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Everyone on?

Hi all,

I posted about Everyone On after the COABE Conference, but World Ed just sent out a reminder about it so I wanted pass that a long.  

An update on my own experience: I did order a Mifi--WiFi hotspot.  It cost $59 including shipping, arrived two days after I purchased it online and I'm paying $10 a month for unlimited internet access for up to 5 devices. I haven't used for streaming video yet but I have connected multiple devices and the speed seems fine. The MiFi hotspot is from Clear even though I bought it through Mobile Beacon on the Everyone website.

Has anyone else bought hardware or tried out the lessons included on the Everyone On website?



Is Everyone On?

62 million Americans are not online. Millions of families do not have home Internet access for learning, civic engagement, connecting with family, or employment searches. 
(OCTAE blog April 9, 2014)

If you’re looking for a job, you’ll need to search and apply online. If you want to know about upcoming events at your child’s school, the current school calendar is online. If you’re interested in learning more about public services in your city or town, you’ll need to look online. If you want to learn a new skill, it’s taught online. For some people, especially individuals with lower literacy skills, going online is a challenge. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Internet Project, Who’s Not Online and Why, 76% of internet users go online from a computer in their home. For those who are offline, the cost and skills needed to go online are key barriers. And, the report notes that 41% of those who are offline are individuals with less than a high school diploma. 

The World Education/US Division serves as the Region 1 Professional Development Center for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) through the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS). In that role, we provide a wide variety of evidence-based resources and trainings to adult education professionals in our region. But, that simply isn’t enough. In addition, we encourage key partnerships and initiatives identified by OCTAE that support teaching and learning in adult education. EveryoneOn is both a partnership and an initiative. It provides access to equipment, internet access, and a list of local training locations.

Everyone On is a national non-profit that aims to eliminate the digital divide. Through Everyone On, individuals are able to find Internet service as low as $10 a month, low-cost computers, and free digital literacy courses. In 2013, Everyone On launched a three-year, multimedia, bilingual Ad Council campaign to “help motivate the millions of Americans who do not have the digital literacy skills they need to succeed become connected and take advantage of free digital literacy training in their communities.”

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) has entered an agreement with Everyone On to pre-qualify enrolled students, teachers, and programs for its computer and Internet offers through a unique hub located at This allows students to take full advantage of the opportunity to get Internet access in their homes, while assisting programs to create hot spots of wireless connectivity in classrooms on a flexible and portable basis


rhinz's picture

Thanks for sharing, Nell.  I wasn't aware of this and will be passing the info along to all in our programs.

Ryan Hinz in Crete, NE

Terry's picture

When I tried going into the "to buy"  a computer part of Everyone On, I got a "you do not have permission to access this part" . Do people/students need to do this through an institution like a library or school to gain access?

Terry Pruett-Said

Macomb Community College

Nell Eckersley's picture
One hundred

Hi Terry,

I just replicated your problem and I sent Everyone On an email about it--it's definitely an error.  Interestingly there are currently no computers available in my zip code are.  I'll let you know what i hear back.