Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning and Empower Student Thinking

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How is learning and teaching being transformed by digital tools? How do administrators, teachers, parents, and students really use technology right now? And what does the future of personalized learning look like? In this webinar for the edWeb.net Blended Learning community, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, shared survey findings from the Speak Up National Research Project and discussed learning and teaching with technology, 21st Century Skills, and STEM instruction. She was joined by Christie Gibson, Principal of Crull Elementary School, who shared insights from her Board of Education Report on state reporting, as well as comparisons of student growth with the amount of time digital tools are used in each classroom. View the webinar to hear the latest on digital tools and personalized learning, today and tomorrow.

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  • 1.Using Digital Tools to Personalize Learning and Empower Student Thinking Julie Evans, CEO Project Tomorrow Speak Up 2013 National Research & Trends

2. How is K-12 learning and teaching being transformed by digital tools? How are administrators, teachers, and students using technology to support learning? What is the future for personalized, blended learning in the elementary and middle school classroom? Todays Discussion Topics (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 3. Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit organization Programs: Research & evaluation studies STEM education programs Advocacy for digital learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Mission: To ensure that todays students are prepared to become tomorrows leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. 4. Annual national research project Using online surveys + focus groups Surveys for: K-12 Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Community Members Special: Pre-Service Teachers in Schools of Education Open for all K-12 schools and schools of education Schools, districts & colleges receive free report with their own data Inform policies, plans & programs Local: your stakeholder data State: state level data Federal: national findings Speak Up National Research Project + 3.4 million surveys since 2003 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 5. Learning & Teaching with Technology 21st Century Skills: Digital Citizenship & Global Awareness Math and Science Instruction/ Digital Writing Students Career Interests in STEM Professional Development / Teacher Preparation Internet Safety/Digital Footprints Administrators Challenges/Bandwidth Capacity Emerging Technologies both in & out of the Classroom Mobile Devices, Online Learning, Digital Content, E-texts Educational Games, Social Media tools and applications Flipped Classroom, Print to Digital, Online Assessments Designing the 21st Century School Speak Up survey question themes (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 6. K-12 Students 325,279 Teachers & Librarians 32,151 Parents (in English & Spanish) 39,986 School/District Administrators 4,530 Community Members (new this year!) 1,346 About the participating schools & districts o 9,005 schools and 2,710 districts o 90% public schools10% private/parochial/charter/other o 32% urban / 31% rural / 37% suburban o 30% school wide Title 1; 43% majority minority school o All 50 states + DC + Guam + DODEA schools National Speak Up 2013 Participation: 403,292 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 7. Why do schools and districts participate in Speak Up? . Power of local data Use data as input for planning To justify budget and purchasing decisions Inform new initiatives as an evaluation tool As a tool to engage parents Use for grant writing and fund development Content for professional development To counteract mythology (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 8. Commonly heard ed tech mythology New teachers dont need any training in how to use technology within teaching Parents wont accept online textbooks Kids only want to use mobiles so that they can text & play games in class Online learning undercuts the role of the teacher in learning. There is so much great content online for teachers to use in the classroom so, what is the problem? Just put technology XYZ in the classroom and magically students will learn more! (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 9. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 District administrators views on solutions that have greatest potential to transform teaching & learning 1. Enhancing teacher effectiveness (58%) 2. Integrating 21st century skills into curriculum (49%) 3. Leveraging technology more effectively (46%) Digital content Blended learning Tablets and other mobile devices 1:1 programs Online textbooks and content Flipped learning models 10. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 How important is the effective implementation of technology within instruction on student success? 46% 62% 45% 41% 52% 35% 55% 57% Parents of K-8 school students Elementary/Middle School Teachers Elementary/Middle School Principals District Administrators Not important Important Extremely important 11. Socialbased learning Untethered learning Digitallyrich learning Students & Digital Learning Path to more personalized learning (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Student Vision 12. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Speak Up 2013 National Reports 13. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 The New Digital Learning Playbook: Current uses of technology Four types of technology usage for learning In school: o teacher directed or sponsored o student self initiated to support learning Out of school time: o doing assignments and homework o supporting personal learning 14. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers use of digital tools for professional tasks Teachers who self assess their skills as advanced compared to peers: Internet research to info a lesson (90%) Watch an online video to learn something (74%) Text with colleagues (67%) Customize digital content for class use (56%) Participate in online PLC (55%) 15. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Digital Activity Elementary School Grades 3-5 Middle School Grades 6-8 High School Grades 9-12 Access class information through online portal 31% 68% 75% Take tests online 44% 47% 52% Use online textbooks 14% 32% 37% Use a mobile device provided by school 25% 30% 32% Watch teacher created videos 14% 22% 22% Students Use of Teacher-Facilitated Technology in the Classroom 16. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Learning modalities: Digital Online Mobile 17. