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Connected Learning is a comprehensive, multi-year program for middle schools that seeks to: support highly-effective and technology-intensive teaching; deepen the home/school connection; strengthen in-school tech capacity; and narrow the digital divide in underserved communities. The program includes a broad spectrum of services ranging from the distribution of computers for use in student homes, discounted broadband service, targeted professional development, school-based technology support, student capacity building, and implementation of digital literacy and citizenship curricula. The three-year program will end June 30, 2013. The Federal Government supported the creation of the program with a $22 Million US Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and an additional $5.9 million in funding came from the City and its partners. For more information, please contact Connected Learning.
Through their Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs), AUSSIE offers comprehensive and customizable Professional Development solutions that increase teacher effectiveness and drive student achievement. They have expertise in many areas but focus their work in Common Core State Standards and Educational Technology.
CFY-NYC helps students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, by offering Home Learning Centers (computers) and training for families with a 24/7 Bilingual Help Desk, PD for Educators (in selected schools), Free Software for Families and Educators, and assistance accessing the Broadband Discount Program.
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of students and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Their online curriculum is available free of charge to all schools and they offer workshops for Connected Learning schools.
CUNY, through the CUNY Intern Program, provides schools with CUNY student interns whose responsibilities cover a range of tech support duties identified by the NYCDOE's Division of Instructional and Information Technology.
The MOUSE program helps build student capacity by guiding schools to establish and manage MOUSE squads, which act as leading-edge technical support help desks and provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of technology challenges.
Teaching Matters, through their Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs), works to infuse literacy into instruction through their Writing Matters and Voices and Choices curricula to prepare all students with literacy, critical thinking, and college readiness skills.
BTOP seeks to expand broadband access and adoption in communities across America.
DoITT ensures the sustained, efficient delivery of IT services, infrastructure and telecommunications to enhance service delivery to New York City's residents, businesses, employees and visitors.
Cablevision provides participating Connected Learning families the opportunity to purchase dramatically discounted broadband service for their homes – enabling access to on-line educational resources to support their children's learning.
Time Warner Cable provides participating Connected Learning families the opportunity to purchase dramatically discounted broadband service for their homes – enabling access to on-line educational resources to support their children's learning.
Microsoft provides technology solutions and products for a wide array of educational challenges, settings, and devices. Microsoft Office for Students was bundled with the Home Learning Centers (HLCs) that families received.
Intel, through its relationships with manufacturers and application service providers, advises and helps schools and districts advance down the technology road.