T-Mobile is making technology accessible to students with Project 10Million. Read about their commitment to tech access in this sponsored post.
If you have school-aged children, you’ll never forget the second half of the 2019 – 2020 school year. For my then 5th grader and her schoolmates, that was when life as they knew it changed.
One day they were used to be at the school building, learning in person with their teachers.
The next day they were packing their desks up, never to see that classroom again.
But wow, did we ever learn how resilient our kids and their teachers are!
Even with the challenges some families faced, all over the country, students, parents, and teachers alike transitioned from in person to online and kept things rolling. It’s pretty hard to believe how well everyone did.
I heard several stories of ways that families were making it work.
Kids sitting outside of fast food restaurants in masks to take advantage of the free wifi.
Students writing entire research papers on their cellphones.
As impressive as it is, that’s not a burden that children should have to take on.
Still, we were all just doing the best that we could.
This school year, we’re going into things with a better understanding about what students really need to succeed.
Consistent support, adults who care, and technology that works and can match our kid’s talents and abilities.
T-Mobile’s project 10million
T-Mobile wants to help ensure students have access to education. Their $10.7 Billion Project 10Million initiative that launched last year was aimed at delivering Internet connectivity to millions of underserved student households at no cost to them.
With the need for equitable access to the Internet more crucial than ever, T-Mobile has a bold goal: helping every single unconnected student in the U.S. get access to the Internet connectivity they need to learn.
Families without an internet connection and/or that are enrolled in the National School lunch program can apply on the T-Mobile site.
Project 10Million provides the following to eligible households:
- 100 GB of data per year for free
- a FREE mobile hotspot for 5 years
- the opportunity to purchase devices at a low cost
I didn’t know that millions of school-aged kids in the U.S. don’t have access to the internet.
This initiative by T-Mobile is going to level the playing field for 10 million students over the next 5 years.
Already, with their newly expanded network, T-Mobile has helped connect over 3 million students across the country, including Project 10Million students.
Read more about T-Mobile’s Project 10Million and find out if your household is eligible.
This School year is the new normal
As much as things feel like they’re going back to normal this school year, though, remember that what’s normal has changed.
Maybe there will be things some kids miss about being a full-time virtual or hybrid learning students.
They might need a little time to adjust and get used to things again.
Ask questions to check in on how things are going. Support them. Make sure they have the tools (like tech access) they need to succeed.
We’ll all get used to the new normal at some point. But for now, let’s just help each other out. Especially our students and teachers.