The ConnectED Initiative announced by the President on June 6, 2013 sets four clear goals to transition to digital learning across the country in 5 years:
Upgraded Connectivity: Ensure next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless to is available to virtually all of America’s students in their classrooms and libraries.
Access to Learning Devices: Ensure students and teachers have access to affordable mobile devices to access digital learning resources at any time inside and outside of the classroom
Supported Teachers: ConnectED invests in improving the skills of
teachers, ensuring that every educator in America receives support and training to use
technology to help improve student outcomes.
Digital Learning Resources Ensure availability of high-quality digital learning resources and materials for students and teachers.
The Department of Education will work with states and school districts to better use existing funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to strategically invest in this kind of professional development to help teachers keep pace with changing technological and professional demands.
Commitments from the private sector will allow our teachers and students to take full advantage of feature-rich educational devices that are increasingly price-competitive with basic textbooks and high-quality educational software (including applications) providing content aligned with college- and career-ready standards being adopted and implemented by States across America.
“[F]or us to be as effective and efficient as we want to be, we need great public-private partnerships. There’s a huge opportunity for the private sector to step up. We want to make sure every child–whether it’s in the inner-city, whether it’s in a rural community, or a remote community, or a Native American reservation–that they have access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24/7. The idea that [a child] could just sit in [her] desk, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 9 months a year to learn? That simply doesn’t make sense anymore.”
—Secretary Duncan, June 6, 2013, aboard Air Force One.
Learn More about ConnectED
- White House ConnectED Fact Sheet [PDF]
- Bringing America’s Students into the Digital Age – White House Blog
- Closing the Broadband Gap for Students and Teachers – ED.gov Blog