Hundreds of MiFi internet hotspot devices already distributed to students

IT&E staffers help distribute mobile internet devices. (PNC file photo)

Hundreds of IT&E wireless MiFi devices have already been distributed to students to support online distance learning.

During the first week of the MiFi distribution program, a total of 500 devices were given out of the 1,000 that pre-registered.

The MiFi distribution program is part of GDOE’s plan to strengthen its online model of learning by providing support for students with limited access to the internet and technological equipment.

GDOE is partnering with IT&E and the village mayors for the distribution.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that GDOE will continue to focus on students and parents who registered for the devices early on.

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“So what we’re trying to do now is build on that and continue to push the distribution process so we can get additional devices out and activated for the remaining students. We are also going to increase the numbers of parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez believes that MiFi registrations will increase further once they move more students to online distance learning.

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“As students get their devices, start communicating with each other, and let their classmates know, that ‘hey we have this and it’s working really well,’ we think that it will generate more interest. This is basically free support for our students,” Fernandez said.

The MiFi distributions continue Friday, April 16 from 3 to 7 pm and Saturday, April 17, from 8 am to 4 pm.