Monday, September 30, 2013

Speak 2013 launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!

Happiest Monday to all our followers and supporters!

Speak Up 2013 launches October 2nd!
This week is an important week here at Project Tomorrow and at schools and districts across the nation...Do you know why?

That's right, you guessed it! Speak Up 2013 is just about here! The 2 day countdown is on. Speak Up 2013 officially launches on Wednesday, October 2nd!

There is still time to register your school or district in Speak Up 2013. Registration can be found here. Be sure your school/district has a primary contact registered so that your data results can be viewed in February 2014. This year, no password is required for educators, but a student password is required, and can be created by the main/primary contact.

You may be asking yourself a few questions:

Where can I learn more about Speak Up? Click here. 

What are some of the few question themes on this year's survey? Blended and flipped classrooms, digital footprints, attitudes toward technology, and digital games are just a few of the themes on this year's surveys. Moreover, this year, we have a new community members survey. These surveys are meant to be taken by anyone in the community who wants to voice their opinions concerning technology in education.

Spread awareness surrounding Speak Up 2013 using our handy and convenient promotional materials which can be found here.

During the survey period, get the latest updates by following us here on this blog, twitter, and facebook.

Who will be speaking up on Wednesday, October 2nd? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

- The Project Tomorrow team

Friday, September 27, 2013

California Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill to Allow Minors to Delete Social Media Posts that may be Harmful to their Image

Minors Can Now Remove Past Social Media Posts

California Governor Jerry Brown recently approved a law that will give minors the freedom to delete information that may be harmful to their reputation on social media sites.

The law, which was signed on Monday, September 23rd, has been praised by some and criticized by others. Those who are for the law believe it will help minors avoid receiving a bad reputation that may be harmful in their academic, personal, and professional pursuits based on ill-conceived postings. Others opposing the law believe it is a slippery slope that could lead to more restrictions as to what should be removed from the Internet, leading to Internet censoring. 


What are your thoughts on the new law? Read more about it in The Los Angeles Times here.

This year, our Speak Up Surveys will ask questions related to a student's digital footprint. 

An example question is:

Which of these statements reflect your thoughts about digital footprints (information that is available online about you from what you and others have posted)? (Check all that apply)

Speak Up Surveys are free, and schools and districts can receive access to their school and/or district's data in February 2014. Results regarding a student population's digital footprint will also be apart of that data.

Speak Up opens on October 2nd, and will run through December 20th.

To register, click here.

Our helpful and handy promotional materials can assist you in spreading the word about Speak Up to your students, parents, teachers, administrators, and more! View our full list here.

Questions about Speak Up? E-mail

Join the Speak Up conversation on Twitter! #SpeakUp2013 & @speakuped

Have a wonderful day.

- The Project Tomorrow team 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Under Armour Next Generation Charity Challenge

We're super excited to let you know that we're part of the UA Next Generation Charity Challenge. The Challenge is a fundraising campaign being launched by Under Armour.

To give back, Under Armour will be donating $50,000+ to organizations like ours focused on sparking positive social change by fueling the behavioral, educational and physical advancement of the NEXT generation. 

The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get $20,000 from Under Armour. Second place gets $10,000 and third gets $5000. We're out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $20,000 grand prize donation. 

We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small. 

To help now, please Click Here and give whatever you can. 

Or, if you want to go one step further, Go Here and click 'Create Your Fundraiser.' In seconds, you'll have your own fundraiser that you can share with all of your family and friends so that you can raise money for our cause too.

Please email CrowdRise at if you have any questions at all and they'll help solve everything. 

Thanks so much for your support. 

- The Project Tomorrow team

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Around the Web Wednesday

It's Wednesday...

Do you know what that means? It is Around the Web Wednesday!

Browse all the links below for the latest news and topics trending in education. Be sure to let us know which article intrigued you the most!

Be sure to check back each week for our Around the Web Wednesday Series
Have you registered for Speak Up 2013? Surveys launch next week on October 2nd! Make sure to register so your voice can be heard!

