New public, private investments announced for ConnectEd
Date Posted: 2/19/2014
President Obama highlighted his ConnectEd initiative, unveiled last year, during his recent State of the Union address. Initiative goals include connecting 99 percent of American students with next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless Internet within five years, increasing technology support and training for educators, and encouraging private companies to produce innovative educational technology resources. During his address, the president announced a new development: The Federal Communications Commission will commit $2 billion to the initiative over the next two years; plus, an additional $750 million in private investments will support ConnectEd in various ways. How might private investments be used? Here are a few examples:
- AT&T and Sprint will offer mobile and wireless Internet at middle and high schools around the country. Sprint’s commitment will target low-income students both at home and at school, while some of AT&T’s investment will be used for teacher professional development.
- Microsoft Office will offer schools its Windows operating system at a discounted price.
- Apple will donate iPads, MacBooks and other products to schools and provide educator training on those devices.
- AutoDesk will provide every school in the country with its support software, Design the Future.
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