Speak Up News for January 2018

logo_clearbackgroundHappy Speak Up Appreciation Week!

SpeakUp Survey Deadline Extended!

We have heard from a number of districts who have been navigating snow (and cold weather!) days. In response to their requests, we are extending the deadline for Speak Up 2017 participation to January 26, 2018. Everyone can take advantage of that extra week!

In honor of Speak Up Appreciation Week (this week), we are also announcing two NEW opportunities to for us thank some of those who are sharing their time and opinions. See below for more on how teachers and school communications officers can win $250 grants!

We are also extending the deadlines for all of this years challenges – our photo and video classroom challenges, and our design challenge for high school students. Please help spread the word about this opportunities!

Finally, we’d love to get your support for our People’s Choice ISTE 2018 session (we need your votes!), and if you’ll be at FETC at the end of the month, please join any of Julie Evans’ SIX sessions! There will be lots of Speak Up data in action!

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Opportunities to win grants and prizes through Jan. 26: teachers, librarians, communications officers, administrators!

NEW this week! Teachers can enter to win a $250 Amazon gift card for classroom supplies, in addition to being eligible for a free registration to ISTE 2018! Be sure to respond to the final question on the survey for your chance to win.

NEW this week! Communications officers can enter to win a $250 grant towards any 2018 professional conference of their choice. Be sure to respond to the final question on the survey for your chance to win.

We also added a final question to the surveys for librarians (to win a registration AASL’s National Institute) and administrators (to win a registration to ISTE 2018 or AASA’s National Conference on Education).

Don’t forget, we are also offering registrations to upcoming conferences from CUE, MassCUE, METC, NCCE and TCEA! Get your own surveys completed for your chance to win!

Share your views as part of Speak Up 2017 before January 26th!

Speak Up Photo, Video and Design Challenges – Deadlines Extended!

Video Challenge – Class Entry
Create a 30-second video about how/why using technology in your classroom is important for student learning. Awards for classroom submissions.

Photo Challenge – Class Entry
We’re looking for the best demonstration of Speak Up participation spirit in a photo – be creative! Awards for classroom submissions.

Design Challenge & Contest – Student Entry
Calling student designers…We’re looking for a new participation badge for Speak Up 2018. Awards for student designers or design teams.

All entries are due by Friday, January 26th!

We need your votes!

We submitted a new session to ISTE 2018 this year as part of their People’s Choice selection. So, “ISTE people,” we need to hear from you!

Please vote for our session – Thinking Critically – Using Innovative Digital Tools To Support Student Learning – with Julie Evans and Kari Stubbs from BrainPOP:

Everyone from employers to educators megaphone the need for today’s students to develop effective critical thinking skills, but few people know what that looks like in a classroom or how to measure student competency meaningfully. This session takes the conceptual understanding of critical thinking to a more practical reality.

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