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Blog // Connect Michigan

Accessibility Technology & Online Learning

By Wil Payton

For the disabled – an on-ramp to e-learning Guest Contributor: John Herzog,  FCC Disability Rights Office Internet access provides some significant benefits and formidable challenges for disabled students and workers. The Internet can serve as a skills development pathway because it provides the level of convenience and flexibility necessary for disabled individuals to remotely reach educational and occupational goals. There can, however, be barriers to this access road. Visual or learning impairments can make reading text on a screen a challenging task. Individuals with hearing issues rely on closed-captioning to hear Web video and...

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Broadband - a Technology Tool for Lifelong Learning

By CMI Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst Back in 2009 at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, President Obama stated that “By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Furthermore, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce projected “by 2018, about 2.9 million jobs in Michigan, 62 percent of Michigan’s total employment will require some training beyond high school.” These increasing educational demands in Michigan drive more innovative and alternative learning methods, such as online education (or e-learning) via the Internet. E-learning provides new opportunities...

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Educating at high-speed through GIS

By CMI Staff

By Ashley Hitt September is Education Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to enhance knowledge and broadband connectivity in schools. Part of a growing trend in education at all levels is an increase in teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to students to provide a better understanding of the world around them. With nearly two out of three jobs requiring at least some college education by 2018, advances in technology and geospatial analysis will continue to accelerate; educators must continue enhancing...

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The Impact of iPads in Education

By Wil Payton

Using technology in Michigan to promote more active student engagement in the learning process Wireless computing and digital devices are redefining the educational ecosystem and Michigan educators are embracing this technological transformation. One key variable in this evolution is the implementation of 1:1 device programs (one device per student). Educators are finding that this type of program motivates students to take a more active role in the learning process and stimulates critical thinking. In a recent article in Edudemic, Fred Sitkins, principal at Boyne City Elementary School (and a member of the first community to receive our...

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