Tagged: education

A Teen’s Perspective on the Need for Broadband

Good Internet is not just a toy but a necessity.

– Taylor, aged 14

How important is highspeed Internet to our children? Here’s one Princeton teenager’s perspective:

My family and I just moved to Princeton and being used to 100 Mbps speeds going down to 3 Mbps is something getting used too and we love this town and what it has to offer but with the tech I use it is pretty much time traveling back to the 90s. I hope this project goes into construction to get fast speed to this great town.

My name is Taylor, and I’m only 14, but this Internet really effects my schoolwork because of the technology growth at my school. I attend Bancroft School in Worcester and we use the Internet for EVERYTHING.  Almost all homework must be downloaded, and we use the iPad as our main device for school work. As being a kid, good Internet is not just a toy but a necessity.

Sincerely,
Taylor, aged 14
Brooks Station Road

Broadband Committee To Speak at Thomas Prince School PTA

Steve Cullen, chairperson of Princeton Broadband Committee, will be speaking about the Princeton Broadband  initiative and its importance to Thomas Prince School (TPS) and education in Princeton, especially with the increasing reliance on the internet with the STEAM program. If you have a student at TPS, we invite you to come on March 28 at 7:00PM.

For more information on TPS PTA, go to the Friends of Thomas Prince School page on Facebook »

 

The Bandwidth Divide: How Slow Bandwidth Handicaps Students

1025355_79990052Think the digital divide is behind us now that personal computers are ubiquitous? Consider the recent failure of an e-textbook effort in a wealthy school district outside of Washington, D.C.

The e-textbooks used in the project, run by the Fairfax County Public Schools, worked only when students were online—and some features required fast connections. But it turns out that even in such a well-heeled region, many students did not have broadband access at home and were unable to do their homework, sparking complaints from parents that led the school system to approve the purchase of $2-million in printed textbooks for those who preferred a hard copy.

Read full article here »