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Teachers use of digital content in the classroom 6% 19% 21% 22% 35% 47% 11% 22% 19% 29% 21% 49% Videos that I create Animations Real time data Online textbooks Game environments Videos that I find online Middle school teachers Elementary school teachers 18. . (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 2007 2013 K-2 students 60% 68%*** Gr 3-5 students 47% 60%*** Gr 6-8 students 40% 48%*** Gr 9-12 students 23% 30% *** no gender differentiation in frequency of game playing Who is playing games for learning? 19. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Benefits of games within the classroom Elementary teachers say: Increase student engagement 79% Address different learning styles 72% Reinforce understanding 53% Provide practice opportunities 52% Visualize difficult concepts 43% Gain immediate feedback 38% Personalize learning process 34% 20. What do students say are the benefits of playing educational games? . (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Benefits of Games Students K-2 Students Gr 3-5 Students Gr 6-8 Students Gr 9-12 Helps me understand difficult learning concepts 57% 48% 56% 48% School would be more fun 48% 43% 52% 44% Games engage me in learning 43% 40% 47% 43% Learn more about a subject 49% 44% 39% 31% 21. Particular interest in intelligent adaptive software benefits Elementary school principals say: 2012 2013 Providing just right instruction 67% 74% Differentiating instruction within large classes 66% 72% Enabling self-directed learning 65% 73% Supporting teachers with real time reporting 54% 56% Increasing the effectiveness of using technology 46% 52% (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 22. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Learning modalities: Digital Online Mobile 23. Middle school students interest in online learning Advantages of personalized learning: To work at my own pace 52% I would be in control of my learning 52% To get extra help in a tough subject 47% It will make it easier for me to succeed 42% I could review materials whenever I needed 41% I would be more motivated to learn (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 24. What subject would students prefer to take using an online format or content? (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 25. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 26. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 How widespread is blended learning? Primarily face-to-face instruction with some use of online curriculum, resources and tools to supplement or remediate instruction 46% of teachers are using videos within class Other models per Christensen Institute Regular rotation between online & F2F Online curriculum w/onsite teacher Off site teacher onsite students Occasional online class Primarily online class 62% 21% (total) 27. Why offer online learning? Principals say: (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Reasons for online learning 2013 Keep students engaged in school 66% Academic remediation 60% Provide programs for gifted/at risk students 51% Motivate teachers to change teaching methods 40% Personalize instruction 40% 28. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Learning modalities: Digital Online Mobile 29. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 21% 50% 73% 89% 41% 62% 66% 66% 41% 58% 61% 50% 18% 39% 48% 39% Gr K-2 Gr 3-5 Gr 6-8 Gr 9-12 Digital Reader Tablet Laptop Smartphone K-12 Students Personal Access to Mobile Devices 30. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 52% 63% 49% 49% 55% 52% 54% 55% 58% 75% 48% 57% 62% 67% 86% Improves school to home communications Increases student engagement Personalizes learning Extends learning beyond school day Provides way for students to review materials anytime Principals Teachers Parents Benefits of mobile devices for schoolwork 31. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Parents are mobilists also and believe in potential of mobile learning 6 out of 10 parents want their child in a class where they can use a mobile device for learning 32. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Parent by Community / Age of Child(ren) I want my child in a BYOD class I would buy my child a device Parents from urban communities 64% 65% Parents from rural communities 64% 66% Parents from suburban communities 59% 64% Parents from Title 1 communities 63% 64% Parents of elementary students 58% 62% Parents of middle school students 63% 67% Parents of high school students 65% 67% Parents desires for mobile learning in class with devices / willingness to buy devices 33. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Personalizing learning with transformational technologies in the classroom 34. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 Key Trends Discussed Today Students have wide access to a wide range of digital tools and ideas for effective usage Parents are becoming an important driver for digital learning and communications Personal technology use by educators increases value for learning A disconnect exists between administrators aspirations and teachers implementation 35. National Speak Up Findings and reports Targeted and thematic reports Online learning trends Mobile learning & social media Print to digital migration Social learning Intelligent adaptive software Digital parent series Presentations, podcasts and webinars Services: consulting, workshops, evaluation and efficacy studies Speak Up 2014 opens on October 6 (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 More Speak Up? www.tomorrow.org 36. Thank you. Lets continue this conversation. Julie Evans Project Tomorrow jevans@tomorrow.org 949-609-4660 x15 Twitter: @JulieEvans_PT @SpeakUpEd Copyright Project Tomorrow 2014 This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author. (c) Project Tomorrow 2014 37. Q & A 38. Reinventing the Learning Experience Intelligent Adaptive Learning Engine Millions of personalized learning paths Tailored to a students unique needs Motivating Learning Environment Student Directed, Empowering Gaming Fundamentals, Rewards Rigorous Elementary Mathematics Reporting Aligned to Common Core State Standards, Texas TEKS, Virginia SOL, Canada WNCP, & Canada Ontario Curriculum Reports Standards for Mathematical Practice 39. DreamBox Lessons & Virtual Manipulatives Intelligently adapt & individualize to: Students own intuitive strategies Kinds of mistakes Efficiency of strategy Scaffolding needed Response time DreamBox Learning 40. Robust Reporting DreamBox Learning 41. Strong Support for Differentiation DreamBox Learning 42. DreamBox supports small group and whole class instructional resources Interactive white-board lessons www.dreambox.com/teachertools DreamBox Learning 43. Free School-wide Trial! www.dreambox.com/free-trial

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