[Curriculum Directors] FINAL Reminder: Speak Up 2014 - Collect valuable data for your district

Rick Gaisford rick at dsdf.org
Mon Dec 15 07:41:13 MST 2014


Hi all,
Thank you all for your help in sharing information about Speak Up 2014 this year.

This is the final reminder about the  Speak Up 2014 program.

This is a wonderful program, easy to use and will allow you to collect valuable data for your district.
I really encourage you to make one final push this week.

There is no cost to participate; no limit on the number of surveys that can be submitted; and all data collected is 100% confidential.
Plus, every participating organization gets back their own stakeholder data from the online surveys to use for grant writing, ed tech plans, budgets, professional development and community engagement. No need to create your own surveys – Speak Up does all the work for you!

Each year, Project Tomorrow conducts its nationwide Speak Up survey to get a sense of the current state of ed tech in the classroom. They poll K-12 students, educators, administrators, and parents about the use of mobile devices, online classes, games, and digital content within learning. This year, they've added current topics like BYOD, data privacy, online assessments, and student interest in programming and computing.
Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.
Surveys will be open  for input until December 19th, 2014 at: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014<http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014>.


Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey


  1.  Go to this link: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014<http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014>
  2.  Click on the appropriate survey (Student, Educator, Parent, Community member).
  3.  Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering your school zip or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.
  4.  Students will choose their grade level and enter in their school specific password*
     *
Students are the only participants required to enter in a password.
 Utah’s student  password is: su_utah
(if students forget or are unsure there is a prompt on the page giving them the password speakup to as well).
  5.  Parents and Educators will NOT need the password to access the survey.
To learn more about the project and how to get involved, visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup<http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup>.
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation's leading educational nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. To Learn more about Speak Up, please visit: www.tomorrow.org/speakup<http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup>

Get your schools involved!
All schools and districts in the NCES database are registered to participate in Speak Up.  To help facilitate the Speak Up process we recommend designating a primary contact that will be in charge of the promotion and encouragement of the survey at your selected organizational level: school, district, organization. By assigning a primary contact you will be able manage your information and obtain free, online access to your aggregated results with state and national comparisons starting on February 4, 2015.
To learn more about the benefits of assigning a primary contact and participating in Speak Up please go to: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/MainContactInformation.html.



Nearly all our schools have been pre-registered.
If you your school is not registered, please follow these simple steps:

1.     Go to: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/Register.aspx

2.     Click on district or single school

3.     Enter in your school or district zip (or enter your state and then write in your organization name). *

4.     Select your organization from the list

5.     If a district, review your list of schools to ensure the school zips and names are correct*

6.     Update your profile information (contact name, email, and passwords). **

7.     Click Submit!

8.     Start getting the word out about Speak Up at your school by going to out our promotional materials page at: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/promo.html

* If your organization does not come up by zip code or school look up, please contact the Speak Up Team at speakup at tomorrow.org<mailto:speakup at tomorrow.org>. We may need to update the information in our system.
 ** Two school passwords are required:  An organizational login password “admin password” (to view weekly survey counts and other important updates during the survey period) and a “student survey” password (secret word students will use to access the survey).

 Rick Gaisford
Educational Technology Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
250 E 500 S
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
801-538-7798


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