Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs. We focus on preparing children to be successful; enabling teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn; and educating adults so they are prepared to achieve their goals and contribute to their communities.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive solution leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning in Massachusetts.
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the education category.
They winning teams delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders. [ Learn More ]
TinyTap- $1 million – a growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Zapatalism/LavaMind- $850,000 – a financial literacy app from LavaMind that specializes in creating business simulation games.
BridgingApps/Easter Seals Greater Houston- $700,000 – an initiative that provides access to the mobile technology and applications needed to enable children with special needs to communicate for the first time, participate in the classroom and exceed educational goals.
WebTeam Corporation- $500,000 – a solution that uses mobile and touch-screen computing to create new products and autism intervention services for the education and healthcare industries.
WomenLEAD, Inc.- $285,000 – an online educational platform designed to accelerate women’s advancement as leaders using social networking, online training and mentorships through an online “Personal Advisory Board” platform.
Volunteer Spotlight: Acushnet, MA
Michelle Teixeira juggles the chaos of being a working mother and still finds time to volunteer at St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet, Mass. She has been a part of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization for the last three years and recently served as Chair of the Events Committee where she helped to plan the Spring Gala Fundraiser and raised over $30,000.
Verizon Foundation Launches Education Initiative to Strengthen Student Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Through Mobile Technology
The Verizon Foundation announced a major initiative to accelerate the use of mobile technology in the classroom and advance student achievement in what are known as STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math. This new initiative is designed to strengthen teachers’ expertise in integrating mobile technology into STEM instruction and to engage students in innovative and creative ways. Read the press release.
Verizon Foundation President Rose Stuckey Kirk; Donna Cupelo of Verizon New England; and Justina Nixon-Saintil of the Verizon Foundation observe students using tablets in their science class.
State Representative Kate Hogan (left) and State Representative Carol Dykema discuss the importance of STEM education while students demonstrate their tablet Apps.
Assabet Valley High School - Marlborough, MA
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is one of 12 schools across the nation designated as Verizon Innovative Learning Schools. The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program is designed to help teachers utilize technology and integrate mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, into classroom instruction to enhance student learning and achievement in STEM subjects. The International Society for Technology in Education and the Verizon Foundation have been working to design and deliver a comprehensive, year-long professional development program for teachers and administrators. [ Read the press release ]
TinyTap- A growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Verizon Wireless’ Empowerment Program
Verizon Wireless, Samsung and Boston Public Schools teamed up for a mobile app design contest, at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science in Roxbury. Samsung Mobile provided a Galaxy Tab to each student and Verizon Wireless provided free service for the duration of the program.
Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org) is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of free educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. All content on Thinkfinity is created or approved by one of the nation's leading educational organizations such as the National Center for Family Literacy, the National Council on Economic Education or National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at Thinkfinity.org.