
• And as classroom instruction is becoming more digitally-based, administrators are ranking digital equity and student home tech access as a much bigger issue. While only 12 percent of administrators listed digital equity as a concern in 2007, 30 percent of our education leaders today consider student access an important district challenge.
Dig in to the data from other years and other important surveys at tomorrow.org