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New National Survey Finds That More Than a Third of Middle School Students Use Mobile Devices for Homework

MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning at the Media Lab and Verizon Foundation Join Forces to Strengthen Student Engagement in STEM Through the Use of Mobile Technology
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NEW YORK, November 29, 2012 /3BL Media/ - More than one in three middle school students  are using mobile devices to complete homework, and more of those who use these devices for learning in the classroom express a strong interest in science, technology and math than those who do not, according to a new national survey. 

The survey, conducted by TRU and commissioned by the Verizon Foundation, also found that more than 66 percent of students are not allowed to use a tablet for learning purposes in the classroom, and 88 percent are not allowed to use a smartphone.

Join Us for a #YourVoiceCounts Twitter Chat

Log on to Twitter on Nov. 15 at 3 pm and search for the hashtag #YourVoiceCounts
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Guest blogger Susan Sullivan announces a Twitter Chat on November 15 at 3:00 pm ET on the Verizon Foundation's "Your Voice Counts" campaign to help break the silence around domestic violence by equipping bystanders — especially men — with tools to begin speaking up. You can diiscuss how and when your can use your voice to end domestic violence, ask questions about prevention and get information.

Just log on to Twitter (www.twitter.com) and search for the hashtag #YourVoiceCounts to follow the conversation. Add the hashtag to your own tweets to participate in the discussion.

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Guest blogger Susan Sullivan announces a Twitter Chat on November 15 at 3:00 pm ET on the Verizon Foundation's "Your Voice Counts" campaign to help break the silence around domestic violence by equipping bystanders — especially men — with tools to begin speaking up. You can diiscuss how and when your can use your voice to end domestic violence, ask questions about prevention and get information.

Just log on to Twitter (www.twitter.com) and search for the hashtag #YourVoiceCounts to follow the conversation. Add the hashtag to your own tweets to participate in the discussion.

The State of STEM Education

We should help teachers innovate the way they teach science and math so that students gain confidence and develop a passion for STEM subjects.
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In an essay on The Huffington Post, Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education initiatives for the Verizon Foundation, blogs about the recent Education Nation summit, where topics such as fostering interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects were discussed. In the United States only 5 percent of college graduates enter the workforce with STEM degrees -- shocking compared to China at 46 percent. The remedy is to help teachers innovate the way they teach science and math so that students gain confidence and develop a passion for STEM subjects.

 

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In an essay on The Huffington Post, Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education initiatives for the Verizon Foundation, blogs about the recent Education Nation summit, where topics such as fostering interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects were discussed. In the United States only 5 percent of college graduates enter the workforce with STEM degrees -- shocking compared to China at 46 percent. The remedy is to help teachers innovate the way they teach science and math so that students gain confidence and develop a passion for STEM subjects.

 

Verizon Foundation Pledges $1.2 Million to Provide Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Foundation to Match Customer Text Donations up to $1 Million to the American Red Cross; Will Also Donate Additional $200,000 for New Jersey and New York Relief
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To help our communities recover from Hurricane Sandy, the Verizon Foundation will:

  • Match customer text-to-donate contributions to the Red Cross up to $1 million
  • Donate $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New Jersey and New York that are assisting with local recovery efforts.
  • Match employee donations 2:1 to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Verizon Wireless will waive text-to-donate messaging fees and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the relief organizations.

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To help our communities recover from Hurricane Sandy, the Verizon Foundation will:

  • Match customer text-to-donate contributions to the Red Cross up to $1 million
  • Donate $200,000 to nonprofit agencies in New Jersey and New York that are assisting with local recovery efforts.
  • Match employee donations 2:1 to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Verizon Wireless will waive text-to-donate messaging fees and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the relief organizations.

Equipping the Teachers with Knowledge

Long Branch faculty catching up to students
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LONG BRANCH — The district’s teachers are catching up to their students.

This year the city’s school district provided the middle school with Samsung Galaxy tablets donated by Verizon, giving one to each of the 951 students. Now, they’ve begun equipping their teachers with the know-how to teach with them.

Last week, two dozen middle-school teachers took part in a three-day workshop to learn how to apply technology to support digital-age science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in their classes.

Technology Training for Teachers Makes a Big Difference

Verizon's Justina Nixon-Saintil on the importance of supporting new technology in schools with the right training for teachers
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Justina Nixon-Saintil is Director of Education for the Verizon Foundation.

Game On for Summer Learning

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Guest post from Justina Nixon-Saintil, Verizon Foundation’s director of education. Justina is responsible for the foundation’s Education and Technology initiatives which include a focus on leveraging mobile technologies to increase student engagement and achievement, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas.

New England Patriots Kevin Faulk and Matthew Slater Visit East Boston High School; Call on Students to End Widespread Relationship Violence

400 Students Join Slater in Taking the LIVERESPECT Pledge, a Commitment to End Teen Relationship Violence
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Kevin Faulk and Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots visited East Boston High School on Friday (Dec. 9) to lead Training Camps for Life – a program that educates students about teen relationship violence. They were joined by retired Patriot and East Boston High School alumnus Jermaine Wiggins and retired Washington Redskin Pete Kendall, a football standout at Boston College.

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Kevin Faulk and Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots visited East Boston High School on Friday (Dec. 9) to lead Training Camps for Life – a program that educates students about teen relationship violence. They were joined by retired Patriot and East Boston High School alumnus Jermaine Wiggins and retired Washington Redskin Pete Kendall, a football standout at Boston College.

Communications Guru Jason Falls Urges Teachers to Embrace Social Media in the Classroom

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Known for his blunt style and startling insight, Jason Falls is a leading educator, public speaker and thinker in the world of social media. In this exclusive interview for the Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series, Falls reinforces the positive and debunks the negative outcomes associated with social media use. Falls encourages teachers: "Embrace social media - you can only teach if you learn."

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Known for his blunt style and startling insight, Jason Falls is a leading educator, public speaker and thinker in the world of social media. In this exclusive interview for the Thinkfinity Education Speaker Series, Falls reinforces the positive and debunks the negative outcomes associated with social media use. Falls encourages teachers: "Embrace social media - you can only teach if you learn."

New Orleans Saints Offensive Tackle Zach Strief Visits Lusher Charter School to Lead ‘Training Camps for Life,’ a Program to Educate Students About Teen Relationship Violence

500 Students Joined Strief in Taking the LIVERESPECT Pledge, a Commitment to End Teen Relationship Violence
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New Orleans Saints rally to support Training Camps for Life, a partnership of the National Football League Players Association, A CALL TO MEN and the Verizon Foundation, to educate students about teen relationship violence.

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New Orleans Saints rally to support Training Camps for Life, a partnership of the National Football League Players Association, A CALL TO MEN and the Verizon Foundation, to educate students about teen relationship violence.

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