San José Unified selected for Sprint 1Million Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA – San José Unified has been selected by Sprint to participate in the 1Million Project. The goal of this five-year program is to provide one million students who do not have adequate internet access at home with the resources they need to be successful in school.
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the district will be able to offer 242 mobile hotspot devices to qualifying high school students. The hotspot and data plan are provided by Sprint at no cost to the student, their school, or the district. Devices will be distributed to students beginning Wednesday, September 6th.
“We’re excited to partner with Sprint to provide students with the opportunity to extend their education outside of the classroom,” said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “As the largest and most diverse school district in Silicon Valley, our goal is to deliver a world class education that leverages the best technology available.”
Many of the classes students take today — particularly AP classes — require use of the internet for research, or collaboration with classmates and teachers.
“Like San José Unified, we believe all students are curious, want a bright future, and are willing to work hard to earn it,” said John Branam, Executive Director of the 1Million Project. “We’re confident our collective efforts will lead to richer learning experiences for students, and a better chance for success in school and life.”
The data plan provides 3GB of LTE data a month, and unlimited data at 2G speeds after that. The hotspots are connected to a Sprint CIPA compliant content filter so that students only have access to content that is appropriate.