Enjoy your day.

-The Project Tomorrow team

1. Unveiling the Blue Ribbon Schools - US Department of Education

2. Online Education - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mobile Learning: Transforming Education and Engaging Students and Teachers

Happy Tuesday to all our followers and supporters! 

Last week, on September 17th, Project Tomorrow's CEO Julie Evans participated in a panel discussion at Brookings in Washington D.C., concerning the subject of mobile technology in our K-12 schools. 

Mobile technology is in a plethora of ways transforming education in the United States. But what do these changes look like, and what do they mean for the enhancement of educational comprehension for our K-12 students?

To learn more, view the panel discussion here. Be sure to let us know your thoughts, and join the conversation on Twitter at #ProjectTomorrow, #SpeakUp, and #TechCTI.

Don't forget to register your school/district for Speak Up 2013! The countdown to October 2nd is on! 

-The Project Tomorrow team 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Congratulations to this year's Speak Up 200 Cohort!

Speak Up 200 Schools—2012 Participation

This annual recognition program highlights schools that are effectively incorporating Speak Up data into their local decision-making.  Each year, finalists are selected based on total student participation, length of time involved with Speak Up, and use of data in local decision making.  

Top 200 Schools – 2012 Participation

Congratulations to the Speak Up Top 200 Schools for their participation in Speak Up 2012.
Top 5 school districts (based on total participation)
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
  • Weslaco ISD* (Texas)
  • McAllen ISD (Texas)
  • Richardson ISD (Texas)
Top performing district for parent participation
  • Shelby County School District*  (Alabama)
Top performing district for administrator participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
Top performing district for teacher participation
  • Klein ISD* (Texas)
Coffee CountyZion Chapel High School*Jack
Lee County School DistrictBeulah High SchoolValley
Sanford Middle School*Opelika
Madison CountyLynn Fanning Elementary School*Meridianville
Meridianville Middle School*Hazel Green
Riverton Intermediate School*Huntsville
Endeavor Elementary School           Harvest
Sparkman Middle School*Toney
Shelby CountyChelsea High SchoolChelsea
Chelsea Intermediate School*Chelsea
Creek View Elementary School*Maylene
Montevallo Elementary School*Montevallo
Mount Laurel Elementary School*Birmingham
Oak Mountain Intermediate School*Birmingham
Thompson Sixth Grade Center*Alabaster
Helena Middle School*Helena
Valley Intermediate School*Pelham
Oak Mountain Middle School*Birmingham
Pelham High School*Pelham
Riverchase Middle SchoolBirmingham
Thompson High SchoolAlabaster
Thompson Intermediate SchoolAlabaster
Apache Junction UnifiedCactus Canyon Junior High School*Apache Junction
Desert Vista Elementary School*Apache Junction
Superstition Mountain Elementary School*Apache Junction
Paradise Valley Unified
Desert Trails Elementary School*Phoenix
Explorer Middle School*Phoenix
Shea Middle School*Phoenix
Sunrise Middle School *Scottsdale
Cactus View Elementary School*Phoenix
Horizon High SchoolScottsdale
Mountain Trail Middle SchoolPhoenix
North Ranch Elementary School*Scottsdale
Arrowhead Elementary School*Phoenix
Foothills Elementary SchoolPhoenix
Hidden Hills Elementary SchoolPhoenix
CabotCabot Middle School North*Cabot
Southside Elementary School*Cabot
Stagecoach Elementary School*Cabot
