Appleton, WI (February 16, 2017) - With the help of Cellcom’s Virtual Reality (VR) Kits for Classrooms program, students in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System will be using VR to take a deeper dive into content they are currently studying.
Virtual reality gives teachers the power to take their classroom anywhere in the world, fully immersing students in a lesson and allowing them to experience new places and explore new ideas. Today, sixth graders at Xavier Middle School will be ‘visiting’ Aztec and Mayan ruins. Tomorrow students at Xavier Elementary – Marquette St. Campus will take an astronomy expedition and will also explore ‘America Expands West.’
Becky Ackermann, technology coordinator for the school system, said, “The VR kits have been such a blessing to the students and the teachers. It allows them to experience the content in a hands-on, immersive and engaging manner. I just love watching the kids get so excited about learning, and the teachers are as giddy as the students when they are on an expedition!”
Cellcom sees VR as an opportunity to use its technology to enhance learning and give students a greater understanding. “Smartphones have evolved into powerful tools that put a wealth of information and resources at your fingertips. These devices are now bridging another gap, making virtual reality experiences accessible as an educational tool. We are excited to put this technology in the hands of local educators so they cannot only engage students in their curriculums, but inspire them with the infinite possibilities of technology,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives.
Cellcom launched its VR kit program in October 2016. Teachers throughout Cellcom’s service area are able to reserve a bank of 15 smartphones and receive free accompanying virtual reality viewers. The schools have a week to use the VR kits to experience new places and explore new ideas. To learn more, visit cellcom.com/classroom.
(December 15, 2016) - Mark Naze, Nsight CFO & treasurer, has been named the recipient of the 2016 NWTC Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes a former Northeast Wisconsin Technical College student who has followed a path of excellence after graduating. The NWTC Alumni Association selected Mark for his individual accomplishments and strong community involvement.
“Mark is an outstanding example of what NWTC has to offer,” said Karen Smits, NWTC vice president of advancement. “His achievements and dedication to the community prove that a technical college education is a foundation for success.”
Mark graduated from the accounting program at NWTC in 1982. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and joined Nsight in 1984 as an accountant for what was then Northeast Telephone Company. Mark has played an integral role in the company’s immense growth over the last 30 years, and led numerous acquisitions and launches.
Mark credits his education at NWTC for giving him the foundation for his successful career. When he wasn’t sure what type of schooling to pursue after high school, the technical college provided him an economical opportunity to explore his options and find a field that he enjoyed. NWTC currently sees more than 2,000 graduates each year, putting Mark in a very elite group of alumni.
“There have been so many graduates from NWTC over the years, and so many people doing so many great things with their degrees, I am truly honored and humbled to be chosen for this award,” Mark said.
(December 1, 2016) – The online application for Nsight Telservices scholarships is now open. Nsight will award six $1200 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in its service area.
Applicants must attend high school in Niagara, Florence, Pulaski, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Two Rivers, Shawano, Appleton Area School District, Neenah School District or Notre Dame Academy. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and an essay on community involvement. Financial need is not considered. Applicants must also be planning to enroll full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical school.
Applications are due March 15, 2017 and only online applications will be accepted. Interested students can visit www.nsighttel.com/the-nsight-differencefor more information and to apply.