Technology and Educational Equity, Students’ Digital Learning, Congressional Briefing, More – September 2018 Speak Up

The Speak Up briefing was held this past week, and the materials from that briefing are included below.  CANeLearn continues to encourage Canadian e-learning programs to participate in the annual Speak Up survey.


Speak Up News, September 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Congressional Briefing yesterday attended by more than 100 people and viewed online across the country. Yesterday, we also released both our new briefing paper (the first in a series!) and our updated “10 Things Everyone Should Know about Students’ Digital Learning” infographic. And, we are gearing up for what we hope will be the best Speak Up season yet!

Quick links to everything in this edition of the newsletter:

The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All This briefing paper examines the role of technology use in school as an enabler of equitable learning environments.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018 Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics!
Congressional Briefing Watch a recording of our briefing and find all the materials shared yesterday.
Speak Up 101 Webinar: Are you new to Speak Up or do you need a refresher? Plan to attend one of our introduction webinars.
Register for Speak Up 2018-19: Speak Up opens on October 15th. Be sure your school or district is registered and start planning now!

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-The Project Tomorrow team

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The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All

Last year, 60 percent of school principals said their schools had implemented a one-computer-to-one-student program, an increase of 9 percentage points in one year. The principals and students experiencing those programs are seeing notable, preferred differences in technology use, and teachers who are regular users of digital tools see differences in important student outcomes.

These findings and more are detailed in our new briefing paper, The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All.

“One of the biggest strengths of the Speak Up survey is not only its ability to capture the perspective from multiple roles (parent, teacher, student, administrator) but to have done so over multiple years. The long-view of the Speak Up data indicates that while certain issues will come and go as it relates to education technology, connectivity and learning, the overarching recurring theme is nearly universal support for ensuring all students and schools have equitable access to affordable broadband. And despite the progress we’ve made, the fact remains there is more to do, and the Speak Up survey remains a critical partner in highlighting this reality and shining a bright light on all that connectivity can mean to schools and students.” Joan Wade, Executive Director, Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA)
Read what AASA, NASSP and SETDA also had to say about Speak Up and the new paper in the press release.


Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018

Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics! Get your copy today!

Some findings include:
#1 mobile device that high school students use in class for schoolwork – their own smartphone (58%).
77% of high school students say they prefer to read a printed book or article.
42% of students say they know how to detect bias or opinion in what they read online, and only 38% say they know how to evaluate its accuracy.
51% of students say they use technology more for learning outside of school than in school.

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Expert panel of students and educators from Pennsylvania and Virginia, with Dr. Julie Evans.

Speak Up Congressional Briefing

Thank you to our amazing panel of students and educators!

Yesterday, more than 100 people attended our annual Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC. As always, our panel of students and educators were the highlight, offering their expert opinions and engaging experiences using technology for learning and teaching.

If you missed the briefing, or are looking for any of the materials shared, you can find everything – including a link to WATCH a recording of the briefing – on the event’s landing page on our website.

Check out the tweets from yesterday’s briefing with the #SpeakUpBriefing hashtag, and don’t miss our favorite tweet of the day from @Martin4thGrade!


Speak Up 101 Webinars

Are you new to Speak Up? In need of a refresher? Want to know what’s new this year?

Attend one of our Speak Up 101 webinars for district and school contacts on October 15th! We’ll share all the basics about the research project and how to use it successfully in your school(s). We’ll also review what’s new this year. We’ll walk you through the web platform and take your questions so you’ll be ready to get started!

We currently have two webinars scheduled – both on October 15th (at noonET/9amPT and at 3pmET/noonPT).


Speak Up 2018-19 Registration

Now open!

It’s time to register your school or district to participate in Speak Up 2018-19. There’s lots of benefits to registering your school or district with a primary contact, learn all about it and our special new offerings for registered contacts here.

Already a contact? Welcome back, we look forward to working with you again this year. As a reminder, all existing contacts are required to update their organization profile each year. The process is quick and easy, just click here to log in to your profile to update your information and click submit!

Speak Up will be open October 15, 2018-January 31, 2019.

To learn more about registration, click on the button below or email us at


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA | The School Superintendent’s Association, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN | Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE | International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Education Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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