Verizon Launching “Learning On The Go” Project

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Verizon Launching "Learning On The Go" Project.

As part of an FCC plan that was launched in July Verizon Wireless and the School District of New Rochelle has received funding for a “Learning On The Go” wireless project. It will support and advance digital learning. Starting tomorrow, Thursday October 20, at 1:45 PM, pause 1 will begging. A group of 5th grade students ,at Jefferson Elementary School, will receive Dell mini-laptops with Verizon Wireless broadband card. Another group of 4th grade students will test out mobile learning devices. Representatives from Verizon andDistrict Official will be on hand. The CSDNR will also give Verizon a Community Service award. Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless for the New York Metro Area, had to say this about the great “Learning On The Go” Project:

 “We’re proud to be a part of this cutting edge learning program. Wireless technology creates an innovative learning environment that is fun and engaging for both students and teachers.”

As you can tell Verizon is very proud of partnering with this great program. All of the devices and the service plans are from Verizon Wireless. I am very excited about this project and can not wait to see how it works and i hope more school systems will adopt this great method of sparking and advancing their Digital Learning skills. For more info see the Press Release below!

Press Release

New Rochelle’s Jefferson Elementary School to Implement “Learning On-The-Go”

First School in District to Launch Pilot Project Based on FCC Grant 

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – As part of an FCC initiative announced in July, the City School District of New Rochelle (CSDNR) has received funding to implement a “Learning On-The-Go” wireless pilot project to support and advance digital learning.

On Thursday, October 20th at 1:45pmJefferson Elementary School will begin Phase1 of this project when a group of 5th grade students will receive Dell mini-laptops with Verizon Wirelessbroadband cards and a separate group of 4th grade students will begin to pilot mobile learning devices before wider deployment to other students.  District officials, members of the Board of Education and representatives from Verizon will be on hand as the CSDNR will also present a Community Service award to Verizon Wireless.

The CSDNR has a particular focus for their initiative to target English language learners (ELL), economically disadvantaged students, lower-performing students and students with disabilities in 5th through 9th grade.  New Rochelle is one of only twenty school districts from around the country who were selected by the FCC for funding.  As the District’s official E-rate data plan provider, Verizon is a significant partner in this effort as all of the devices and data plans being distributed to students have been purchased directly from Verizon.  The technology will run on an encrypted mobile network, provided by Verizon, which will allow students to do work anywhere in a safe web environment.  Additionally, school officials will have access to the equipment and the ability to completely deactivate any unit in the event that one is lost or stolen.

“We’re proud to be a part of this cutting edge learning program,” said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless for the New York Metro Area.  “Wireless technology creates an innovative learning environment that is fun and engaging for both students and teachers.”

Another aspect of the “Learning On-The-Go” project includes the creation of a learning “cloud” for students and teachers participating in the initiative.  The nredlearn.org cloud is an interdisciplinary, project-based and research-driven online learning portal.  The principle behind the cloud is that any computer or device can be connected to the same pool of applications and resources and the cloud operates as a safe filtered learning portal for students that extends teaching and learning far beyond the walls of a classroom and hours of a school day.

“We are extremely grateful to both the FCC and Verizon for their support as we rollout this important initiative for our district,” said Dr. Christine Coleman, Director of Technology for the CSDNR.  “Providing these students with an opportunity to engage with technology is crucial to their development and overall learning.”

Phase2 of the City School District of New Rochelle’s pilot project will entail the deployment of mobile learning devices to over 300 students at two other elementary schools as well as tablets at the middle school level and Netbook laptops to a group of high school students.

 

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