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Blog // Connect Michigan

More seniors are using social media

By Wil Payton

If you think that seniors are hesitant to harness the benefits of broadband then don’t tell that to folks like Florence Detlor. At 101 years old, she's been named by Facebook as the oldest of its 900 million registered users. Just log on to Facebook or Twitter these days and it is not unusual to notice families having a multi-generational chat. Below is a portion of a CNN Tech article about older users flocking to Facebook and Twitter: "Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users," said Mary Madden, a senior research specialist with the Pew...

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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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Congratulations, Charlevoix County!

By CMI Staff

Residents of Charlevoix County can take pride in knowing that they have become the first “Connected” certified community nationally under Connected Nation’s Connected community engagement program.  The announcement was made today at a broadband planning meeting held by the Charlevoix County Broadband Team at Boyne City High School. The Michigan Public Service Commission chairman, Connected Nation president, and dozens of community leaders were in attendance as results from the assessment and future plans for broadband expansion were unveiled.  Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman John D. Quackenbush had the following to say...

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Charlevoix County to become Nation's First "Connected" Community

By CMI Staff

Tomorrow, Charlevoix County will be recognized as the first community nationally to be certified as a “Connected” community!  The Connected Community Engagement Program facilitated by Connect Michigan supports: The building of a comprehensive action plan for a “connected” community Developing regional partnerships Establishing local teams Conducting a thorough community assessment of broadband access, adoption, and use Distinguishing the community as Connected Certified when they excel in technology use The Charlevoix Broadband Action Plan contains specific recommendations of projects to expand digital literacy, build...

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