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Blog // Connect Michigan

How Technology is Fostering Unconventional Alternatives in Education

By Wil Payton

The Wall Street Journal produced an informative article on current trends in telelearning. More kids than ever before are attending school from their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. The result: A radical rethinking of how education works. An excerpt from the story is below: It was nearing lunchtime on a recent Thursday, and ninth-grader Noah Schnacky of Windermere, Fla., really did not want to go to algebra. So he didn't. Tipping back his chair, he studied a computer screen listing the lessons he was supposed to complete that week for his public high school—a high school conducted entirely online. Noah clicked on his global-studies...

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Tech Firms Often Neglect the Unique Needs of Seniors

By Wil Payton

The Washington Post recently published a thought-provoking article on the plight senior citizens face trying to keep up with the pace of technology. An excerpt from the story is below: Rapidly changing technology places everyone on a constant learning curve. This poses a particular challenge for seniors. Americans older than 65 now number 40 million — that’s roughly 13 percent of our population. The U.S. Census Bureau says that 11 million are older than 80. Very few of them are going to learn to use the innovative and intuitive devices younger consumers can’t seem to live without. Shockingly, few companies are providing pragmatic...

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Momentum Builds for Connect Michigan

By Wil Payton

Connect Michigan is excited to be partnering with local broadband providers, and the government of Barry County to bring broadband access to more homes in their community!  Check out this great story on our new partnership below: HASTINGS — Barry County has enrolled in a program seeking to increase access, reliability and use of broadband. Connect Michigan is a statewide nonprofit organization promoting broadband expansion. Barry is only the second county in the state to begin working with Connect Michigan through a connected community certification program. “Barry is a rural county with fantastic natural resources; however, those same...

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Students Demonstrate Computers’ Impact on Learning at Annual Technology Showcase

By Wil Payton

Lansing, MI - Some 125 students from nearly 35 Michigan schools recently set up demonstrations to show legislators and the public how they are using technology to enhance their learning experience. The exhibition, held earlier this month at the 11th annual AT&T/Michigan Student Technology Showcase at the State Capital Building in Lansing, provided an opportunity to show policymakers how technology is essential for preparing students for the knowledge workforce of the new economy. Presented by the Michigan Association for Computer Users for Learning and underwritten by AT&T, the showcase featured: An electronic classroom where 30...

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