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Blog // Connect Michigan

Integrating Digital Age Technology In Education: A Michigan Perspective

By Wil Payton

It’s Education Month at Connect Michigan and we are highlighting how Michigan schools are actively engaging technology to prepare students to succeed in school and career pursuits. Bruce Umpstead is the state director, education technology and data coordination, for the Michigan Department of Education. Umpstead is structuring and rolling out year two of a $50 million annual technology readiness infrastructure grant (TRIG) program with 700 local districts and all 56 intermediate school districts participating. The main goal of TRIG is deploying a statewide education network with the goal of interconnecting all schools in a common fiber...

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Technology Having Impact on Education

By Wil Payton

We’re celebrating Education Month at Connected Nation. We’re working with partners across the nation on efforts and initiatives to connect more classrooms and bring better technology to students and educators. This month we will bring you a series of articles that feature news and information on the integration of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Technology has profoundly affected the field of education. Recent surveys and research have found that technology has significantly impacted the learning experience. As a case in point, a 2012 Connect Michigan study found that approximately 2.4 million adult Internet...

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Technology is Rapidly Transforming the Institution of Education

By Wil Payton

In September we’ll be highlighting the role technology plays in the education sector. From kindergarten through college, learning is becoming more of a virtual, web-based experience. A recent MSNBC.com article highlighted the efforts to expand the telepresence of the Deer River School District in Minnesota. Below is a portion of that article: In northern Minnesota, new technology will help level the playing field for schools in remote areas, said Matt Grose, chair of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative and superintendent for the Deer River School District in Deer River, Minn. The collaborative, which includes 20 schools and 6,000 students...

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Genachowski Calls on Education Tech Leaders to Move Learning Forward Using Digital Tools

By Wil Payton

From Ted Gotsch, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports   On Thursday, March 29, 2012, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off the first meeting of the newly-assembled Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission by charging its members to push forward with assembling a plan to move towards the use to digital textbooks so that the U.S. can create a workforce for the future that can compete globally for the jobs of tomorrow. Speaking to top executives with telecom, technology, and education companies who make up the LEAD Commission, both Chairman Genachowski and Secretary Duncan...

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