Ward Central Elementary School*Ward
Westside Elementary School*Cabot
Cabot Middle School South*Cabot
Mountain Springs Elementary School*Cabot
Northside Elementary School*Cabot
Magness Creek Elementary School*Cabot
Fullerton ElementaryLaguna Road Elementary School*Fullerton
Robert C Fisler Elementary School*Fullerton
Sunset Lane Elementary SchoolFullerton
Irvine Unified School DistrictCulverdale Elementary School*Irvine
Sierra Vista Middle SchoolIrvine
Venado Middle SchoolIrvine
Merced Union HighAtwater High School*Atwater
Buhach Colony High School*Atwater
Golden Valley High School*Merced
Livingston High School*Livingston
Merced High School*Merced
Yosemite High (Continuation)*Merced
Murrieta Valley UnifiedVista Murrieta High SchoolMurrieta
Natomas Unified School DistrictNatomas Charter #19Sacramento
Placentia-Yorba Linda UnifiedYorba Linda Middle School*Placentia
San Marcos UnifiedSan Marcos High School*San Marcos
Paloma Elementary SchoolSan Marcos
Solana BeachCarmel Creek Elementary School*San Diego
Skyline Elementary School*Solana Beach
Solana Highlands Elementary School*Solana Beach
Solana Pacific Elementary School*San Diego
Solana Santa Fe Elementary School*Rancho Santa Fe
Solana Vista Elementary School*Solana Beach
Diocese of WilmingtonSt. Mark’s High SchoolWilmington
Lake ForestLake Forest Central Elementary School*Felton
Red Clay Consolidated School DistrictBrandywine Springs SchoolWilmington
Brevard County
Discovery Elementary School*Palm Bay
Apollo Elementary School*Titusville
Lewis Carroll Elementary School*Merritt Island
Herbert C. Hoover Middle School*Indialantic
Quest Elementary School*Melbourne
Tropical Elementary School *Merritt Island
Imperial Estates Elementary SchoolTitusville
Indialantic Elementary School*Indialantic
Meadowlane Intermediate School*West Melbourne
Surfside Elementary SchoolSatellite Beach
Lockmar Elementary School*Palm Bay
Broward CountyMiramar High School*Miramar
Deerfield Beach Middle SchoolDeerfield Beach
Florida VirtualFlorida Virtual Global School*Orlando
Kamehameha SchoolsKapälama Middle School*Honolulu
Kapälama High School*Honolulu
Hawaii High SchoolKea‘au
City Of Chicago School District #299Byrne Elementary SchoolChicago
Falconer Elementary School*Chicago
Gray Elementary School*Chicago
Haines Elementary School*Chicago
Saucedo Elementary Scholastic Academy*Chicago
Washington G Elementary School*Chicago
Harrisburg C U School District #3East Side Intermediate School*Harrisburg
Harrisburg Middle School*Harrisburg
West Side Primary School*Harrisburg
Fayette County School CorpConnersville Sr. High SchoolConnersville
M S D Wayne TownshipBen Davis Ninth Grade CenterIndianapolis
Garden City Elementary SchoolIndianapolis
Plymouth Community School CorporationLincoln Junior High School*Plymouth
Plymouth High School*Plymouth
Riverside Intermediate School
Menominee Elementary SchoolPlymouth
Scott County School District #2Scottsburg Middle SchoolScottsburg
Smith-Green Community SchoolsChurubusco High SchoolChurubusco
Tri-Creek School CorporationLowell Middle SchoolLowell
Warsaw Community SchoolsEdgewood Middle SchoolWarsaw
Eisenhower Elementary SchoolWarsaw
Jefferson Elementary SchoolWarsaw
Lakeview Middle SchoolWarsaw
Leesburg Elementary SchoolWarsaw
Madison Elementary SchoolWarsaw
Warsaw Community High SchoolWarsaw
Washington Elementary SchoolWarsaw
Blue Valley Unified School District
Aubrey Bend Middle SchoolOverland Park
Harmony Middle SchoolOverland Park
Lakewood Middle SchoolOverland Park
Overland Trail Middle SchoolLeawood
Oxford Middle SchoolOverland Park
Pleasant Ridge Middle SchoolStillwell
