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Blog // Connect Michigan

Teaching Northern Michigan Students About the Hazards of Texting While Driving

By Wil Payton

Driving in Northern Michigan can be quite challenging during this time of the year. Weather and terrain hazards can cause injuries to mount up. This month, Roscommon High School held a special driver safety program using texting and driving simulations to teach young drivers about the hazards of texting while driving. Below is an excerpt from a 9and10news.com article on this development: "It is a concern," said Ron Alden, Roscommon High School principal. "Every year, you get a little better at it but it's always an adjustment." With around 3,000 deaths in the United States each year due to distracted driving, Roscommon High School's...

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Michigan Community College Courses Soon to Be Available Online Statewide

By Wil Payton

The Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) is taking steps to provide distance-learning options for students in remote areas of the state. The initiative is a system that will allow access to the online courses available at all of Michigan’s community colleges. Below is an excerpt from TheMichiganCitizen.com article on this development: “Fifty percent of the land mass in Michigan is not in a community college district — that means within 30 to 40 miles,” Michael Hansen, president of the MCCA, said. While the association has been promoting a virtual learning collaborative since the early 1990s, it’s revamping the collaborative to...

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Get Free Mobile Broadband for Your Students!

By Connected Nation

We are excited to support the White House ConnectED Initiative and AT&T Aspire’s commitment to mobilize learning. AT&T is helping Title I-eligible middle and high schools receive free off-campus connectivity and related technology for their students as part of AT&T’s $100 million ConnectED Initiative pledge. These efforts will help connect 50,000 students across the nation and equip them with cutting-edge educational tools. Want to be a part of this exciting effort? Schools have until November 14 to apply for a Phase II award. Don't hesitate. Apply via our online portal now! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to create twenty-...

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Techboomers—Impacting the Pace of Tech Innovation

By Wil Payton

Seventy-six million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964. If there is one thing the baby boomer generation is used to, it’s getting attention as a group. This is the generation that had the discretionary income and desire to purchase the first home computers. Businesses have come to the realization that this generation is a prime target as tech consumers. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post special report on techboomers: Close to half of the adult population in the United States soon will be 50 or older, and they will control 70 percent of the country’s disposable income, according to a 2012 Nielsen study. They already...

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