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05-17-17
Spotlight from the ICF Institute Workshop: Panelists From Five Ohio Communities Receiving Broadband Strategy Planning
By Connected Nation
Five Connect Ohio communities formed a panel to tell their stories from varying backgrounds at the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Institute Workshop in Dublin, Ohio. These communities—Youngstown-Mahoning, Meigs-Vinton Counties, Wyandot County, Fairfield County, and the City of Dayton—are participating in the Connected Community Engagement Program because of the quality of their community leadership and their strong desire work toward better broadband strategy planning. Panelist Pat Kerrigan (pictured right, speaking to attendees) is the founder of the Oak Hill Collaborative from Youngstown, Ohio. The Oak Hill Collaborative is a non-profit that focuses on being a neighborhood revitalizer. Kerrigan emphasized that 40% of the Youngstown population is in poverty. The Oak Hill Collaborative does what it can in the neighborhood to provide people with tech-related skills, such as teaching children how to build their own computers. We are on our eighth class right now, and we...
05-12-17
How Can We Help You?
By Heather Gate
At the conclusion of Digital Inclusion Week, we would like to highlight and/or restate some of the services that Connected Nation can provide to support your digital inclusion activities. We are committed to our core mission of improving lives through technology access, adoption, and use and have an extensive history of working with communities and partnering with public-private organizations, as well as federal, state, and local entities. Below are some of the critical priorities and points of contact for engaging with Connected Nation. Community Technology Planning – Connected Nation assists communities (states, counties, cities, townships etc.) in assessing the state of broadband and associated technology and, along with the local team, discovers how communities are adopting and using this technology, culminating in the development of a Technology Action Plan. These research-driven planning activities help to highlight digital inclusion needs and required interventions....
05-11-17
Digital Inclusion in the Classroom
By Heather Gate
While earlier this week we discussed the importance of technology in the household to bridge the homework gap for vulnerable children, Connected Nation also recognizes the key role of technology in the classroom for advancing education. The innovations of the last seven years, especially the emergence of tablet devices coupled with interactive apps and challenging content, are showing incredible promise in helping kids become more engaged and learn in ways never before possible. And the advent of 4G LTE high-speed mobile connectivity is, for the first time, enabling true “anytime, anywhere” learning—so that learning no longer has to stop at the classroom door. But while technology itself is truly game changing, it’s becoming clear that technology alone—apart from a robust teacher training and professional development program that focuses on the pedagogy of teaching with mobile devices—is a risky venture at best. Accordingly Connected Nation works...
05-10-17
Digital Inclusion for the Child of the Twenty-First Century
By Heather Gate
Connected Nation has led various initiatives to drive broadband access and adoption for families with children. As digital natives children are growing up in a connected world with an abundance of information at their fingertips. It’s imperative that these kids have access to technology at school and in the household. Inequalities in access at home have given rise to the term “homework gap.” This relates to the challenge that children from low-income families face in doing homework that requires access to the Internet. As far back as 2009 the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Task Force asserted that approximately 70% of teachers reported that they assigned homework that required Internet use. At the same time Connected Nation's research showed that only 55% of children in low-income households were able to use the Internet at home for schoolwork. Additionally a report published by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for...