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November 14 is Application Deadline for Phase II of the AT&T Aspire Mobile Connectivity Program

By Jennifer Cobb

School districts that are challenged with student access to technology at home have a tremendous opportunity to receive free connectivity from AT&T.  The AT&T Aspire Mobile Connectivity Program is providing middle and high school students in Title I schools (or schools in which greater than 50% of enrolled students are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program), free mobile broadband access for educational devices, mobile device management, network filtering and teacher professional development for three years. This program is a $100 Million commitment to the President’s ConnectED Initiative aimed at promoting...

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Lexington County Joins Innovative Broadband Expansion Effort

By Jennifer Cobb

Community leaders with Lexington Connects have enrolled their community in an innovative program that seeks to boost the local economy and quality of life for residents though increased access, adoption, and use of broadband. On Wednesday, February 19, Connect South Carolina community technology advisors Leslie Callison and Heather Jones led the community leaders through the steps of the Connected Community Engagement Program that offers a comprehensive and localized way for communities to bridge the digital divide impacting many regions. The kick-off planning meeting was held at the Lexington County Administration building, with more than...

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Digital Learning Day 2014

By Jennifer Cobb

Today is Digital Learning Day, “a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential.” Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career. Connect South Carolina and our teams across the nation continue to work with students and educators to connect classrooms and close the digital divide. Digital learning allows teachers and students the...

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Education Proposal Includes $29 Million More for Tech in Schools

By Jennifer Cobb

Last week, Governor Haley announced her plan for reforming education in the state of South Carolina with roughly $29.3 million, to add to an existing $10 million, going towards technology in the classroom, specifically to improve schools’ Internet bandwidth and computing devices. An additional $750,000 will go to pay for 10 additional teachers in the state’s Virtual Schools Program. Governor Haley is also asking to direct $4 million for technology-related professional development for teachers. The majority of the funding for Governor Haley’s $160 million total education proposal would come from the expected $200 million in new revenue to be...

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