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Have You Spoken Up?

Readers of this blog are probably familiar with the annual Speak Up survey, which gathers data from hundreds of thousands of K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, and administrators about the role of technology in schools. The survey, conducted by the nonprofit organization Project Tomorrow, adds questions each year to better refine the data received. For instance, this year, the survey asks students if they think they better comprehend information through electronic or print text.

Last year's survey found that about a quarter of middle school students and a third of high school students used digital or online curriculum in their schools, but half of all students surveyed listed digital curriculum as a component of their "ultimate school."

"We've heard stories about students printing hard copies of material they are finding online. We want to know what the percent is of students moving electronic text back to paper," said Julie Evans, the chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow, in a press release. "And, does that mean these students think they learn better from physical reading material than they do from online or electronic resources?"

We'll have to wait until spring 2012 to find out the answer to this and other questions, but the 2011 online survey is now up, so head over there to participate if you haven't already. The survey closes on Dec. 23.

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