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.
OnlineUniversities.com created an infographic called “Teaching with Tablets” that looks at the technology adoption among high school and college students. With no surprise, ninety percent of college students and high school seniors believe tablets are valuable for both educational and personal purposes.
Verizon Wireless is celebrating Black History Month with education, positivity and prizes. Verizon Wireless, provider of America’s 4G LTE network, has initiated “A Day in the Life of a History Maker” for high school students. The program is in partnership with UNCF, Get Schooled and Teacher Planet.
Students who want to participate in the program are asked to submit a 500-word essay by March 31 to www.verizoninsider.com/blackhistory explaining how they plan to make history.