(IRVINE, CA)–Each fall NetDay (www.netday.org) surveys K-12 students, teachers and parents about their views and ideas on education, technology, 21st century skills and schools of the future. The results of the survey will be released at a national briefing on March 21, 2007. At the briefing NetDay will provide an overview of technology trends and insights from over 270,000 students, teachers and parents representing 2,800 schools from all 50 states. Survey results will cover the role of technology has on improving student achievement, providing the necessary skills for the 21st century workforce, strengthening innovation & competitiveness, and enriching the educational experience will be released.

At the briefing, speakers will discuss a range of education and technology topics, including:

*impact of technology on teaching & learning

*obstacles that exist to using technology in school

*what investments in technology parents think are most meaningful

*ways parents want to communicate with teachers

*student´s interests in learning math and science–and their interest in STEM careers

*online learning, blogging, personal websites and other emerging technologies

WHAT: Congressional Briefing and Press Availability

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:30–11:30 am

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2257 Washington DC 20515

WHO: Congressional Leaders:

*Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chair, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

*Representative Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Senior Republican Member, House Committee on Education and Labor.

Featured speakers include:

*Mr. Ray Simon, Deputy Secretary of Education, US Department of Education

*Mr. John Gage, Vice President & Chief Researcher, Sun Microsystems

*Ms. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow–NetDay

A panel of students, teachers and parents will give first hand testimony based on their participation in Speak Up 2006.

NetDay Speak Up findings represent the largest compilation of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education and technology. For the past four years, NetDay has recorded the "voices," ideas and perspectives of over 850,000 K-12 students, teachers and parents. The results of NetDay Speak Up surveys are shared with public policy makers at federal, state and local levels as a way for education stakeholders to impact policies and programs. Speak Up 2006 was made possible through the generous support of BellSouth Foundation, Dell, Inc., the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Advanced Networks and Services

About NetDay Speak Up

NetDay Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the new nonprofit organization formed with the merger of NetDay and Project Tomorrow in September 2005. The mission of the new combined organization is to support and promote the effective and appropriate use of science, math and technology resources in K?12 education so that every student has the opportunity to fully participate in today´s global economy and community. We are dedicated to preparing today´s students to be tomorrow´s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens. Learn more about our mission and our programs at www.tomorrow.org

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