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Survey says: Learning should be collaborative, personalized and tech-supported

Posted on 05/19/2015

Speak Up 2014 National Findings from K-12 Students

Results from the 2014 Speak Up survey External link opens in new window or tab, released Thursday by Project Tomorrow External link opens in new window or tab, give a glimpse of how K-12 students view modern learning. The findings indicate that they understand their learning process very well. They have clear preferences for how they want to learn, which devices they want to use, how they want to communicate with teachers and which social media platforms they favor.

"There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for digital learning," said Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, adding that leveraging digital tools to personalize learning was a top trend in the survey's overall results.

A record 431,000 K-12 students from all over the United States took the online survey this year. During a Congressional briefing on the report Thursday, Evans shared a host of findings including:

  • 40 percent of students use online videos to help with homework, and 28 percent say they regularly watch videos created by their teachers.
  • 7 in 10 teachers assign online homework, but 5 million students don't have access to broadband at home.
  • Students prefer laptops for testing, writing reports and completing group projects. Smartphones get the nod for connecting with teachers, accessing social media and watching videos.

You can read more findings in ISTE Connects External link opens in new window or tab article from April 30, 2015 and compare and contrast to your adult learners.

Source: ISTE Connects External link opens in new window or tab, 4/30/2015