Ohio Connectivity Champions

Powered by the Management Council, Ohio Connectivity Champions are the “boots-on-the-ground” supports, working to remove barriers to internet access by:

  • Ensuring Ohioans have home internet access for online learning, telehealth, job seeking and applying, skills development, and taking part in the 21st century economy
  • Helping school districts with deployment and development of connectivity programs
  • Working closely in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, libraries, digital equity coalitions, and Ohio’s Information Technology Centers
  • Engaging vendors to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • Promoting and assisting households in enrolling in cost saving programs such as the Affordable Connectivity Program

Ohio Connectivity Champions help families ensure internet access, which is foundational to closing the homework gap, increasing job skills, maintaining health and welfare, and increasing digital literacy. The Connectivity Champions are positioned to build relationships with school technology coordinators, libraries, community organizations, non-profits, and other digital equity coalitions and marshal available resources to help those organizations overcome connectivity challenges.

For flyers and other materials to share with families, see the District Resources here.

Ohioans can reach the Connectivity Champions directly by webform at ohio-k12.help/ohio-connectivity-champions/#support-form, by email or text at ohioconnectivity@ohio-k12.help, and by phone at 844-K12-OHIO (844-512-6446) Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Connectivity Champions collaborate closely with Information Technology Centers to help support students and their families with household connectivity to enable remote learning.

Ohio’s Information Technology Centers work together through a statewide network known as the Ohio Education Computer Network (OECN). The Management Council coordinates and supports the collaborative efforts of the OECN, which implements a broad spectrum of academic and administrative technologies across Ohio’s PreK-12 education system.

Ohio T-Mobile Project 10Million

Technology Directors in Ohio schools can apply for hotspots for qualifying Ohio students for the 2022-2023 school year.

The partnership with T-Mobile, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Connectivity Champions continues this year to get children connected for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications for another wave of free hotspots will run from July 15th through August 15th.  Informational webinars will be hosted by T-Mobile with no registration required to attend. The webinars will take place on the following dates and times: 

July 22nd at 11:00 AM: T-Mobile Webinar

August 8th at 1:30 PM: T-Mobile Webinar

To learn more, watch this recent webinar recording. The slides from this webinar are available for download here. If you are ready to apply on behalf of your district, download the application form

For more information about the Ohio T-Mobile Project 10Million contact Andrea Chambers at Andrea.R.Chambers@t-mobile.com

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