Discounted home-wireless for eligible Columbia Public Schools students

4 months 3 days 18 hours ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:02:00 AM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
By: Kamaria Braye, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Discounted internet service, at-home media learning, and bridging the "digital divide" are a few of the benefits provided by the Wireless at Home initiative. The program is a partnership between Columbia Public Schools (CPS) and Mediacom Communications.

CPS gives high school students laptops and fifth through eighth graders iPads to take home to use for homework and learning.

Chris Diggs, CPS Director of Technology Services, says this program is about "equity and accessibility."

She says students who don't have internet access are losing out on valuable learning skills in the digital age.

"There is a gap called the digital divide between those who have internet access and those who don't. The terminology used to have a different definition, between who had a device and who didn't. More school districts are going for a more personalized learning program (where we provide devices) it's changed the definition of digital divide," Diggs said.

Organizers launched the program in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Diggs, 59 CPS high school students are enrolled in the program. The board of education hopes to expand the program and encourage more families who qualify to let CPS help them apply.

They also plan to allow fifth through eighth graders the opportunity to apply for the program, which CPS hopes will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Parents who are eligible have to go through CPS to start the application process and school officials are available to help.

The internet access would only work on school devices, and an online filter is installed to make sure students only access child-appropriate websites.

Stephanie Adams, aunt of a CPS middle schooler, feels this program is very beneficial for students. 

"I think it's a good thing. Students need access to the Internet as well and it gives parents a chance that don't have the money to fund something for their kids. That will help them learn as well as help them see what their kids see at school," Adams said.

Diggs said the Wireless at Home initiative has made a big impact.

"We had one family story where a student was driving to the public library to complete some assignments. So it's made a huge difference. Hearing stories like that is very powerful, to know that we've made something significantly better for that student," she said.

Diggs says the board of education is meeting in June to finalize a budget to expand the program for middle school students.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Commission will soon be accepting applications for anyone interested in leasing the former fairgrounds. ... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:47:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood says abortions will stop at its Columbia clinic after Oct. 1 unless a federal... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:43:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - November elections are approaching, but behind campaign speeches and electoral yard signs, Boone County is struggling to reach... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:29:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is considering changes to Missouri regulations to help address a shortage of... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:19:36 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday it will not pursue charges in connection with the investigation... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - More than 100 counties are getting $25 million to combat the opioid crisis, and Randolph County is one... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:53:00 PM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Law enforcement... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:34:00 AM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Deputies with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office arrested a driver in California after finding methamphetamines in his car.... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:20:00 AM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A pharmaceutical company has plans to come to Columbia, but is seeking a Chapter 100 Bond from the... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:42:00 AM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Organizations and activists aimed at improving the poverty situation in the state will gather for the 2018 Missouri... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, September 20 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 7:24:00 AM CDT September 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After being inactive for nearly a year, the Missouri Board of Education is launching a search for... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:06:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, is changing the way she is fundraising after an ethics complaint and... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:17:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department is treating the double shooting on Wednesday afternoon as a murder-suicide. ... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Some people living in Columbia's southside neighborhoods say thieves, using creative technology, are stealing from cars. Haley... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - As Welcome Home marks the first anniversary of its new shelter, a once drug-addicted veteran is artfully finding... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 4:19:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
FULTON- After the State Auditor's report that more local money could go to domestic violence shelters, one survivor reiterated the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:52:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Wednesday morning firefighters burned a simulated dorm room burn on the MU campus to show students how quickly... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:13:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY – Cole County ended its economic development contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. The... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 19 2018 Sep 19, 2018 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:32:00 PM CDT September 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
5pm 92°
6pm 89°
7pm 86°
8pm 82°