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Blog // Connect Michigan

Antrim County Connected Community Event – POSTPONED

By Wil Payton

The Antrim County Connected Community Certification event, scheduled for today, has been postponed due to weather. We will provide additional information here when the event is rescheduled.

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Small Business Technology Taskforce Program Underway in Rural Michigan

By Wil Payton

The Michigan Rural Council (MRC), in partnership with Connect Michigan and the Microenterprise Network, is now working on a pilot project to encourage broadband access, adoption and use by small rural Michigan businesses. A Bright Side episode on this endeavor is being produced by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) to highlight this project. Bright Side episodes are videos produced to “tell the stories of people, organizations and communities that will inspire, empower and educate their viewership” according to the CEDAM website. Below is an excerpt from The Voice News on this development: The Internet service...

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Free Online Courses Gaining Popularity and Certification Potential

By Wil Payton

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are all the rage in the education technology arena. Free online courses have attracted thousands of learners worldwide during the past year. Thirty-three prominent schools have signed on with Coursera, a leading MOOC provider. Many more colleges and universities are exploring ways to leverage courses at their institutions. The latest MOOC trend is certification. Users are looking to document course completion to augment their professional credentials. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article detailing the evolution of MOOC certification initiatives: For less than $100, a student who takes a...

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Printer Distribution Provides Learning Experience Part 2

By Wil Payton

Community organizations provide insight on how technology enhances quality of life The Connect Michigan team has had the distinct privilege of distributing 381 printers to communities and non-profit organizations in the state to date. More importantly, this program has facilitated a greater understanding of how communities are using technology to enhance the quality of life of their residents. In a recent blog post we highlighted 2 stories, from printer program recipients, on how technology has impacted the level and effectiveness of services they provide. Below are two more: Janet Zahn, St. Catherine’s Health Center, Grand Rapids, MI – As a...

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