Muskogee Public Schools is on the forefront of educational technology with the 1:1 program providing students with Google Chromebooks to complete homework assignments – but when students are home, their access to high speed internet may be limited. In the coming weeks, thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile, students will now have access to high speed internet.
T-Mobile and Muskogee Public Schools announced today a $1.16 million grant to provide unlimited 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots for students across the district.
“This is incredible for our students and will close a gap in technology that we otherwise could not have accomplished without T-Mobile,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. “I am excited that many of our students who did not have reliable, high-speed internet access will now be able to complete homework assignments, do research and be able to stay on track with their studies.”
T-Mobile’s EmpowerED initiative is aimed at bridging the “homework gap” — the uneven playing field that exists when millions of low-income students are unable to access the digital tools necessary to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
Muskogee Public Schools join other local schools including Tulsa Public Schools and Moore Public Schools as EmpowerED partners – all receiving district-wide grants.
As a participating school district, Muskogee will be provided $200 for each student to cover the cost of their hotspot and 5,800 lines of free high-speed wireless access.