Since 2003 Project Tomorrow, a national education non-profit organization focusing on the use of technology in K-12 learning, has released the Speak Up Report to inform the education community about digital learning. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and her team identified the need for a comprehensive annual study on tech trends when they saw a disconnect between how students use technology in their everyday lives and how technology was being “served up” to students in the classroom.
The Report, which is based on survey data received from students, parents, educators, and administrators, is used to inform federal and state policy makers, and educational administrators about the benefits of online learning and how they can integrate technology into their schools and into the delivery of knowledge to students. What has become apparent to the Project Tomorrow team through the Speak Up Report is that students want more online learning opportunities because they benefit from the personalization of curriculum and individualized attention they receive when curriculum is delivered online.
For Ms. Evans, her next goal is to use the results of the Speak Up Report to link these pockets of innovation within schools and between districts to create a seamlessly integrated technology-driven education environment that fuels student achievement in the 21st Century.
To learn more about the Speak Up Report watch this short video below, then check out a summary of the 2013 report results, here.