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The New York Times Says Text Messages Can Help Underprivileged Students Enroll in College

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A college education is increasingly important. According to Pew , college graduates earn more, are 3x less likely to be unemployed, and are dramatically less likely to live in poverty. Yet many lower-income students never make it to college – even after they’ve been accepted. The New York Times reports that every year, 200,000 students who are accepted to college don’t enroll. Deadline is 8/15.

Cydalion: Seeing the Future of Assistive Technology For the Visually Impaired

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Many augmented reality developers use new technology to entertain, but we have used it to make a real impact on those who are visually impaired in day-to-day life. The post Cydalion: Seeing the Future of Assistive Technology For the Visually Impaired appeared first on Float. Industry News Mobile Apps Press assistive technology augmented reality press release Tango

Voto Latino Tripled Their Mobile List in One Month. Here’s How.

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At Mobile Commons, we’re always interested in seeing the successful strategies that help elevate our customers’ SMS campaigns. We’ve developed a pretty good set of best practices over the years – but sometimes, a customer sees such off-the-charts success, that we want to explore what happened so we can learn new tactics. That’s a gain of 280% in a single month. Here’s How.

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Mobile Treasure Hunting: Connecting to Authentic Contexts

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Recently I came across some apps that allow educators and parents to connect student learning to authentic contexts by participating in mobile treasure and scavenger hunts. The more that we can connect learning to authentic contexts ( situated learning ), the more that students can see the "why" of what they are doing in school. Most of them allow archiving of all the data collected.

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Voto Latino Finds Text Messaging to be an Effective Way to Register New Voters

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This election promises to be one of the most divisive in our nation’s history – and one that may come down to a razor-thin margin in a few crucial states. But millions of Americans may not have a voice, simply because they’re not registered to vote. Voto Latino wanted to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day on September 27 th to make a big push to register as many voters as they could.

9 Apps For Indoor Navigation

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These apps or devices that have been developed to help people who are visually impaired or blind find their way indoors. The post 9 Apps For Indoor Navigation appeared first on Float. Mobile Apps assistive technology Cydalion GPS navigation apps

How Augmented Reality Help People With a Visual Impairment

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To be effective, visually impairment aids should enhance existing vision, augment information through context, and stimulate alternative sensory channels. The post How Augmented Reality Help People With a Visual Impairment appeared first on Float. Research User Experience augmented reality blindness innovations low vision sensory input visual impairment

10 Bizarre Uses For A Mobile Phone

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From tracking calories to monitoring babies to sniffing out terrorists, we take a look at 10 unusual but innovative ways to use your mobile device. The post 10 Bizarre Uses For A Mobile Phone appeared first on Float. Mobile Apps Mobile Devices infrared cameras mHealth Tango

6 Tips for Mobile Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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by Abby Jarvis. It’s clear that mobile fundraising is here to stay. In fact, 25% of donors complete their donations on mobile phones. How do you go about engaging these donors? By incorporating mobile outreach into your next peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising campaign. Because P2P fundraising is such a social way to engage donors, you can attract donors on the go. Add a little friendly competition.

Shine Can Help You Change Your Life Over Text Message Through On-Demand Life Coaching

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Shine is helping people become their best possible selves – all over text message. The startup has launched a new on-demand life coaching service , offering subscribers individualized, full-time access to a certified coach who can help them map out a personal plan to success. Shine has been sending free, inspirational text messages every morning for the past year.

This Native American Tribe is Revolutionizing How Text Messaging Can Connect an Entire Community

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How do you use text messages to connect an entire community? At Mobile Commons, we’ve talked a lot about ways texting can bring citizens together. Schools can  can communicate with parents and students. Local governments  keep citizens informed about weather issues and civic emergencies. Medical professionals can  offer broad access to vital health resources. Charities can  keep people informed about events. The Tulalip Tribes – a small native American tribe of just 4,500 people – is bringing all of that together. But it was a heartbreaking school shooting that prompted them to create it.

