The Speak Up 2020 Congressional briefing looks at national research findings relating to digital learning, device access, communication, and more

Speak Up 2020: A look at digital learning and transformation


The Speak Up 2020 Congressional briefing looks at national research findings relating to digital learning, device access, communication, and more

For the last seven months of 2020, school districts have gone through extreme changes regarding how learning is happening in pandemic-induced hybrid and digital learning environments.

In a recent edWeb edLeader Panel sponsored by Project Tomorrow, Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, and Christina Fleming, Vice President of Blackboard K12, presented the Speak Up 2019-2020 National Findings titled Digital Learning During the Pandemic: Emerging Evidence of an Education Transformation.

The research surveyed more than 136,000 K-12 students, teachers, and parents, focused on what digital learning looked like during the pandemic, and revealed potential emerging transformation evidence.

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Digital learning during the pandemic

The Speak Up data revealed an increase in students’ access to mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and Chromebooks. The largest increases seen were where schools and districts invested in Chromebooks as their students’ home devices. It was also evident in the research that teachers were using more digital content than before. There was a weekly increase of 41 percent in online animated movies and smaller, but still significant, increases in simulations, online curriculum use, mobile apps for learning, and cloud-based collaboration tools.

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