School District Partners With Sprint, Gives Over 1,000 Students Wifi Hotspots to Bridge the Homework Gap

Published : Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 5:08 AM

The internet is everywhere it seems, but over 5 million families nationwide are not connected to the web, making it challenging for their children to complete homework in the modern age.

To help combat this problem locally and to bridge what experts call the “homework gap,” the Pasadena Unified School District has partnered with Sprint’s One Million Project to give over one thousand wifi hotspot devices to eligible students so they can connect anywhere, anytime, and complete their homework hassle-free.

Selected students were excited to get a new batch of hotspots from Pasadena Unified officials and Sprint representatives inside Pasadena High School’s library Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for not only our students but for the students of Pasadena Unified School District. This partnership will help us close the digital divide that many of our students face on a day to day basis and with these hotspots, be able to bridge that gap,” said Pasadena High School Principal Robert Hernandez.

Without Internet access at home, millions of America’s high school students do not have the same opportunities as most other web-equipped students to achieve their full potential.
Sprint’s mission is to help one million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.
Pasadena Unified is one of 118 school districts involved in the program which has provided over 1,300 hotspots for its students so far.

According to Sprint Engineering Solutions Director Derek Brown, the homework gap means that a majority of homework is being assigned to be completed at home when the reality is that many families do not have internet access for their children to work on their assignments.

“The One Million Project is our dedication to provide one million students with internet connectivity to solve that problem,” said Brown.

“I’m excited to be able to share that information today, to be able to see how it gets rolled out, and how it can transform the lives of young people,” added Brown.

The goals of the program are that the students will learn to access digital resources where and when they need them; proficiently and safely use media and technology to succeed in a digital world; communicate with peers, teachers and appropriate resources beyond the campus in support of learning; and learn, share, collaborate, and create to think and solve problems.

“The partnership enables students to connect to online learning resources and complete their homework anywhere. The program extends internet connectivity from their classrooms to their homes and helps bridge digital access gaps so that they can prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Pasadena Unified Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald.

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