Parent's Fears about Cell Phones and their Children are Exaggerated According to Duke Study, Yet both Parents and Children are Distracted by Devices

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A study conducted by Duke University , found that the many fears parents have about their children losing face-to-face social abilities is unfounded. They found that teenagers who have strong relationships face to face and spend a lot of time online, continue to build those strong social relationships online, in a positive manner. Parent modeling is key. research

Coming in March 2017! Book that Features Triple E Framework Published by ISTE

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Coming this March, a practitioners guide to effective technology integration in the K-12 classroom. The book is published by ISTE and features the Triple E Framework. The book will include: The research overview of what is and is not effective technology integration (because there is actual research out there!)

Wearables for Wayfinding Have Exploded Over The Past 20 Years

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This includes assistive technologies and augmented reality. People with visual impairments have more options available now than ever before, including Tango. The post Wearables for Wayfinding Have Exploded Over The Past 20 Years appeared first on Float. Uncategorized assistive technology augmented reality GPS machine learning navigation apps Tango visual impairment

7 Trends Disrupting Retail Today

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The entire retail enterprise in North America has changed. Find out how, plus how you can take advantage of new technologies and ways of thinking. The post 7 Trends Disrupting Retail Today appeared first on Float. Mobile Apps Mobile Strategy 3-D big data predictive analytics retail

How Blockchain Technology Will Improve Online Security

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Most people have heard of bitcoin, the controversial cryptocurrency. However, few know about the benefits of “blockchains,” the technology behind bitcoin, and the reason it’s considered a secure way of exchanging value. The implications of using blockchains go well beyond a new form of money to a wide variety of personal, governmental, and business uses. … The post How Blockchain Technology Will Improve Online Security appeared first on Float. Industry News Mobile Development Mobile Strategy bitcoin blockchain security

“The Content Trap” Applies To All Digital Media

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When selling “information goods,” connections are more important than content, according to a new book by Harvard business professor Dr. Bharat Anand. The post “The Content Trap” Applies To All Digital Media appeared first on Float. Industry News book review content strategy

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How Assistive Technologies Extend Your Abilities, Whether You’re Disabled Or Not

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Despite whether we have a disability, we've all adapted technology to better suit us. In this post, we look at the ways we've made our experiences better. The post How Assistive Technologies Extend Your Abilities, Whether You’re Disabled Or Not appeared first on Float. Industry News Mobile Strategy assistive technology disability

10 Apps For Indoor Navigation

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These apps or devices that have been developed to help people who are visually impaired or blind find their way indoors. The post 10 Apps For Indoor Navigation appeared first on Float. Mobile Apps assistive technology Cydalion GPS navigation apps

How To Get Funding Support For Assistive Devices For People With Visual Impairments

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Technology can be a wonderful thing, but if it is out of reach for many people because of costs, then its impact may be limited. The post How To Get Funding Support For Assistive Devices For People With Visual Impairments appeared first on Float. Industry News Mobile Apps Mobile Devices assistive technology

Top Tools And Apps For People With Blindness Or Low Vision

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Technology has evolved to assist every level of vision impairment. Here are five individuals whose lives have been impacted by these tools in daily life. The post Top Tools And Apps For People With Blindness Or Low Vision appeared first on Float. Press Ableroad augmented reality blindness innovations JAWS low vision NVDA sensory input TapTapSee testimonials visual impairment

9 Outdoor Navigation Apps For People With Visual Impairments

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A mobile device's GPS helps people get around. In this article, we look at 9 navigation apps designed for people with visual impairments. The post 9 Outdoor Navigation Apps For People With Visual Impairments appeared first on Float. Mobile Apps Mobile Devices navigation apps visual impairment

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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Here’s how millennials are impacting the future of communication Business Insider explores the shifting trends in communication. As email declines, chat apps and text messaging are on the rise. 2.  4 Reasons for Large Scale SMS Text Surveys in Developing Countries Researchers developed a study to test the efficacy of SMS surveys in developing countries.

