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Educators' Speak Up How-to Guide

Benefits of Participation | How to Register | How to Encourage Participation | How to Take the Survey | How to Access Your Data

NetDay's goal is to make it as easy as possible for your schools to participate in the Speak Up survey. This How-to Guide offers tips and tools.

Benefits of Participation

Don't take our word for it! Read what Speak Up schools have to say:

1.  Free access to your school and district aggregated data.
Participating schools and districts receive free access to their aggregated data. Past participants have used their data to inform technology decisions and purchases, to learn how to best provide instruction to today's tech-savvy students, to plan for teacher training, and to stimulate discussion about key technology issues in their communities.

Although we had a good sense of our need before completing the surveys, having the results tabulated clearly and concisely (and compared to national %) has given us the hard data we needed to support our mission.
-- Whitehorse Middle School, WI

Data has also been used to help support grants written for technology. Last year, McPherson implemented a student-owned laptop program at the middle school level. The data helped parents understand the value of technology supporting the educational program at school.
-- McPherson Magnet School

In addition to the free aggregated data for all participants, districts, regions, and states might be interested in additional data services offered by NetDay. Click to learn more about NetDay Speak Up's data services and personalized reports.

2. Improve the learning environment by giving students a voice.

By participating, students and teachers take part in the national dialog about technology use and 21st century skills in our nation's schools. Because you will have access to your aggregated school and district data, this is an excellent opportunity for students to share their ideas and opinions locally. For teachers and parents, this is an opportunity to join the national dialog about technology and 21st century skills.

Many students lack the confidence or the vocabulary to articulate their concerns directly to the school administration; the NetDay survey helps to create a bridge between the students who use the technology and the adults who manage it, creating a better learning environment for all.
-- Fordham Preparatory School, NY

The survey provides information about the attitudes and ideas that both teachers and students have about technology.  One of the most important pieces of information the survey has allowed us to explore is the different ways that teachers and students look at and use technology.
-- Daniel Wright Elementary, OH

NetDay will report the results to state and national policy makers to contribute to the national dialog on technology and education. Our past successes include collecting data from 588,000 K-12 students and teachers from 7,000 schools in all 50 states and Department of Defense Overseas Schools. Speak Up data contributed to the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan and the Visions 2020.2 Student Voices joint report with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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