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ERIC Number: ED536065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Creating Our Future: Students Speak up about their Vision for 21st Century Learning. Speak Up 2009 National Findings: K-12 Students & Parents
Project Tomorrow
For the past 7 years, the Speak Up National Research Project has provided the nation with a unique window into classrooms and homes all across America and given us a realistic view on how technology is currently being used (or not) to drive student achievement, teacher effectiveness and overall educational productivity. Most notably, the Speak Up data first documented and continues to reveal each year the increasingly significant digital disconnect between the values and aspirations of the nation's students about how the use of technology can improve the learning process and student outcomes, and the values and aspirations of their less technology-comfortable teachers and administrators. Students, regardless of community demographics, socio-economic backgrounds, gender and grade, tell year after year that the lack of sophisticated use of emerging technology tools in school is, in fact, holding back their education and in many ways, disengaging them from learning. In many communities and states, this hard realization that today's classroom environment does not mirror the way today's students are living their lives outside of school or what they need to be well prepared to participate, thrive and compete in the 21st century economy is actually exacerbating the existing relevancy crisis in American education. The Speak Up 2009 national findings paints a vivid picture of this continuing digital disconnect and also, advances the premise introduced with the data last year that by listening to and leveraging the ideas of students we can start to build a new vision for 21st century education that is more reflective of the needs and desires of today's learners. With this year's findings, the researchers give voice to a new genuine "student vision" for learning and in particular, the student's experience-based blueprint for the role of incorporating emerging technologies in 21st century education, both in and out of the classroom. (Contains 4 tables and 19 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Blackboard; CDW-G; K12 Inc.; Schoolwires; SMART Technologies; Wimba
Authoring Institution: Project Tomorrow