Hawaii is home to great schools – some of the best in the nation. Our students, teachers and educational institutions are increasingly dependent upon strong technology infrastructure to deliver quality educational programming and prepare students for success in the digital age.
A strong, reliable mobile broadband network, in particular, is an essential educational tool for students of all ages, from every geography.
Mobile broadband helps educators meet students’ specific needs and customize their education. Technologies like smartphones, netbooks and tablets help students and teachers access distance-learning applications anytime and virtually anywhere, allowing them to learn and explore beyond the traditional resources available in their classrooms and the local library.
It is increasingly important to invest in our students by providing them with the proper tools and technologies to bolster academic achievement – starting with expanding access to mobile broadband networks like the kind AT&T is building in Hawaii and across the United States
Smartphones were used at home for schoolwork by 39 percent of 11 to 14 year olds; 31 percent said they completed assignments on a tablet while nearly 65 percent used laptops.¹
The number of K-12 students enrolled in distance education has increased 472 percent in the last decade.²
Students with broadband at home have a 7 percent higher graduation rate.³
Mobile learning platforms, digital content and adaptive software allow students to use the technologies and devices they’ve already adopted and are familiar with to help them learn and access educational information anywhere at any time. This can especially benefit African-American and Hispanic-American students who are leading adopters of smartphones and mobile technology.
50 percent of employers use e-learning for training new and existing workers.
As we continue the transition to a knowledge-based, technology driven-economy, it is increasingly important to invest in students and provide them with the proper tools and technologies to bolster academic achievement – starting with expanding access mobile broadband in Hawaii.
1 (Young teens in U.S. use mobile devices for homework, Reuters 11/28/12)
2 (Institute of Education Sciences 2002 and National Center for Education Statistics: 2010)
3 (April 2012 FCC Release)