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Mobile Citizen changes the way students learn

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Philadelphia Mennonite High School

School:

Philadelphia Mennonite High School

Market:

Philadelphia, PA

Application:

Mission-critical tools for teachers and administrators

Story:

Philadelphia Mennonite High School (PMHS), a high school dedicated to preparing urban youth for leadership, service and peacemaking, took a very basic Internet access need and turned it into a success story for administrators, teachers and students. Originally looking to Mobile Citizen as a resource for filling its 'dark areas'-- two classrooms without Internet access, PMHS quickly learned that mobile Internet was a mission critical resource for each of these key audiences.

TOOL FOR ADMINISTRATION: The assistant principal, who is also the school’s director of technology, had a clear vision for using mobile devices and Internet access for learning, but was surprised at how important it was to administrators and staff. Some initial applications include:

  • Gives principals immediate, online access to school management software after hours.
  • Allows school lunch room staff to check students in online more efficiently and accurately.
  • Supports school's surveillance program making it possible to see real-time video beyond the classroom walls.

TOOL FOR TEACHERS: PMHS saw an opportunity to use mobile Internet access as a tool for creating a solid foundation for math, science and college prep courses. As a thought starter, the school gave teachers access to Mobile Citizen and encouraged them to think creatively about ways to incorporate mobile learning into their curriculum. This initiative brought some immediate ideas to life:

  • Create a virtual chemistry lab in conjunction with a local university.
  • Participate remotely in physics experiments with area bridge architects.
  • Benefit from capacity needed to use YouTube videos as tutorials.

Armed with these and other ideas, the school is in the process of integrating these ideas into next year's curriculum.

These tools may empower administrators and teachers, but the real winners were the students who will benefit from having more innovative, awe-inspiring coursework and tools for preparing for college.

City View Charter School

School:

City View Charter School

Market:

Portland, Oregon

Application:

Low-cost Internet access frees up cash for investments in future programs

Story:

City View Charter is a small K-8 public charter school in Hillsboro, Oregon, with an enrollment of over 160 students. All of the school's state testing is done by computer, and staff are dependent on reliable Internet access for research and communications.

So in 2008 when the school needed to provide Internet access for its 12+ staff members, 3 classrooms and a 22-station computer lab, they did what many schools do and looked to a T-1 connection to provide the access they needed. Unfortunately the T-1's limited bandwidth and high cost quickly had school leaders searching for alternatives.

After putting CLEAR from Mobile Citizen through a 3 week trial to insure reliability, City View Charter School cancelled its T-1 connection. CLEAR from Mobile Citizen gave the school speeds twice as fast as their T-1 connection and eliminated installation headaches and costs. Without significant construction or installation expenses, the school immediately saved more than $3,000. Additionally, the school benefits from affordable mobile broadband from Mobile Citizen, saving over $350 a month on Internet costs enabling City View to invest in other improvements in the lab in the future.

City View Charter School

School:

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

Market:

Portland, Oregon

Application:

Empowering a unique mobile learning experience

Story:

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School's fourth grade class had an important project that took the classroom outside. Their school's garden project was a unique mobile learning experience that allowed for both a mobile curriculum and online exposure. The mobile learning curriculum elements included:

  • organic vegetable gardening
  • natural building with cob
  • composting
  • rainwater collection
  • planting their new bioswale
  • Pacific Northwest native plants

The garden project concluded with an online Earth Day presentation and celebration where the class used CLEAR from Mobile Citizen to connect their laptop and camera directly to the high-speed wireless network, making Internet research and story-telling easy, even outdoors.