ConnectED to Connect 99 Percent of America's Schools

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WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama unveiled a bold, new initiative called ConnectED, which will connect 99 percent of America’s students to the Internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years.

The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he called on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision, which requires no congressional action.

The initiative is intended to prepare America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with countries around the world, which relies increasingly on interactive, individualized learning experiences driven by new technology. But today, millions of students lack access to the high-speed broadband Internet that supports learning technology. Fewer than 20 percent of educators across the country say their school’s Internet connection meets their teaching needs.

How Does ConnectEd Works?
Upgrading Connectivity - The ConnectED initiative will, within five years, connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in their schools and libraries. The President is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to modernize and leverage existing programs, as well as the expertise of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to deliver this connectivity.

ConnectED will also provide better broadband access for students in rural areas, by expanding successful efforts to connect parts of the country that typically have trouble attracting investment in broadband infrastructure.

Training Teachers - The ConnectED initiative invests in improving the skills of teachers, ensuring that every educator in America receives support and training in using education technology tools that can improve student learning. Additionally, ConnectED will lead to new resources for teachers from any school, at any time, to open their classrooms to interactive demonstrations, lessons from world-renowned experts, or the opportunity to build learning communities and to collaborate with other educators across the country or world.

Encouraging Private-Sector Innovation - Leading technology companies are capable of producing feature-rich educational devices that are price-competitive with basic textbooks. And a robust market in educational software can unlock the full educational potential of broadband investment, while create American jobs and export opportunities in a global education marketplace of over $1 trillion.

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