Using technology to prepare students of all ages for success in the 21st century has long been a focus of the Verizon Foundation.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Below are just some examples of what we're doing to promote lifelong learning in Maryland.
Featured Events and Grants
Leveraging the Education Potential of Technology
On February 4th, at an event held at Buck Lodge School in Adelphi, Maryland, President Obama stressed the importance of an initiative to connect, within the next five years, 99% of our nation’s classrooms to the Internet through high-speed broadband and wireless. Called ConnectEd, this effort is a critical element of 21st century education, and if we want to maximize its benefits for students, the government, private and non-profit sectors must all play a role in its success.
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.
Verizon Named Hispanic Hero, Corporation of the Year
On June 20, the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education (USHYEE), a nonprofit organization focused on the high school to college continuum for Hispanic youth and introducing high school youth to STEM and entrepreneurship as career options, honored Verizon with the 2013 Hispanic Hero Award Corporation of the Year. The award recognized Verizon’s long-standing support of the Hispanic community and its commitment in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Verizon’s support will enable USHYEE to implement this year’s first Latino/Black student STEM Summit at Towson University on July 18-19 where rising high school juniors and seniors will learn about courses and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “Over the last few years, Verizon has been one of USHYEE’s strongest supporters,” said USHYEE President Luis Borunda. “We are proud of our association with such a great company and team player.”
Verizon Promotes STEM During Women’s History Month Celebration
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Verizon participated in the Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination event held at the James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Md., to recognize women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to interest students – particularly 8th grade girls – in STEM-related courses and careers. Representatives from Prince George’s County Government Office of the County Executive, Prince George’s County Public Schools and the Patriots Technology Center also attended the event. About 200 students gathered for a special assembly where they heard from various speakers on the importance of STEM.
South River High School Students Win Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Congratulations to the entire "Study Buddy" team! The Verizon Innovative App Challenge was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The students were asked to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions for issues in their communities or schools.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab will continue to work with these students to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help them bring their concepts to market. In addition, each winning team’s school will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile. [ Read the press release ]
Innovative Learning School Program - Charles Carroll Middle School
On August 8, 2012, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and local school officials joined Verizon to launch its Innovative Learning Schools program at the Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton, Maryland. The program is designed to creatively engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). From August 7-9, teachers at Charles Carroll Middle School participated in a three-day, face-to-face training that the International Society for Technology in Education conducted for Verizon to help educators in their professional development.
By participating in this program, Charles Carroll Middle School educators will learn to more effectively and innovatively use technology to enhance student learning in STEM. When school begins in the fall, these teachers will fully integrate the use of smartphones and tablets into the classroom to further enhance the student learning experience and engage students in the classroom to keep them focused and interested in school.
Thanks to the generosity of Verizon customers who participated in the company's "Check Into Literacy" program, twenty one Maryland nonprofit organizations will receive literacy grants totaling more than $321,000. Verizon's grants will support key organizations such as the Harbel Community Organization, Education-Based Latino Outreach, Literacy Council of Prince George's Council, Greater Baltimore Urban League, Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Maryland Humanities Council, Montgomery Council on Adult English Literacy, Prince Georges Child Resource Center, Casa de Maryland, the Hearing and Speech Agency of Metro Baltimore, among others.
Passion for Learning
Students at Argyle Magnet Middle School are closing out their school year with a special project to demonstrate their newly-developed digital graphics and photography skills. These students are part of Passion for Learning's innovative afterschool Dig.Lit (digital literacy and technology skills...) program for more than 150 at-risk students.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School
Verizon worked closely with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Baltimore, MD, where teachers like Ryan Kloetzer use 4G LTE tablet computers to build excitement for learning science. Studies show that increasing student engagement with mobile learning devices such as tablets and smartphones brings improved academic achievement.
Powerful Answers - TinyTap
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 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. Learn more at www.thinkfinity.org.