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Blog // Connect Michigan

Libraries and Schools: Allies in Education

By Eric Frederick

A Pew Research Center study examining the future of libraries showed that 85% of Americans strongly believe that schools and libraries should work more closely together and many libraries are rising to the need. As schools implement one-to-one computing programs, giving students individual laptops or tablets to use, the devices require content—such as e-books, audiobooks, and video footage—to be effective. Most libraries already have this content available and some are tailoring their online environments to assist schools.  The school district in Ludington, Michigan provides iPads for all students, from kindergarten through twelfth...

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USDA Grants Awarded to Michigan Projects

By Eric Frederick

Today, the US Department of Agriculture announced recipients of the latest Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants.  Grants were awarded to 75 projects in 31 states including Michigan.  The goal of the grant is to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities in rural areas.  "Rural communities often lack access to specialized medical care or advanced educational opportunities necessary for stronger rural economies," Vilsack said, noting that today is National Rural Health Day. "These grants will help increase access to health care and many other essential services. The following Michigan projects received grants...

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The Online Tour Guide to Northern Michigan

By Eric Frederick

The Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau (KCVB) in Keweenaw, Michigan is making vacationing easier than ever. In a popular, rural vacation destination of Michigan with large parts untouched by broadband, information about camping, lodging, restaurants, and events has formerly been scattered. In response, KCVB implemented an application that puts all of Keweenaw's resources in one place, online—and you don't even need an Internet connection to use it. Located in the far reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Keweenaw Peninsula is one of the northernmost regions of the U.S. Covered in rich forests and hosting snowfall unlike anywhere...

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Michigan Broadband Conference in Review – The Human Impact

By Eric Frederick

Standing room only in panel session "Innovate Solutions for Rural Connectivity" at 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference. Whether working for commercial or community development, all broadband initiatives have one driving force in common: people. Stewards in broadband development make the lives of their customers, friends, and neighbors easier across the nation by implementing technology to solve problems. Michigan's Broadband Conference brought together leaders, pioneers, and devoted workers using broadband technology to change their fields for the better. During panel discussions and presentations, experts in their fields shared...

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