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Netday Announces Speak Up Day For Students 2004

IRVINE, CA, October 8, 2004. – NetDay, (, the national education technology nonprofit group, today announced Speak Up Day for Students 2004, the second annual online event where students across the country speak out about using technology and the Internet. The survey will be open for student input from October 11 through 29 with a goal of collecting input from 500,000 K-12 students representing public, private, charter and parochial schools from all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and on American military bases worldwide.

NetDay held its first Speak Up Day for Students in 2003. During that landmark event, 210,000 K-12 students from 3,000 schools in all 50 states as well as schools on American military bases worldwide went online from their classrooms and shared their opinions and ideas on technology use in their schools. Last year’s national findings were shared with national, state and local policymakers and decision-makers on technology. These results informed the development of the National Education Technology Plan to be released by the US Department of Education later this year. The National Report, Voices and Views of Today’s Tech-Savvy Students, is available online at

Every school in the United States is encouraged to have a minimum of 10% of their students participate in this year’s Speak Up Day. Already, 410 schools have registered for Speak Up Day with 115, 757 K-12 students slated to take the 15-minute online survey from 50 states, DC and overseas American schools in Europe and Asia. Surveys are grade-level appropriate and include lesson plans for their teachers. Schools can register now at All student responses are 100% confidential and no advertising or popup ads are on the survey site. NetDay Speak Up Day is supported by a grant from the BellSouth Foundation.

“Speak Up Day is a tremendous opportunity for students in our nation’s schools to engage in meaningful civic engagement. Last year many schools used Speak Up Day data to inform parents about technology, draw local businesses into supporting their schools, educate teachers about today's students, and bring attention to their technology needs. NetDay once again plans to share the ideas and insights of the students surveyed with policymakers at the national and local level. All students should have this opportunity to express their views, share their insights and offer their unique perspectives on how technology can improve education,” noted Julie Evans, NetDay CEO.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative that’s added the students’ voice to the national dialogue on education technology,” said Kim Mulkey, technology director, BellSouth Foundation. Students have distinct and innovative ideas on how technology can be leveraged for learning. Their critical input has changed the direction of the conversation and is shaping education policy as we know it.

“I am pleased that NetDay will once again be surveying students as part of Speak Up Day. The information gathered as a result of the 2003 survey was a powerful addition to the National Education Technology Plan. Student engagement in technology decision making at schools is essential if we are to fully realize the power of technology as a tool in the educational process,” added Susan Patrick, Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education.

The 2004 NetDay survey includes the following new features:

  • New, timely questions
    Approximately 40% of the questions on this year's survey are new questions covering such timely topics such as plagiarism, online bullying, technology-based writing, science resources online, video games, and why students like using technology for schoolwork.

  • Presidential Campaign
    The survey will be asking students “What is the one thing you would like to tell the next president about how you use technology for learning?” NetDay plans to send these answers to the elected president after his inauguration next year.

  • Access to Data
    Every school that participates in Speak Up Day for Students will have access to their own aggregated data - at no charge or fee. Schools will be able to analyze this data, learn about how their students are using technology and compare responses to the national average.

In addition to reaching out to students NetDay is also working to reflect the voices of teachers. NetDay recently released the results of the first-ever Speak Up Day for Teachers, a nationwide online survey which gave teachers in all grades and subjects the opportunity to share their voices and views about their personal and professional use of technology and the Internet. More than 11,000 teachers from 1,885 schools in 50 states completed the online survey. The survey found teachers are using technology to enrich their lessons plans and to engage students in learning. Results also revealed that teachers are relying more and more on technology to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind. The report, Insights and Ideas of Teachers on Technology: NetDay National Report on Speak Up Day for Teachers 2004 is available at

NetDay’s success in reaching students and teachers is a direct result of the outstanding support provided by its nonprofit partners. NetDay is working with a group of over 60 committed partners in reaching out to students in rural communities, inner city schools and suburban areas to solicit their views on how technology is impacting them both in the schoolhouse and in their lives.

About NetDay
NetDay's mission is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology. NetDay (, the national 501.c.3 non-profit organization known for its successful school wiring programs, today manages community and web-based programs that promote enhanced student achievement through the effective use of technology. Speak Up Day is NetDay’s latest initiative and focuses awareness on the importance of student and teacher voices in the national dialogue on education and technology.

About BellSouth Corporation
BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s second largest wireless voice and data provider.

Backed by award winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth Answers®, residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial up and high speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular® Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth®® and The Real Yellow Pages®.

More information about BellSouth can be found at

NetDay Speak Up Day Nonprofit Partners

Alliance for Excellent Education ,American Association of School Administrators ,American Electronics Association (AeA), American Federation of Teachers, Benton Foundation ,Cable in the Classroom, The Children's Partnership, College Board, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Educational Testing Service (ETS), The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning, Florida Virtual School, Following the Leaders, Generation Yes ,George Lucas Educational Foundation,, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce,, High Tech High, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kidz Online, McKenzie Group, MAR*TEC, MassCUE, Math Forum @ Drexel, MOUSE, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC,) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP, GEAR UP), National Council of Teachers of English, National Education Association (NEA), National Education Knowledge Industry Association (NEKIA), National Park Foundation, National Rural Education Association (NREA), National School Boards Association (NSBA,) National Science Digital Library, North American Council for Online Learning, One Economy, Points of Lights Foundation, Project Tomorrow, Public Education Network, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), TechCorps, TechNet,Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership,, USATODAY Education, US Conference of Mayors, Virtual High School, Inc., Who’s Who Among American High School Students and WinWin Strategies Foundation