4YOURMISSION – A Blog by Mobile Beacon

SHLB Wrap-up: Ideas Exchanged, Pilot Libraries Awarded

June 12, 2015

    We’re completely energized from the recent Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) 2015 Annual Conference! SHLB is made up of like-minded nonprofit and commercial organizations that support open, affordable, high-capacity broadband connections for community anchor institutions (CAIs) and their surrounding communities.

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Mobile Beacon helps give immigrant adult learners the tools they need to succeed.

May 5, 2015

    Article by Larry Britt of RIFLI Computer Science & Social Media Coordinator The RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) is a 16-year-old-adult education agency and we primarily serve immigrants – approximately 250 a year.  We offer an educational continuum from beginner English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to Career and College Transitions preparation.  We partner with many libraries, […]

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Mobile Beacon is helping provide free, at-home Internet access to over 10,000 NYC patrons.

December 22, 2014

  The Library Hotspot lending program was first piloted by New York Public Library (NYPL) over the spring 2014 using 100 Wi-Fi modems with unlimited 4G data plans provided through Mobile Beacon. The catalyst for the pilot began after a survey of patrons revealed that 55 percent of those utilizing free Internet and computers in NYPL’s branches did not have […]

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Closing the Digital Divide in Kansas City

December 15, 2014

  Did you know 70% of children in the Kansas City School District do not have Internet access at home? That’s one statistic the Kansas City Public Library is working hard to change. They have launched the Digital Inclusion Coalition – regional nonprofit, government and businesses leaders whose goal is to increase Internet connectivity and digital […]

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Happy Connected Educator Month!

October 30, 2014

This month is Connected Educator Month (CEM) which supports President Obama’s education initiative called ConnectED. It is designed to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries within five years.

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Timeline of Educational Technology is Schools Infographic

October 17, 2014

  Most of us think of technology in the classroom as a relatively recent event. In fact, it’s been an ever-evolving reality for over a century. Take a look at how technology in schools has changed over time.

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Tips to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Data Plan

September 18, 2014

Data is the new coin of the realm. Learn how to stretch your budget! Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right data plan among all the options […]

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Mobile Connectivity for Nonprofits – what’s your best option?

August 21, 2014

Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re using it for.

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College Unbound Students Attain Success on the Go

August 5, 2014

  Problem: College Unbound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing a pathway to an accredited bachelor’s degree with partnering colleges and universities. The program is targeted to those who began a degree program but were unable to finish, often adults who are full-time workers, full-time students and full-time parents. Though College Unbound is dedicated […]

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Housing Authority Pilot Provides Computers, & Internet Access for Low-Income Residents

May 27, 2014

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) not only provides safe, affordable housing, its mission includes addressing residents’ economic needs and offering a bridge to a better future. But one-fifth of their residents don’t have Internet access at home – a key tool in finding and applying for jobs, signing up for an affordable healthcare plan, and […]

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