Detroit, Michigan (PressExposure) June 28, 2011 -- Uplift Inc. is hosting a Mobile/ Desktop Technology Summer Camp for Parents at John R. King Performing Arts School, a k-8 Detroit Public School the month of July. Parents will have access to 4 - 2 hour classes a week for 4 weeks.
The goal of the Summer camp is to educate parents on how to utilize business and academic technology to engage their students academically at home during non-school hours. Education is a 24 hour 7 day a week activity. The students, who have exposure to fun engaging academic related activities at home, tend to perform better in classes and on standardized exams as they apply concepts in every day life. Ida Byrd-Hill, the lead presenter and President of Uplift, Inc. will lead Detroit parents and their students to collegiate success. These classes will be taught in dual formats - desktop computer and mobile phone.
The Pew Internet Wireless April 2009 report shows African Americans are the most active users of the mobile internet. Their use of it is also growing the fastest. This means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account. Here are the enlightening statistics in their report:
48% of Africans Americans have at one time used their mobile device to access the internet, the national average is 32%.
29% of African Americans use the internet on their handheld on an average day, also about double again the national average of 19%.
Compared with 2007, African Americans used the internet on their mobile on the average day, use of the mobile internet is up by 141%.
When mobile devices are included 61% of whites go online on the average day while 54% of African Americans do. The adults in this survey are parents of today's urban students.
The digital divide is closing as Pew reports eighty percent of the population survey in every race category owns a cell phone. "Smartphones are mini computers that have the ability to operate business software once reserved for desktop computers only. While African and Hispanic Americans have lagged in usage of desktop computer because of the cost they are equal as it relates to cell phones. Uplift, Inc. is seizing the opportunity to improve parents' skills while coaching them to improve their students' skills, "states Ida Byrd-Hill, tinkered with three successful school turnarounds while ushering her twins, Kevin and Karen Hill to Rochester Institute of Technology and Western Michigan.