On March 16, 2010 the Students Speak Up project was originally released and there is now a Learning in the 21st Century: 2010 Trends Update.

Teachers and educators, technology companies and policy makers are all having their say in the future of education technology and now Project Tomorrow is showcasing students that are speaking up. The Speak Up 2009 K-12 student and parents results explains how nearly 300,000 children nationwide are taking their education into their own hands, in and out of school.

Key trends highlighted in the report include:

  • The number of high school students who are taking online classes for school credit has almost doubled since Speak Up 2008.
  • While the number of teachers who have taught online classes has tripled since Speak Up 2008, we still have more work to do to help teachers learn how to effectively leverage online learning to drive student achievement and increase their own productivity.
  • Even as aspiring teachers are gaining experience with online classes and online professional learning communities as part of their teacher preparation programs, only 4 percent report that they are learning how to teach online classes in their instructional methods courses.
  • Administrators are beginning to shift their focus on online learning from professional development for teachers to online classes for students.
  • Thirty-three percent of parents report they have taken an online class for their own professional needs or personal interests. Parents’ personal experiences with online learning are affecting how their children view the benefits of online learning as well.

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