As of October 31, more than 194,256 students, with participation in every state, shared their ideas about using technology and the Internet in the classroom. “Speak Up Day,” hosted by NetDay, marked the first-ever national event in which students of all ages and grades, and from all communities and schools, went online from their classrooms and shared their thoughts and ideas on how technology should be used in schools.
As part of the survey, students were asked if their use of technology in school differed from “out of school” use. They were also asked what part of technology they would make a priority if they were designing a new school. NetDay, a national education technology nonprofit organization, will compile the results and provide a report to schools for use in technology planning. It will also give a final report to the U.S. Department of Education to help shape the National Educational Technology Plan. More information on the event, as well as the complete survey, is available at: http://www.netday.org/speakupday.htm.