Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Speak Up data featured in articles!

In correlation with our Speak Up survey data release earlier this month, educational publications eSchool News and THE Journal featured our data in their articles. Both discussed data pulled from the 400,000+ Speak Up surveys that were taken by students, educators, administrators, parents, and community members this past year.


eSchool News focused on digital content's impact on teaching and learning, noting that while digital learning increases student engagement, enables students to learn beyond the school day, and improves teachers' technology skills, over half of schools don't have the necessary equipment to provide digital content in the classroom. The article by eSchool News managing editor, Laura Devaney, also focused on a two-year study at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C., where students used Gale Resources in classrooms; the study found that the students who used the resource were able to successfully connect with project-based learning activities and also demonstrated higher achievement gains.

On the other hand THE Journal focused on technology trends in education, using data presented at
the FETC 2014 conference. Noted was students' desires to take online classes, the large percentage of (89%) of students who have personal access to mobile devices, the increasing percentage of teachers who use videos within the classroom, digital footprint and safety awareness, an increase in gaming among students (regardless of gender), and the use and integration of social media in students' daily lives. Author Chris Riedel ended his article with the question, "What devices belong in 'the ultimate school?'" It was found that most students prefer laptops, digital readers, and tablets in their schools.

Interested in reading the articles? Check out TCEA: Digital content’s impact on teaching and learning by Laura Devaney (eSchool News) and 10 Major Technology Trends in Education by Chris Riedel (THE Journal). Have you seen Speak Up data used online? Let us know in the comments section!

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members. 

THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, THE Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology.