Welcome to the 1Million Project at Oakland Unified School District!
About the 1Million Project
The 1Million Project is a non-profit that partners with high-tech companies and carriers, such as Sprint, LG, and Motorola, to provide hotspot connectivity to bridge this digital divide. The goal of the 1Million Project is to "help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access." The orgnaization is supporting 181 school districts in 33 states to make sure that families with no, low, or limited intenet access at home get the boost they need for their child's success.
To learn more about the 1Million Project, visit www.1MillionProject.org.
The 1Million Project & Oakland Unified School District
In 2017, Oakland Unified School District applied for a grant to participate in the 1Million Project to meet the needs of our own community. The grant was awarded to the district to provide up to 3200 hotspot-devices, mainly smartphones and tablets, to OUSD high school students each year for 5 years. The devices are 100% free with unlimited data plans that can be used as hotspots to connect home devices, such as desktop computers and laptops, to WiFi. The distribution of devices is made possible through OUSD's partnership with the local non-profit, Tech Exchange, and with the help of state and district funds.
Year 1 (2017-2018 School Year)- Completed
Year 2 (2018-2019 School Year)- Completed
Year 3 (2019-2020 School Year)- In Progress
Year 4 (2020-2021 School Year)
Year 5 (2021-2022 School Year)
Did you know that 70% of teachers assign homework that requires Internet access but nearly 50% of students are unable to meet the academic demands because of a lack of Internet access?
Even in the Bay Area, the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 1.5 million residents that do not have home Internet access but by next year 77% of jobs will require computer skills. How do we set our students up for success?