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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Accessibility Technology & Online Learning

By Wil Payton

For the disabled – an on-ramp to e-learning Guest Contributor: John Herzog,  FCC Disability Rights Office Internet access provides some significant benefits and formidable challenges for disabled students and workers. The Internet can serve as a skills development pathway because it provides the level of convenience and flexibility necessary for disabled individuals to remotely reach educational and occupational goals. There can, however, be barriers to this access road. Visual or learning impairments can make reading text on a screen a challenging task. Individuals with hearing issues rely on closed-captioning to hear Web video and...

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Educating at high-speed through GIS

By CSC Staff

By Ashley Hitt September is Education Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to enhance knowledge and broadband connectivity in schools. Part of a growing trend in education at all levels is an increase in teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to students to provide a better understanding of the world around them. With nearly two out of three jobs requiring at least some college education by 2018, advances in technology and geospatial analysis will continue to accelerate; educators must continue enhancing...

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Education Technology’s Impact on South Carolina’s Economy and Workforce Development

By Wil Payton

In the knowledge workforce of the new economy, technology access and expertise are key factors in the success of individuals, communities, and businesses. South Carolina policymakers are acutely aware of the correlation between education technology and economic development. Jim Rex, State Superintendent of Education stated in the South Carolina State Technology Plan 2009 – 2013 that “the future vitality of our state’s economy depends upon the ability of South Carolinians to use computers and digital information systems, and to adopt and adapt to an information age. Key to stimulating this economic development is a K-12 education system that...

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Broadband: Providing Opportunity to South Carolinians Without A College Education

By CSC Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst In today’s competitive economy, a lack of a college education generally means a lower annual income and a higher unemployment rate. Furthermore, projections made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that by 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest growing fields will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. This has the potential to have a large impact on South Carolina, where nearly one-half of adults do not have a college education. Recognizing the importance of educational attainment for increased workforce performance, the state of South Carolina has already set a goal of having 53%-60% of 25-34 year olds...

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