Project Tomorrow‘s Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning (opens in new tab) (Speak Up) is now available on demand and will no longer have participation windows and deadlines. School and district leaders can now use the free Speak Up suite of tested resources whenever they need to collect feedback from their stakeholders.
Education leaders can now choose any or all of the following:
- Speak Up 360 – Annual, comprehensive feedback tool to learn about the views of education stakeholders. Speak Up 360 provides education leaders with tools to collect and analyze longitudinal data around multiple themes and from a variety of audiences to support both short- and long-term planning and decision-making.
- Speak Up Snapshots – Data collection tools focused on particularly timely topics of interest to education leaders. For this year, the focus is on the impact of mobile learning initiatives and the professional learning experiences and aspirations of teachers.
- Speak Up Flash Indicators – Short 5-question surveys on hot topics in education aimed to collect indicator data to inform current initiatives or decisions. This year’s hot topics include school-to-home communications, school safety and digital citizenship.
Schools and districts annually use Speak Up’s online surveys to not only learn about the views of their own stakeholders but to stimulate new discussions about how to create new learning environments that leverage digital tools to empower higher levels of student learning and teacher effectiveness.
Using national Speak Up data, Project Tomorrow has made K-12 school and district leaders, as well as policy makers at the local, state and federal levels, aware of the emerging trends in the use of technology for learning. The validity of the Speak Up findings on digital learning is enhanced by the size, variety and depth of the national data set. Since 2003, more than 5.5 million K-12 stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, district administrators, technology leaders, communications officers and community members have shared their views and values on the use of technology in educational settings.
During this time, the Speak Up findings have had a tremendous impact on local school technology plans, 1:1 mobile device programs, digital content adoptions, homework gap solutions, community engagement, online learning and new classroom model implementations, digital citizenship lessons and more. At the state level, Speak Up has offered relevant data to inform policymaking especially around investments in technology, new learning models and teacher professional development. And at the federal level, the Speak Up data has not only informed federal policies and rule-making, but has stimulated new discussions about digital learning, equity and access.