Verizon Wireless announced last week that it’s offering its educational empowerment program at two Boston Public Schools in partnership with Samsung. First introduced locally in 2012 at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Verizon Wireless Education Empowerment Program is being offered again at O’Bryant and has also expanded to include Boston Green Academy. The curriculum focuses on mobile learning, teaching students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom, preparing them for entering higher education or the workforce.
The program’s signature component is its student application development competition. Ten teams of three students, all selected by the schools’ administration, will work to develop unique app concepts and create marketing plans. Students will attend workshops facilitated by Verizon Wireless team members, covering topics relevant to high school seniors, such as creating resumes and sharpening job interview skills. At the end of the project in May, teams will present their app concepts and marketing plans.
A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select the top three finalists of the four-month project and a public online vote will determine first and second place winners. Each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a new Samsung tablet and Verizon Wireless summer internship opportunities. Each member of the second and third place teams will receive a Samsung tablet.
Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.
These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:
· 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones.That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
· 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population
Similar to yesterday’s infographic, Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update shows that consumers’ mobile appetite has grown a lot in the past year, with no signs of slowing.
In fact, by the end of 2013, Cisco predicts there will be more mobile devices on Earth than people! Findings from the report also uncovered that global mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold by 2017, with more than 10 billion mobile-connected devices by then. What do you think the future holds for mobile? Reblog this post and let us know your predictions!