Prairie Star Middle SchoolOverland Park
Baltimore City Public School SystemDigital Harbor High School*Baltimore
John Ruhrah Elementary SchoolBaltimore
North Bend Elementary SchoolBaltimore
Kearney R-1 SchoolsKearney Junior High School*Kearney
Kearney Middle SchoolKearney
North Carolina
North Carolina Virtual Public SchoolNorth Carolina Virtual Public School*Raleigh
Onslow County SchoolsHunters Creek Middle School*Jacksonville
New Bridge Middle School*Jacksonville
Northwoods Park Middle School*Jacksonville
Trexler Middle School*Richlands
Berea City School DistrictBerea High SchoolBerea
Big Creek Elementary SchoolCleveland
Ford Middle SchoolBrook Park
Frederick Roehm Middle SchoolBerea
Medina City School DistrictClaggett Middle SchoolMedina
Eliza Northrup Elementary SchoolMedina
Ella Canavan Elementary SchoolMedina
Sidney Fenn Elementary SchoolMedina
Shawnee Local School DistrictShawnee High SchoolLima
Shawnee Middle SchoolLima
Chambersburg Area School DistrictChambersburg Area Middle School SouthChambersburg
Owen J Roberts School DistrictEast Vincent Elementary SchoolSpring City
North Coventry Elementary SchoolPottstown
Owen J Roberts High SchoolPottstown
Owen J Roberts Middle SchoolPottstown
West Vincent Elementary SchoolChester Springs
Hawkins County School DistrictSurgoinsville Middle School*Surgoinsville
Klein IndependentBenignus Elementary School*Klein
Doerre Intermediate School*Klein
Greenwood Forest Elementary School*Houston
Klein Intermediate School*Houston
Klein Oak High School*Spring
Klenk Elementary School*Houston
Krimmel Intermediate School*Klein
Lemm Elementary School*Spring
Northhampton Elementary School*Spring
Schindewolf Intermediate School*Spring
Schultz Elementary School*Tomball
Strack Intermediate School*Klein
Theiss Elementary School*Klein
Ulrich Intermediate School*Houston
Wunderlich Intermediate School*Houston
Benfer Elementary School*Klein
Brill Elementary School*Klein
Ehrhardt Elementary School*Klein
Eiland Elementary School*Houston
Epps Island Elementary SchoolHouston
Klein Forest High School*Houston
Metzler Elementary SchoolSpring
Nitsch Elementary School*Houston
McAllen IndependentBrown Middle SchoolMcAllen
Castaneda Elementary SchoolMcAllen
Cathey Middle SchoolMcAllen
Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary SchoolMcAllen
Fields Elementary SchoolMcAllen
Gonzalez Elementary SchoolMcAllen
McAllen High SchoolMcAllen
McAuliffe Elementary SchoolMcAllen
Roosevelt Elementary  SchoolMcAllen
Rowe High SchoolMcAllen
Weslaco IndependentA N Rico Elementary School*Weslaco
Airport Elementary School*Weslaco
Central Middle School*Weslaco
Cleckler/Heald Elementary School*Weslaco
Dr R E Margo Elementary School*Weslaco
F D Roosevelt Elementary School*Weslaco
Mario Ybarra Elementary School*Weslaco
Memorial Elementary School*Weslaco
North Bridge Elementary School*Weslaco
Sam Houston Elementary School*Weslaco
Weslaco High School*Weslaco
Dr. Armando Cuellar Middle SchoolWeslaco
Mary Hoge Middle School*Weslaco
Rodolfo Rudy Silva Jr. Elementary School*Weslaco
Weslaco East High School*Weslaco
Raul A Gonzalez Jr. Elementary School*Weslaco
Beatriz G Garza Middle School*Weslaco
Albemarle County Public SchoolsJackson P. Burley Middle SchoolCharlottesville
Joseph T. Henley Middle SchoolCrozet
Monticello High SchoolCharlottesville
Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle SchoolCharlottesville
Western Albemarle High SchoolCrozet
Arlington County Public SchoolsTaylor Elementary School*Arlington
Luxemburg-CascoLuxemburg-Casco Intermediate School*Luxemburg
Verona AreaBadger Ridge Middle SchoolVerona
Verona Area High School*Verona