National Technology Survey of DoDEA students, educators and parents open through Dec. 19
ALEXANDRIA, VA — November 12, 2014 — Through December 19th, more than 400,000 K-12 students, educators and parents across the nation will complete the Speak Up 2014 online survey and share their ideas about education and technology with our national leaders. The annual survey is now open for input and is facilitated through public, private and charter schools all around the country; every school is eligible to participate. The results provide important insights about education, technology and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education and national leaders.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is participating in the survey for the first time as a school system. The annual nationwide Speak Up Survey is administered by Project Tomorrow. This survey has been taken by over 3 million students in 2,400 school districts across the Nation since 2003.
“Each year more schools sign up to be part of Speak Up because it offers them – their students, parents, staff and members of the community – a way to express their opinions about the future of learning, local and national policies, how teaching could be improved and more,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the survey’s facilitator and a national leader in empowering students to have a voice in improving education in the 21st century.
In announcing DoDEA’s participation in the survey, DoDEA Director Tom Brady told stakeholders, “This is your opportunity to Speak Up! Data from the survey will allow DoDEA to make better technology decisions in many areas, such as how we resource our classrooms and the type of professional development teachers want.”
While this is entirely voluntary, parents, students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to take the survey. The survey is open between now and December 19, 2014. Data from the survey will allow DoDEA to make better technology decisions in many areas, such as how we resource our classrooms, awareness of our curriculum standards, and the type of professional development teachers want.
After more than a decade and over 3.4 million participants, Speak Up continues to be the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. Again this year, the online surveys ask students, parents and educators to envision their ultimate 21st century school and to identify the technology tools that would be essential to support increased student achievement and learning.
In addition to sharing their insights, schools and districts who participate in Speak Up receive a free online report with all of their locally collected data – and the national data findings to use for benchmark comparison. National data findings will be released during two Congressional Briefings in Spring 2015.
Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the online survey takes only 20 minutes. The Speak Up surveys are open to every public and private school and district in the United States, American schools on military bases and other interested schools worldwide.
The online survey is available at: http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2014/DefaultDoDEA.aspx.
Questions regarding the survey in DoDEA Schools can be addressed to Mr. Patrick Martin, Instructional Systems Specialist for Educational Technology, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at DSN (312) 372-5841/ (571) 372-5841.
About Project Tomorrow
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs. For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org.