New Report Profiles Role of 'Visionary Administrators' in Bridging the Digital Disconnect in Schools
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB) a leading provider of educational enterprise technology and
Project Tomorrow, a national nonprofit group, today released a report
highlighting the emergence of "visionary administrators," a new breed of
school superintendents and principals who are leveraging new technologies to
meet the learning goals and preferences of increasingly tech-savvy students.
A 2007 survey by Project Tomorrow found that while 74 percent of sixth
through 12th-grade students believe that good technology skills are important
to future success, about half say that their school is not adequately
preparing them for 21st century jobs.
To better understand administrator attitudes about technology and
learning, Project Tomorrow surveyed school leaders in 2007. While responses
generally confirmed the digital disconnect, one group seemed to be bridging
the gap. Like the students they serve, visionary administrators championed the
use of technology, including Web 2.0 tools, blogs and wiki entries, to expand
the reach of the classroom and more effectively engage students.
The report, Leadership in the 21st Century: The New Visionary
Administrator, contains profiles of nine education leaders representing four
school districts and three schools to highlight their success in leveraging
technology in the classroom.
"Technology has long held the promise of transforming education for all
children, in the same way that it has catalyzed innovation in business," said
Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. "This report identifies a new breed of
education leader who develops and executes a 21st century vision for
leveraging a wide range of technology tools to enhance student achievement. We
hope that this report will shine a bright light on these new leaders as models
of excellence for all."
The findings of Leadership in the 21st Century are based upon data
collected as part of the Speak Up 2007, a survey of more than 365,000
students, teachers, parents and administrators representing nearly 3,800
public and private K-12 schools in the United States. Highlights from the
Speak Up data and subsequent interviews with visionary administrators include:
-- Almost all visionary administrators (93 percent) believe that using
technology improves student achievement.
-- Over half of all visionary administrators say that they would provide
or expand online courses to keep students engaged in school. Seventy-three
percent of visionary administrators report that integrating mobile devices
will increase student engagement.
-- On average, visionary administrators are 40 percent more likely than
their peers to select student response systems, Web 2.0 tools, school portals
and games/virtual simulations as important features of a 21st century
"Visionary school leaders, parents and students understand that 21st
century skills are required to succeed in today's knowledge economy, in
school, and in life," said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President of K-12 at
Blackboard. "Administrators, teachers, and parents are working together to
increase the use of emerging technologies in the learning environment. The
seamless integration of these technologies helps to create a connected and
engaged educational experience that inspires students to achieve."
Leadership in the 21st Century is the latest in a series of in-depth
reports based on the Speak Up data findings and supported by Blackboard. Since
2003, more than 1 million students have participated in Speak Up surveys.
Currently, students, teachers, parents and school leaders are participating in
the Speak Up 2008 survey that will run through December 19.
Leadership in the 21st Century is available for download at
About Project Tomorrow
Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow (formerly known as
NetDay), the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to
ensuring that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators,
leaders and engaged citizens of the world. Since fall 2003, the annual Speak
Up project has collected and reported on the views of over 1.2 million K-12
students, teachers, administrators and parents representing over 14,000
schools in all 50 states. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection
of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st
century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education,
business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal,
state and local education programs. For additional information, visit
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology
and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students
and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow
thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government
organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus
commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their
communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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