ConnectEDucators: Leveraging Technology in the Classroom

ConnectEDucators: Leveraging Technology in the Classroom

President Obama and students with laptops

“Technology is not a silver bullet. It’s only as good as the teachers … using it as one more tool to help inspire, and teach, and work through problems.”

— President Barack Obama, February 4, 2014

Technology offers extraordinary new capacities to teachers. The vast breadth and depth of educational materials and other information available on the Internet can break boundaries, making any subject accessible anywhere. And new technologies give teachers innovative tools and flexibility to engage students and work smarter. President Obama’s ConnectED initiative will provide high-speed Internet to every school in America, and will help to make affordable computers, tablets, software, and other digital resources widely available. Yet these capacities offer their greatest benefits to students only when teachers and principals have the skills and supports to leverage them. The ConnectEDucators plan will help educators grow those skills.

The need

According to a 2013 survey, about three-quarters of teachers are seeing benefits from educational technology for students, which range from motivating students to responding to a variety of student learning styles. [expand/collapse]

Teachers' access to tech

The goal

President Obama wants to want to make sure our young people have the same competitive advantages as students in other countries. He wants to ensure that teachers and leaders in all of America’s schools receive the support and professional development they need to select and use technology to improve student outcomes.

The plan

The ConnectEDucators program would help educators leverage technology and data to personalize learning and improve college- and career-ready instruction, ensuring that as schools increase access to broadband Internet through the ConnectED Initiative, teachers and leaders are prepared to use these resources in a way that increases student learning and achievement. [expand/collapse]

The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal

The Obama administration’s budget requests $200 million for ConnectEDucators. [expand/collapse]

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