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Loris Elementary School in Horry County Participates in ‘Virtual Show and Tell’ with White House

By Erin Kleinlein

On June 6, Horry County’s Loris Elementary School in Loris, SC had the opportunity to have a “virtual show and tell” with the White House. Students and teachers from the elementary school were able to join Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council James Kvaal, Betsy Corcoran of EdSurege, and other schools from around the nation on a Google+ Hangout video chat. Students were asked how they were using technology in their classrooms and they were able to tell about projects and demonstrate with their devices. The students explained how they used iPads to take photos for projects, use virtual books, and create presentations...

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President Obama to Propose ConnectED Initiative – Substantial Funds for Upgrading School and Library Broadband Capacity

By Tom Koutsky

Today, President Obama will call on the Federal Communications Commission to ramp up its $2.3 billion per year E-Rate program to meet the ever-increasing needs of students, teachers, librarians, and learners for broadband capacity at our nation’s schools and libraries. The ConnectED initiative has the goal of ensuring that 99% of public schools in the United States will have access to a minimum of 100 Mbps broadband connections within five years and the initiative will establish Gigabit connectivity as a goal. ConnectED is characterized as a one-time capital injection into broadband infrastructure for these community institutions. In...

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It’s Digital Learning Month at Connected Nation!

By Connected Nation

It’s Digital Learning Month at Connected Nation and we’re looking forward to highlighting the benefits and needs for digital learning programs, partners, and applications.   According to the FCC, 66 million people in the U.S. lack basic digital literacy skills. In addition, 15 percent of people who do not adopt broadband– 10.4 million adults – say that a lack of digital literacy skills is the main reason they do not subscribe to broadband. Our team at Connected Nation is committed to expanding digital learning and has established several programs to help with this goal. These successful programs include: Every Community...

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National Day of Civic Hacking Makes Great Strides in Bringing Community Together and Solving Challenges

By Erin Kleinlein

The National Day of Civic Hacking event is held in cities across the nation with a goal to bring citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs together to create something extraordinary. These individuals are challenged to create new solutions using publicly released data, code, and technology to solve community, city, state, and national problems. Shelby Switzer with Voterheads, a start-up social media and information platform company in Columbia, wrote about the South Carolina Day of Civic Hacking event that she participated in on June 1-2: “The SC Day of Civic Hacking was really exciting because it combined all the best parts of...

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