Educational Datacasting – Bridging the Digital Divide for Adult Learners

Mark Newman

Mark Newman is the Executive Director of IPBS, an association of 8 TV and 9 radio stations, and has served in that capacity since 2018. In 2020, through Newman’s efforts, IPBS was awarded $6.7M by the State of Indiana for educational datacasting to facilitate remote learning in response to the COVID pandemic. Newman’s career has been dedicated to public service. He joined IPBS following 6 years in state government. In 2016, Governor Mike Pence honored him with the Sagamore of the Wabash award. Newman has a B.A. from the Univ. of Massachusetts and an M.Ed. from the Univ. of Virginia.

IPBS is bridging the digital divide for Indiana students through datacasting. Datacasting creates an internet-like experience using television airwaves to deliver classroom lessons, homework materials, and tests directly to student computers. Datacasting goes places where LTE and 5G do not. It offers access and flexibility to adult learners and does so much less expensively than broadband.

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