DPSCD partners with Sprint to provide students access to wireless


Select freshmen will enjoy free internet to study any time any place

DETROIT – September 22, 2017 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced participation in Sprint’s 1Million Project, a nationwide program designed to provide students with internet access  at home. Eligible DPSCD freshmen at 11 schools will receive access to 2,000 free wireless enabled smartphones to access the Khan Academy curriculum preloaded on the device.

“This is another example of the district establishing a strategic partnership that helps the district fill a gap for our children. In this case we are narrowing the digital divide and introducing a new platform for learning beyond the classroom,” said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti.

“There are far too many students who face barriers to education because they lack access to the internet at home,” said Glen Flowers, Sprint Regional President, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana Region. “Sprint hopes these phones and tablets will give students right here in Detroit the ability to use technology when they need it most and to open doors to so many more possibilities.”

DPSCD installed Khan Academy on the phones to provide students with practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace.

“With Khan Academy, our students will have access to a wide array of resources,” said Beth Gonzalez. “While we will primarily be utilizing it to supplement the classroom curriculum, students will also be able to access SAT prep and college and career prep materials.”

Each student participating in the 1Million Project will receive either a free smartphone, tablet or hot spot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years. The program comes at no cost to DPSCD families.

The following schools will receive devices: Academy of the Americas High School, Communication and Media Arts High School, Denby High School, Detroit International Academy for Young Women, East English Preparatory Academy, Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, Mumford High School/Mumford Academy, Osborn High School, Pershing High School, Southeastern High School and Western International High School.

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