Verizon Supports Digital Inclusion Among Georgia Schools

Verizon is outfitting every student and teacher at five Richmond County, Ga., schools with the use of Chromebooks and 30 GB 4G LTE data plans that are slated to last for as many as four years.

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 (TNS) — Verizon is outfitting every student and teacher at five Richmond County schools with the use of Chromebooks and 30 GB 4G LTE data plans for up to four years.

Spokeswoman  Lynthia Ross  said in a news release that A.R. Johnson Magnet SchoolHephzibah Middle SchoolLangford Middle SchoolSpirit Creek Middle School and Tutt Middle School will be joining Verizon Innovative Learning, the company's education initiative to address barriers to digital inclusion. This amounts to nearly 3,000 students and 175 teachers receiving technology.

In addition to free technology and access, schools will receive teacher training and support as well as full-time coaches to train teachers in integrating technology into lessons.

Superintendent  Kenneth Bradshaw  said in the release that this initiative has been shown to drive academic improvement and boost confidence in technology use and resources for students and teachers.

"The access to technology and staff to support its integration in these schools is game-changing and advances our districtwide technology access goal," he said.

The five schools are among 148 joining Verizon Innovative Learning, bringing the program to more than 400 middle and high schools nationwide and to the Augusta area for the first time.

"As we are all aware, so many students across the nation are in need of access to technology and the skills needed to be successful in our digital world," said Verizon state government affairs manager  Michelle Arrington . "We are excited that students in the Richmond County School System will have the resources they need to thrive in today's digital world for a more promising future."

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