"I help good take over by driving philanthropy for a university with a history of educating visionary leaders who help to improve lives through their tireless service to their respective communities and the world." - Reverend Whittaker V. Middleton, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Claflin University
HP believes education is a human right, and technology can be the great equalizer. We are partnering with Education Cannot Wait, UNHCR and Learning Equality to bring tech-enabled learning to students in Uganda, including refugee learners, through a pilot initiative using HP School Cloud. HP School Cloud is a learning management system preloaded with content and curriculum, and a wireless router all built into one that students can access from any wifi-enabled device--without an Internet connection.
By Michelle Brown, founder & CEO of CommonLit, 2016 AT&T Aspire Accelerator member
In the spring of 2016, CommonLit.org was a collection of about 100 individual PDF reading lessons that English teachers could download and use with their students. Despite its humble start, I had a big vision.
I came to the AT&T Aspire team with a simple pitch: Create the best reading and writing program in America and make it available for free so that even the most vulnerable students could access it online.
By Nasir Qadree, Associate Director of Social Investments, AT&T
Building a company is incredibly hard... and incredibly rewarding. I know from experience. Before working at AT&T, I supported a portfolio of start-ups at a venture capital firm. There’s nothing quite like making an idea a reality and seeing its impact on others.
Ed-tech isn’t just about digitizing books and training manuals for a tablet. It’s about using technology to deliver new forms of learning and teaching. It’s about personalizing and accelerating learning for everyone, everywhere, at any time.
That’s why we’re looking for game-changing solutions for real-world education challenges. If you’re an innovative ed-tech venture in the U.S., we want you to apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator.
Anne Wintroub is a Director of Social Innovation at AT&T
As part of AT&T’s Aspire initiative – which accelerates the learning revolution and connects it with the young people who need it most – we’ve invested more than $350 million to help ensure all students have access to the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. We know that in order to truly accomplish this mission, we must look to those “on the ground: ”the teachers and inventors who are creating solutions for our students using the power of technology.
Erin Gavin - Senior Manager of Government Affairs at Qualcomm
This ongoing blog series features articles written by a few of the speakers we’re looking forward to seeing at the 2016 Net Impact Conference. Erin is Lead for Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab & Women Enhancing Technology Programs. She will be speaking at the "EdTech: More than Just Hype?" session on November 4th.
Since 2010, the U.S. K-12 edtech industry has seen a boom of venture investing in education technology. EdSurge has been “following the money” behind venture investments in U.S. K-12 edtech companies to understand the dollars--and their implications. Those investments are redefining the tools and curriculum available to schools, and will have an effect on teaching and learning -- eventually. Measurable “exits” and demonstrated outcomes for schools have been scarce so far. But here’s what we’re seeing:
By Anne Wintroub, Director of Social Innovation at AT&T
In January, we announced an open call for applications to the AT&T Aspire Accelerator in search of ventures using technology to support students’ educational and career success. For- and non-profit organizations chosen to participate in the program will receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.