A national survey of more than 368,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators documents the increasingly significant digital disconnect between students' beliefs about how technology can improve the learning process and the practices of educators who are less comfortable with using technology in the classroom. The findings of the 2009 Speak Up Survey, conducted by Project Tomorrow and sponsored by Schoolwires, are being presented today at the first of two congressional briefings in Washington, DC.
Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, is presenting the findings of the National Speak Up survey at the congressional briefing. Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Education Technology in the US Department of Education, will also make remarks.
"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."
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.
The complete survey is available at www.tomorrow.org/speakup