Why is Digital Promise involved?
A third of lower income households with children don’t have access to high-speed internet at home1. This inequality only furthers the homework gap and can put low-income students at a learning disadvantage. By giving students devices and access, we help underserved students develop the tools and confidence they need to become tomorrow’s innovators. More specifically, we hope we can ignite these students’ interest in STEM careers and give them the opportunity to become lifelong learners, creators, and problem solvers.
Why is Verizon involved?
At Verizon, digital inclusion is about ensuring the benefits of technology are realized by all. Right now, millions of under-resourced students in the U.S. are lacking the connectivity, technology, and skills required for success in today’s digital economy. That’s why since 2012, we have been working to help foster digital inclusion through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning.
All children should have access to new technology and quality STEM education. Through Verizon Innovative Learning, we turn belief into action. Our program provides free technology, free internet access and access to a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum delivering a new way of learning. We work hand-in-hand with nonprofit partners and our team of education and technology experts to build and administer STEM-focused programs that create the kinds of transformations that change lives. We carefully measure and refine our programs to ensure we’re making a difference—and we have. Our programs drive real academic improvements, such as increased proficiency in STEM and student engagement as compared to non-Verizon Innovative Learning Schools.2
Additionally, we’re bringing 5G technology to the classroom, where our students and teachers are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Our goal is to deploy it in 100 schools by the end of 2021. Things like virtual and augmented reality, advanced low-latency robotics, and more immersive collaboration can turn lesson plans into living, breathing, immersive experiences.
Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $400 million in helping under-resourced communities bridge the digital divide. Technology. Education. Opportunity.
Learn more at VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.
1. Horrigan, John B., The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap’ (Pew Research Center: 2015), http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/20/the-numbers-behind-the-broadband-homework-gap/
2. Westat (2018).Verizon Innovative Learning Schools – First Analysis of Student Administrative Data From Cohort 3 Schools