Flint schools families can still get free internet access, technology for students

Destiny Viator

FLINT, MI — No family could prepare for what the 2020 school year would bring.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to plague the country, most students in Genesee County are learning remotely.

Flint is no exception.

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Anita Steward is asking families still in need of access to technology or internet to contact their child’s school building. The district is able to provide Chromebooks and hotspots to all families who have requested them.

The district has also learned that Comcast will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible customers through the end of 2020, Steward said. The Internet Essentials from Comcast program provides low-income families free internet for 60 days and a reduced price after the free trial. Details on the program can be found here.

“Flint Community Schools is committed to a high-quality learning experience for all students,” Steward said.

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N.J. high school senior giving back to students with free computer science lessons

Destiny Viator

For West Windsor teen Samvit Agarwal, it started off with a love for computer science.

It turned into 300 volunteers, 250 students and plenty of happy parents.

Agarwal’s non-profit organization, CS Remastered, guides kids from grades 3 to 12 with free computer science education. It has been the goal of the organization since it was launched in late 2018, but the coronavirus pandemic has made Agarwal and his team of volunteers more driven to give back.

“I’ve been interested in technology for a long time and I began by helping kids in the neighborhood out with their technical projects,” the 17-year-old student said. “I felt as though a lot of kids were interested in technology but didn’t have the resources to start. I figured it would be great to create a program for kids to learn computer science and technology directly through CS Remastered.

“Before the pandemic, we taught in

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Namecheap Offers Free 20 Minute Virtual Class On Internet Basics for Students & Online Novices

Destiny Viator

Entry-level lesson covering domains, web hosting, SSL and online security; Plus, most teachers & students with .edu email addresses eligible for FREE .me domain and website builder to create a first website!

PHOENIX, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Namecheap, the world’s second-largest domain registrar and leading provider of online products and services, today unveiled a virtual class lesson aimed at students and online novices. The free 20-minute YouTube video lesson covers the “Internet basics”, and everything someone would need to know to launch their first website. Additionally, through Namecheap for Education’s NC.ME initiative, almost all students and teachers in the US are eligible for a free .me domain, web builder and more — so that teachers and students can create websites together.  

Namecheap’s “The Internet Basics You Need to Launch Your First Website” covers three main aspects of websites:

  • Domains: What is a domain name? How does DNS
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Cook County, Comcast providing free internet for disadvantaged students

Destiny Viator

The Housing Authority of Cook County and Comcast announced a partnership Wednesday that will provide free in-home, high-speed internet service to suburban housing authority residents with school-age children.

The service will allow those students to participate in their schools’ remote learning programs, as well as provide internet access to other members of the household, officials said.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“It is estimated that one-quarter of our Cook County residents lack high-speed internet, and those rates are much higher for people of color,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said during an announcement of the partnership. “We cannot allow a quarter of Cook County to fall further behind as we recover, digitally, during the next phase of this crisis.”

Under the agreement, the housing authority will purchase 10 months of Comcast’s Internet Essentials service on behalf of eligible residents who enroll by Dec. 31. The program is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and

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Tech company Asurion offers free tech support hotline for Rutherford students, teachers doing virtual learning

Destiny Viator

With thousands of students and teachers online this semester, technology problems can quickly lead to a host of issues for students trying to access academic instruction and teachers leading classrooms.

Rutherford County Schools Director Bill Spurlock talks about distance learning

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Nashville-based global tech company Asurion launched its own “Tech Sanity Hotline” this week to help ensure teachers, students and parents can stay connected.

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Many students in Rutherford County have been learning remotely from home since the school year began.

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Back to school: From home schooling to co-ops, students are learning in new ways

Roughly 48% of Murfreesboro City Schools students are participating in distance learning until October. Grades 3-6 were required to learn from home unless an exemption was approved. For Rutherford County Schools, about 20,000 students in

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T-Mobile details free wireless hotspot plan for K-12 students

Destiny Viator

T-Mobile has detailed its plans to roll out free internet access to US students, with the promise of wireless hotspots and low-cost tablets or laptops. Part of the carrier’s pre-Sprint-merger promises, the so-called “Project 10Million” will see T-Mobile supply data and subsidized devices as it attempts to tackle “the homework gap.”

It’s a topical problem as increasing numbers of young people resume their education but in a very different format to how it was before. With many schools opting for remote learning rather than bringing crowds into classrooms, the pandemic has helped highlight just how lacking broadband infrastructure is in some communities.

That’s a significant problem when video calls and distance learning is now the norm for millions of US children. T-Mobile says it has set aside $10.7 billion for its project to help get households like that online.

“Even before the pandemic, more than 9 million of America’s 56

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Free internet for Houston students who qualify for free/reduced lunch | Education

Destiny Viator

Houston County Superintendent of Education David Sewell announced Tuesday students who received free/reduced lunches will qualify for free internet through Alabama Broadband Connectivity for students. This free program is made possible through Gov. Kay Ivey.

“Students who qualified for free/reduced lunch in Houston County will receive free internet service,” Sewell said. “This is available to all students who qualified, not just students who will participate in virtual learning.”

Letters will be mailed out to parents next week on instructions to follow in order to receive the free service.

“Again, this is absolutely free for the students,” Sewell said. “Students will receive this service free through Dec.31.”

Sewell urges parents to pay attention to the mail in order to receive this free offer.

The letter will have a voucher number listed on right side of the letter, and the voucher number will be required in order to receive the free service.

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Free high-speed internet available for K-12 students who qualify | Mobile County Alabama News

Destiny Viator

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has committed CARES Act funding to deliver free internet access to eligible K-12 students in their homes this fall, according to the Mobile County Public School System.

School officials say families of eligible students will receive a letter after Aug. 24 which will include a prepaid voucher number and a list of service providers to contact to set up free high-speed internet service through Dec. 30, 2020.

MCPSS officials say this is perfect timing for the district’s remote learning plan.

“If your student does not have reliable internet access, be on the lookout for this letter. If you qualify, contact one of the listed service providers as soon as you can; the sooner you call the sooner your student will be ready for a successful remote learning experience,” MCPSS said. 

For further assistance and more information, contact the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for

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Students in need can sign up to receive free computers, hot spots, for online learning

Destiny Viator

Do you know of a child that needs a computer and wifi access in order to learn at home during the coming school year?

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Free wifi, study space available for El Paso students in need

Destiny Viator

A local daycare is offering a solution for families in need of wifi for virtual learning.

Little Footsteps Daycare and Learning Center is offering free wifi for students weekdays from 7am to 4pm.

Owner and director Blanca Gonzalez was reflecting on the first week of virtual classes when she had a realization.

“My husband and I were talking about how complicated virtual school had been the first week, and then, you know, we said, ‘Can you imagine the people that don’t have internet?’, and my husband said ‘well then we should help them, how do we set up Wi Fi?’ and that same day, Sunday night, we came over and set up the WiFi to reach outdoors,” she said.

They set up an area outside the daycare for students to sit in the shade, connect to WiFi, and get their school work done.

Parents will need to come and stay

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