September 25 was no normal day at New Brunswick High School (NBHS): it was activation day for 300 excited students!
NBHS is a recipient of Sprint’s 1Million Project, which put free Android phones into the hands of 300 eligible students at the high school.
The mission of the project is to provide one million free mobile devices with internet access to high school students across the United States who otherwise wouldn’t have online access at home. New Brunswick was chosen to be a recipient of the grant following a grant application submitted by our educators.
Each phone comes with 3 GB of free high-speed LTE data per month (unlimited data at 2G speeds after that) and adheres to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which blocks adult content and malware while on the Sprint network. The phones do not have talk or text ability.
On Monday, the students visited with district IT staff, turned on their phones for the first time and promised to be responsible users of their new data devices. The phones stay with the students for the duration of their time at NBHS, allowing for their use at home, as well as in permitted classes.
The five-year grant program will entail up to 1,500 phones for our students, so many more New Brunswick High School students shall receive their own devices in the future.