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Blog // Connect Iowa

Educating Iowa at high-speed through GIS

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Ashley Hitt, GIS Services Manager September is Education Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to enhance knowledge and broadband connectivity in schools. Part of a growing trend in education at all levels is an increase in teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to students to provide a better understanding of the world around them. With nearly two out of three jobs requiring at least some college education by 2018, advances in technology and geospatial analysis will continue to accelerate;...

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41% of Iowans Conduct Distance Learning Online

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst In his first address to Congress in February of 2009, President Barack Obama stated that the United States should once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020. To achieve this goal, more alternatives are needed for adults to access learning opportunities. One opportunity that has the possibility to transform education is online learning.  In fact, according to the National Education Technology Plan (NETP), “Online learning is becoming an increasingly important part of our education system at all levels, from secondary and postsecondary education to...

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September is Education Month at Connected Nation!

By Dev Joshi

By 2018, nearly two out of three jobs will require at least some college education. Online classes are helping address this need by empowering millions of adults to further their educations. Connected Nation’s 2011 Residential Technology Assessments found that more than two out of five adult Internet users (44%) go online to take classes or conduct research for school (known as “e-learning”). If this number is extrapolated to the entire country, this translates to more than 84 million adults that access the Internet for e-learning. In addition, e-learners tend to be younger, have higher annual household incomes, and are more...

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