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Blog // Connect Michigan

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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Michigan House Approves Telemedicine Bills Promoting the Use of Information Technology

By Wil Payton

Doctors and patients will be covered by insurance if they use a high-tech process of diagnosing and treating medical issues under legislation unanimously approved today by the House. 
 HB 5408 and HB 5421, sponsored by Reps. Gail HAINES (R-Waterford) and Matt LORI (R-Constantine) allow the use of telemedicine for medical diagnosis, care and education. Telemedicine uses information technology such as transmission of medical imaging and health informatics data between sites to communicate between patients and medical staff. Extracted from a news release from Michigan House Republicans, via the River County Journal, are the following comments...

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It Takes More Than an iPod or iPad to Get The Homework Assignments Done

By Wil Payton

The use of technology is quite prevalent in today’s school systems as policymakers, administrators, and citizens embrace the concept of digitally enhanced curriculums. More and more these days, educators are coming up with innovative ways to provide students with digital devices needed to make this transition and to transcend the digital divide. But sometimes a device is not enough. A recently published article in eSchool News highlighted the challenge in the following extract: “The digital divide is not because students lack devices,” said Ocoee Middle School Principal Sharyn Gabriel, who in October equipped each of her students still...

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Gov. Snyder Announces MBA to Partner with Merit Network to Expand Internet Service in Michigan

By CMI Staff

From the Michigan Department of Transportation: Fast Facts: Agreement will create or enhance Internet service in Michigan rural areas Michigan will invest $247 million in federal broadband funding involving fiber-optic strands Cables crossing the Mackinac Bridge provide a vital high-tech link for Michigan's peninsulas March 13, 2012 -- Gov. Rick Snyder announced today an agreement between the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) and Merit Network to create and enhance Internet service throughout Michigan. The deal allows Merit Network to purchase strands of cable crossing the Mackinac Bridge for use in the REACH-3MC fiber-optic broadband...

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