Back to School Fund Created at YMCA in Richmond, VA

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Story by Melanie Ortel

Families with school-age children will spend an average of $634 on back-to-school necessities this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

 To help ease the financial burden for families living in temporary shelter at the YWCA of Richmond, Verizon Wireless donated $5,000 to the non-profit to create a back-to-school shopping fund. The grant was made in honor of longtime HopeLine advocate and domestic violence survivor, Sgt. Carol Adams, who has served on the Richmond Police force for the past 16 years. HopeLine from Verizon collects no longer needed wireless devices from any service provider to recycle or refurbish. READ MORE….

 

Evolution of Technology in Schools

From computer labs to the mobile learning lab.

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Today’s students experience school in a very different way than their parents did. Moms and dads might remember using word processors to type assignments, but now their own children are coming home talking about how cool the math game was that they played on their tablet at school.  READ MORE…

These Kids Really Just Built a Standalone… Robot… Cyborg… Cane!

Seems like a no-brainer (pun-intended) that our educators would introduce our youth to technology and its usefulness. But there’s a whole next level of excellence blossoming out of secondary schools’ EdTech programs.

Philadelphia area veteran technology educator, Mary Beth Hertz is building a growing legacy as a leader of this movement.  Her recent article, Rethinking EdTechpassionately explains why she believes that teaching students hands-on lessons in technology, as early as kindergarten significantly impacts learning and overall skill-development.

 And this Vine video sure is cool, too!

It’s a Trend! Teens Participating in Tech Production!

Recent studies show teens are doing more with their smart devices than watching cat videos and joining the latest in social app or gaming fads. They’re programming apps for these devices! If this comes as a surprise to you, consider yourself informed. Learn how 5 STEMS from Maryland won the Innovative App Challenge sponsored by Verizon Foundation.

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Photo Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber Small Business Fair

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On Friday, June 21, The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the Latino Business Series at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the small business fair welcomed 200 guests for a half-day educational event of workshops addressing small business functions such as technology, social media, business planning and access to capital. Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs from the Greater Philadelphia Latino Community were given the opportunity to attend the Verizon ‘Powerful Answers’ Workshop, led by Michele Ruiz and designed to provide attendees with the knowledge to power, connect and grow business through mobile technology.

Guests were also encouraged to nominate themselves or a fellow business owner for the Verizon Latino Business Series’ Entrepreneur of the Year award. The winner will receive a $25,000 cash infusion, five 4G LTE devices and free voice and data service for a year provided by Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless is committed to supporting Philadelphia’s Latino Business Community with mobile technology solutions, tools and resources. Along with the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Verizon hopes to educate local Latino organizations on technological options to help grow their business.

NJ School Hosts Educational App Night for Parents 

JP Case Middle School in Flemington, N.J., held its first ever App Night for parents and students last week. Part of the school’s open house for incoming seventh and eighth-grade students, App Night was run by the school’s Technology Council to give parents a sneak peek into the cutting-edge technology used in the classroom. Parents learned how mobile technology is integrated into the school day and how they can support their children within the mobile world. 

The school is a pioneer in how it embraces technology. Students can view course refreshers via YouTube videos posted by their teachers, follow their teachers on Twitter to get class assignments and collaborate via the school’s use of Google Docs. Additionally, Google Voice is used in world language classes to help students with pronunciation. Parents and students can also sync their calendars with their teachers so that class projects, assignments and field trips are automatically added to their personal calendars.

The school’s first ever App Night delved into the use of technology in the classroom to help with organization and productivity; world languages; social media; and basic skills and enrichment. Recommended apps for learning covered everything from global literacy apps to curriculum review tools and collaboration tools.

Infographic: Teaching with Tablets
 
Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. With a comprehensive strategy that leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; Verizon is helping to increase student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how more and more tablets are being intergrated into classrooms and used by teachers in the below infographic

Infographic: Teaching with Tablets

 

Verizon is using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. With a comprehensive strategy that leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; Verizon is helping to increase student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn how more and more tablets are being intergrated into classrooms and used by teachers in the below infographic

Learning on four wheels with Verizon in Worcester, Mass.

Channel 3 for New England Cable News (NECN) toured Verizon’s Mobile Learning Lab at South High School in Worcester, MA where Holy Cross students meet one-on-one with students to help prepare them for college, as well as SATs. It’s all made possible by Verizon Wireless and technology donated by Samsung.

Verizon’s Mobile Learning Lab, which started last year, is a program that combines the use of technology with college mentors, to create a 360-degree comprehensive environment to help the students learn and grow.

The program also partners with Northeastern University and six schools in Boston.

Verizon Wireless, Samsung, Mobile Learning Lab, Education, College, SATs, Worcester MA

Verizon Wireless Empowers Paterson, NJ Youth

Verizon and their Education Empowerment Program, with the help of the Paterson Public School and the Board of Education of Paterson, selected 20 students to compete in a competition to develop a new marketing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Partnering with Samsung and SOTI, the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance as a part of the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ presented 20 students with Galaxy Tab 2 devices to help them with their marketing plans which will involve creating a plan and a video showcasing the very device that they will be using.

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The program will focus on mobile learning and using technology in the everyday life to prepare them for higher education as well as the workforce. The goal is to have the program prepare the students for college and career success. Verizon will be providing the 20 students with free service during their 4 months with the devices and of course prizes for the best marketing plan. June 2013 is when the program will commence. The students, Verizon and a panel of judges will choose just 3 finalist of the 20 students. Voting will be online and open to the public to determine first, second, and third place winners.

Verizon has previously worked with other schools in Boston, MA and Newark, NJ.

For more info on this and other Verizon Wireless initiatives, check out http://news.verizonwireless.com/ 

Introducing Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award

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Last week, Verizon launched its Powerful Answers Award, an effort to discover ideas that deliver the best new solutions in three core areas of focus: education, healthcare and sustainability. The program is intended to spark innovative thinking and problem solving across industries and to generate ideas, solutions and answers for some of the world’s biggest challenges.


Winners, who will be announced in 2014 CES, will be chosen in each core focus area, with the top prize being $1 million and additional prizes of $850,000, $700,000, $500,000 and $285,000. Full details can be found on www.powerfulanswersaward.com or follow the conversation on twitter @VZWNews and use #VZPAA