The K-12 community is speaking up. According to the latest Speak Up survey released today by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow, education leaders to not only ensure that today’s students are well prepared for college and career, but to prove that their teachers have the capacity, technical competencies and willingness to address these high expectations on an ongoing basis.

New findings from the Speak Up Research Project on Digital Learning provide a unique lens for examining the current state of teacher capacity for transforming education using digital tools, and identifying promising new practices that can serve as guideposts for this journey. With this year’s digital learning trends report, we focus on the readiness of teachers to use digital tools to transform teaching and learning.

Check out the infographic below (or the text alternative) for highlights from this year’s digital trends report.

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Infographic of data from the 2017 Digital Trends Report

 

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Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students

Education leaders are facing increased demands to not only ensure that today’s students are well prepared for college and career, but to prove that their teachers have the capacity, technical competencies and willingness to address these high expectations on an ongoing basis.  Parents are on the forefront of this new demand equation.  Like many employers and policymakers, parents are concerned about the readiness of students to be successful beyond high school graduation.

Check out highlights from this year’s 2017 Digital Trends report.

Speak Up key findings:

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2/3 of parents say that the effective use of technology within the classroom provides a significant way for their child to develop college and career ready skills.

56% of parents noted that they are concerned about their child not learning the right skills in school to be successful in a future job or in college.

7 out of 10 parents see the development of technology use skills as critical for their child’s future success.

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78% of district administrators highly endorse the idea that the effective use of technology within the classroom holds great promise in bridging the gap between academic content and workplace skill development.

67% technology leaders, 51% of school principals say that motivating teachers to change their traditional instructional practices to use technology more meaningfully with students is the greatest challenge they face implementing digital learning or expanding technology use.

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K-12 teachers are using more digital content than ever before:

  • 2/3 of teachers report using online videos within instruction (an increase of 39% over the past three years)
  • 1/3 teachers use online curriculum with students
  • 2/3 teachers say that they now regularly text with colleagues to support school and classroom activities

2/3 of teachers in blended learning classrooms (68%) report that with the use of technology in their classroom they are better able to differentiate instruction for their students

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43% of teachers, 60% of school principals, and 71% of district administrators agreed that the use of technology was extremely important.

Teachers who have experienced online and blended classes for their own professional learning

  • demonstrate advanced uses of technology with their own students,
  • have stronger valuations on the role of technology within learning, and
  • higher aspirations for leveraging technology to support transformed learning environments.

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Teachers identified five essential elements that they need to effectively and efficiently integrate digital content, tools and resources into daily instruction in their classroom:

  • planning time,
  • access to technology in the classroom (devices)
  • technology support,
  • professional development and
  • consistent, high quality Internet connectivity

Download the full digital trends report.

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