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Education in 2014

We believe our technology can transform education if we expand access to digital tools and train teachers how to use them.

Education in 2014

Preparing Students for Technology Careers

The Verizon Foundation is using our digital know-how to boost students' interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. The tools: mobile technology, free interactive digital content and teacher training.

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program was designed to support teachers as they increase the use of mobile technology in today’s classrooms in ways that align with the ISTE Standards, the country’s most commonly-used technology standards describing digital-age learning experiences. In supporting effective classroom integration of mobile technology, the program also hopes to increase student interest and improve student performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program partners with administrators and teachers in 24 underserved schools across the U.S and provides them with a comprehensive, two year sequence of onsite and online professional development around leveraging mobile technology for teaching and learning.


Click here for ISTE's Executive Briefing of Student Achievement Results, VILS 2012-13

Click here for ISTE's Executive Summary of the VILS 2014 Mid-Year Survey

  • 100 percent of teachers reported that VILS-inspired instruction was having a positive effect on some aspect of student attitude or achievement
     
  • 52 percent of VILS teachers were using more individualized instruction
     
  • 52 percent of students exhibited increased proficiency with mobile technologies
     
  • 38 percent of teachers reported increased student engagement
     
  • 37 percent reported their students showed increased academic achievement
     
  • VILS students reported more positive views about math and science
     
  • VILS students were more inclined than non-VILS peers to attend college

Sparking a Passion in Students

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a national contest for middle- and high school students created by the Verizon Foundation to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

  • In 2013, 471 teams of students took up the challenge, which involved developing original concepts for mobile apps that incorporate STEM knowledge and address a need or problem in their schools or communities.
     
  • Five middle school and five high school teams were chosen as winners by a panel of judges from business, industry and academia.
     
  • 90 percent of winning concepts were published on Google Play
     
  • More than 5,000 downloads of the winning apps were made to date
     
  • 59 percent of app challenge winners were female
     
  • 60 percent of winners are – after the competition – more likely to pursue a career in STEM
     
  • 86 percent of winners said they were more interested in taking programming classes in the future
     
  • Each national winning school received a $10,000 grant to further STEM education. Every student on the winning teams also received a tablet computer, courtesy of Samsung Telecommunications America, and in-person training by the MIT App Inventor Training Corps to develop the team’s concept into an app.

Read about this year’s 2013-2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge and its winners.

The National Academy Foundation

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a long-standing partner in boosting achievement in STEM. NAF is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high schools students to academic success and viable careers. NAF academies integrate traditional high school studies with a focus on one of five career themes — finance, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, information technology and engineering. NAF’s primary objective is to ensure high school students are both college and career ready.

  • The Verizon Foundation is a premier partner of NAF. Our support includes employee volunteerism, mentoring, and representation on NAF’s Advisory Boards. Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam is on the NAF Board of Directors.
     
  • Verizon’s partnership with NAF has resulted in many benefits. Verizon engineers and technologists have mentored students with an emphasis on pairing female and minority students with Verizon role models; and Verizon has hosted a number of on-site career days.
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