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Pamal Broadcasting Keeps Local Residents Informed & Safe through Instant Alerts

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Winter is a chaotic time for many communities. Snow storms strike, schools close, and many institutions must reschedule their events. But organizations have trouble spreading the news before teachers, students, and members trek through the bad weather to find a locked door. Enter Pamal Broadcasting, which runs radio stations WSPK and WHUD in upstate New York.

The Nature Conservancy Grew Its Mobile List 800% with One Simple Change

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Sometimes the greatest successes are inspired by first coming up short. That’s exactly what happened to Ethan Kearns, Mobile Manager at The Nature Conservancy , who didn’t quite meet his 2015 mobile goals. “We had a target in 2015 to grow our mobile list from 5,000 people to 15,000 people. But by August of last year, they had already reached 20,000 people. How did Kearns achieve such rapid growth?

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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Understanding the New Era of Mobile Messaging “Businesses across multiple vertical sectors like financial, retail and healthcare are increasingly turning to SMS.” Mobile Marketing Watch explores how, in a world of fragmenting OTT messaging apps, SMS remains the only ubiquitous global messaging platform. 2.  Email, push and SMS: Integrated or independent? Industry News News & Updates

Talking Sex Together (TxT) Launches a Clinic Locator to Help Iowa Teens Find Local Sexual Health Resources

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Sexual health can be a confusing subject for teenagers. Young people have big questions, but the Internet is filled with misinformation, and often there isn’t anybody in their lives they feel comfortable asking. For years, Iowa’s TxT program has been offering reliable help. Now TxT is helping young people find real world care, as well. They’ve launched a clinic locator.

86% of Diabetes Patients Change Their Behaviors After Receiving Text Messages

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A new study out of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia shows – once again – how text messages can inspire people to change their behaviors. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer , diabetes educator Janice Miller wanted to explore how text messages might help a group of patients with uncontrolled diabetes. And more than half (57%) increased their physical activity.

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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ways retailers can engage holiday shoppers via SMS This holiday season, retailers are pulling out all the stops for last-minute, pre-Christmas sales. This article suggests some SMS strategies to help them connect with consumers. 2.  Can Text Messages Encourage Better Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Workers? Compliance increased from just below 15% to 23%. 3.  Industry News

iOS 10 Changed the Way that Links Show Up on iPhones. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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A mobile messaging campaign can be a great way to send out web links– spreading information, resources, and product offers to your subscribers. If you’re sending out links over text, you need to know about a big update in iOS10. Apple has changed the way that hyperlinks show up on iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads. Here’s what you need to know. What Does the Change Look Like?

Half of Consumers Get Mad If Your Business Won’t Let Them Text

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Consumers don’t just want you to text them. They’ll get mad if you won’t. According to a new study out of cloud communications provider Flowroute, 47% of consumers said they’d react negatively if a company didn’t offer a way to text. Flowroute conducted a nationwide survey of 1,300 people to explore how consumers like to engage with businesses. Check out the survey results here. Industry News

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New York Orgs are Using Text Messages to Help Bust Myths around PrEP

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A coalition of 51 New York organizations is using text messaging to help fight the stigma around PrEP. The “Bust the Myths, Get the Facts” campaign, launched on World AIDS Day, lets people sign up to receive informational texts and get connected to a provider near them. PreP (short for pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can lower the risk of contracting HIV by over 90%.

You Can Now Use Apple Pay to Simplify Mobile Donations

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When you’re asking for money, you want to make it as easy as possible for your constituents to give. That’s especially true around the holidays, when important requests for donations have to compete with gift buying, travel plans, and the typical chaos of daily life. Even well-meaning donors can abandon a form half completed. With Apple Pay, you making that process even simpler.