This Project Tomorrow “Speak Up 2011″ report focuses on how K-12 students and parents in the U.S. are “connecting the dots” through digital learning. The goal in this year’s Speak Up National Report on the 2011 findings from K-12 students and parents is to provide new insights on how schools can take advantage of the opportunities to transform learning through technology-enabled personalization.
In fall 2011, Project Tomorrow surveyed 330,117 K-12 students, 44,006 parents, 36,477 teachers, 2,025 librarians, 814 district administrators, 3,319 school administrators representing 5616 public and private schools from 1,250 districts. Schools from urban (24 percent), suburban (41 percent) and rural (35 percent) communities are represented. Over one-half of the schools that participated in Speak Up 2010 are Title I eligible (an indicator of student population poverty).
The Speak Up surveys included foundation questions about the use of technology for learning, 21st century skills and schools of the future, as well as emerging technologies (online learning, mobile devices and digital content), science instruction and STEM career exploration. In addition, educators shared the challenges they encounter integrating technology into their schools and districts and how budget challenges have impacted these decisions.
Students, perhaps without even realizing it, are already seeking ways to personalize their learning. Looking to address what they perceive as deficiencies in classroom experiences, students turn to online classes and discussion boards to study topics that interest them, or use collaboration tools to share their expertise with other students online. Two-thirds of the interviewed students said that they define school success by the achievement of their personal learning goals instead of traditional academic grades or ranking.
Download the full report here: Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey