02/24/2020|Inside Verizon

“A” for effort. “A+” for innovation.

By: Chris Serico

Today on Up To Speed: See how our next-gen tech is helping the next gen of students.

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Verizon hosts Interactive Learning events across the country.

Ideally, every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Unfortunately, many kids don’t have access to the latest technology, and educators often need training to teach the benefits and applications of new technologies effectively.

That’s where we come in.

Since 2012, we’ve been fostering digital inclusion through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning. Today, we continue to deliver on this mission with the opening of the latest Verizon Innovative Learning labs, which provide free technology, free internet access, and hands-on STEM learning experiences to under-resourced students and teachers. These labs help students get the education they deserve to prepare for the digital economy of tomorrow.

Over the last two weeks, students and teachers began using these labs at middle schools in Pittsburgh, PA, Irving, TX, Kernersville, NC, and San Antonio, TX. These students have just begun to explore the possibilities of augmented and virtual reality; coding and circuits; 3D printing; and artificial intelligence. At the openings, dozens of V Teamers volunteered their time and knowledge to help open the state-of-the-art labs.

We’re partnering with Heart of America to build out the spaces ⁠and Arizona State University to provide a next-gen, immersive curriculum. It’s all part of Verizon’s ongoing dedication to our purpose and Corporate Social Responsibility. Overall, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed more than $400 million to educational initiatives.

For more about Verizon Innovative Learning, check out VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.

To see how Verizon distributes tablets and educational resources in tech-challenged middle schools across the country, watch this previous episode of Up To Speed.

To see how other colleges and universities are experimenting with tools like artificial intelligence and virtual reality to boost learning and lower costs, go here.

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Chris is a member of the Verizon Public Relations team and a contributor to Up To Speed. When he's not singing a cappella or quoting vintage episodes of "The Simpsons," please give him all your burgers.

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